Career Testing
Career Testing
Career Testing
JOB SEARCH / NOV. 10, 2014
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8 Reasons Your International Job Search is Failing

Can’t find a job abroad? Are you afraid you are not making the most of your job search strategy? There might be several reasons why your international job search is failing. Check the following points to help you discover what you might have been doing wrong with your international job search all along.

#1 You are looking at the wrong place

First of all, do you know where to search for a job overseas? While there is not really a wrong place to search for a job, make sure that you increase your chances by checking all possible sources including: 

  • Online databases: Checking EURESEurojobsAustralian Jobsearch, SEEK, USA Jobs and USA.gov websites.
  • Networking: Through using existing contacts, attending career fairs/events, consulting career services, participating in seminars/university presentations.
  • Social Media: Posts though Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+.

#2 You don’t have international experience

Except from qualifications, the majority of international organisations look for a well-rounded individual; someone who has travelled during their time at university, who made an effort to discover other cultures and developed their interests by taking on different hobbies. If you are applying for a position in another country make sure that you refer to such experiences and that you have previously visited the country as a student.

#3 You are not selling yourself

Make sure that you put yourself out there and that you sell yourself the way you want others to see you. Take a pen and a paper and write down what your skills, qualities and interests are using positive language and brief examples. Focus on your strong points including the things you are genuinely good at and your passions. It is always a good idea to include a statement in your application that explains what your career goal is.

#4 You don’t have the necessary tools

If you haven’t checked out a Europass CV yet, make sure that you do it a.s.a.p.  Europass CVs follow the European standards in regards to what you should include on your CV and allows you to create your own based on instructions and a helpful CV template. This is very useful especially for those who are studying languages as Europass gives you the opportunity to create your Europass Language Passport.

#5 You don’t have a plan

Searching for a job is a job in itself. When you don’t have a clear plan on how you are planning to move, you are risking everything. Many people who are feeling the pressure of finding a job, fall into the trap of applying for every company they find on the internet. What you should be doing however, is aiming for the right target. Search for the companies you are interested in, make a list of 10 and plan how you are going to move forward from there.

Also, if you feel that you don’t have enough hours available each day to apply for jobs that you want, set your daily goals and keep record of the number of the jobs you are applying for. Remember it is important to build realistic expectations. Start with applying for 3 or 4 jobs a day, because tailoring your CV and sending applications can take up a lot of your time.

#6 You don’t have experience on applying for jobs overseas

It is a very competitive job market out there and the chances of securing employment may depend on a small tiny detail. Since you are applying for a job overseas you need to able to know what the requirements are by double checking the job description and the nature of the job.  Make sure you do this especially if you are applying for a company that does not operate on a global level. Becoming familiar with the working conditions of the country you are applying to via EURES will also help you massively.  

#7 You are not familiar with their organisational culture

Make an effort to learn how the organisation operates and how employees behave within that organisation. Since the organisation operates abroad, they might have been used to different conditions than you are used to. You could check their official website, see videos, or ask someone who is working there to get more information on their culture. In this case, organisational culture refers to becoming familiar with the organisation’s vision, hierarchy and rules, values, norms, systems, beliefs and habits.

#8 You don’t consider yourself an employee of the organisation

Retaining a positive attitude towards your job search is essential. If you don’t consider yourself as part of the company then you are probably not getting that job. However, if you manage to convince yourself that your job is already yours all that is left, is to convince the employer; everything else will follow.

Adjust your job searching techniques and you will soon be looking to buy a ticket abroad.

What helps you stay on track of your international job search? Leave your comments below.

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