Finding work in a new country via social media

New country

Sometimes the world of work does not limit us to one space, or even one country. In the various adventures through life, we can actually find ourselves working in a variety of new and wonderful places. But, whilst also having to get your tier 2 visa in place, you also need to actually have a job as well.

It’s not always a matter of choice either, sometimes we need to find a job in a new place through circumstances, shall we say, not of your own choosing. Which is why finding a job fast and through unusual methods is paramount in the modern day. This is where social media plays a part. With dozens of different social media channels, there are plenty of opportunities for you to find work in other countries whilst surfing the web on a daily basis.

Examples of good networks to focus your job search include the following:


This is the ultimate job social network, with people signed up around the world. Chances are you should be able to find the job of your dreams, no matter your location, whilst on a casual browse through the sites ‘job’ section. If not, it’s a great site to experience a number of networking opportunities. Especially considering there are 467 million members on LinkedIn right now.

In recent years, the capability of LinkedIn job search has improved even further as it overtakes over more traditional job search platforms. If you have the idea that you may have to work abroad eventually, then it’s always a good idea to join LinkedIn well ahead of any actual move dates or decision-making periods.

To best optimize this site for your job searches, ensure that you have these

things in order:

  • A nice, clear, professional photo of yourself.
  • Full work history, showing the key skills you picked up along the way.
  • Publications and certifications.
  • Education – don’t lie!
  • Recommendations and reviews from other people is also a huge help, as it shows people that not only are you a real person but good enough to cause people to comment on it.
  • Grow your connections list, don’t be afraid to add people – they could be your gateway into a brilliant overseas career change.


Brief messages are the aim of the Twitter platform – even in spite of the longer length allowance recently introduced. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to find a job on this microblogging platform. It does, however, require more of a strategy than your typical social media job searches.

Your first step should always be to follow people in your desired industry or field of work, this means you have a newsfeed full of relevant news and information when you need it. Industry professionals often Tweet or talk about opportunities in their field, so it’s best to follow them in order to be one of the first to know. Likewise, it may give you the opportunity to check out their hiring trends.

Next, you need to post. Talk about looking for a job in your industry. Join in industry conversions. And, most importantly, don’t forget to fully utilise the power of hashtags! You never know who could be searching for the relevant hashtags to find you, so always be on top of those.

Again, Twitter is another platform that is used for networking opportunities. Talk to people you look up to in your industry, ask them questions and engage as much as possible. You may be surprised by what happens.


Recently, Facebook has announced a move away from the more commercial road that the social site has taken in recent years. Meaning that you will begin to see more content from your friends and family. A great thing, when it comes to your potential job opportunities.

The right post at the right time could be exactly what your overseas career needs. After all, you never know who your Facebook network may be connected to outside of the app. Someone who may just be a random connection to you might actually be the link you need to get a good word in at your dream company. You never know, which is often the case when it comes to your networking opportunities. Sure, Facebook may be on a more personal level; but, that doesn’t mean that the opportunities are not there!


Okay, this one may seem like a long shot. But stranger things have happened during a job hunt. It may seem like ‘just’ a photo posting website, yet there are lots of hidden career opportunities in another country lurking beneath the surface. If you are looking for a more creative career, in particular, then this may be the perfect social media platform for you.

Take the time to post a picture. Again, engage with the community you are seeking to be a part of. Then make way for the growth of opportunities that you find when you actually look for them.

At the end of the day, if you really want to find a great career in another country then you will be open to using unusual methods to do. Including social media that you do not typically associate with job hunting. It’s a long shot, but certainly more than beneficial if it actually works out for you!

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Zack Halliwell

Zack Halliwell is a freelance writer in the business and marketing niche, giving advice on anything from marketing your blog to financial management. He has a number of great sources, including The Battery Group. When not writing he can be found on long mountain walks with his dog, Batman.
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