4 Lesser-Known Ways to Find an Expat Job Overseas

Date Created: 24.01.2014

So you’re looking to find an expat job abroad, or some kind of work opportunity overseas, but you have no idea where to begin. Google sometimes delivers varied results, and you want to be sure you’re getting a "legitimate" job before shipping yourself overseas to a big surprise, right?

Here are some resources to help you get started:

#1 International.careers.org

One of the first stops to investigate expats jobs overseas is Careers.org. There are several reasons why this site is so valuable: first, you can sort the job occupation by field, and then niche it down even more to get detailed analytics about job prospects, pay, and even news related to the field.

The job information itself is linked to the U.S. Bureau of labour statistics so it will give you an in-depth look at job prospects, median salary, and so on. From there you can investigate country-specific jobs, so for example, we could choose a country of your choice. From there, the jobs that are specifically listed in that country will show up, including a further "links" tab that will link to jobs.


#2 Overseasjobs.com

Overseasjobs.com connects both employers and employees for overseas work assignments.

It has the standard multi-country search tool, but also specifically features certain employers which is valuable because sometimes even though there isn’t an obvious job opening, you’ve been given the employer’s contact information so that you can reach out.

It also offers an in-depth career research tool, which will demonstrate the typical wage, duties, and required skill/training for careers within a certain industry.


#3 Linkedin Expat Jobs Groups:

Linkedin is a no-brainer first choice for many professionals looking to find a new job or jump into a new industry, but many people don’t know it can be an effective tool for seeking out international jobs. There are two features in particular what will help you:The first is simply running an "expat jobs" search in the main search bar.

The results that show up are often sorted as expat jobs per country.  So rather than "Expat jobs" showing up, you’ll see many groups for "China Expats & Jobs" or "Middle East Expats & Jobs" or "UK Expats."

There are also a number of international job groups, like "Expat Jobs Worldwide:" (link: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/EXPAT-JOBS-WORLDWIDE-4757108

Also, "International Jobs & Careers" is another group (with almost 100,000 members) that regularly posts job listings. These groups can easily be subscribed to, at which point you’ll get notifications via email.

(Link: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=3662959&trk=vsrp_groups_res_name&trkInfo=VSRPsearchId%3A990129021389815264758%2CVSRPtargetId%3A3662959%2CVSRPcmpt%3Aprimary )

#4 Indeed Worldwide

One of the reasons that Indeed worldwide is a valuable expat search tool is, in particular, for people that speak the language of the host country. For example, if we pull up the Italy job listings and we can see that the entire page is now in Italian.  But Indeed also has a whole host of job search tools at your disposal.

If you go to the tools page (http://www.indeed.com/tools/jobseeker/) they have a mobile job search, job alerts, a plugin you can install into your web browser, jobs trends, a personal forum with regular users and a salary search and comparison tool.

Have you used any tools or services in particular that have helped get an expat assignment? Let us know - contact zira@worldofexpats.com