Help Me Find a Job: Should You Take a Job Overseas?

March 27, 2013

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Get Hired Fast - help me find a jobOver the past few months, you have asked everyone you know to “help me find a job.” You had been looking for a job for a long time and have finally gotten an offer for a position overseas. It appears to be an interesting and exciting opportunity but you are not sure if you should accept. Here are some questions you should find the answers to before taking a position overseas.

Duration of Assignment

Before you take an out-of country position, you need to know how long you will be expected to be there. If your job is for a short while, you may not have to make as many adjustments. For a three to four month post, you may not have to break your lease or sell your place; you may be able to sublet or rent your home out while you are gone. If the position is longer, you will have to make long-term accommodations for your home and other possessions.


When you take a job overseas, you generally are well-compensated for your efforts. Many companies pay you extra on top of your standard compensation to allow you to find housing, find schools for your children, and learn a new language. The companies also pay for relocation and travel. When you consider an overseas position, make sure you know how much money you will receive, what items the company is going to pay for, and what you are responsible for.

Culture of the Community

You should investigate the culture of the area where the new job is located. Is the country strictly religious? Are the people very conservative or do they have different expectations for women? You should understand what the lifestyle will be like before you go so you can adjust accordingly. You may have to adjust your wardrobe or public behavior to respect the people of the other country.

Available Health Care

You need to know what type of medical insurance the job offers in the foreign country. You also should ask if it is full coverage or partial coverage and how much of the policy you are responsible for. If you or a family member has a pre-existing health condition, you should also find out what type of care is accessible in the country; if your relative needs a specialized therapy or a specific medicine, you need to find out if he or she will be able to get it in the other country.

Necessary Authorizations

To work in other countries, you need to complete paperwork to get the appropriate permissions. Find out how long it takes to get the paperwork approved, how much it will cost, and whether your new company will offer any assistance in pushing it through. If you have a spouse, you may have to get approvals for him or her to work as well.

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