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Finding jobs overseas

1ddqd1ddqd Registered User regular
edited June 2010 in Help / Advice Forum
So my girlfriend and I have been talking about overseas living and first/foremost, of course, would be researching what jobs exist where we go; we've narrowed it down to 3 distinct country/areas: UK, Australia, or Canada - I'm sure you can guess why (hint: has to do with languages).

In any case, what's the best way to go about finding a job outside the country? I'm in Dallas, TX and my skill set is mostly technology centric (all job experience is computer based, whether it's fixing/supporting, or using it as a job tool - analyst, research, etc). I currently make $40k a year - something comparable overseas would be awesome

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  • baudattitudebaudattitude Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    First question: do you have a college degree, or ten years of verifyable experience in your field?

    In order to get a work visa in most countries, you're going to need one of those. The degree doesn't need to be in your field, though.

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  • FallingmanFallingman Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Approach the recruitment agencies. They'll have policies regarding overseas applicants. The reality might be that if you're not in a niche area, they may tell you to see them when you arrive in the country.

    So advice would be:

    a) Make sure you know EXACTLY what you're eligible to do, visa-wise.
    b) Internet job sites.
    c) Call some agencies in these countries - or email them.

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  • adytumadytum Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Australia or Canada are your best bets. They'll take almost anyone educated and English speaking. The UK, on the other hand, is a lot more like the US in immigration requirements. Not to say it's impossible, though.

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  • 1ddqd1ddqd Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I have a degree in Advertising and a growing (read: small) portfolio of freelanced items - mostly small business work, everything from menus to pamphlets and flyers.

    My field, currently, is rather specialized. I have about 2-3 years of experience as a dialer admin (not robo-callers, mind, but for companies who need to collect debts). I'm just getting started, and I could say I have close to 5 years experience (2 years PC support, 2-3 years dialer admin) for work.

    How do I find a reputable job agency in another country though? Is there a equivalent for the UK, or Australia?

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  • burntheladleburntheladle Registered User
    edited June 2010
    Before you start looking for a job, you want to look at visa requirements. I know Australia has been tightening ours up, I'm not sure about Canada. Have you considered New Zealand?

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  • MagicToasterMagicToaster JapanRegistered User regular
    edited June 2010
    I'm applying for jobs in Japan from overseas. I hit up a lot of forums and follow up on leads, but I also call and find out who the in charge are and I email them a proposal (in my case, my design portfolio). I'm often met with positive feedback, but the Visa requirements are a GIANT hinderance.

    I've gone so far as physically going to interviews, but only to be told that they've gone with X candidate because he has work permits. Work permits are the single most dificult obstacle to beat. If you can find someone who will sponsor you, TAKE IT!

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  • 1ddqd1ddqd Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Roger that - I definitely want to stay a US citizen for now (expatriate tax breaks yay!) but I have an in for work permits in each of these countries anyways. Thanks for the heads up!

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  • GophermasterGophermaster Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    This is the self assessment calculator to see if you even qualify for a visa to work in Canada. The rules are similar in other commonwealth countries.

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  • 1ddqd1ddqd Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    Great, thanks - that's where I'll start, I suppose

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  • bsjezzbsjezz Registered User regular
    edited June 2010
    if you're coming to a city like sydney, finding temp work won't be too hard. that'll at least tide you over until you've had chance for a couple of field-specific interviews.

    if you've got technical experience and the role is anything more than an entry-level desk jockey you'll be paid more than $40k a year in australia

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