Should I Apply For Overseas Jobs While The Borders Are Closed?

Should I Apply For Overseas Jobs While The Borders Are Closed?

By Zarelsie Van Der Merwe on Nov 17,2020

Immigration Issues & Challenges, Job Hunting

As an immigrant job seeker, you are probably stuck because of closed borders of your destination country and wondering if you should apply for overseas jobs while the borders are closed.

So, when will the borders reopen and when will countries let immigrant job seekers in again?

It looks like we have at least 9 months to 1 year before the borders globally will be open and normal travel will resume for immigrant jobs seekers.

This prevents you to travel there to look for work, or to enter that country if you get a job offer.

So – should you apply for overseas jobs, and if not, what should you be doing then?

In this video I will show you reveal whether it is worth applying for overseas jobs while the borders are closed and also what you should be focusing on during this time while the borders are still closed.

Remember – if you want to be the best prepped, ready and most preferred candidate for overseas jobs, when the borders open and the jobs boom arrives, you MUST start now.  Check our this recent webinar where I go through the exact steps, processes, tips and tricks to become prepped and ready, to become the preferred candidate and beat the stampede to the gate when the time is right.

Also – don’t forget to subscribe to this channel to get informed when I release new videos like this one for immigrant job seekers around the world.

I’m Zarelsie – fromThe Migration Mentor, and in this video, I will answer that 64-million dollar question of whether you should apply for overseas jobs while the borders are closed.

And also, give you 5 things to do during this time.

Let’s start with that question that everyone is asking…

Should I Apply For Overseas Jobs While The Borders Are Closed.

Generally, I would say NO.

Unless you are in a category for special visas for critical roles.  You can watch another video here, where I explain how to get visa sponsored jobs, and how to get a visa sponsored job as a critical worker, during this time while the borders are closed.

You should NOT just apply for overseas jobs while the borders are closed if you are not a critical worker, and are 3 reasons why:

  1. Overseas employers might want you, but they cannot get you.  They cannot offer you a job, because your chances of getting your visas approved, are slim while the borders are shut for those who need job offers to immigrate.

Some people, like those who already have residence and a valid visa, are exempted from this of course.

  • Travel restrictions mean that it will be difficult to travel overseas to your destination country and then quarantine restrictions will also apply.

  • If you just spam every employer and job ad with your CV, the ATS systems and employer criteria for those are set to deter offshore applications to apply even more than ever, reducing your chances to be considered for an overseas job.

Now, this all sounds like bad news…but in every challenge is an opportunity.

And here is that opportunity.

Do not give up on your dream.

See this period of upcoming 9 – 12 months as an opportunity to be even better prepared as what you would normally be in when you apply for overseas jobs.

And are 3 things to do while you wait

3 Important Things To Do While You Wait For The Borders To Reopen As An Immigrant.

  1. Make sure that you still qualify.

    Ensure that you qualify to immigrate to your destination country when the borders open. Immigration rules and regulations are now changing more than ever due to the impact of Covid-19.  You need to make sure that you are still eligible. 

If you are unsure of this, check with your immigration adviser and keep an eye on changes in immigration rules in your destination country.  Check the official immigration page every day or at least once a week and know exactly what you are eligible for.  You cannot just apply for overseas jobs, you must be eligible first.

  • Set your targets.

Set your job targets according to your eligibility.  That is the exact jobs which you can pursue when you apply for overseas jobs.  It cannot just be anything, you must be very sure about this.

Set your employer targets.  Those are the employers who will and can work with immigrants and will be recruiting people like you when the borders reopen.  To find them will take a lot of research work and you can do this in the coming months.

  • Increase your visibility with those employers and recruiters

Once you know who those employers are, you need to create a network of connections inside those employers which you will need to apply for overseas jobs.  These are very specifically chosen people and it will take time to build that network.  Once the network is built, you need to create an active profile which showcases your skills to them, so you do not just rely on applying for overseas jobs.

Visibility is currency, it is absolutely crucial in the new world of work and it is the only way in which highly skilled candidates can differentiate themselves from others with the same Cv.

To create that visibility and that profile that goes with it, will also take time.

You now have that time – use it!

So, in summary.

Do not apply for overseas jobs while the borders are close, unless you are a critical worker.

Instead follow these steps of checking your eligibility, setting up job and employer targets and creating visibility, so that you do not have to rely on the old default way of applying for overseas jobs.  If you get this right, during this time that you wait for the borders to reopen, you will be well ahead of other candidates.

Remember – if you want to be the best prepped, ready and most preferred candidate for overseas jobs, when the borders open and the jobs boom arrives, you MUST start nowCheck our our recent webinar where I go through the exact steps, processes, tips and tricks to become prepped and ready, to become the preferred candidate and beat the stampede to the gate when the time is right.

Also – don’t forget to subscribe to this channel to get informed when I release new videos like this one for immigrant job seekers around the world.

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