Five mistakes you can avoid while looking for a job abroad and building up a global career
I have worked with Global Talent Management for the past 10 years by helping global companies to hire, develop, retain and manage professionals at an international level. If you have a dream of joining a global company and building up a global career by working abroad or remotely, here are 5 mistakes which you should avoid to be successful.
Mistake 1: Don’t use the same strategy you use in your home country to get a job abroad!
The first mistake you should avoid when looking for a job abroad is to use the same strategies you use in your home country. Please don’t do it! You have to understand the job market you are applying for and what they require in terms of resume, cover letter, application processes, visa and more.
A professional shared with me once that he was going to the USA to visit some companies which he found online. He wanted to stop by their offices and hand them his resume. NO! Don’t do it! You may be able to do it in your home country mainly if you live in a small city. I used to see professionals using this approach when I was in Brazil. Blue collar type of professionals would leave their resumes at the front desk.
We did not have online job portals consequently it was okay 10 years ago. However, nowadays, you should not do it, mainly in the USA and Canada and societies highly connected online. Every single company has a webpage and a contact section.
If you follow the strategy mentioned above, probably a few things could happen. First, companies would not understand your intentions of showing up at their doors. Second, you would have access to only the buildings’ front desk, and the person sitting at it probably would not know what to do with your resume. Buildings have tight security and they would not let you come in without an appointment. Such a waste of your time!
Many companies do provide tours for potential employees where you can visit their offices and show your interest in their selection processes but you need to contact them in advance, understand their processes and set up a formal meeting. Of course, they need to be willing to open their doors for you. They may first make sure you are a good candidate for their selection processes before setting this meeting.
I do agree that using online channels (job portals) can help you apply for jobs abroad. However, you need to be careful here because if you apply for jobs that are not open to intentional candidates, you are just wasting your time. It does not matter how outstanding your profile is, companies will not be able to call you for an interview because they are not willing to give work sponsorship or just cannot sponsor international employees.
The country’s government can limit companies’ ability to hiring internationally. That is why you need to find the right channels, the right companies which are open to hiring internationally. You also need to know the positions which are open to international candidates, most of the time the positions are regulated by the immigration authority of the country. To check which professions and positions are eligible for a work visa, you can go to the country’s immigration official page (they usually have a list).
Conclusion: do your homework before and identify the best job hunting strategies within the country you are interested in.
Stay tuned for our second mistake! Don’t just translate your resume into a second language.
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