We Know: How To Find An Overseas Job
What Should I Look For In An Overseas Job?
In the right situation, anyone can find an overseas job without putting themselves in danger. When you're checking for a job overseas, try to find one in a country where you speak the language or where there are a lot of English-speaking companies. For example, Dubai is quickly becoming a center for international business, and has large regional headquarters for IBM, Microsoft, and others. Decide whether you want to go for a couple of years of intense experience, or if you want a career in this country; your choice of jobs will be different depending on your preference.
How Can I Find Job Openings?
For those with guts and a little bit of savings, you could try to just move there and find a job once you arrive. One young woman went backpacking through Asia; once she was there, she lobbied to find a position as an English teacher, and now has a well-paid job in Taiwan.
There are also websites that actively recruit people for overseas jobs. Or if you have skills that easily translate to freelance, such as home construction, cleaning, writing, or sales, you can prepare, plan, and move over to start your own business. Even if you can't find a position that way, join the forums on that site, and actively seek advice from those who are already there. You can also seek out pen pals and online friendships with people from these countries to get inside information and have contacts when you get there.
What Should I Watch For?
An overseas job is not a cakewalk. You'll have barriers; you may run into prejudice because of your nationality or accent (a real shock for most Americans!), and you will almost certainly find cultural differences in your new home. But you should be especially careful of the following:
How Can I Remove Barriers?
Though there will be barriers in your new country, you can take steps to minimize or even remove them.