by Rachel Vilsack

If your search for a job includes the possibility of moving to or working in another country, there are some important factors to consider.  You may need to assess your options and develop a strategy before actively beginning your job search.  This could include defining your job search goals (what kind of job or career are you looking for), identifying the skills and experience that would make you a good candidate, and understanding the market conditions of the country or region where you are going to target your search. Ultimately, you want to find an international employer that is a good fit for your skills and experience.


Finding a Job

Once you’ve assessed that your skills would be a good fit for an overseas employer, it’s time to start actively looking for an opportunity. Like in the United States, there are many international job boards, which can help you explore options. Some examples include:


Don’t rely just on job boards; your networking connections might be particularly important in conducting an international job search. Think about who you know and how you can connect to companies. Social networking sites, like LinkedIn, are one way to explore companies. Many business located right here in Minnesota have foreign offices or branches, so check their company websites for jobs, too.


There are also many Foreign Service careers that represent the United States overseas, including work in embassies or political and economic organizations that help American citizens abroad.


Applying and Interviewing for a Job

The process of applying and interviewing for a job overseas might be different than what you’re used to. Many international firms require a curriculum vitae, or CV. A CV is like a resume, but contains different information. There may also be different CV formats depending on the country where you are applying for jobs, so it’s important to research the preferred method. Keep in mind that interviewing with an international firm could be conducted over the telephone or other electronic methods.

Finally, to secure employment in another country, a work permit or visa will be required. Depending on your situation, your prospective employer usually helps you to obtain one. Some countries, however, face skilled worker shortages and resources may be available to help you secure a visa without a job offer.


Want more information on companies in Minnesota doing business overseas? Check out the previous article in this series Looking Global: Target the International Business Market.