How to Get a Tech Job Overseas [4 minute read]
Whether you looking for more career progression opportunities, a better place to raise a family, or just a change of scenery, there are many reasons you might be looking to get a tech job overseas. In this post we cover 6 steps to consider while looking for your dream job abroad.
As always, please share any additional tips or advice you might have in the comment below.
1 – Identify and prioritise your ideal locations
There are a number of factors to consider when looking at relocating to a new country. Many are subjective, such as weather, quality of coffee, distance from your home country, access to beaches or snow and wifi speed. However, there are many other aspects to consider when looking for a tech job overseas.
Once you prioritise based on your subjective preferences, we suggest taking a deep dive into some of liveability factors and whether these locations can provide a suitable new home for you. These include, availability of suitable jobs, cost of living, housing availability, language compatibility, difficulty of getting a work visa.
A few amazing resources to help you get started on this include The Economists Global Liveability Index, Numbeo’s cost of living comparison tool, and Nomad List. All three tools will help you get a clear picture of the compatibility of cities around the world based on your preferences and lead you on a path of finding your dream tech job overseas.
Check out our Guide on “5 things to consider before moving to Singapore“
2 – Research the tech ecosystems in your top cities
Now you have narrowed down your list to five or so ideal locations, it is time to get a view of the technology ecosystems in these cities. It might be great to find a city with great weather, endless beaches, and incredible coffee… but if it doesn’t have a mature technology ecosystem, the chances of finding a great job with opportunities for professional growth are slim, so this will be an important consideration.
Check out StartupBlink’s Annual Ecosystem report to see a full analysis of the state of tech ecosystems around the world.
FYI – If beaches, coffee, sunshine, and great tech opportunties are your thing, be sure to check out Sydney, Australia. You can learn more about the Sydney ecosystem in our Startup Spotlight here. You can also explore some of the current relocation opportunities we have for Sydney here.
3 – Identify your target companies
Once you have researched the state of the tech ecosystems in your chosen cities, we suggest creating a list of your top five ideal companies to work for in each location. Jump on LinkedIn, look at ecosytem reports, do news searches and check out Glass Door for reviews from current or past employees.
There are dozens of amazing resources out there to help you find the top companies in each city. Remember, the top ranked companies are also going to be the most competitive, so be sure to include some mid tier companies in your short list. While the salaries are sometimes lower, these companies are more likely to have better growth opportunities for you and typically offer better stock options.
With this shortlist in hand, it is time to start looking at open positions at each of these companies and researching the key stakeholders at the organisation through LinkedIn. These may include, the the direct report for the position (eg. VP Engineering), someone at a similar level to you (Senior Software Engineer), or a recruiter/hiring manager at the company.
4 – Freshen up your LinkedIn & CV
As I am sure you are aware, first impressions are everything when it comes to job hunting. Your LinkedIn profile is typically your professional showcase and one of the best tools available to land your dream job. So, with that said, make sure you invest the time to put forward the best version of yourself before reaching out to recruiters or applying for any jobs online. We reccomend checking out this post here on crafting the ultimate LinkedIn profile.
Secondly, you are going to want to make sure you have an up to date CV that reflects your latest experiences. Crafting a quality CV is a mix or art and science. While it might be tempting to share every part of your professional career, skills, and educaction – simplicity is key. Hiring managers rarely read past a CV with more than 1 page. In fact, the average time spent on a CV can be as low as 5-7 seconds according to research and one spelling or grammar mistake is likely to get your CV thrown straight into the trash.
Focus on highlighting your core skills, responsibilities and career highlights in a clear and skimmable manner. This will allow the hiring manager/recruiter to get a quick overview of who you are and ensure you are the right fit for the role you are applying for.
– Does it show what you’ve delivered/achieved?
– Is it quantified? i.e I built a team from x to y
– How did you do it? i.e Tech stack and methodology
5 – Combine Work & Pleasure
Finding a tech job overseas is particularly daunting when don’t have a large network of contacts to tap into. You can solve this one of two ways.
Firstly, by exploring your LinkedIn network for any old connections who may now be based in your chosen city/cities or second degree connections who are connected through LinkedIn to key employees in your target companies.
Secondly, you can combine work and pleasure by taking a vacation with purpose. By this, we mean arrive in your chosen destination as a tourist, then networking and trying to set up as many meetings as possible during your short trip.
Face-to-face meetings will always have a far better impact than video calls from abroad. You also have the added advtange of adding a time contraint to help with setting up meetings. For example a message to a current employee or recruiter at one of your target companies might look something like this:
“Hi Mark, I am a Full Stack engineer from *country name*. I am currently in *city name* for the next two weeks and exploring opportunties for relocation.
Do you have time this week to organise a quick catch-up to discuss whether the *current job opening* would be a good fit for *company name* and myself.
6 – Consult an expert
If you haven’t already discovered, finding a tech job overseas in a city with no network is an incredibly daunting and lengthy process. While there are many ways you can do the hustle yourself to get in front of the right people in the companies you’d like to work at, we strongly suggest seeking professional help to speed up and simplify the process.
At Functionn, we work specifically with top tech companies across Asia Pacific, with a particular focus on Australia and Singapore to source overseas talent. By working with a relocation expert you can focus your attention on comanies that are actively seeking people and are prepared to offered relocation packages to assist with visas and moving costs.
We don’t just find our candidates great career opportunities – we work with them to facilitate their transition into their new home and make the move as smooth as possible. We offer candidates advice on all aspects of the move, from choosing accommodation to managing living costs and settling into the local startup community.
If you work in tech and are interested in having a casual conversation about relocation, please reach out to us here to book a free Zoom call to discuss your profile and potential opportunities that might be a good fit for you. Alternatively you can view and apply for our open relocation opportunities on our job portal here.