Securing a job overseas

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Experience abroad can often be the key to success an accountant is looking for.

If you stipulate your intentions early on, then most firms will do what they can to retain you and provide you with the most appropriate position possible.

Robert Walters explores two of the avenues you can utilise to incorporate overseas work into your career. 


Internal opportunities

It’s fairly common that large multinational organisations will seek professionals who can strengthen and develop business units overseas. Many of these firms may also have structured transfer programmes available for people holding long-term service to the firm. If this is something you are looking to consider, make sure you secure a position within a firm which can support you in this and provide you with international opportunities after a number of years service.

Additionally, you should be are as proactive as possible in your role, ensuring that you position yourself as a reliable and consistent performer. Remember also that if you stipulate your intentions early on, then most firms will do what they can to retain you and provide you with the most appropriate position possible.

Typically, most businesses of this kind and size would prefer to retain you within the business rather than lose you to another organisation.

Typically, most businesses of this kind and size would prefer to retain you within the business rather than lose you to another organisation.

Match your skills

As obvious as it may seem - the best and speediest avenue you can take when looking for a position overseas is to apply directly within your country of choice.

If companies are seeking international talent, they will often tap into talent pools within established markets when looking for finance professionals with the exact experience they require.

Key matches such as sector specific experience will often propel your chances even more. Similarly, make sure to narrow your search to the most suitable organisations if you are looking for a greater response rate. 

If you are looking for a career overseas and require more information, please contact:

Jason Grundy, Country Manager (Middle East)
jason.grundy@robertwalters.com
+971 4 8180 102

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