How to Do an International Job Search

By: Beth Brindle

If only finding a job anywhere in the world were as simple as pushing a button on your computer's keyboard. See pictures of corporate life.

Have you ever dreamed of living and working in an exotic locale or making a fortune as an international business mogul? Maybe you work in an industry where all the real opportunities or scientific advances are happening overseas, or you're a new grad hoping to spend a year or two after college experiencing life abroad before you enter the "real" working world back home.

With the U.S. unemployment rate stuck above 8 percent since 2009, jobseekers have heard endless advice about how to stand out from the crowd and survive a traditional job hunt [source: Bureau of Labor Statistics]. But what if your search for employment takes you overseas? The idea of an international job search can be daunting even to a seasoned professional, partly because it involves all the challenges of a local quest for employment along with added obstacles like distance, cultural differences and sometimes language barriers.


When your potential job pool is spread across the entire globe (or at least a few time zones), how do you know where to start? Whether you're looking for a new career challenge, daydreaming about buying a one-way ticket to Europe, or trying to find work overseas in a hurry because your significant other has received an offshore transfer, the next few pages will cover everything you need to know to embark on an international job search.