by Rhiannon Williamson
For many people the thought of finding an ideal
overseas assignment and then relocating abroad for a few years is a
For a few people that dream actually becomes a
So what's the difference between those who dream about
making it happen and those who actually find work abroad and experience
a whole new exciting lifestyle away from home?
Application - that's what!
Application in the form of applying oneself to the
task of finding suitable work abroad, and application in the form of the
CV, resume and covering letter sent to suitable employers and
Applying yourself: -
If you want something in life, experience should tell
you that you have to go out there and get it for yourself. Opportunity
seldom knocks on the door quick enough for any of us; therefore if you
dream of working abroad you need to start looking for suitable vacancies
in your overseas location of choice.
If you speak a foreign language you might be drawn to
countries where they speak that language because you will have an
obvious advantage over other overseas candidates. If on the other hand
speaking English is your only linguistic skill you should either look at
opportunities in English speaking countries or target countries like
Dubai in the United Arab Emirates where the business language is English
and where there are a plethora of job vacancies.
Whichever country you settle on you can use the
internet to search for employment offers, recruitment agencies and
potentially suitable employers based in that country, and you can then
begin contacting them one by one.
Making an application: -
To get anywhere in life it is sometimes necessary to
put yourself forward - and if you're looking for work overseas you're
going to have to put yourself forward to be noticed in the form of an
online application or CV/resume and covering letter.
Because your CV will be your initial contact with any
recruiter it has to represent you in the best possible light possible.
This means that your resume and covering letter have
to be well written; if you're applying in a language other than your
mother tongue you should consider paying for a professional translation
to be done because recruiters hate receiving poorly put together job
applications. In their view someone who cannot be bothered to make the
maximum effort with their personal CV probably cannot be bothered to do
a good job full stop and are therefore hardly worth considering for
employment. Therefore it is up to you to put together the most well
written, compelling and interesting application for employment possible.
Don't fill out your CV or covering letter with lots of
flowery embellishment, be succinct and to the point. You should
illustrate why you think should be considered for employment with
examples of relevant experience you have and you should ensure you
supply details of qualifications you have, referees who can supply
personal and employment references and you should include all your
personal contact information.
Finally, having targeted employers and recruitment
agencies and having made the best application for employment possible,
you should follow up your application and remain proactive and
relentless in your search for that ideal overseas assignment. After all,
only those who live their dreams have a chance of true fulfilment.
About the Author
Rhiannon Williamson writes about living and working
abroad. To read her
working abroad guides click here.