5 Steps to Launching an International Job Search

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 | 0 comments

5 Steps to Launching an International Job Search

There are many things to consider when planning for a global career transition. Here’s a pre-departure job search checklist to help you get organized!


  1. Access local resources.

    You will find many resources available to you in your destination country, such as expat networks, libraries, the internet, and chambers of commerce. Try to avoid relying on just one or two resources. Identify and use a variety of resources to ensure a balanced approach to your job search.

  2. Find out the restrictions and permissions for working in the destination country.

    You will want detailed information about the work permit process, such as what documents are needed, how long each will take to process and whether your nationality may cause any delays, etc. A great website to check is the Permits Foundation.

  3. Identify organizations to research for possible job leads and make contacts there.

    Although it can be daunting trying to go through the myriad online resources to find organizations in different countries, it is important to develop a list of 15-20 target organizations. There are many websites that have lists of organizations and a great one to check out is International Chambers of Commerce. There are many ways to identify contacts in organizations, such connecting with other expats in the area and asking them to help you identify professionals in the organization. See some of the other blogs on this site for more ideas on how to network!

  4. Learn the business etiquette and communication culture for your new country.

    You can learn the dos and don’ts for your destination country by keeping your eye on this blog, reviewing the information on the Passport Career website (if your organization has a subscription), or through the many great books on this topic. There is also information scattered across the internet, but ensure that the website is reputable and the information is accurate and appropriate.

  5. Create a networking resume and organize important career-related papers that may be requested. 

    Create a resume appropriate to the standards in your destination country to use for networking purposes and gather relevant papers.  What documents might you need? Plan to take copies of the following: transcripts from your college, vocational or other educational institute (if you have numerous degrees, then you will need copies of each), awards and training activities, proof that you attended relevant conferences (usually only needed if you have a certificate from a training at a professional conference), and other related documentation.


Preparing for job seeking in another country requires a lot of work, but it will reduce the frustration once you arrive at your new destination. Many spouses/life partners fail to prepare well, because they don’t have the time, they don’t think about it, or they simply do not know what steps to take to prepare adequately. However, I strongly encourage you to spend some time on these five steps before you depart so you can get started with a solid step forward in your job search.




Passport Career provides more detailed career information and extensive resources about networking, finding a job, internship, alternative career opportunities as well as information on writing CVs, cover letters and interviews. If your organization, embassy, university/college, library, or other institution would like access to our country portfolios (15,000+ pages of expert content for 80+ countries and 250+ cities) to share with your students, employees, spouses/partners, and others managing a national or international career transition, please contact us (or email info@passportcareer.com) regarding a free, live, online demo and details on how to obtain a license to access Passport Career.


Susan Musich, Executive Director and Founder
Edited by: Anna Sparks, Expert Global Career Consultant

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