Applying for a job before COVID-19 was complicated enough. With millions of candidates entering the workforce every year, you were competing for limited vacancies, especially if you were targeting jobs based overseas.
What should you do?
As any quarantine-produced-kdrama-loving Netflix aficionado will say, “Ottoke?” This is a wail from the heart meaning, “What do I do?” in Korean. Brits in turn will say, “Keep calm and carry on.” Carry on applying for your dream job as usual, just not in your usual way. Most job application processes are done online nowadays, even job interviews. Just make sure that you protect yourself from online shysters.
Trust the process
Most employers who recruit talent overseas know the deal, and they have the knowledge about onboarding migrant workers. They would not be recruiting abroad if they were not able to bring you to your country of destination legally. If you are apprehensive about travel restrictions, bring it up during your interview. Employers can assist you with the resources they have on hand, as well as refer you to the proper authorities, should you need to be.
Know your embassies
It helps to be familiar with your government’s embassy in the country of your destination. Get their phone numbers and know how to contact the migrant workers’ helpdesk. If your country has an existing migrant organization, get in touch with them. They will be a valuable source of tips about the destination country and its culture. If you are willing to go the extra mile, you may also want to contact the local embassy of the country you are going to. Ask them if they have any programs in place for migrant workers.
Know the border regulations
As Galadriel of The Lord of the Rings said, “the world is changing”. There are entry and exit regulations in place due to the pandemic. Once you have gotten your flight details, you need to be familiar with the border regulations, both for exiting your country and for entering your destination. For example, in the Philippines, you need to comply with the border restrictions of the destination country and don mandatory protection gear, aside from practicing social distancing. The UAE, in turn, asks for a printed copy of your negative PCR result, as well as other entry restrictions.
Fast-track your application with your pre-verified credentials
Onboarding overseas employees can also mean doing a background check on them. You can facilitate this process by getting your credentials pre-verified when you get your TrueProof! Instead of waiting for the opportunity to get a job abroad, be proactive and present yourself as a verified candidate. This makes sure that you get noticed immediately by international headhunters and recruiters alike.