How to find a job in a foreign country before you move

Moving your whole life to a completely different state is an adventure, but it can be a hassle at times. As fun as moving to a new country can be, there are some stressful things that some people don’t know how to solve or handle, and finding a job is definitely one of them. If you leave it to chance and start looking only after you move, you may be jobless even for several months, so better start early. If you are one of the lucky people relocating BECAUSE of a job, then good for you and good luck! But if you are one of the people who are trying to find a job before relocating and achieve their goal of embarking on a new career, here are a couple of tips:

1. Do a little research.

Before you start, you need to do a little research on the area you are moving to. Get informed about your field of work in that area and about the city itself. You need to be familiar with the average salary, the cost of living, the labor market conditions and the life in that city. Thanks to numerous sites like Monster or SnagAJob you can find contact information and think about your opportunities. You need to have all the necessary information abour your tax liability in the new country. You also have to understand your target state’s tax rate and code because that can make a significant difference.

2. Planning and budgeting.

First you need you have a date set for your move, and make sure that you have enough time to organize an extensive job search near your new home. It would be nice if you could go on a job-hunting visit to that country and attend job meetings or interviews. If you can, join groups on sites such as Eventbrite or Meetup to check out any upcoming events. If any of the companies or organizations you are interested in do not have any positions available, try to schedule an informational meeting with their hiring manager or their HR department.

3. Narrow down your choice.

You need to decide which industries you are going to be looking into, and choose one or two to focus on during your job search. Select only the industry you are interested in and after conducting your research make a list of companies and employers in that industry. Start with what you know and already have experience with because what you will be doing in the next couple of weeks is convincing the hiring manager or the HR department that you are more qualified and better for their company than the other candidates who are local. You can check out Linkedin and use it to build networks in the area you are planning on moving to. Make sure to connect with the people in the fields that you are interested in and reach out to them. Use your connections- ask your colleagues or friends if they know any good sites or groups that you could join that would benefit your search. Do not underestimate the power of networking.

4. Set aside some time to work on your resume and cover letter

The most important thing to remember is that looking for a job will take time. Do not try to squeeze it in your free time, but create a special time in your schedule to review job postings and contact companies. This is not easy to do in your own country let alone a foreign one, so set aside some time to concentrate and focus on filling in job applications, editing your resume and making the best out of what you have, writing cover letters can also take away a lot of your time, so be prepared for that in advance. Include a sentence or two in your cover letter that explains your relocation plans (such as when you are moving and when you can come to an interview or start working), and if you can, add that you can come in for a job interview. If not, just state the date of your arrival and when you will be available to start. Make sure that you highlight that you are paying for your own expenses of relocation, and do not expect the company to do so. Also, if it is possible, gain a local address. You can ask a friend or an acquaintance to use theirs solely for job-hunting purposes, but be sure to state that you are currently not in the state and plan on going there soon, you can also get a commercial mail box (such as Mailboxes) that will forward all your mail to you. Your future employers and hiring managers will respond more favorably to your application.

5. Follow up on you scheduled interviews

After you have settled in your new home, it’s time to follow up on the informational interviews or scheduled meetings. You need to prioritize meetings with the companies you are most interested in and make sure that none of them overlap. Good luck in all your future endeavors!