Career Tips

How to Get the Overseas Job You Want

Date Posted: 08/26/2019

Finding an overseas job you love or “living your passion/ dream” might come off as idealistic or unrealistic to some, but it is possible. Yes, it may be hard, but it has been done by a lot of people who are now working abroad and earning a salary they would never get at home.

If you want to work overseas, there are a few things you can do to make your dream a reality. First, research the countries where you would like to work. Find out what the job market is like and what kinds of salaries you can expect. Second, get a degree or certification in a field that is in demand in your chosen country. This will make it easier to get a job and earn a good salary. Finally, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice some things in order to make your dream a reality. It may be tough, but it is possible to achieve your goal of working overseas.

Here are some tips on how to get that job abroad you really want:

Prepare well for your interview

As we said earlier, your dream job will not just magically fall into your lap. Don’t be a Juan Tamad, instead, be a Juan Sipag.

  1. Make sure your resume has no typos or mistakes and always include a cover letter. Be sure to tailor your resume for the job you are applying for. Don’t just use a standard resume template that you send out to all the jobs you are applying for. Highlight the things relevant to the job. For example, if you are applying for a job that requires customer service skills, be sure to highlight any customer service experience you have on your resume.
  2. Research the company’s background and be sure to check their website. Interviewers always like it when you have done your homework and research and you can show that you know something about the company.
  3. Dress to impress for your interview. The first impression is key.
  4. It is important to always tell the truth during an interview because many applicants lie and exaggerate to get a job. However, it is also important to present your skills carefully and honestly. Rehearsing what you are going to say beforehand can help you avoid sounding anxious or dishonest.

Make sure you’re keeping your skills up to date and that you’re as knowledgeable as possible in your field.

Let’s say you want to be a waiter, do you know what questions may be asked? Have you had previous experience? Do you know how to talk to your customers? There is plenty of information on the internet that you can study to help you prepare. On the other hand, if you want to be a secretary or an executive assistant, brush up on things like your grammar, verbal communication skills, and MS Office, or even Photoshop skills.

Get relevant experience

As with every job, experience is important, but not always essential. For example, if you want to be a photographer, a stint as a photographer’s assistant might help you pursue a future job abroad. Brushing up on your editing skills can also support you in this dream.

Win the interviewer over with your cover letter

Your cover letter is your opportunity to make a great first impression on the hiring manager. Use it to highlight your skills and experience that make you the perfect candidate for the job.  This is why a good cover letter is important:

1) It shows that you are seriously interested in the job and are willing to put in the effort to write a quality letter.

2) It allows you to highlight why you would be a good fit for the job, based on your skills, work ethic, experience, etc.

3) It demonstrates your ability to communicate effectively, which is always a valuable asset.

Utilize POEA offices and services

 Government offices such as the POEA are instituted for the very purpose of assisting overseas workers, at sayang naman ang buwis ng taumbayan kung hindi naman gagamitin ang mga serbisyo. Furthermore, several POEA services are now coursed online, which makes application processes convenient and accessible.

We hope these few pointers help you in getting the job abroad that you want. Tandaan, “Kung gusto may paraan, kung ayaw, maraming dahilan.” Don’t let fear, frustration, or doubt stop you from reaching for your dreams.

This overseas dream job that you want won’t magically fall into your lap. To increase your chances of landing the job, you need to put in the work. This includes preparing your application, researching the company, and having a strategy. With proper preparation and a little luck, you’ll be on your way to your dream job in no time.

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