Looking for a job can be quite a challenging & lengthy process. Connecting with the right people is probably as important as preparing for and clearing the various selection rounds. The first step for any job seeker is getting the right organizations to notice them. You need to prepare a good, up-to-date résumé and send it out to as many potential employers as possible.Depending upon the job market, it could take days, weeks or even months for you to hear from the company at which you’ve applied. Some companies may not even confirm the receipt of your profile if they don’t have an opening that matches your specific skills or experience. And things can become even more difficult if you’re seeking a job in a foreign country.
In these instances, one of the best options is getting in touch with placement agencies, as they will directly connect you to relevant employers that are hiring. Most of these consultants are also experts on writing your résumé (for a nominal fee) so that it generates a maximum amount of interest. Fortunately, registering with such agencies has become much easier in today’s day and age, as most of them have an online presence. Their websites can be easily accessed by job seekers (and employers) from all around the world.
In addition to consultants, you could also sign up with a few online job portals specific to your country and industry of interest. Some sites cater to certain countries only while others are global. Depending upon the location you choose, your profile will instantly become accessible to thousands of HR professionals from various organizations.
Some employment sites are actually extended services provided by a placement agency, whereas others work more like marketplaces. Below are 10 of the most useful online resources for job-seeking expats:
This website is one of the biggest boards for online jobs across the globe. CareerBuilder states that it is among the top 30 trafficked sites in the world. Founded in 1995, this organization has various portals listing employment opportunities in about 60 countries in several languages, some of which include:
Canada – www.careerbuilder.ca (English)
China – www.careerbuilder.com.cn (In Mandarin and English)
France – www.careerbuilder.fr (In French but can be translated to English)
Germany – www.careerbuilder.de (In German but can be translated to English)
Greece – www.kariera.gr (In Greek but can be translated to English)
India – www.careerbuilder.co.in (English)
Indonesia – www.careerbuilder.co.id (In Bahasa and English)
The Netherlands – www.careerbuilder.nl (In Dutch but can be translated to English)
Spain – www.careerbuilder.es (In Spanish but can be translated to English)
Sweden – www.careerbuilder.se (In Swedish but can be translated to English)
The UK – www.careerbuilder.co.uk (English)
Vietnam – www.careerbuilder.vn (In Tieng Viet but can be translated to English)
To access their international portal, log on to www.careerbuilder.com. If you are redirected to their website for the country you are currently in, you can change it to the location of your choice. You can also download the app on your phone for constant access.
The website enables employers to outline and refine their target job descriptions in order to attract talent. Individuals can go through job listings for various countries and can also post their professional profiles online.
CareerBuilder is a great resource for job seekers, as you can have a résumé written for US$ 180 to US$ 300, a cover letter for US$ 50, and a thank you note for US$ 15. You can also take up a paid online course through the site in many fields, such as dentistry and marketing.
This portal is a huge network of various career sites which have been designed for professionals from the banking and finance industries. eFinancialCareers is not only useful for experienced people; graduates and students who aspire to work in the banking industry can also sign up with this portal, which is operational in more than 22 markets and 5 languages. Job seekers looking for openings in the US, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, the Middle East, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Japan will probably find this resource very useful.
You can browse through the list of jobs that have been posted online and apply for a specific position. There are several filters to help you narrow down your search and make navigation easier. Alternatively, it is also possible for professionals to create an online profile, which can be accessed directly by companies or placement agencies.
In order to register with this portal, log on to www.eFinancialCareers.com and select the country of your choice.
Founded in 2009 by Oxford graduate Rajeeb Dey, this website mainly targets students and inexperienced graduates, connecting them to entry-level jobs and internships in various entrepreneurial businesses.
The entity has been associated with more than 6,000 startups and rapidly-growing businesses globally. Their work has been featured on the BBC, CNN, ABC News, The Telegraph, The Evening Standard, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Sunday Times, among others. It was also named as one of the top sites for international jobs and careers by Forbes.
Unlike some of the bigger portals, Enternships provides more personalized services to clients and job seekers. They can be easily contacted at:
31, Inverness Street, London NW1 7HB
Tel: +44 (0) 203 397 3216
Since Enternships is a London-based resource, the majority of the job listings are from within the UK. However, it also has clients hiring from other European countries and cities such as Munich, Dublin, Madrid, Barcelona, and Prague.
To browse through job listings or sign up with this website, log on to www.enternships.com. From here, you will be directed to the Opportunities page, which has been divided into location categories.
