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How to Find a Job as an Expat

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Congratulations! You have officially escaped your old humdrum life and moved abroad. Let the new people and experiences roll. There’s just one teeny thing though. You’re going to have to find a way of making some money. Or guess what, you’ll be on the first plane back to Plainville. So here are a few top tips for finding a job as an expat.

1 Do your research beforehand

Do you know where you’re going yet? If you don’t have your heart set on the never-ending beaches of Oz or finding love in Paris, then spend some time considering your options. There may not be as many jobs going in Ireland as there are in Japan for example.

In an ideal world you’ll find a job before you go. Or you can at least try. Here are a few tips on how to do a long-distance job hunt.

2 Become a travel writer

Literary greats have been noting down their travel memoirs for centuries. So why not give it a go yourself? In modern times we call this ‘blogging’. Seriously though, there are sites that will pay you for giving your insider info on various localities such as the Matador Network.

3 Learn the language

English-speakers are in high demand the world over, but even more in demand are people who speak multiple languages. There are a plethora of jobs available to language graduates at home and abroad. Try using a site such as Top Language Jobs to see what’s out there. And let’s face it your prospects of finding a job are much higher if you speak the native language of the country you’re in.

4 Become a tour guide

If you could never get your head around French or Spanish at school and languages just aren’t for you then you’re going to have to look for an English-speaking job. Becoming a tour guide is an option and can actually be quite lucrative if you’re good at it. Similarly other touristy jobs such as working in an Irish bar or a hostel might be an idea.

5 Work at a big international company

You might be more of a high-flyer and not willing to stoop to showing your fellow English speakers the Berlin wall every day. There are plenty of alternatives. Big businesses have diverse multinational offices all over the world that require English speaking teams. You’ll find these at sites like GoABroad.com or EuroJobs.com.

6 Use expat forums                                                            

Not only is this a brilliant way to meet new people and get good tips on things to do in your local area, you may be able to get hints on local jobs. Find out where to work or where not to work as the case may be. Expat Forum has a whole host of forums for different countries from Dubai to Mexico.

7 Teach English

The easiest job for an English-speaking person abroad is teaching English. Because all it essentially involves is being British, American, Australian or whatever. Get TEFL or CELTA qualified before you go or while you’re out there. Some places don’t even require such qualifications. English teachers in Japan only need to be educated to degree level.

8 Work for a roof over your head instead

Workaway is a really interesting concept that lets you work in return for food and/or a roof over your head and there are spots almost anywhere in the world. So you might be helping out on a farm in Canada or helping a family with their English in the South of France, there are loads of great choices.

Finally, make sure you’ve got enough cash to survive for a month or so until you find a job. And if you don’t find a job just couch surf for a while until you do! 

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