Top 6 tips on applying for jobs overseas

Applying for jobs in another country is stressful. These six tips keep the process from becoming overwhelming and fruitless (and will hopefully lead to landing a job!).

1. Keep a list

The first step in a job hunt is to get organized. Create a list that you can fill in as you apply for different positions. Include as much information as possible, so that you can track your progress.

Key ingredients to the list:

  • Company name
  • Position(s) applied for
  • Date you applied
  • Contact name (i.e. who did you address the cover letter or email to)
  • Result (Were you rejected? Did you have one interview?)
  • Follow-up date
  • Other important info: the company website, your login details for their candidate portal, address you sent CV or cover letter to, etc.

Long-term, this list keeps everything organized and allows you to look back at how far you have come.

2. Use companies’ actual websites

When hunting for positions, it can help to use sites such as Internwise, Glassdoor,, Monster, and so on. But when you actually begin applying, see if you can find a link to the actual company website and apply from there.

Applications that come through third party sites sometimes seem less legitimate to recruiters and may therefore be overlooked. You will have a better chance of actually having someone read through your CV when you send it directly through their website link.

3. Create a CV

Below are three posts with a few tips on turning a resume into a successful CV:

Have a glance because an unpolished CV says a lot to recruiters and usually removes your shot at being a successful candidate.

4. Get really good with rejection

Applying for jobs anywhere is hard, but even more so when it is overseas. You not only have to prove why you’re great, but why you’re better than someone they could hire locally.

Because of this (plus visas and other technicalities), prepare to be rejected… a lot. Just continue to move forward and know that these rejections are small setbacks on the way to reaching your goal.

5. Learn to write tailored cover letters

Don’t send a general cover letter to each company. Changing a couple of words to match the job description and altering a few of your skills to fit the position shows recruiters that you are taking the easy way out.

While this allows you to mass apply for jobs, it does not add quality to your applications. In the end, tailoring your cover letters will lead to significantly more replies.

You can keep a general format and outline, but customizing your cover letter shows that you truly understand the position you are applying for and genuinely took the time to reflect that in writing.

6. Sort emails

You will receive copious amounts of emails throughout the job application process. Before you begin, create three folders:

  • In Progress Applications
  • Unsuccessful Applications, and
  • Successful Applications

Then as you apply, add “Company X”, “Company Y”, “Company Z” under the in progress category to separate emails by company name or the position you applied for. As those applications become unsuccessful or successful, you can move the company folder to reflect your application’s status. For examples:

  • In Progress Applications
    • Company A
    • Company C
  • Unsuccessful Applications
    • Company D
  • Successful Applications
    • Company B

You can even filter emails to flow directly into their company folder. This method keeps your inbox from becoming flooded, while allowing you to find relevant information quickly in regards to your different applications.

Be prepared for any outcome and keep yourself organized. When you land a job, the work you put into applying will all be worth it.

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