International Job Search - Why You Are Failing & The Secret To Winning!

International Job Search – Why You Are Failing & The Secret To Winning!

By Zarelsie Van Der Merwe on Jul 6,2017

Building Networks & Relationships, Immigration Issues & Challenges, Job Hunting, LinkedIn Strategies

Most of the questions I get through email or Facebook messages around the immigrant’s inability to be successful in an international job search.

I usually get these questions – in some shape or form – after prospective immigrants have been unsuccessful trying to find jobs for a while already.

At this point they are destitute!

The secret about an international job search

You must understand that most people are using the age-old job search approach.

They do not realise that an international job search is vastly different from a local job search.

A local job search just requires sending a general CV to job ads online.

Most people wrongly use the local job search approach for an international job search.

This is called the “scattergun approach” – just sending CVs to job ads online – abroad.

It is bound to fail because an international job search is laced with obstacles which immigrants face.

Most immigrants are not aware of these obstacles.

The result of the wrong approach for an international job search

The wrong approach for an international job search usually ends in a reply similar to this:

“please apply again once you have a valid work visa”
“please contact us again once you are in xxx country”
“you need to have a valid visa to be considered for this job”

…or, mostly – no reply at all.

No replies happen because your CV, coming from abroad, is blocked by ATS’s.

Same jobs – different outcome

Look at the example in the job ads below.

Spot the difference?

The one on the left is advertised for locals – they will not consider an application from an immigrant.  Sending your CV to a job ad like that will get either no reply or the “you need a visa first” reply/

Avoid applying for jobs like that.

The one on the right is a similar job, advertised by a company who actively recruits immigrants. They will consider applications from immigrants and assist with the visa and relocation process.

Which one should you apply for during as an immigrant during an international job search?

The one on the right!

To answer to the question “…what am I doing wrong”, is this:

(1) You are applying for the wrong jobs, and

(2) Using the wrong strategy

The question remains…how to find those jobs and which strategies to use…

International Job Search – The Secret To You Are Failing And How To Fix It

How to fix the problems with an international job search

An international job search requires different strategies to the “scattergun approach”.

There are 3 unique immigrant’s job finding strategies used with massive success:

(1) Visa sponsored jobs strategy – you can find more about it here: http://zarelsie.com/QJF_Monthly_Service

(2) Relationship building strategy: More about it here: http://zarelsie.com/QJF_7_Pillars_Masterplan

(3) Direct approach strategy: More about it here:
http://zarelsie.com/QJF_7_Pillars_Masterplan

These strategies are designed and refined to get around the unique obstacles which immigrants face.

Visa sponsored jobs strategy

This strategy involves finding, targeting and applying for jobs advertised by employers who actively recruit immigrants.

The benefits of using the strategy, includes:

(a) Working with visa sponsor employers who will take care of your visa if you are the successful applicant. They work with the immigration department of the country and can expedite the visa process.

(b) They will sometimes contribute towards visa and relocations costs

(c) They will do online interviews, such as Skype interviews, and

(d) Wait for the immigrant to be ready/join them

To be successful at finding, targeting and applying successfully for visa sponsored jobs as part of an international job search, you need:

(1) A Strategic Immigrant’s CV

(2) A Unique Immigrant’s LinkedIn Profile

We send out a list of visa sponsored jobs for immigrants to subscriber’s email inbox once a month, together with some training videos on how to be successful with this strategy and how to find these jobs.

You can access this service here: http://zarelsie.com/QJF_Monthly_Service.

Relationship building strategy

The relationship building strategy involves power networking and building strong, face to face relationships with employers in your destination country.

It does not involve sending connection requests and messages using LinkedIn as part of an international job search.

The benefits of this strategy include:

(1) Interacting face to face with potential employers in your new country

(2) Displaying attributes not possible on CV, such as enthusiasm, interest, positive attitude

(3) Being exposed to hidden job market (jobs which are not advertised)

To be successful at this strategy, you need:

(1) A Strategic Immigrant’s CV

(2) A Unique Immigrant’s LinkedIn Profile

(3) You need how to UTILISE a Unique Immigrant’s LinkedIn profile (as opposed to having a good-looking profile)

This is one of the most successful unique immigrant’s job finding strategies for people still offshore and busy with an international job search.

You can find more information on this strategy, here: http://zarelsie.com/QJF_7_Pillars_Masterplan.

Direct Approach Strategy

The direct approach strategy is perfect for those immigrants on an international job search mission in their destination country.

In other words, those who are physically going over there to search for a job.

It involves approaching employers the right way during an international job search mission to your new country.

Not door knocking and handing CVs to reception and HR departments…

The benefits of this strategy include:

(a) It is perfect for those immigrants physically on job finding mission in new country with little time and money to waste.

(b) Displaying attributes not possible on CV, such as (enthusiasm, interest, positive attitude)

(c) Being exposed to hidden job market (jobs which are not advertised)

(d) It works well in small business economies (NZ & Aus) where employers value personal contact

To be successful at this strategy you need:

(1) A Strategic Immigrant’s CV

(2) A Unique Immigrant’s LinkedIn Profile

(3) You need to know how to approach employers directly the right way.

You can find more information on this strategy, here: http://zarelsie.com/QJF_7_Pillars_Masterplan.

To answer to the question “…what am I doing wrong”, is that you need to be:

(1) Applying for the right jobs

(2) Using the right strategy

Any other approach to an international job search attempt will fail because it will fail to overcome the common obstacles immigrants face.

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