JOB HUNTING ON FOREIGN SOIL?
Take Asia for instance… The largest continent on earth comprising nearly 30% of the earth’s land area, according to World Atlas. With a great deal of diversity, the region is home to some of the most economically competitive nations such as China, Singapore, Japan, and United Arab Emirates. So, how easy is it to get a job in such economically buoyant nations?
Job hunting in Asia, or any foreign country, can be very frustrating and stressful because perhaps you don’t know where to start or how to go about hunting for a job abroad. It may also require some professional etiquette approaches that may be different from the United States. Here’s the good news – there are several job hunting resources available. Let’s explore a few ideas to get you started.
Tap Into Your Skills & Qualifications to Craft Your Résumé/CV
Some of Asia’s top employers are international companies with a diverse, highly educated, and global workforce. An updated and strategically focused résumé/CV is a job seekers most important tool. Before launching your job hunt, be sure to have your résumé/CV revamped so you are prepared to pursue new career opportunities abroad as they emerge. Target your résumé/CV to ensure it packs a powerful punch of the skills and qualifications that are in high demand. Be well-informed about hiring trends and job opportunities with the key players and continue to modify your résumé/CV, customizing it for each position you decide to pursue.
Tap Into The Internet
Remember… In addition to your network, the internet is a treasure trove of information. Begin with online resources such as Working Abroad Magazine and Transitions Abroad. These robust websites are rich with key information about living abroad, finding a job abroad, what questions to ask before accepting a job abroad, and how to format your resume/CV to position yourself for your job hunt on foreign soil. Professional help is also available through the services of a recruiting agency that specializes in job placements in Asian nations or other international locations.
Discovering job opportunities in Asian nations through online job boards is another option. You may also want to consider researching and applying for jobs with international corporations with operations in Asia. Transitioning through an international corporation is a great way to go about your job hunt and is often accompanied by various forms of relocation assistance. Check out Aon’s Best Employers Asia 2015 to jumpstart your job hunt.
Tap Into Your Network
It is imperative to learn the culture of the Asian nation where you want to live, work, and play. Most importantly, learn how to go about your job hunt the right way. Talk to people you know, who is or has been where you want to go. Pick the brains of friends, relatives, classmates, and coworkers who currently work or previously worked in Asia. Also, ask your network if they know of other people you could connect with to help you with your job hunt or provide you with some useful advice.
HSBC Bank publishes Expat Country Guides which are great online resources packed with extremely useful information on various countries, including these Asian nations – Singapore, China, and Malaysia. In addition to some basic facts (i.e. average temperatures, population, and public holidays) about the nation of interest, the country guides come with relocation checklists and advice and comments from actual expats. This resource may prove invaluable in your job hunt.
Tap Into Your Positive Energy & Determination
Job hunting abroad is about positive energy and determination. The more actively engaged you are in your job hunt and making use of all available resources, the sooner your efforts will produce the results you desire.