Leaving your country and moving abroad to work is never easy: a different culture, a different way of life, perhaps a different language, friends. Therefore, here you will find five tips that your life change may be easier to assimilate.
1. The Language
Regardless of the country it is, it is always advisable to have a basic knowledge of the language of the country in question. English is usually enough to handle yourself (and survive), but in many countries, a large part of the population does not even speak English. It means, outside your workplace, you may face some complications trying to do basic things such as shopping or use the public transportation system.
In addition, it is always a plus to your options as a candidate to have the language of the country of the stay. This is very useful when you need to get a job that is not in a formal setting. In this case, you may have to deal with people who don’t speak English. Therefore, knowing the local language will set you apart from other job seekers over there.
It is also worth noting that some countries are so sentimental about their culture and tradition that they don’t want to see their language fade away. Yes, they are cool about speaking English but they wouldn’t tolerate any foreigner coming to their country feeling they should talk to him in English. You should make an effort to first speak their language and if they see you are struggling, they would be the one that prompts you to speak English to them.
2. Professional Social Networks
It is not always easy to find job offers being in another country; That is why it is highly recommended to register and complement a professional profile online. LinkedIn is the most used worldwide, but each country may have a “preferred” one. For example, in Germany, the Xing social network is the most used in labor matters. The more you explore and surf online on a proper platform, there will be more chances to have your dream job.
3. Personalize Your CV
As with preferred professional networks, each country has a predetermined “standard” of what a good resume is. For example, in England, it is the custom not to attach a photo to your resume, but in Germany, it is almost necessary. Although, in the end, it will always depend on what the company requests. The point is that you must be updated according to the company’s requirements.
4. Get Informed Before Traveling!
It seems logical, but a good search of what life is like in the country of destination can help you a lot in the first days or weeks of your new city. Also keep in mind that not all countries or companies have the same standards for their employees: be it in terms of dress code, punctuality, hours of breaks, be sure to ask all questions before arriving at your new job to have no misunderstandings.
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In addition to a Google search of how the work situation is in a country in question, it is always much more advisable to find and ask expats who have been or are in your same situation since you probably have the same questions or problems that they have had with what you can go better prepared.
It can also be useful to find a job because, according to a statistic from the US Department of Labor, 70% of jobs in that country are found through networking. One place where you can find expats from all over the world is on InterNations. In addition, there are also guides and blogs about what life is like, the employment situation, etc from many destinations around the world.
That is the end of the article. In the coming weeks, we will be writing more articles about ways to actually travel to the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Yes, it is okay to write about the tips you need to work when you get there but that sounds more like putting the cart before the horse. There many Canadian immigration streams that we promised to talk about in this article. We will talk about traveling abroad to study in the US, UK, Canada, Europe, and Australia. We will also discuss how to migrate with your family to some of these countries and the options available to you.
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