More and more people are looking for jobs abroad in the hopes of gaining new experience and knowledge from around the globe. International work experience offers plenty of benefits, but only if you know how to land the right job and show that you are the best person for the position.
For example, if you want to find work in Australia from Dubai, here are six things you can do to show overseas employers that you are the right person for the job:
1. Know the Market
Like researching the company before going for an interview, you must also fully understand how your industry works in the country you are applying for. This will significantly help you convince overseas employers that you can easily fit in.
Read or subscribe to industry forums and foreign trade magazines to keep abreast with the latest developments, and to get an inside scoop on your field abroad.
2. Localize Your Resume
You have to make sure that your keywords match with the country’s local language. For instance, if you want to go to Australia, words such as “center” and “favorite” are spelled as “centre” and “favourite” just like in the U.K. It is crucial for you to translate your resume to the language of the country you are applying for.
If you are seriously thinking of going to Australia, for example, get to know a few basic words for everyday use. In Aussie lingo, McDonald’s is “Macca’s,” afternoon is “arvo,” a chocolate biscuit is a “choccy biccy” and, surprise, Australia is simply called “Straya.”
3. Get the Right Visa
For Australia and Canada, just like all other countries in the world, a visa is a requirement when applying for a job. To show that you are the best person for the job you’re applying for, you have to obtain the right type of visa.
If you are a skilled worker, Australia needs you! Make sure, though, that your skills or profession is included in the Skills Occupation List issued by the Australian government. A reputable immigration company can help determine if you are eligible to apply for a skilled permanent immigration visa to Australia.
Since an Australian skilled independent visa, for instance, is a points-based visa, your points will be calculated based on certain criteria. These include your work experience, age, occupation and English language ability. You can gain extra points if you have previously worked in Australia, have close relatives in Australia or if you are being sponsored by a state that needs individuals with your specific skills.
Depending on the type of visa you want to obtain, you must score at least 5 points out of 9 in each of the four categories of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination.
4. Polish Your Skills and Traits
Some of the capabilities overseas employers want from job applicants include cross-cultural adaptability, language fluency skills, technical knowledge in your specific field and past work experience. When you feel that you’re lacking in some area, now is the best time for you to get the training you need.
Aside from skills, most overseas employers are also looking into your traits. Some of the personality traits overseas employers are looking for include professionalism, intellectual curiosity and confidence.
Make sure you have the skills and personality trait necessary to increase your chances of getting the overseas job you are applying for.
5. Adjust to Their Time Zone
Since you are the job seeker, you must match your schedule to theirs and not the other way around. So when they are available to interview you at around 4 a.m. your time, that’s when you should do it.
Moreover, be mindful of their holidays. Remember that just because firms in your home country are closed on Thanksgiving or Labour Day does not necessarily mean the foreign companies are also closed.
6. Prepare for Your Interview
To avoid any surprises during the interview, you must do more research. Determine what is acceptable in the culture of the country you are targeting. For instance, flaunting your independent accomplishments can make you appear self-centred and disrespectful if the country you’re applying for values teamwork and cooperation over everything else.
Initial interviews may be conducted over the phone, through email or video conferencing. Even when you are not meeting the interviewer in person, you still need to dress properly for the interview. When you speak, be sure to stand up or sit straight so your voice is clear and strong.
Don’t forget to smile. Your confidence must come through even without visual cues. Also, demonstrate flexibility and willingness to adapt to a new environment.
Preparation and practice are the keys to success. Emphasize how your unique combination of skills, accomplishments, and education make you the best candidate for the position. Most importantly, show your knowledge about the country, the industry, the company, and ask pertinent questions. And when it’s time for you to relocate to your country of choice, plan and organize your move for a hassle-free transition.
Bevan Berning is an Immigration professional and owner of Pathway Visas, an Immigration Agency dealing mostly with skilled immigration to Canada and Australia. Bevan’s enthusiasm for the industry has kept in the Immigration field for the past seven years. Bevan is South African by birth and has been residing in Dubai for the past eight years.