Often it is wondered what jobs can skilled American workers obtain overseas and how can they go about finding those employers abroad?
Before commencing that search, wisdom will be served by weighing the Pros & Cons of Moving Abroad & Working Overseas.
There is a constant need for teaching English as a second language; charity work, and in construction, petrochemical plants, power plants, and in the oil and gas industry.
English Teaching, Charity Work Abroad Jobs in Asia, Africa, Latin America
People with education backgrounds can find positions that pay well in the Middle East:
United Arab Emirates
Teaching English as a second language positions also are available in Africa:
Pay in these positions often is likely lower than what is paid in the more prosperous Mideast, but it is possible to find work with some of the international contractors working in Libya because of its recent influx of thousands of laborers from Thailand, Vietnam and several South American nations with only weak understanding of English.
Construction, Power Plants, Oil And Gas, Petrochemical All Pay Big Salaries
A subsidiary of Orascom Construction Inc., OCI, built the tallest structure in the world, Burj Dubai, and Consolidated Construction International Companies, CCIC, built the largest mall in the world, Dubai Mall. Together, the two firms joint ventured to build what then was the largest mall/living complex in the world in Cairo, Egypt.
With Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht and noted airport construction and maintenance power house TAV, based in Turkey, CCIC has been engaged in new airports construction in Libya and Oman. Each of these international companies are building a strong base of operations in North Africa and are present in the Arabian Gulf.
Odebrecht, it should be noted, has a strong presence in Latin America, and in the USA cities of Miami, Florida and New Orleans, LA.
Still, these organizations, and many others, continue searching for engineers to assist them throughout the Arabian Gulf, Egypt, Libya, Algeria and other regions. Engineers from Western Europe, North America, South Africa and Australia continue to be recruited by OCI and CCIC to insure they are better able to meet the increasingly complex specifications associated with ISO Specifications.
Expatriate hopefuls will join and become active members in trade organizations associated with their occupational skills. A short list for construction or oil and gas employment:
ACI, American Concrete Institute
ASME, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASNT, American Society of Nondestructive Testing
ASSE, American Society of Safety Engineers
AWS, American Welding Society
SAME, Society of Military Engineers (a favorite among US Army Corps of Engineers)
FIFA Football Fans May Find Work Abroad Near Next World Cup Soccer
For the expatriate who is also a fan or FIFA’s World Cup Football and is fortunate to gain assignment to work in World Cup country, the cost savings for attending the matches may well be reason enough to take charity work abroad.
Innovative Ways to Find a Job
With the unemployment rate dancing high following COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, it’s clear that many Americans aren’t having any luck landing jobs. But thanks to the digital age and social media, there are several new ways to search for a job.
Use Facebook and Reach Out to Friends
People with Facebook pages already have friends and contacts gathered in one place. All it takes to get connected is reaching out. While many people don’t view friends (or Facebook) as potential job resources—they are. Friends have contacts. And friends of friends on Facebook have contacts. People could be one simple Facebook post away from finding the next opportunity. Make sure areas of are specified. Remember, people like to help people—especially people they know and care about.
Job search ads can be purchased on Facebook or people can market themselves for free with creative and simple ads in the form of a post. Cleverness captures attention. The good thing about Facebook is people can repost ads or ask friends to share their post on their own Facebook pages. All it takes is asking, something many people don’t do.
Do Twitter Searches
While people primarily view Twitter.com as a constant stream of texting, it also can be a job resource. People can tweet the type of job they are seeking or use Twitter as a search function. By typing in a few keywords like “editor, Dallas” or “loan officer, Tampa” job listings, contacts and resources pop up. Quick searches can be used to get a competitive advantage in a job search.
Link In with Linked In
Many people join LinkedIn without updating their professional experience and resume. To make the most of LinkedIn, profiles should be kept up to date. Seeking endorsements from former employers also looks good to potential employers. LinkedIn also has a job search function that can be accessed by typing in keywords and desired location. Some job offerings are exclusive to LinkedIn members.
Try Indeed website
It’s one of the easiest websites to use and it aggregates listings from other job-posting boards and websites so it can cut down on search time. People simply type the what—the kind of job they are seeking, and the where—the city or town. Indeed.com lists how long a job has been posted in terms of days and hours.
Find a Job on Google
Simple Google searches in an area of interest can direct people to a host of websites and resources to find employment. Take a journalist for example. A Google search for “journalism jobs” will call up journalismjobs.com, a website with jobs just for journalists. Scroll down and there’s mediabistro.com, another great job and networking resource for journalists across the United States. Google searches work the same way in any field. Another way to use Google is to create a Google profile. It’s free, and when employers “Google” an applicant, someone with a Google profile is likely to come up higher on the rankings of search results. People can use it their advantage, but should keep it professional.
So before people throw their hands up in the air thinking they will never land a job, they need to make sure they are using the digital world to their advantage. It’s easier (and cheaper) to connect to others than ever before. Some parting advice—resumes should be filled with accomplishments and not just lists of job functions, otherwise a resume is “old school.” Lastly, while people are perusing the digital space and incorporating these tips, they should make sure there’s no information on the web that can hurt them in their job search. And then chart their course back to employment on the digital road.
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