Something to keep in mind when jobhunting overseas

Q: Jim, I’m about to give up on the jobmarket over here and go overseas for more opportunity. I have a few leads, but I think I am going to bite the bullet and just head over to Singapore (or Australia, not sure which). I have a little nest egg saved up for travel expenses, but every bit helps. Do you have any tips about looking for work in other countries?

Signed,

Unemployed Globetrotter

A:Umm… well, for one, I would not recommend up and moving to another country without a job there waiting for you. At least, have some family there to help support you and watch your back. Just sayin’… However, if you are determined to throw caution to the wind, allow me to share with you a few resources.

Believe it or not, there are people all over the world who will let you live with them (for a short while) for free. Yeah, it is now possible to legitimately freeload on strangers the world over. How do you find kind strangers to mooch off of? Here are a few resources you might find useful…

GlobalFreeloaders

CouchSurfing.com

HospitalityClub.org

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I have not used any of these services, so I cannot personally vouch for them. If anyone reading this post has however, I would love to hear about your experiences. Do tell…

2 thoughts on “Something to keep in mind when jobhunting overseas”

  1. Unemployed Globetrotter – Jim’s advice is good but it really depends on your skillset. If your skills are in high demand then relocating to get the job can speed up the process. I work across Asia and the Middle East – feel free to drop me a line. Mat@ConnectedGroup.com

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