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October 21, 2019, by Leah Sharpe

How To Find A Job In Another Country If You Don’t Have Much Time

By Christian Jameson-Warren, Employability Projects Officer

Trying to find a good job in a different country can be difficult, especially if you have limits on your time and energy due to studying commitments.

1. Be clear about what sort of job you want

If you are making a big decision to work in another country, instead of thinking purely about your first job after graduation, think about where you want to be in your personal and professional life in five to ten years’ time. Consider what skills, experience and connections you need to get there. Use this as part of a criteria for deciding what sorts of jobs you wish to apply for now.

2. Understand the recruitment expectations and procedures of different countries

There are both subtle and significant differences in the job application process, such as how CVs are formatted and etiquette at interviews. Do some quick research online to prevent you wasting time later on completing applications that will be rejected. Find out more

3. Identify potential employers

Search for specific employers in your chosen industry and country. This will help you be more focused in your activities. In his book The 2-Hour Job Search, author Steve Dalton recommends making a list of 40 companies as this will encourage you to think creatively and widen your options to a suitable number beyond what is merely convenient. Put these into an Excel table. If you are focused, you can do this in a few minutes.

4. Rank the employers in terms of preference

Dalton recommends ranking organisations in order of preference using the LAMP method:

L – List of employers

A – Alumni

Quickly using are there any alumni that work there?

M – Motivation

Give a score of 1 – 5 how much you want to work there

P – Posting

Are there any opportunities available right now? Use to search (don’t click on job posting at this stage), and give each a score as follows:

Once you have prioritised your list, you can select which employers to focus your time on.

5. Be clear about the value you could bring an organisation

If you’re not clear in your own mind about how you can help and add value to an organisation, it will be hard for other people to see it too.

6. Get contacting people

The non-profit organisation, 80,000 Hours, conducted extensive research into the most effective ways of finding jobs. Some companies (especially large ones) have standardised recruitment processes that everyone must follow, so you just need to follow these. However, thinking about the recruitment process from an employer’s point of view, many people are more likely to recruit someone they know or has been recommended by someone they know.

In practise, this means contacting people at identified companies to try building relationships with them. An effective way to do this is called informational interviewing. This involves contacting people to ask for a few minutes of their time to find out more about working in that company/industry. If you can find alumni from your university, they are often more open to helping.

80,000 Hours have put together a series of email scripts that can be adapted to reach out to people at companies that interest you. You can send people personalised LinkedIn connections or do some research and find their email address.

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