For most people, working abroad is the dream. Finding a solid gig to work at while traveling abroad can be a thrilling experience that really can’t be compared to anything else — but the process can be somewhat daunting — especially when you don’t have any idea of how to start. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a how-to guide to make your dream of working abroad a reality.
Where to Find Work
Finding work that will pay you while living abroad is probably one of the most challenging hurdles to overcome in this process — but rest assured finding the gig of a lifetime overseas is not impossible. The best place to start is undoubtedly through an online jobs board. Some of the best include international options include Indeed, Simply Hired, CareerJet, and Jooble, though certain countries may have their own job boards as well. These sites tend to have all kinds of positions open, and can be your best bet to finding the perfect job for you.
Getting Paperwork Together
Once you’ve found your dream job overseas, or have been lucky enough to snag a flexible remote gig, you’re going to want to get your paperwork together. Depending on your destination of choice, you may or may not need travel VISAs and a passport. You should also bring a printed resume so you can get the ball rolling from the get go. Collecting the right paperwork is a vital part of the process, and if not done right can leave you grounded at home without any hope of pursuing that gig abroad.
Handling a Skype Interview
In most cases, an overseas job may ask to set up a Skype Interview. And while it's important to not get too intimidated, it's also important to remember that first impressions are everything. When setting up a Skype interview it is essential that you have a solid internet connection and a quiet spot where the interviewer can hear you loud and clear. If your internet drops out, don’t panic. Trust us, these things happen (but hopefully not too frequently). Providing the interview goes well, you could land yourself the job of your dreams, but if not and you don’t get a callback, remember there are plenty of other jobs overseas that are just as good. Keep on keeping on.
Finding the Best Deal
Finding a cheap, comfortable, and timely flight is essential for a smooth transition when traveling abroad. We recommend finding cheap flights through either Skyscanner, Hopper, or Momondo. The best days to fly out of the country are usually weekdays, with Fridays and Saturdays being the most expensive. If you’re planning on flying into the United States, the best days for cheap U.S flights are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. It is also important that you book your flight way ahead of time as a 24-hour flight delay risks destroying your entire schedule.
Knowing what and what not to pack is probably one of the hardest parts of working abroad after finding the right gig. The best way to go about it is to figure out what you need immediately, and everything else you don’t need you can either ship to yourself later or purchase once you’ve reached your destination. Nowadays, luggage charges are through the roof, so the fewer amount of bags you have with you the better. However, if you’re planning to live and work abroad for a long period of time, it may be somewhat difficult to ‘pack light.’ We recommend you sort through your essentials, pack what you don’t need right away, and have a friend or family member ship them to you once you’ve landed and settled.
Snagging the Perfect Place to Live
This part is tricky. Depending on how long you plan to work and live abroad, you may want to live somewhere low key, or you may want to buy up something extravagant and comfortable. Regardless, finding a place to settle is key, and when traveling overseas, it is somewhat challenging to determine whether the spot you’re relocating to is safe and worth the price your paying. If you’re renting a place, don’t put a deposit down, or send any money until you’ve seen the property. We also recommend that you contact vacation rentals, as they may let you stay in one of their rooms for an extended period of time for a slightly increased cost; and what’s better than living in luxury while you work abroad?
Learning the Local Country's Language
This should go without mentioning, but it is incredibly important that you learn the native language of the country you plan to live and work in. Being fluent in the native language may be necessary even to land the right job in the first place, as it can be rare that a company hires employees unfamiliar with the local dialect. Fortunately with resources like Rosetta Stone, and language-learning apps like Duolingo, learning the native language shouldn’t be too difficult. Bonus points for attending a local language class once you've arrived, as often the best of learning is to practice real conversation with another person.
Setting Up a Brand New Bank Account
Ah yes Money. It's arguably the biggest deciding factor in this whole endeavor. Depending on where your destination of choice is, you can easily open up an account with a local banking branch as long as you show proof of residency and the appropriate paperwork. And many banks in the US will let you spend money overseas (depending on the country) charging just a small conversion fee. While you can spend your whole time abroad spending money out of a U.S bank account, those small charges tend to add up, so we highly recommend you find a local banking branch that you trust to hold your funds. Besides, you should want to save every penny you get, so that you can afford to travel during the off-days and holidays.