Conducting an International Job Search

Conducting an international job search presents both unique challenges and rewards. It can take significant time and effort to research and locate employment opportunities outside the United States.

For individualized assistance, contact Amanda McFadden (Director, Academic Programs & International Services in the Pomerantz Career Center) at 319-335-1023 or Amy Bowes (Coordinator of Internships, Service-Learning, Work Abroad in Study Abroad) at 319-335-0353.

The Pomerantz Career Center makes no guarantee about positions listed and are not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or other aspects of employment. It is the responsibility of each individual job seeker to research the validity of the organization(s) to which he/she is applying and verify the specific information for each posting. Job seekers should exercise due diligence and use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position.

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The international job search sites listed on this page are organized into worldwide and regional categories. These listings are not comprehensive.

International Employment Overview
International Employment Strategies
Resources for Planning Your Search
Worldwide Opportunities
Regional Opportunities
 

International Employment Overview

There are three key considerations for you to keep in mind as you begin your search:

  1. Know the requirements for visa and work permits. These requirements differ from country to country, and obtaining a visa or work permit can be a lengthy process. GoinGlobal, Electronic Embassy and Overseas Jobs have links for foreign embassies' websites, where a country's visa and work permit requirements are usually listed.
  2. Know how the job search differs abroad. Job search etiquette and the format of a resume, a CV, or an interview differ depending on the country and region. See GoinGlobal and Quintessential Careers Global Career Resources for helpful examples and articles on these topics.
  3. Be aware of the following: Review Department of State Travel Information, locate the nearest U.S. Embassy, and research health risks for the geographic region through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 

International Employment Strategies

  1. Gain experience before you graduate to boost your competitiveness as an applicant for international opportunities.
  2. Work abroad immediately short-term to uncover opportunities in-country and potentially transition to work more related to your field.
  3. Work, intern, or volunteer abroad for a finite period of time through a placement program. If you are accepted into the program, there are often benefits in addition to the direct placement, such as training and ongoing support. Be sure to evaluate any placement program for legitimacy and transparency.
  4. Work abroad long-term in a country if you can secure the necessary visa. This can be very challenging, and it is country and occupation specific.
    • Use GoinGlobal’s Country Career Guides, which include a Work Permits and Visas section, in addition to many helpful resources on finding a job, country-specific job search materials, networking sites, and cultural and financial considerations.
    • If work permit and visa information is not available for your country of choice in GoinGlobal, or in addition to GoinGlobal, consult Electronic Embassy and Overseas Jobs.
  5. Work for a U.S. or foreign company in the U.S. and eventually work for them abroad.
    • If asked in an application, interview, or on the job, be sure to indicate your interest in a work abroad assignment.
    • These opportunities are not commonly provided to employees early in their career with a company, unless explicitly stated as part of the job responsibilities upon hire.
    • A couple of local examples of companies who offer international assignments to employees are John Deere and Rockwell Collins.
  1. With any of the above strategies, it may help to inform yourself via GoinGlobal or related resources in the section below, and to connect with expat communities (even UI alumni clubs!) abroad.

As with any individual contact or portion of your search, exercise due diligence and use common sense and caution when engaging with people and companies you are unfamiliar with.

 

Resources for Planning Your Search

The following resources contain useful information to support your international job search.

Worldwide Opportunities

  • BUNAC
    BUNAC offers a range of summer camp, work abroad and volunteer abroad programs. BUNAC destinations include Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Britain, China, Ecuador, South Africa and many more.
  • Council for International Education Exchange
    CIEE offers teaching positions with programs in Chile, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Senegal, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and Vietnam.
  • Dave's ESL Cafe
    Teaching positions for TESOL, TEFL, and TESL around the world. Lesson plan ideas and forums.
  • Go Abroad
    Information on work abroad, study abroad, volunteer, teach, intern, TEFL, and language abroad programs.
  • GoinGlobal
    Expert advice for finding jobs at home and abroad. Country-Specific Career and Employment Resources, Corporate Profiles, Worldwide Internship and Job Postings.
    You must create a free account on-campus first, then you can access the site from anywhere in the world.
  • International Partnership For Service Learning and Leadership
    IPSL partnerships around the world collaborate to offer short-term and semester-length programs that unite study abroad with volunteer service opportunities in the host community.
  • Peace Corps
    Volunteers serve 27 months, supporting initiatives in education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and the environment.
  • teflSearch
    Find TEFL/ESL jobs

 

Regional Opportunities

Antarctica

Asia

Australia & New Zealand

Canada

Central and South America

Europe

Middle East