Overseas Job Search - 7 Steps To Make It a Breeze!

Overseas Job Search – 7 Steps To Make It a Breeze!

By Zarelsie Van Der Merwe on Feb 11,2020

Immigration Issues & Challenges, Job Hunting, LinkedIn Strategies

When you embark on an overseas job search mission your main goal is to avoid the waste of time, money and effort.

Heck – many people don’t even know where to start searching for a job as an immigrant!

Many prospective immigrant job seekers will travel to their destination countries in search of new jobs.

Many times this is an expensive, dangerous and risky undertaking.

Unfortunately, most go back to their old countries – empty-handed.

In order for you to make the most of a search for a job as an immigrant, you need to start months in advance with proper planning and executing that plan.

In this video I take you through 7 steps to make the most of your overseas job search mission:

Step 1 – 6 – 8 Months Before Your Overseas Job Search Mission

At least 6 – 8 months before your overseas job search mission you should investigate if you qualify to enter, work and live in your destination country.

By this time you should have made the decision to immigrate and which country to go to.

Now, it is time to complete the following:

  • A full eligibility assessment –which work visas do you qualify for and, if you want to stay, do you qualify for permanent residence (or other permanent visas).  This is a crucially important step and you should not spend any money, effort and time on anything else on your overseas job search mission until this is absolutely clear.

Your eligibility assessment can be completed with the assistance of a licensed immigration adviser or at the official immigration pages.

It is always better to get a full, written report, which will form the basis of your targets, strategies and planning for your overseas job search mission.

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All the following steps of your overseas job search mission rests on this one important, first step.

  • Skills assessment – you need to have your qualifications assessed for comparability in your destination country.  The eligibility assessment discussed in the previous step will also make this clearer.  You cannot start searching for work or get CVs and LinkedIn Profiles created for your overseas job search mission until this is complete.

The skills assessment process also includes occupational registration processes for certain occupations, e.g. doctors, teachers, nurses, some tradesmen, etc.  This must be completed before you can embark on an overseas job search mission.

All the information of eligibility, skills assessment and occupational registrations, must be included on your CVs, LinkedIn profiles and all communication with potential employers before you embark on your overseas job search mission.

  • Document readiness – all your documents needed for the visa processes and job search processes, must be complete and in-hand before you travel on your overseas job search mission.  Your eligibility assessment will make it clear which documentation is needed.  This includes passports, birth and marriage certificates (all family members), police and criminal record checks, reference letters from previous employers and other documents.

  • Full detail on all these steps can be found in this comprehensive guide.
Overseas Job Search - 7 Steps To Make It a Breeze!
6 – 8 Months Before Your Overseas Job Search Mission

Step 2 – 2 – 4 Months Before Your Overseas Trip

Around 2-4 months before your overseas job search mission, you should embark on in-depth research of your targeted jobs and potential employers and also create the tools necessary which you will need for your job search:

  • Targets – Now, set your targets in terms of the targeted jobs which you can pursue, in terms of your eligibility assessment. This is reflected in your eligibility assessment report from a licensed immigration adviser and usually refers to occupational classification codes, such as ANZSCO codes (Australia & New Zealand), NOC Codes (Canada & USA) and SOC codes (UK).

You should also set your employer targets – which employers can/will work with immigrants and which you will target on your overseas job search mission.  This will also be evident from your eligibility assessment.

  • In depth-research – about the industry, sectors, niche (occupation) potential employers, the skills which they require, where/how they recruit, the terminology used, some business intelligence, and groups, forums and events should now be completed.

During your job search mission, all this information will act as guidance for a targeted, structured job search.

Overseas Job Search - 7 Steps To Make It a Breeze!
4-6 Months Before Your Overseas Job Search Mission

Step 3 – 3 – 4 Months Before Your Job Search Mission

Now is the time to create your job search strategies:

Strategies are determined by research.  Your strategies should be based on the outcomes of the research done in the previous step:

Do your targeted employers advertise online?

Do they use recruiters?  If so, which recruiters?