Often likened to Google, Indeed is best described as a highly efficient search engine for jobs, as this resource aggregates information from news sites, job boards, and company listings from more than 50 locations in 26 languages. Countries covered include the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, the Middle East, South America, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Hong Kong, China, India, the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia, to name just a few.
There are several advanced search functions and filters, which help job seekers to customize their search by country, industry, area of specialism, salary range, education, experience and keywords. Every month, more than 70 million unique visitors from across the world access Indeed and use it to conduct up to 1.5 billion international job searches.
Since Indeed is more like a search engine, résumé-writing services aren’t available. To look for career opportunities listed with them, go to www.indeed.com and choose your country of preference.
Often described as the largest professional social networking site, LinkedIn boasts more than 175 million users from 200 different countries around the world. It is believed that every second this website gains two new members. More and more companies are using this site to recruit professionals from different parts of the world.
Anyone can sign up for a basic LinkedIn account to create an online profile without paying any charges. Once you outline your qualifications, work experience, areas of expertise, interests and so on, you can “connect” with people you know to increase your network. Apart from viewing your profile, people in your network can “endorse” you or even write you a recommendation.
As a LinkedIn user, you can follow companies you like and look for job openings listed by various employers. The site also sends you emails, highlighting new career opportunities in your areas of interest.
The LinkedIn Premium option offers a higher degree of employer-visibility to users. However, users are required to pay a membership fee for this service.
Several users have downloaded the mobile app for better access to the site. For more information, log on to www.LinkedIn.com.
Created in 1996, this is definitely one of the oldest and most renowned online job portals in the world. Monster.com has been through several changes in the last 20 years. Today, people and companies from 50 different countries in the Americas, Asia and Europe access the Monster Board in order to meet their professional requirements. According to their website, every minute around 29 résumés are uploaded, about 7,900 jobs are searched and approximately 2,800 listings are viewed.
Like most of the other sites, Monster allows you to post your résumé and go through the job listings according to location or sector for free. This resource also offers other services such as résumé writing, cover letter writing, sample resignation letters, and interviewing tips.
Organizations aren’t charged for posting job openings either. Most of them pay the site for advertising. To learn more about this online job board, visit www.Monster.com
OverseasJobs.com is an easy-to-use forum where job seekers as well as employers from various nations connect with each other. This site is accessible to users & organizations in many countries across the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia. The portal has been active for more than a decade now and specializes in providing prospective employers ready access to a wide range of job seekers in various sectors and locations for a nominal cost.
Professionals can sign up, post their résumés, and browse through the career opportunities without paying any charges. When an individual comes across an interesting opening, he or she has to follow a set of instructions to apply for that job.
To look for jobs in any country of your choice, log on to www.Overseasjobs.com. This online resource shares its philosophy with many partner sites within the AboutJobs.com network.
Going Global was started by a group of professionals who lived and worked outside of their home countries. Their objective was to offer “grass-root intelligence” to others who were looking for overseas career opportunities. Today, this website provides services to individuals, colleges, and organizations in more than 25 different countries.
Apart from job listings, users can also find information about work permits for various countries through this portal. Other services provided by Going Global include social networking, résumé writing, and interviewing tips.
For more information on their fees and to sign up for a free trial period, visit www.GoingGlobal.com
Formerly known as Net-Temps.com, this portal has been around for almost 20 years now, and is one of the pioneers of the job board industry in the US and Canada.
Initially, it focused on assisting staffing companies in hiring temporary, temporary-to-permanent and permanent employees. Most temporary workers seeking their next assignment (fulltime or part-time) found this site more effective than any of the others. People from various parts of the world found short-term employment in the US and Canada through this portal.
Over a period of time, Net-Temps.com started specializing in the IT and Engineering sectors. Since the name was misleading, they changed it to TopTechJobs.com.
Today, this website focuses on providing free job listings to tech professionals who are looking for full-time careers. Corporate clients pay a fee for hiring qualified and experienced candidates.
Clients can get in touch with them at:
The usernames and passwords for companies and individuals remain the same for both websites.
Big4careers is a UK-based recruitment website that focuses on companies and candidates from various sectors, some of which include banking, finance, insurance, telecommunication, technology, energy, manufacturing, and entertainment.
The portal’s global coverage helps it to attract employers and professionals from numerous destinations, such as the US, UK, the Caribbean, the Channel Isles, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and Kenya.
The latest job postings are listed on the home page, www.big4careers.com. Job seekers can also look for career opportunities by country or industry.
The websites listed above are only 10 of the most commonly used online resources for job seekers. You may come across many others specific to your country of interest – it’s always worth shopping around!
Where did you find your current job? What are your favourite resources online for employers and job seekers? Let us know in the comments.