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Getting an International Job

We all hear the words, the world is a small place, this is not meant geographically, but in terms of technology and communication. In regards to employment, it’s easy to say we should all move to where the demand is located but it’s often not that simple.

Wanting an international job and getting one are two different things, potential candidates have a responsibility to understand this and invest time and making sure they understand the rules that apply.

All jurisdictions require a visa if a person is intending to move to another location. So if you are a Polish worker moving to the UK you do not need a visa as both countries are within the European Union. If however you are a British worker emigrating to Australia or Canada you will need one. The speed of the visa process varies considerably. In Africa and the Middle East it is relatively quick and painless but within the European Union as a non-EU citizen it is slow.

Candidates with certified trade skills need to recognise if there is a requirement within their target country. Very often, even when trade skills are recognised, a period of “apprenticeship” has to be served upon arrival. Engineers in Canada may have to wait up to a year to get clearance.

International Chef in Action

Australia is screaming out for Italian, Spanish and French chefs. With the difficulties faced in those countries you’d expect our organisation to be overrun with enquiries, we’re not. It may be a case that chefs hate paperwork and most back off when told they need to sit an exam! (An English Language Exam under the aegis of is required not just in Australia, but also Canada, the USA and to get into the EU). This is typical of the frustrations faced in trying to match candidates to international placements.

Our advice to candidates is to get IELTS certification before embarking on the search for an international job. English is and will remain the global language of business, if you want to apply for skills shortage positions you need to speak English to the required standard as well as being eligible for a visa.

Candidates are welcome to register on our site, upload CV’s and create personal profiles but if you are not a native born English speaker it is highly likely you will need IELTS and skills recognition in most jurisdictions before a visa is considered.


Author: Chris Slay


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