Looking for a job abroad can be both exciting and challenging. There are many factors that go into relocating, and preparing yourself can help you face certain obstacles along the way. Here are four things that you should consider during your search.
Salary vs cost of living
You need to make sure that a position’s salary will coincide with the cost of living in your new location. What might seem like an excellent salary may not be enough to sustain you if the country’s average cost of living is high.
It’s a good idea to research the area’s average housing and utility costs to determine if certain position’s wages can cover these expenses. You should also find out the average gas prices and public transportation costs. Researching the average health care costs will also be beneficial.
If relocation costs are covered
Some employers cover relocation costs for people who accept certain positions. Companies usually only do this for higher-up positions, but the employer may still be able to cover some of your moving expenses if you are hired on for a lower position – especially if they are determined to bring you into their business even though you are not local.
If the employer covers relocation costs, find out if they will require you to use a specific mover or let you choose your own moving company. If you’re free to choose, you should research international movers in your current area and look at their reviews to determine whether or not they’re reputable.
Travelling for interviews
You’ll also need to factor in the travelling that you may need to do for interviews. The employer may not cover travel expenses, which means that you’ll possibly need to pay for flights, hotel stays and car rentals if you’re required to interview in person.
Fortunately, technology has made it easier to interview with an out-of-country company from the comfort of your own home. Certain video conferencing programmes allow you to interview online in a way that simulates a face-to-face meeting.
CareerBuilder suggests for American job seekers trying to get an out-of-state job to network their way into that state. The same applies to anyone trying to find employment in a different country. Talking about your plans to relocate can connect you to new contacts in the country where you want to move. Your friends, colleagues and distant family members might know people in the country who can help make your transition easier. Networking online is also a crucial part of being able to do this – LinkedIn will be your best friend!
Before connecting with these potential contacts, you should make sure that they are willing to communicate with you. The people you already know should ask them if it would be okay for you to contact them.
Deciding to move country for work is a major life decision. It’s important to do the necessary research and take into consideration the important factors beforehand. By doing so, you’ll likely have a smoother transition into your new life and career.
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Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She enjoys reading reading books out on the lake while kayaking.