Congratulations! You've got your eye on an international job. Now all you have to do is submit that application and hope for the best. But let’s be honest, most of the times there are so many applicants that it can be hard to stand out from the pack. Don’t worry though, we got you covered, in this article we gathered the five best ways to make sure your application does just that:
1. Do your homework.
Look up the company on Glassdoor, and check out their mission statement and values page. Check out all the information you can about their goals, and see if you can relate your own to that. Then go over the job description with a fine-toothed comb, because you'll want to make sure that your experience hits all of its key points. If there are any gaps in what they're looking for, think of how you could fill them in with an anecdote or example from one of your previous positions—if it's relevant!
Finally, prepare answers to common interview questions like "Where do you see yourself five years from now?" or "What is your biggest weakness?". A good answer is honest but still shows off who you are professionally (e.g., "I'm sometimes too perfectionistic about my work")
2. Polish your LinkedIn profile.
LinkedIn is the most important social network for your job application, so make sure your profile is up to date and professional. If you haven't done so already, take a look at our LinkedIn Profile Checklist to see what else needs updating on yours.
Make sure your profile photo is good quality! Make sure it's of you in an appropriate outfit that shows what type of work you're applying for and that it's not grainy or pixelated (or worse).
Your headline should be concise; this is what people will read before clicking through to read more about you. Try using keywords in your headline (for example "Global Recruiter" rather than "Recruiter") if they apply to the position at hand.
Think carefully about how much space each section takes up on the page; try limiting all sections except Education & Work Experience to only one line each (you may need extra space depending on how long those sections are). This allows potential employers/recruiters who are interested in looking at them time-saving ways of doing so before deciding whether or not they want more details about them later on instead!
3. Customize your resume to reflect the job description.
Your resume is a very important piece of the application process, and it's in your best interest to make sure that it's well-written and customized to the job description.
A good resume should contain all of your relevant qualifications, with information about how you've used them in the past. If you have any certifications or awards that are relevant, then those should be mentioned as well. You also don't have to include everything about yourself; just focus on what's most relevant for each job.
You can also customize your resume by using keywords from the job description itself—these can help ensure that your resume gets to the right people for review!
4. Look for "hidden" jobs.
Look for "hidden" jobs. Many companies post their job openings on their own websites, but they also use many other channels to advertise them. Some of these channels include social media platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook or even Instagram or TikTok nowadays, professional networks like Slack, and employee referral programs. These are all great places to find international jobs that don't appear on the company's main job board or website.
Try searching Google with keywords such as "internships," "contract positions," or "consultancies." You might be surprised by what you discover!
5. Go for it!
You can do it! You've put in the time and effort to get your application ready, so now is not the time to second-guess yourself. Be confident in your abilities and keep at it until you submit your application. If you're hoping to work abroad, don't be afraid of rejection—it's part of the process and an opportunity for improvement. Just remember: persistence does not equal annoyance or desperation; if possible, try sending a follow-up email after a week or two with a polite reminder about why you're contacting them again before moving on to other options. In case you are not sure how to follow up correctly you can read more about the topic here. This also shows that you really do want this job!
The interview itself will be nerve-wracking no matter what industry or field of study we're talking about, but there are definitely things that can help you have a stress free job interview (and increase chances for success). Make sure you know all about both your qualifications and those of other applicants—double check references and portfolios so that nothing falls through the cracks during an interview because someone forgot something important! Above all else though: relax! You got thi
After all, everyone deserves a chance to prove their worth. So don't be afraid to apply, even if you don't have the perfect background or you're missing some experience—you never know where opportunity might lead!
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