International Job Search Resources

 The following links will direct you to job search engines targeting international jobs:

 

Searching for International Jobs

How do I find a job in a specific country?

It is very difficult (if not impossible) to do a country-specific job search for a professional job, especially an entry-level professional job.

How do I get a visa to work in that country?

A country-specific job search generally implies that you are looking for low-skilled work or seasonal work, which can help in building international experience.

How do I write a country-specific resume?

For professional international jobs and internships, you must undertake a "sector-specific" job search (see below), and most often with U.S.-based organizations that regularly send American citizens abroad.

Where can I find a list of employers in a specific country?

Organizations such as BUNAC (British Universities North America Club, an organization that offers work and volunteer opportunities abroad) or a foreign embassy in Washington D.C., can help arrange low-skilled work types of visas for many of the most popular countries.

 

Debunking the Myths- How Young Professionals Look for International Jobs:



World Travelers
(Low-Skilled Job Search)
Job Search by Country

Young Professionals
(Career-Enhancing Job Search)
Job Search By Sector

Objective
  • Subsidize travel costs
  • Take long term working vacation
  • Acquire international experience
  • Find a professional job or internship
Employers are
  • Local firms located in host country
  • U.S. firms, U.S. MOGs, U.S government
  • International Organizations
Type of international jobs
  • Retail and service sectors
  • English teacher
  • Professional jobs available in every sector
Search controlled by

Job Searcher

  • Chooses country of destination
  • Responsible for visa
  • Needs country specific resume

Employer

  • Chooses country of destination
  • Responsible for visa
  • Doesn't need a country specific resume

Searching for a Professional International Job

  • Start by identifying a specific job target and deciding on the desired type of organization: a private firm, NGO, government, or international organization.
  • Then focus on the type of work, such as a project officer working on AIDS projects in Africa or a program officer working with an international NGO in Boston.
  • Once you have identified the targeted field and type of organization, they should research the international players in this field.
  • At this point it can be very helpful to track down an international expert in the area of interest and ask for career advice about the major players and how people traditionally break into the field.
  • With this cache of research material, college-educated job seekers will need to apply an entrepreneurial zeal to their search.
  • Students will need to be bold and forthright when contacting international employers.
  • International employers know that international work requires acumen, independence, and an open mind.
  • If you exhibit these qualities during the job-search phase you are providing proof of your future success in the international arena.
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How to Find International Employers:

Research each level in the international hierarchy in your field of work Each level contains web sites and trade journals with:
  • International organizations and world umbrella organization
  • Regional and national associations
  • Institutional members
    • private-sector firms
    • NGOs
    • government departments
  • International experts
  • Employers’ names and contacts
  • Job boards and job links
  • Experts in your field
  • Lists of firms with specialization
  • International contracts
  • Consulting opportunities
  • Internships abroad
  • Scholarships and research grants
  • Professional courses
  • International conferences