Career Development The Job Search

How to Conduct a Global Job Search

In these tough economic times, finding work can be hard. There are often hundreds of applications for each and every position, and competition is stronger than ever. Going up against such a large number of high quality candidates can mean it’s hard to stand out from the crowd and show employers what they’re made of.

One possible solution is to consider looking further afield. If you don’t have any ties in your current location, why not think about broadening your horizons? Finding work in a different country can provide you with a multitude of options, and can look great on your CV.

Here, we show you how to carry out a global job search and find the very best opportunities.

Use your contacts

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. It may be a cliché, but it’s true. Speak to all of your previous work contacts and let them know that you’re searching for work out of the country. They might know of some jobs coming up that would be ideal for you. A foot in the door through a contact could be just the boost you need.

Use social media to its full potential

Social networks aren’t just for chatting to your friends. Today, more and more recruiters are turning to sites such as LinkedIn to search for top talent. And of course, the great thing about the internet is that it’s worldwide. Reach out and connect with desirable employers and make it known that you’re happy to relocate if the right job comes up.

Get in touch with international recruitment agencies

You probably already have experience of recruitment agencies in your local area, but have you thought about signing up for ones that cover wider geographical areas? Some will deal with positions across the world, where as others will offer tailored solutions for various locations. Find out what’s available for your areas of expertise and interest.

Search for local newspapers online

Some companies still use newspapers to recruit, and many of these can be found online. So, for example, if you’re looking for jobs in Portsmouth in the UK, you’ll want to search for their local newspaper and check back regularly for the latest available positions.

Search for universities and colleges and check their websites

Identify a few universities and colleges in areas that you’d be interested in working in and regularly check their websites. They often post jobs that could be suitable for their students, and this information is publicly available. If you’re looking for jobs with good prospects that are suitable for graduates and ambitious individuals, this is a great strategy.

The resources are available really are almost endless. With developments online, a world full of opportunities is literally right at your fingertips. If you’re willing to do your research, finding work abroad can be relatively easy.

Have you ever thought about looking for a job away from where you currently live? Will these tools help you with your search?


This article was brought to you by Ruth Hinds on behalf of AllTheTopBananas. ATTB allows you to search for and browse through UK jobs in one place, from engineer jobs to IT jobs. You can also upload your CV to increase your chances of being headhunted.


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