If your move abroad is not due to job relocation, you need to get started on the job search right away! Moving to a different country - especially the Netherlands - is a wonderful and exciting transition. But it can become stressful if you don’t know where you’re going to find work. Here are some tips that will help you find a job in your new country.
5 Important Tips for Your Job Search Overseas
- Start with a strategy. It is so important to have a strategy for your job search if you want to find employment. You don’t want to miss out on any opportunities. Start by deciding what type of company you are interested in working for and what you will do to track down job openings there. As far as potential companies, you might want to consider domestic, foreign, or international businesses. Much of this will depend on your language skill level in your new country.
- Track down leads. You can use the strategy and guidelines you developed above to track down job leads through networking with your colleagues, cold calling or e-mailing, applying through corporate websites, posting on job websites, reading ads in foreign newspapers, working with a job recruiter, or even visiting international job fairs.
- Focus on your language skills. Even if you are going to work with an international company in the Netherlands, it might be a good idea to polish your Dutch language skills. This will help you to better understand what type of job you will be eligible for. And the truth is that being fluent in the native language will set you up for success in your job search abroad.
- Start with job search correspondence. As you begin your job search, it is important to have all of your documentation ready for correspondence. This includes your resume, cover letter, and even visa or work eligibility information. Your cover letter is perhaps the most important component. It should be attention-grabbing and enticing for a company to want to contact you for more information and hopefully an interview.
- Follow up with all leads. If you have had the opportunity to speak with a company or even snag an interview, you must follow up with ALL leads to see success. Don’t let shyness or insecurity cause potential jobs to slip through your fingers. Instead, make sure to follow up by sending e-mails and making phone calls to inquire whether or not a position has been filled. Hopefully it will be filled by you!
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