After relocating to a new Country, you need to secure a job to get things going for you. It may seem challenging finding a new job but there are different methods you need to employ to find a job easily.
Few ways You Can Easily Find A Job In A New Country
1.) What kind of job do you want?
You cannot be looking for a job vaguely; you have to be specific with what you want. What position would you like to get? What industry are you looking at? And what are you looking to learn? The answers to these questions will help you narrow down your search so that you look out for what fits you best and find a job easily.
2.) What location do you have in mind?
You have to narrow your search down to your locality. You cannot be in Lagos for example and be searching for jobs in Zamfara. Making a decision on what distance from your accommodation you can cope with and won’t be too stressful for you.
3.) Get a Work Permit
You will need a work permit before you are allowed to work in a new Country, except your Country of origin has a particular relationship with your current Country that allows migrants work without permits. Otherwise, your employer will demand to see your work permit so you need to apply and get it to help you find a job.
4.) Update/Customize your Resume
You have to update your resume to match the kind of job you are looking for and to contain your current address in your new Country. You should note that every Country has standards and expectations, so this should be followed when writing your resume. Some Countries prefer a concise document while others may want a detailed resume. You can also use key words from the job advert or description to tailor your resume so that it matches the job you are applying for.
5.) Search for the Job
There are various platforms you can utilize to find a job abroad and they include:
i.) Social Media:
You can share the job you are looking for on your social media handle. Linkedln is the social media channel for professionals. You can use it identify and connect with various people who work for the companies or same industry you would like to work. Organizations also post jobs on Linkedln, Twitter and Facebook so you can follow your companies of choice on these platforms to get notified of these openings. You have to ensure you make your profile on these platforms consistent, updated and decent. Use your real name and not ‘Jesusbaby’ or ‘kingofjamz’ like some people do. Remove posts and images that are unprofessional, delete profiles you no longer use and sell yourself with your description.
You can network with people in the same field or your choice job area, this is the hidden job market that you cannot find online. Some job opportunities can only be accessed when you network and know the right people at the right time because many job opportunities are not posted online. Some organizations simply ask their member of staff for referrals when the need is urgent or if they want to fill a sensitive position that requires trust. Your family members, alumni and your friends also form part of your network. You should reach out to them because even if they don’t know someone directly, they may know ‘someone who knows someone’.
iii.) Job boards:
You can search for jobs on job boards or online job searching platforms and websites that are in your new Country. You can simply type in keywords like “Medical Laboratory Technologist” because employers advertise for vacant positions here using those key words. In some cases, you can apply for these jobs directly through these platforms or redirected to the organization’s website. Make sure your resume and cover letter are ready before you apply!
iv.) Company Website:
If you have some companies you would like to work for in mind, list them out and visit their websites to apply for advertised positions directly. The company’s website is usually more updated that job boards. Even if they do not have advertised positions at the moment, you can send them an e-mail or reach out to their human resources for information about future vacancies or to find out if they are looking to hire someone of your skill and qualification. A company may not need to spend money on recruitment processes if they can find someone they need.
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6.) Expand your network
You can strengthen your connection within the Country by attending conferences and socializing. Attend networking events in your field like expositions and continuing education forums to meet people who can help you secure a job. When going, get your business cards and resume ready to give out to your connections.
7.) Attend Job fairs
A job fair is a special event that brings potential employees and companies together. Big companies usually recruit many employees at fairs and you can connect with people too. Job fairs usually advertise companies that will attend ahead of time, so you can customize resumes and cover letters to give them. You can also create a business card containing basic information like name, email, phone number and maybe your website or Linkedln handle. You can also prepare some questions to ask employers at the fair and practice good communication skills to make a good first impression. Dress well (professionally) to the job fair and follow up recruiters after the fair by connecting with them on Linkedln or sending a thank you email.
8.) Check that you have all relevant document and apply for the Job
Gather all materials needed for the application including your work permit, resume and cover letter and find someone to help you proof-read. Submit your application and wait for a feedback.
Finding a new job may require you to utilize more than one of these methods or even all of them. You have to be flexible, try out new techniques to increase your chances of finding a job in that new Country.