How to Market Yourself as an International Job Candidate

How to Market Yourself as an International Job Candidate

There are many people around the world who are looking for the perfect job opportunity and who would be more than willing to relocate to another country. Some begin by immediately sending their Resume and Cover Letter to employers abroad, but many hiring managers and recruiters can sometimes be rather difficult to convince that hiring an expat is to their highest advantage.

Some employers would rather hire locally, even if the candidate is far less qualified, because they assume that the native employee is much more apt to remain at the firm long-term. Others may fear cultural differences in personalities and job performance.

Getting around the issue.

For many who are looking for employment in other countries, they try to “trick” the recruiter by providing a false or fictitious address, perhaps one of a close friend or family member. Others may outright lie, which is not a very good start to enticing a potential employer to hire you. By being honest and direct when seeking employment when mailing out a hardcopy Resume and Cover Letter or by using social media websites such as LinkedIn and Facebook, aspiring expats will likely see a much higher level of success.

Be upfront about your strong desire to relocate. Be clear regarding the specific cities and countries in which you are willing to work. Be sure to plan ahead so that the transitional period, should you be offered the job, will be nearly immediate. And assure your potential employers, both in resume and LinkedIn profiles, that the transitional period will be quick and painless.

Tips and insights to landing an expat position.

Since most of us will not already have a physical mailing address in our desired country of relocation, a simple way to get around this obstacle is to modify the mailing address on your Resume and Cover Letter. Instead of stating only your current address, note the cities and countries in which you are willing to relocate. For example,


Erik Moore

Oslo, Norway | London, England




Anne Britt

Norway | France | USA

(123) 55 5555


When you email the employer, address your desire to relocate clearly, including the intended timeline involved for the move. Give as much information as you can upfront, anticipating in advance any of the possible questions that the recruiter may have about the transition.

Use LinkedIn to its highest potential.

Remember, employers and recruiters around the world are now very savvy when it comes to digital technology. Once the employer receives your information, the next step will likely be to research your qualifications through social media. Make sure that your LinkedIn profile is up to date, clearly designating your interest in relocating abroad. Again, be specific about the cities and regions in which you are looking for work. And state the approximate relocation time required for the transition in your profile summary section.

In this new millennium, relocating to other countries is much more common than we might think. Just be sure to know what matters to hiring managers, have the right approach and to always be honest and direct on your LinkedIn profile, Resume and Cover Letter as well as with all prospective employers from the very beginning. Your chances for success will be significantly higher.