Guest Blog by Sinead Bunting, VP Marketing Europe at Monster.co.uk
Brexit has left half of Brits (45%) worried they won’t be able to work abroad, according to new research from global jobs site Monster.co.uk.
Moving abroad to work in the future is of interest to almost a third (31%) of UK workers, and around a fifth (17%) of Brits say they’ve held a job overseas already. Workers aged 18-36 (41%) are most interested in broadening their work horizons by working abroad.
Monster.co.uk’s research also found that compared to other European countries Brits are most likely to work abroad (31%) closely followed by France (30%), the Netherlands (25%) and Germany (21%).
VP Marketing Europe at Monster, Sinead Bunting says,
“While Brits are concerned about the impact of Brexit on their ability to work abroad, it certainly hasn’t dented their desire to. The benefits are widely noted, not only can it dramatically increase confidence levels but also our personal business networks, broaden our perspective and give us a host of new and transferable skills.
If you’re looking to secure a role overseas it’s worth asking your HR department if they have an secondment or office swap initiatives as a relatively hassle free way to gain global experience. Otherwise once you’ve settled on a destination, approach your search with confidence. Prepare yourself for interview via Skype and be prepared to adjust yourself to their time zone for calls.”
For Millennials looking for an easy way to search for jobs abroad, Monster has its ‘tinder-like’ Monster Job Search app that allows users to apply for jobs just by swiping right.
How to land a job abroad
Maybe you did a year abroad at Uni that piqued your interest, or just have a serious case of wanderlust that nothing seems to be able to cure. Or perhaps you’re just having a tough time finding a job you can get excited about here at home. Either way, whatever your reason for wanting for land a job abroad, take a look at Monster’s tips to make sure you secure your dream job abroad – before you pack your bags!
- Choose your dream city
You might already have the dream destination in mind, but if not think about what makes you an asset to a particular region. Foreign language skills are a natural first step, but if you want to apply directly to a job in another country, ask yourself where your skills and background will be most attractive to potential employers. For example if you’ve worked in a London fashion house then another of the fashion hubs, New York, Milan, Tokyo are likely to covet your experience.
- Get clued up
You being based in the UK doesn’t mean you can’t stay up-to-date on a particular international job market. Get plugged in and start following the international news to see what’s hot, what industries are taking off or what companies are laying off large chunks of staff. This should tell you where to focus your search and where to avoid!
- Get started with your international job search
Once you’ve decided which region or city is top of your list, you can start looking for international jobs using tools like the Monster website. Once you’ve found a company you’d like to work for, check out what others have to say about it on Glassdoor, a website where employees and former employees anonymously review companies and their management, to give you the confidence it’s the right cultural fit for you.
- Could you get a transfer?
Many organisations have programs in place to send employees abroad, sometimes offering two- to three-year assignments at international offices. Best thing about it? They take care of the visa, moving costs and logistics, and your taxes.
- Localise your CV
If your work can’t get you an internal transfer then you’ll need to refresh your CV. Alongside making sure you have your latest accolades think about the small things you can do to show you’ve understood what the local area needs. Think about localising your CV language – if it’s America you’re heading to change out an ‘s’ for a ‘z’ where relevant etc. Or if you’re fluent in Spanish and applying to Madrid, hand in a Spanish CV.
- Convince them you’re the right choice
The biggest challenge in finding a job abroad is showing a HR manager that it’s worth it to bring on someone from another country. Your CV and cover letter are the right place to show off why you’re confident you are the right choice. Make sure to let them know that you’re currently living in the UK, but want to move to their location most likely at your own expense, and that you are very keen for a face-to-face interview (if possible).
- Consider time zones
You’re the job seeker, so you have to be flexible and match your schedule to theirs, not the other way around. If they’re available to interview at 6 a.m. your time, that’s when you have to do it. And be mindful of holidays. Just because we’re closed on bank holidays in the UK does not mean that foreign companies are.
- Polish up your Skype skills
You probably won’t be jetting around the world for interviews to meet everyone face-to-face, so you need to learn how to nail a Skype interview. Test your camera ahead of time, use a neutral background and make sure to look just as professional as you would in person as this will help you to exude the confidence that you’re the right choice for this job. If you have told them that you’re fluent in a particular language or have a certain skill, make sure you’re ready to be tested.