So much work goes into migrating. First, there are the seemingly never-ending lists of requirements for visas. Then, there are the endless and agonizing decisions over where to settle, how much to set aside for the first month’s living expenses, and if you’ve got kids, where to enroll them.
Still, most of us would rather deal with all that than discover that we didn’t get the job. And yet, it happens. You discover a job opening abroad, put your best foot forward and apply, pray a dozen novenas, and STILL get rejected.
It’s heartbreaking, to be sure, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your dreams to work abroad. Here’s what you can do to bounce back and get ready for the next opportunity:
- Change your perspective.
- Keep your online profiles updated.
- Brush up on some in-demand skills.
Let’s say you had your heart set on that nursing job in Melbourne. The effort it took to apply must have been massive, as was your emotional investment.
But while it’s crushing to discover that you won’t be moving to Australia (at least not this year), do look at your experience as just another job interview. Don’t let it discourage you from seeking other opportunities in your dream country. There are, after all, several ways to skin a cat.
You could also take this opportunity to look at openings in other areas. Melbourne might be out of the question for now, but perhaps Sydney might be looking for nurses? How about Victoria? Or perhaps Singapore?
On LinkedIn? Keep that “Looking for Opportunities” tab ticked.
While you’re at it, take a good look at your professional profiles online. Do they communicate your biggest selling points as a potential employee? Are your IELTS results on display? Have you got a reliable list of references? Most importantly, is your contact information up to date?
Remember, you’re no longer just applying on the local job market. Going global means packaging yourself differently because you’ll be up against some pretty tough competition. Your online profiles should clearly communicate that your skills and attitude are at par with any of them.
Speaking of communication, how’s your command of the English language? If it’s a little shaky, then you need to practice.
Formal lessons are good, but joining a foreign language group online might be better. These allow you to apply your language skills in a conversational setting, boosting your confidence and thus preparing you for any formal job interviews.
Apart from language lessons, you may also want to look into other short courses that can complement your existing skills. For instance, if you’re a medical practitioner, learning about accurate hospital billing can be an attractive plus on your CV.
Above all, keep moving. It’s all too tempting to dwell over what could have been or what you did wrong, but resist the urge to do so. Instead, keep your paperwork ready and your mind sharp.
You can never go wrong with continuous self-improvement. Whether it leads to a job abroad or an entirely different venture at home, it can definitely help you in ways that couldn’t have imagined.