Gloomy out look with the situation in Nigeria getting you down? Well here’s some tips on how to get a dream job abroad.
Research showed that last year 1st September saw a 62% increase in the members updating their linked profiles compared with the year before and are expecting the same this year says Darain Faraz. Communication Manager at Linkedin. Many of us dream of exploring the world and taken a job abroad can boost your career as well as satisfy your wanderlust.
Thousands of Nigerian professionals moved abroad to work last year and it was found that the top destination for Nigerians on Linkedln was America, followed by the UK, South Africa and Canada.
Here are some tips to help you make a smooth transition abroad:
- Be visible
Social networks have made it simple to connect with people around the world, so make the most of it.
Imagine you’re a boutique. Your online profile is your shop window and needs to show people exactly why they should buy into you. Don’t just treat it as an online CV; get people’s attention by uploading specific examples of your work and ask current and previous colleagues for recommendations.
- Show off your skills
You may have spent years becoming an expert in your role, but employers overseas will want to know that you can adapt to the market in their country too.
Highlight transferrable skills such as budgeting, IT skills and relationship building, and emphasise any work you’ve done on global projects or instances when you’ve collaborated with professionals other countries. Showing that you’re genuinely interested in the destination you’d like to move to can also help to convince employers you’re serious about fitting in.
- Do some internal investigation
If your company has offices abroad, consider applying for an internal transfer. Building a strong network within your company can really help with this, as you’ll need the backing of senior management to be put forward.
4. Think multinational
If you don’t know where to start when looking for potential employers abroad, it’s worth exploring opportunities at international firms.
5. Ramp up your research
It’s likely that a potential employer will want to know why you’re set on relocating. As well as talking about wanting to see the world, you should show that you understand the company and the way the sector works in that country.
Written by Tokyo James