How to Successfully Apply for Jobs Abroad from Kenya: 15 Tips for Aspiring Professionals
Do you dream of working abroad in a different country, want to explore new cultures, learn new skills, and earn more money? If yes, then you are not alone. Many Kenyans are looking for opportunities to work abroad in various fields and sectors. However, finding and applying for jobs abroad is not that easy. It requires a lot of research, preparation, and perseverance.
That is why in this article, I will share with you 15 tips on how to successfully apply for jobs abroad from Kenya based on my research. These tips will help you find your ideal job, impress your potential employers, and achieve your career goals.
15 Tips for Aspiring Professionals for Applying for Jobs Abroad From Kenya
Tip 1: Research the country and the job market
Before you apply for any job abroad, you should do some research on the country you want to work in, its culture, language, visa requirements, cost of living, and job opportunities. You can use online resources such as Country Guides or World Factbook to learn more about different countries. You should also check the websites of the companies or organizations you are interested in working for. This will help you understand their vision, mission, values, and expectations. Look for information about the salary range, benefits, and working conditions of the jobs you are applying for.
Tip 2: Have a valid passport and a working permit
You need to have a valid passport and a working permit for the country you want to work in. You can apply for a passport at the Department of Immigration Services in Kenya. You can also check the visa requirements and application procedures for different countries on their official websites or through their embassies in Kenya. Apply for your passport and visa as early as possible, as it may take some time to process them. Make sure you have all the necessary documents and fees ready before you apply.
Tip 3: Create a professional resume or CV
You need to create a resume or CV that highlights your skills, qualifications, and experience. You can use online tools or templates to help you create a good CV. Your cover letter should explain why you are interested in the job and what you can offer to the employer. The resume/CV and cover letter should be clear, concise, and error-free. Use keywords that match the job description and the requirements of the employer. Make sure your resume or CV is well-updated to reflect your latest achievements.
Tip 4: Tailor your application to the specific job and country
You should customize your resume or CV and cover letter to match the job description and the expectations of the employer. Use the appropriate language, format, and style for the country you are applying to. Some countries prefer a short and concise resume, while others prefer a detailed and comprehensive CV. Avoid using slang, jargon, or abbreviations that may not be understood by the employer.
Tip 5: Search for job vacancies that match your profile and preferences
You can use online platforms such as Job Updates Connection, which is a diaspora jobs platform that connects Kenyans with licensed recruitment agencies around the world. You can also use other websites such as Indeed, and LinkedIn, to find jobs in various countries. You can also subscribe to newsletters or alerts that notify you of new job openings in your field of interest. You can also search for jobs through newspapers, magazines, or word-of-mouth referrals.
Tip 6: Apply for the jobs that interest you by following the instructions given by the employers or the recruitment agencies
You may need to fill in an online application form, upload your documents, or send an email with your CV and cover letter attached. Follow the instructions given by the employers or the recruitment agencies carefully and accurately. Check your spelling, grammar, and punctuation before you submit your application. Also keep a copy of your application and the confirmation email or message for future reference.
Tip 7: Follow up with the employers or the recruitment agencies
You should not sit around waiting for the employers to respond for weeks. You should try to follow up on every application sent with a call or an email but do not overdo it to bother a potential employer. Be polite and professional in your communication when ask about the status of your application, express your interest in the job, and thank them for their time and consideration.
Tip 8: Seek assistance from your university’s career center
If you are still studying or have recently graduated, you can reach out to your university’s career support centre for help. Some of the staff have knowledge about various vacancies, job fairs, and skill-building workshops that could be of great help to you. Some centres also offer resume assistance and guidance at every step of the way. Check out this article for more tips and techniques for fresh graduates seeking jobs.
Tip 9: Socialise and network with people who can help you
You should start building your network early during your studies or career as it can prove to be very handy when looking for jobs abroad. You can join various communities and participate in meetups to meet more people who share your interests or goals. You can also use social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to connect with people who work or live abroad. You can also ask your friends, family, or colleagues for referrals or recommendations. Maintain a good relationship with your network and keep in touch with them regularly.
Tip 10: Build your personal brand and online presence
Having a good online presence is crucial for employers today. Make sure all your social profiles exude professionalism and showcase your achievements and skills. Create a portfolio website or blog about topics from your field of study or interest to show your potential employers. You can also use online platforms such as LinkedIn or Behance to display your work samples, projects, or publications.
Tip 11: Start early and be proactive
It is wise to look for a job before your semester ends or before you graduate. This will give you more time to research, apply, and prepare for the job opportunities abroad. It will also show your initiative and enthusiasm to the employers. Be proactive and seek feedback from your professors, mentors, or peers on how to improve your skills and performance. You should also take advantage of any opportunities that come your way, such as internships, volunteer work, or exchange programs.
Tip 12: Be flexible and open-minded
You should not restrict your work opportunities based on your degree or location. It is wise to stay open to other places and fields that are open to recruiting skilled international employees like you. Be willing to adapt to new cultures, environments, and challenges that come with working abroad.
Tip 13: Be realistic and practical
You should not expect to land your dream job abroad right away. You may have to start with entry-level positions or internships that may not pay well or offer many benefits. However, you should see them as stepping stones that will help you gain experience, skills, and contacts that will lead you to better opportunities in the future.
Tip 14: Be prepared and confident
You should be ready to face any situation that may arise during your job search or work abroad. Have all your documents, certificates, and references ready and updated. Practice your interview skills and be confident in your abilities and potential. Dress well for the interview or the job and at least have some questions ready to ask the employer about the job or the company.
Tip 15: Be positive and optimistic
You should not give up on your dream of working abroad even if you face rejections, delays, or difficulties. Keep applying, learning, and improving yourself. Keep a positive attitude and an optimistic outlook that will help you overcome any challenges and achieve your goals.