Applying For A Job In A Foreign Country

Working abroad can be great for many reasons. sometimes the move involves a higher salary, sometimes it’s simply  a way of extending your holiday in a foreign country without becoming broke. Always, living and working in another country is one of the best ways to learn a foreign language and the in’s and out’s of a new culture.

However, in many cases, getting a good job in a foreign country can be both difficult and time-consuming, and depends on many factors. These include the type of work you will apply for, how well you speak the language, and, of course, your CV and how it illustrates your skills, experience, and personality.

For certain sectors, such as Catering or Hospitality, getting a job is a matter of dropping your CV and waiting for a call. If you are after a job with a quick start, applying for a vacancy within such busy sectors is the best option. And it might be that you already know someone who could help you to get into an employment.

The process of applying for any job can be daunting or even intimidating, especially when you do it in a foreign country and foreign language.  You can apply for jobs online, but you can also approach an institution directly asking for an application form or submit your resume, if they prefer so. Remember, when applying for a job you are competing against a lot of other people. Therefore, it is very important that your resume or your job application is filled out correctly.

Potential Problems With Job Applications

Sometimes application forms consist of so many pages that you may want to give up filling them in before you even start.  There might be questions and abbreviations you don’t understand and are afraid to ask for their meaning. Not to mention this will be any employers first chance to assess your language skills. You may need to proofread it several times or ask a native speaker to check the document over for you.

It is worthwhile to look around for help with completing job applications, and such help is often delivered  in many countries. Alternatively, you can contact recruitment agencies operating in the country where you intend to work and ask them for professional advice. Usually staff working in this type of institutions are extremely helpful and supportive, and the process of completing a job application so much easier and quicker. It may also be a good idea to contact the HR department of the employer and ask for their guidance directly.

If instead of application form you are required to submit you CV, you need to find out how the information about your skills should be presented, and get everything right. In particular, make sure that the information is presented in a culturally appropriate manner. For example, in some countries you’ll be asked to attach your photo, and failing to comply with this demand will result in rejecting your CV in a first place.  Similarly, you may find that the order of presenting information about yourself within a CV differs from one country to another. And, lastly, always make sure the document looks presentable and neat.

This also applies to application forms alike, so don’t be tempted to write on it right away as this is more than likely you’ll need to go back and ask for a new one. And lastly, write the information about you in a concise, simple, and readable manner. Employers don’t have time for reading several-pages resumes or trying to decipher your handwriting. Most of all, try to ‘be yourself’ when writing both your CV and/or application. The more your personality comes over, the more likely you are to find the right job and employer for you. Best of luck!

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