Careers and business
Careers and business
Although life hasn’t entirely returned to our pre-pandemic ‘normal’, mobility is improving. Those who were dreaming of their expat life are starting to make plans again, and gap-year students and young professionals are also getting itchy feet. So if holidays aren’t your only reason to get on a plane or train, where do you start to look for a job abroad?
You already know that languages are our bread and butter — we know that speaking a foreign language boosts your career opportunities at home and beyond the UK. That’s why besides helping students, we also offer business language classes and advice for professionals who work with or in foreign countries.
So let’s say that you’re decided to work in your dream destination (after-work drinks at the beach in the Canaries, anyone?) but have no job offer yet, how can you send off an attention-grabbing application from the UK? We’re here to help you out.
The process to find a job outside the UK is similar to what you’re used to back home, but you may need to do some extra research to know where to look. Here are some tips:
Again, research makes a world of difference between a successful resume and one that gets chucked in the bin. You should familiarise yourself with:
In general, no matter the language you’re writing in, your CV should be short and easy to read. Cut all the fluff and write short sentences and paragraphs. If you can, use bulleted lists and other elements that make it easier to find relevant information. Recruiters all over the world receive tons of applications and can only dedicate a few seconds to each CV.
Once you’re done writing your CV, have it proofread by a friend or colleague you trust, or a tutor.
Again, this depends on the specific application. Many companies will clearly state whether they require a cover letter in the job listing.
If you decide to write one, make sure that it doesn’t simply repeat the content of the CV and take advantage of the extra space to discuss what makes you unique for this position and the reason(s) why you’re applying for the job and this company specifically.
Here are the top tips to arrive prepared for a job interview abroad:
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Absolutely. Plenty of companies and organisations nowadays complete the recruiting process entirely online or only require applicants to travel for the last interview. If this is the case, you can ask to be given plenty of notice and whether they offer to cover the expenses.
Yes and no. For some positions, it may be possible to secure a job even though you don’t speak the language. However, the vast majority of companies require applicants to speak at least basic Spanish to be able to communicate with their colleagues. Moreover, your life as an expat will be much easier, fuller, and more fun if you speak the local language.