How else will you become visible to them?

Where will you be meeting them or interact and engage with them to create trust before your job search mission?

The Direct Approach Strategy – approaching employers the right way, is a very effective strategy during an overseas job search mission.

The Relationship Building and Network Strategy – is designed to build trust – before your job search mission (otherwise nobody will meet with you….)

During this time you will need to build the “The Magic 100” connections in your network, who you must become visible to, before your overseas job search mission.  This is done by connection, engagement, interaction and consistent communication, which establishes trust.

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3-4 Months Before Your Overseas Jobs Search Mission

Step 4 – 3 – 6 Weeks Before Your Job Search Mission

At 3- 4 weeks before your overseas job search mission it is time to inform your connections and network of your visit:

  1. Meetings – Set notifications of your itinerary and dates to everyone in your network.

Ask for a face to face meeting.

Create multiple posts on LinkedIn of your video resume, with the dates and itinerary in it.

Perform a fresh search for advertised jobs of your targeted occupation(s).

Who is advertising – approach them directly and ask for a meeting/interview.

If you are applying for jobs, ensure your CV and application directly addresses the requirements of the job.

Mention your dates and itinerary in your cover letters.

Create an elevator pitch, and practice it so you know the words by heart and can say it with confidence without thinking when you are under pressure.

Perform research on everyone who has accepted any invitations, so you can ask them questions during your job search mission (talk about them 80% of the time).

  • Logistics – plan your “walk-ins” – companies or recruiters where you will “walk-in” to introduce yourself during your overseas job search mission.

Make sure you plan your itinerary in detail and plan your phone setup, travel and accommodation.

  • Interview preparation – plan the 4 crucial parts of interview preparation for interviews set up during your job search mission:

Part 1 –  research the organisation.

Part 2 – research the job/role.

Step 3 –  research the interviewer

Part 4 – preparing questions etc

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2-6 Weeks Before Your Overseas Job Search Mission

Step 5 – Landing Week During Your Overseas Job Search Mission

When you land in your destination country on an overseas job search mission, you need to acclimatise and get ready with new information:

  1. Adjust – adjust to possible jetlag and your surroundings.  Also set up your new phone number in your CV, LinkedIn and cover letters.

  2. Fresh search – perform a fresh search of who is currently advertising for job.  See if you can phone them or get a personal meeting or interview while you are on the ground on your overseas job search mission.

If you are applying for jobs, mention your itinerary and the dates of your visit.

  • Logistics – plan new “walk-ins”.
Overseas Job Search - 7 Steps To Make It a Breeze!
Landing Week During Your Overseas Job Search Mission

Step 6 – On The Ground – Ongoing Activities During Your Overseas Job Search Mission

  1. Face to face interaction is hey – get as many face to face meetings as possible.  It is the only way to portray the 85% of hiring factors which employers want: enthusiasm, interest, communication skills, etc.

  2. Investigate further opportunities for “walk-ins” from interaction with people.

  3. Attend events/groups which you have identified during your research.

  4. If you can, get involved in volunteering – a way of portraying your “off CV” skills.

  5. Get out!  Meet new people and learn as much as possible about your environment, the country, industry, employers and people during your overseas job search mission.
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On the Ground During Your Job Search Mission

Can you now see that you had to do most of the work BEFORE you embarked on your job search mission?

This is where most people go wrong:  The mistake they make when they embark on an overseas job search mission, is to prepare a generic CV, have no idea of their target jobs, their eligibility and targeted employers, and then sit in a hotel room, sending CVs to job ads online – a sure way to fail as an immigrant job seeker!

Step 7 – In The Event You Must Return Empty Handed …

If you have failed to land a during your job search mission, do not despair!

A 3-4 week overseas job search mission is usually too short to land a job – the recruitment processes are usually 2-3 months long.

During this time, you need to focus on getting as much face to face interaction and convey your intentions about finding a job in your destination country.

Now – focus on building the relationships which you have made.

Add the people who you met during your overseas job search mission, to your LinkedIn network, and keep communicating with them.

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