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Getting started

27 April 2005
Getting started

Finding the ideal overseas job may take a bit more homework than for finding a job in the UK. Researching potential employers is a vital first step. Check out the jobs section on this website as a starting point, to see what jobs are available overseas.

Another key resource are recruitment agents. They can tell you what's on offer and give advice about how to get the job.

Research the country

Initially, visit tourism offices and websites to gain information about your chosen country or area. Check the outlook for tourism, because that may affect the long-term security of your job.
Once you've focused on one country, be prepared to fly out there to research for yourself the cost of living, job opportunities, the ease of bringing your family with you, etc.

Focus on the details

Don't be afraid to ask specific questions about the salary and package for the job. Find out if it includes accommodation, food, healthcare, insurance, and any flights home throughout the year.
Do a like-for-like comparison of your current or potential earnings in the UK versus what an overseas role might offer. The website www2.homefair.com/calc/salcalc.html will offer a city-by-city comparison.
Don't expect a gross salary to match what you'd earn in the UK, and bear in mind that in some areas, such as Dubai, there is no tax.

Who does what?

Are you responsible for any of the administration to gain work permits, open bank accounts, obtain medical examinations, etc, or will your employer deal with all of this? Be aware that you may be required to fork out money for some of these.

What happens to the dog?

Whatever is left behind needs to be attended to - that ranges from pets to the mortgage for your home. Talk to an accountant about National Insurance contributions and taxation laws here, to ensure you don't fall foul of the law inadvertently. You should appoint someone to deal with any financial or personal matters that arise while you are abroad.

Coming home

Be sure to have a game plan for how long you'll be away. If you plan to come back, keep in touch with your friends and work colleagues - they may well be the key to finding the perfect job on your return.

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