Are you planning to move abroad and take advantage of the opportunity to live and work in another country? Moving abroad can be a very exciting life step, but it can also be difficult to find work – especially since you will be mostly searching online before you arrive.
Technology is rapidly changing and even if you successfully found a job online a couple of years ago the techniques that you used might not work today. It is important to know the right techniques so that you can increase your chances of obtaining a job.
So what tips should you keep in mind when it comes to searching for a job online? Here are some helpful tips that will aid you in your job search goals.
- Don’t spam your resume to every job posting that you see. Quantity over quality isn’t always the best bet, because most people can tell when you are sending a standard copy and paste CV. Take the time to tweak the application for each position and you will greatly increase your chances.
- Make sure that you write a cover letter for each position. It is a great opportunity to explain a little bit about who you are, identify your skills and achievements and show the company why you would be a great fit.
- Take a professional photo of yourself that you can use on all of your social media profiles and job search website profiles. It should be a clear photo, not a blurry selfie or mirror shot. You should be wearing professional clothing and should be facing ahead with a confident smile.
- Remember that first impressions are everything, so what will the company see when they look up your name and scroll through your social media profiles? Take a look through your online presence and if there is anything that is unprofessional, remote it or make it “friends only.”
- Always check over your CV and cover letter very carefully for typos and other mistakes. Even if you leave one in it can look really unprofessional and make you look careless to the employer.
- Take a look over your CV and check to see that it reflects you in the best light, especially if you haven’t updated it in a while. If you have new qualifications and achievements, make sure that you add them in.
- Don’t be afraid to set up multiple profiles on a wide range of job sites. Sometimes jobs are only posted on one job search site and not the others, so the more different sites you are a member of the better chance you have of finding all of the jobs.
- Many job search sites will give you a chance to sign up for notifications via email, which can be a great way to be updated on job opportunities as soon as they are posted. Make it a habit to read through your job search emails every morning and apply for any jobs that you might see.
- Make sure that you clearly explain the visa you will be entering the country on, such as Australian skilled visas, so that the company knows that you will legally be able to work.
- If you are not on LinkedIn, you could be missing out on a lot of opportunities. This is one of the best job search websites out there and it is a great way to connect with others in your industry. Set up a profile and start connecting with people you know!
- If you have applied to a job and haven’t heard back for a week or so, it’s okay to send a quick follow up to check that they got your application. Don’t send a barrage of emails, but a polite follow up is fine and it can be a great way to get your name back in the employer’s head and put you at the top of their list.
- When you are applying for a job online that is in a different country, think about how your qualifications will translate in that country. That qualification might not exist in the other country, so you will need to find out what the equivalent qualification would be so that you can explain what your training means.
These are just a few tips that you should keep in mind when it comes to searching for a job abroad online if you are moving to New Zealand from the UK or to any other destination abroad.