4 key factors to consider before moving abroad for work

There are a few factors that are essential to consider before deciding to move abroad, and certain ways you can deal with them.

Enhance your career by moving abroad

Embracing the new challenge of working abroad is a life changing experience. I personally relocated from Brazil to work in the UK as a Tax Specialist before I decided to have a career change and move into recruitment.

Hopefully describing my own experience will give you an insight into what it is like to move abroad, and how this can enhance your career.

1. Choose your location

Before I moved from Brazil to the UK, I visited the country to get an insight into the culture and lifestyle. By exploring the UK, I was able to get a clear picture of what to expect. Explore the city, talk with the locals and embrace the change – you need to be resilient in all circumstances.

I would thoroughly recommend visiting your destination if it is possible, but failing that, do some research on the internet!

2. Update your CV

Always keep your CV updated, you never know when you will need it. Include an in-depth description of your work experience, awards, motivations/aspirations and soft skills – everything counts. Make it clear for recruiters and future employers to navigate your work experience and tailor your experience for every role and country where you may be applying for jobs.

3. Search for a new opportunity

Work effectively with your recruitment consultant and keep an open mind. Once you have secured an interview, in addition to the usual interview preparation, make sure that you tailor your answers to the local market and jurisdictions – these are key elements that will give you an advantage moving forward.

It will also give an excellent impression of you to potential employers. Often interviews are conducted on the phone or Skype so make sure that you have rehearsed your answers and be clear about your reasons for relocating.

4. Cost of living

Speak to your recruiter, friends and/or relatives (if you have someone living in your desired location). It is essential that you understand the local tax system, and also serves as an important factor when benchmarking your salary and effectively budgeting in your first couple of months.

As long as you plan and think carefully about the cost-saving strategies, you will be prepared financially.

Commit yourself to the move

Mentally prepare yourself for the new challenge. It takes effort, resilience and courage to move internationally. The learning and integration process takes time, but could become the most rewarding personal and professional experience that you will have.

Speaking personally, I have never regretted my decision to relocate and believe that my career and prospects have been greatly enhanced by this move.

I am the Transfer Pricing and Indirect Tax specialist recruiter at Morgan McKinley and would be delighted to help you make an international move. I am here to help you embrace expatriate tax jobs and enhance your career. Please take a moment to review my profile and the vacancies I am currently working on.

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