3 Ways to Show Overseas Employers That You’re the Best Person for the Job
Applying for a new job can be nerve-wracking no matter where your employer is located. But when a potential move across the world is also on the line, it can feel like a daunting, life-changing task.
However, more and more people are getting employed overseas, and there is no reason why that can’t include you. As long as you have the drive and a determined work ethic, and you know how to pitch yourself correctly, then the world is your oyster.
Here are three ways to show overseas employers that you’re the best person for the job.
1. Show the skills and experience that only you have.
There is a multitude of different reasons why you may be looking to find a job overseas. Perhaps that country has more advanced opportunities for your position or niche and therefore you are applying for a skilled permanent immigration visa to Australia or Canada.
On the other hand, you may just want to experience life abroad and are looking for employment to make that happen.
Both of these thought processes will require you to demonstrate why you should be the person that they select for the job. You need to go above and beyond in proving to potential employers that only you have the necessary skills and experience for the position.
While you may not be the only person applying for the position, you have to pitch yourself as the only one who brings something new to the role.
Even if you don’t have a lot of experience in the industry or job you are applying to, you do have a full body of work, and so you need to pitch that. Don’t ignore your hobbies, your volunteering sessions, and other things that have helped mold you into the person you are today.
All of these experiences can be rebranded as a valuable addition to how you will perform your role.
During your conversation, say something like:
“While I have never been paid to do ________________ before, I know that I am interested in it and that I can successfully perform it, because of my experience doing ________________ in the past and the results of ________________.”
2. Show that you are curious and hardworking.
Every employer seeks to hire workers whom they believe are going to grow and evolve with the organization – after all, jobs never remain static.
And, more importantly, generally, employers don’t expect you to be an expert on everything in the business or the industry. What they do expect is that you are going to remain curious and hardworking. They expect you to commit to filling in the gaps in your knowledge.
Don’t let these gaps be a reason for beating yourself up or convincing yourself that you aren’t right for the position. Instead, show your potential employer how you commit yourself to the task at hand and how you will invest your time and energy into expanding your knowledge and skills.
You can demonstrate this by saying things such as:
“I don’t currently consider myself the world’s leading expert on ________________ , but I will work to grow and refine my skills so that one day I may be up there.”
“At the moment I am learning about/working on ________________ as there is always more to learn and I love bettering myself.”
3. Show your global readiness.
One of the most significant challenges that overseas employers see in hiring someone from a different country is cultural awareness. In addition to settling into the new workplace, international assignees also need to learn how to navigate an unfamiliar culture.
If you have experience working abroad, even if it is in an entirely different context, then make sure to show future employees how you dealt with such a set-up. You can talk about your travels abroad, your study experience abroad, or even just a vacation.
Demonstrate to your potential employer that you are open to engaging with other cultures and that, while there may be hurdles, you are strong enough to deal with them and thrive.
Consider saying something like, “When I was traveling/living/studying in ________________ , ________________ happened which taught me ________________. I dealt with the hurdle/challenge/issue by ________________ and I know in the future that I will be able to handle something similar.”
What about you – have you applied for jobs overseas? What was the interview process like? What do you think worked for you in showing overseas employers that you were right for the job? What didn’t work?
Let’s start a conversation in the comment box below!
Bevan Berning is an Immigration professional and owner of Pathway Visas, an Immigration Agency dealing mostly with skilled immigration to Canada and Australia. Bevan’s enthusiasm for the industry has kept in the Immigration field for the past seven years. Bevan is South African by birth and has been residing in Dubai for the past eight years.