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How to Get a Job in a Foreign Country

Tired of seeing the same buildings, speaking the same language, and dealing with the same people? It may be time to explore a job in a foreign country.


  • Step 1: Read reference materials Spend time reading reference books and web sites about working and living internationally.
  • TIP: Read, read, and read, especially about other people’s experiences.
  • Step 2: Consider language requirements Narrow your search by the language skills you have, need, or hope to acquire.
  • Step 3: Decide what type of job you desire Choose whether you would like paid or unpaid work, short-term work, a teaching job, or other professional opportunity.
  • Step 4: Inform yourself about fees Find out through government agencies what fees are associated with applications and visas.
  • Step 5: Network Talk to people, network, and gather information.
  • TIP: Be patient, polite, and persistent. If you consider yourself a passive person, it may be time to reconsider your plan.
  • Step 6: Write letters Write and send letters via e-mail to inquire about opportunities.
  • Step 7: Do more research and be proactive Keep doing research and sending letters. If you’ve spent time abroad, make sure to highlight those experiences.
  • FACT: In a 2009 survey, undergraduate college students ranked the Peace Corps seventh in a list of the top 25 Most Ideal Employers.

You Will Need

  • Reference materials
  • A computer with internet access

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