With the recession now beginning to bite in the UK and job losses mounting up, there is a growing unease permeating through society about the safety of any of our positions.  This is leading to some beginning to think actively about their ongoing employment conditions, and the most sensible among us will know that it will be better if we can jump before we are pushed!

If you’re working in any of the vulnerable industries in the UK – and let’s face it, which industries aren’t vulnerable – and you want to find a path through this recession that will see you remain on a financial even keel, may we suggest you think about expat jobs abroad?

It’s estimated that a record number of Britons will jump ship and move overseas specifically for employment reasons in 2009, and if you want to get ahead of the curve and secure your job abroad now before employers abroad are inundated with CVs and resumes, here’s our guide to finding work abroad.

How to Find an Expat Job Abroad

At first consideration the thought of trying to find a job abroad can be quite a daunting one, but in absolutely actual fact it’s just as easy as finding a job back home!  I.e., the methods of searching for an expat job are exactly the same.  If you’re looking from the UK the internet is going to be your best resource – you can target international recruitment websites for a specific industry or a specific country for example, and you can begin by looking around the sites for jobs you’re interested in.  This will give you an indication of the salary you might be able to expect and the qualifications you will need to have or criteria you will need to fulfil to secure such a job.

Alternatively you can search out companies overseas in specific locations perhaps, that are in the same industry you’re used to working in.  These companies may have a recruitment section, if not, they will have contact details and you can directly target them and ask them about any vacancies they may have.  Other ideas you can try include getting of forums and enquiring from people already living and working abroad about jobs available or companies to target.  You can also try asking anyone you know who already lives abroad about finding work where they live.  Some international newspapers publish online too – these may well have a recruitment section.

If you know people abroad in a country or location you’d like to work in, would they help you to find an expat job there?  I.e., would they be perhaps willing to accommodate you for a few weeks whilst you actively go on the hunt for a job?  You can then look in the local papers for jobs, you can ask around on the ground about potential employment offerings , you can knock on doors and if you’re in the EU you can also use their jobs centres just like you would in the UK.  The more active you can be in searching for and securing a position, the better chance you will have of being a successful candidate.  You need to be as proactive as possible, chase up any leads and make lots and lots of phone calls and be very persistent!

Where to Find Jobs Abroad

The current recession that’s beginning to bite in the UK is a pretty much global phenomenon – this means that there is seemingly not a nation in the world unaffected by what greedy bankers and immature governments have done in the likes of the UK and the USA.  Therefore, all countries to a lesser or greater extent are feeling the pinch and this means that there will be fewer jobs available globally.  However – not many countries are as badly affected as the UK, and because companies grow, people retire, positions become vacant, businesses start and demand increases, naturally jobs remain available.

In terms of where to find jobs abroad therefore, anywhere is worth a look.  For Britons the easiest places to find jobs are in Europe because one can relocate without visas and permits.  Alternatively places like Dubai and the UAE remain attractive because even though they too are suffering from financial issues, they have the money to bail their economies out and the desire to remain ahead of the competition and make ground during these tough times.

Those who want to work in English speaking nations such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand will of course need to look at visa requirements – but that’s not to say it is impossible to do.  Alternatively, think outside of the box and look at opportunities in emerging markets from Brazil to Slovakia, Argentina to the Czech Republic.  English is often the main business language used in internationally minded companies and organisations, meaning that even if your language skills are not up to scratch you can possibly find a job.

In conclusion, our advice to anyone thinking about working abroad is that now’s possibly the best time to begin actively exploring your options – there is literally a whole new world of opportunity out there to discover.  The other piece of advice that we have to give is be as proactive as possible – it’s your dream so you have to make it happen.  Good luck…