How to start looking for a job abroad

If you are planning to leave your country it is very clear that the work aspect is very important, to such an extent that many people do not dare to undertake this adventure until they have an assured job. Perseverance, intelligence and attention to detail will be key to helping you get a job in your destination country. In .com we give you some useful keys so you can discover how to start looking for a job abroad successfully.

Steps to follow:


Once you are very clear about where you will go and what your starting date is, it is important to plan the strategy for the job search abroad . Although you can try it, finding work from a distance while you are not in the country of destination is quite difficult because the companies want to meet the candidates face to face and do not settle for an Internet interview. In spite of this you can always try it but before you must have prepared other basic details that we will explain to you next.


The first and most important thing to get a job abroad is to have a good resume properly prepared for the type of job you aspire to. That's why we recommend you:

  • Make a CV detailing only your jobs and experiences with more weight and importance for the position you aspire. Avoid CVs of more than 2 pages, learn to synthesize and give timely information, useless data do not add up but subtract.
  • The CV should always be in the language of the country you go to and you should take care that you do not have spelling or grammatical errors, remember that it will be the first thing they will see about you.
  • Prepare several CVs for different types of work. When I came to live in Spain I had 3 CVs: one for the position of editor / journalist, another for the position of audiovisual producer, since I have worked extensively in both fields, and another for the commercial area as a store clerk, since In my first years as a student I worked in stores. This allowed me to expand my search range and have more possibilities.
  • Speaking several languages ​​is a highly valued bonus, so if you have this skill do not forget to highlight it since it can help you find work abroad.


In addition to a good CV, it is vital to gather as many letters of recommendation as possible, including at least one prepared by a boss or supervisor of any of your last two jobs and written in the language of the country you are going to, or in English in the if it is a language that not everyone dominates.

This letter should be brief but highlight your main virtues as an employee. It must be printed on letterhead of the company and properly signed by the person writing it, you must also scan it to send it attached with your CV.


Depending on the area in which you work, it is also opportune to have a digital portfolio of your work . These are essential for people who practice professions such as architecture, design, journalism, audiovisual production, etc. You should also be able to offer contacts that serve as a reference in your previous work, so you will prove that you are a solid professional, with a track record and ready to work in any market.


You have everything ready at the CV level, now what to do ?:

  • Check the different job portals online in search of jobs that suit you. Apply to those positions that you consider appropriate and provide as much information as possible to make your profile interesting and attractive, you can start applying 3 weeks before leaving to go groping the market.
  • Never apply to a position that does not fit your experience saying things like "I've never done it but I can learn", employers want a certain profile and will ignore anyone who does not. Each day you will have to search the online portals to detect new job ads and apply.
  • In parallel make a list of companies that you are interested in or could work on, enter your website and find the email address of the contact person in charge of the area of ​​your interest or human resources, and send an email with your CV and letters of recommendation. Remember: this will be the first thing someone will read about you, so do not be boring, do not write too much and go straight to the point showing that you are a safe and skilled worker.
  • Look for work in all those areas in which you have experience or where you know you will be an excellent employee. Exploit your virtues and skills, because these can lead you to success.
  • Create or improve your Linkedin profile as many companies consult this social network to analyze the profile of possible employees. You can also use this platform to search for a job.
  • Follow on Twitter the websites of online jobs and look frequently at their publications, so you can quickly detect any charge that interests you.
  • Most companies do not receive resumes in physical form, but in most stores they do. If you intend to also look for work in the commercial area, prepare to paper the city with your CV, the more doors you touch, the more possibilities you will have.
  • Finally, tell everyone that you are looking for a job! Advertise in your social networks what job you are looking for and in what city you do it, because you never know if a friend of a friend just needs someone with your profile, you never know who can read this information and contact you.


Starting to look for work abroad is an activity of perseverance and patience, that's why it's very important to start little by little, to know that at the beginning you may not get the job you want but that at least you are doing something productive that will make you learn and meet new people.

Going abroad is to start from scratch, so do not compare yourself with anyone, do not think about what it would have been if, do not get discouraged. Be persistent, take the first job that works economically and in your free time keep looking until you find what you want. Once you have decided to leave your country, nothing can stop you, so encourage and move forward.


And if after all this process you get some job interviews, then you should follow certain tips to impress them positively. In .com we have prepared some useful articles for you:

  • How to act in a job interview
  • How to answer questions in the job interview
  • How to answer salary expectations in an interview