5 Things You Should Know When Pursuing a Career Overseas

  • Mark Edwards ·
  • February 22, 2024

Sometimes, the best way to get ahead in your career is to pursue it in another place entirely because, some countries simply have more positions and more progression in a given career path than others.

Of course, pursuing your career in a completely different country can be pretty difficult to navigate at times, but here are some things you should know, that will help you along the way:

  1. The Art of Negotiating Your Package

Negotiating your salary when you are working in your home country is pretty simple because you know roughly what the going rate is for the work you do and how much you need to live on. When you move overseas, things get a little more complicated. You need to factor in things like relocation expenses, housing costs, health insurance and even educational allowances, which means researching the cost of living wherever it is you are going.

  1. CV vs. Resume

One thing a lot of people do not think about when looking for work overseas is the whole CV vs resume thing. Many people don’t even know that they are two separate things or that which one you use could affect your chances of securing your career in a new place, so it is worth researching the pros and cons of each in the country you are visiting as well as what is typically used there, before you start applying, It will save you a lot of wanted time and heartache.

  1. People

Ideally, one of the most important things you should know when pursuing a career overseas is people. Specifically, people in your chosen location. The more contacts you can make ahead of trying to launch your career there, the easier it will typically be because network is everything, right? So, whether online or off, by any means you can, you are going to want to get to know people in your chosen location sooner, rather than later.

  1. Culture Shock is Real

People often think they can relocate their career to a completely different country and fit right in, but this is rarely the case and culture shock is a real thing that can make it hard for you to assimilate. That is why it is often a good idea to visit your chosen country as many times as you can before you take the plunge. Failing that, read as much as you can about the culture, try to learn the language and etiquette, and it will be a whole lot easier.

  1. The Legalities

It is not always easy to work in another country, There are visas and work permits and a whole host of other paperwork to deal with before you can even think about relocating your career, so be sure to research carefully and dot all of the Is before you head off for pastures new.

The more you know, the more effectively you can pursue your career goals and now you know a lot more than you did before. Good luck!

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