How to find a Tech job overseas

The key to find a job overseas is to find a company that is willing to recruit foreigners and will sponsor working visas if necessary. While it can appear challenging, with some methodology and by using TechMeAbroad the right way, it ends up being quite easy.

Understand the local job market

Make sure to know what profiles companies are trying to hire, whether you are looking in the UK, Canada, USA or Australia, the market is different and so are the needs. Once you figured that out, it might take you few months to get up to speed on a specific technology or framework, but that can greatly increase your chances of landing a job.

 

Understand the visa situation 

Make some research about the visa situation to see what the possibilities are, and where you could fit in. If you are hired, companies will do all the work to bring you in but it’s a good idea to have some basic knowledge beforehand.

 

Come on site

If you can take a week off and come on a vacation where you’d like to work, it’s always a great idea. We’ve helped a lot of people find a job in the Silicon Valley, and coming on site to interview was a game changer. Nothing can replace human interaction. Most companies will test your skills but will also want to understand your personality: they want to make sure you will fit in the company culture.

 

Prepare your trip abroad

Reach out to people from your community: friends, ex-workmates, alumni. Chat with them, they might be able to give you some insight regarding the job market; better, they might even be able to refer you for an open position at their company!

Look for any meetup event, conference or hackathon, and if there is one, sync your trip up with those. They are great ways to meet many people and companies in a short period of time.

Tell companies you are coming and schedule interviews, make sure to warn them ahead of time. Book as many interviews as you can, obviously TechMeAbroad will be your best friend for that, we are worldwide so there is a great chance we will have job opportunities where you want to go.

 

Be prepared

Make sure that your LinkedIn profile is up to date (in the language of the country) to show what you have done in your career: publish as much work and technical material as you can on your Github, blog or SlideShare.  If you just graduated, share any school project or side project.

Also very importantly, prepare yourself for technical interviews. Indeed, technical interviews tend to be quite different from the regular day-to-day work, you need to train your brain back into solving interview-type problems.

 

Have a strategy

International job hunting can be tough, but if you are organized and have a strategy, it ends up being quite easy. Be sure to understand what the possibilities are in terms of job openings, and it’s always good too to have a good idea of how the immigration system works.. It might take you a few months or sometimes a few years to get there. Growing a network, getting yourself up to the industry standard, all of this is hard work, but in the end, it will absolutely pay.

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Sylvain Kalache

TechMeAbroad co-founder