The world is a big place but exploring pastures new can help us grow as a human being. It exposes us to new cultures, new ways of life, and new people. This is a good thing! You could just go on holiday, but if you want to really immerse yourself in a new place, living and working overseas is a better option.

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Some people go backpacking and end up living in a new place for several months, a year, or longer. This is great, but if you want to make a serious life for yourself, you need a “proper” job that doesn’t finish when the tourist season ends. Freelancers and digital nomads have it easy in that they can work from anywhere. However, if you have a trade or professional skills that necessitate working from an actual office, you need to find a suitable position.

Here are your options.

Contact Relevant Overseas Companies

If you work in a fairly narrow niche, there are probably a limited number of companies that employ people with your skillset. This makes it easier to find a relevant position. Research online to see if there any available positions in your chosen location.

For more general skills, such as law or accounting, contact firms with branch offices where you plan to relocate. Speak to their HR department and check for vacancies.

Leverage Your Contacts

Don’t underestimate the power of your address book. You have probably built up a large number of contacts over the years, some of whom might have connections in the country you plan to move to. Get in touch with prospects and see if they know of any positions available. They can spread the word on your behalf. You never know what might come back via your network.

Look for Positions Via Local Agencies

Local employment agencies are another useful source of job information. For example, if you are planning a move to Thailand, look at recruitment companies in Thailand. Register an interest and see if they have anything that might fit your skills. And if they don’t, they will keep your details on file and contact you if something comes up.

Join in the Chat on Internet Forums

Forums are a goldmine of useful information. For example, if you are planning to move to Australia, register on a forum like and start chatting to people. Many forum users have already made the move, so they can advise you about finding work. You may even get a few job offers if your skills are in demand.

Put Feelers Out on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a useful tool for anyone looking for a new job. Search for jobs and internships in your chosen geographical area. Update your profile to reflect your search for a new job. You might find that potential employers contact you.

Take a Chance

Your last option is to take a chance and move overseas before you have a job. This won’t work if the visa requirements state you must have a job first, but you can travel and work in the EU with an EU passport. Non-EU countries may allow you to work on a temporary work visa.

You have plenty of options, so don’t let a small matter like no job put you off moving.