Read This if You Want to Work Abroad: Tools & Tips for Applying Overseas

Going after a job abroad is not always an easy pursuit, but if you’ve made it to this article, you’re probably ready to make the leap. Although working and living abroad feels daunting, there are a few simple tips you can follow to make the process go a bit more smoothly for you.

Your resume should reflect where you'll be going

Do you speak languages other than your native tongue? Have you ever worked or negotiated with foreign companies? Ask yourself if there are any skills that you might not already have listed on your resume that may be sought after overseas. If you have not worked abroad before, this part is key to showing employers what skill set you can offer. A great way to get your foot in the door and get a working visa in another country is by teaching English; some countries have a high demand for English tutors, like South Korea, and they don't always require a teaching certification before arrival. 

Use unique connections and resources

This might be an obvious tip as many of you understand the power of networking, however, it might not be as obvious for you to reach out to former college professors or former employers who may be privy to resources or information about living abroad. You might be shocked at the people they know globally, or even past employees that they could link you up with. The people who have helped you during your career are a resource, make those connections count! Not to mention, you have us providing support and resources for traveling professionals is at the core of what we do so for some inspiration on what types of jobs you can do remotely check out this article, and to learn how to find freelance jobs anywhere you can click here!

Talk about any time you've spent abroad

If you've ever studied abroad, now is your time to shine! Studying at a foreign university is a great way to discuss the joys and challenges of living in another country. If you're a fresh graduate, talk about a relevant course that you took. Discuss any language barriers you had to face in class, or how those courses helped you understand the local culture of the region you were in. And don’t forget to add your abroad university on your resume under the “Education” section!

And if you've been out of school for a while, don't forget to highlight any experience you have with travel and working with remote teams or with any coworkers or clients who were based internationally.

Be aware of your limitations and anticipate challenges

Making the transition to living and working abroad is not without its challenges; you might only be working abroad temporarily, or you may find yourself facing a more permanent move. A lotof moving parts can be overwhelming so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Do as much research beforehand as possible and figure out basics like transportation and living arrangements before you arrive. 

Sort out your finances — open an account with an international bank that won't charge insane ATM fees (if you're based in the US, we recommend Schwab and if you're based in Europe, Revolut). Even if you're moving to a country with a lower cost of living, you still have responsibilities, so be honest with your employer about your current financial budget. And as always, negotiate salary.