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Navigating New Horizons: Top Tips for Finding a Job Abroad

Navigating New Horizons: Top Tips for Finding a Job Abroad
6 November 2023 Samantha Anderson

Youth travel and employment expert at new youth-led work and travel brand, JENZA, shares her tips on securing a job abroad…

When considering a move abroad, there are many moving parts; from where to live, making friends, and of course, finding that all important job. Unsurprisingly it can all feel rather overwhelming. That’s why the team at youth-led work and travel brand, JENZA, has provided their top tips on how to secure that sought after job in a foreign land.

Kristian Webber, youth travel and employment expert at JENZA, says: “This year, we’ve seen around 10% of UK youth take the leap on a gap-year abroad, a number that is only increasing year on year and has seen a sharp rise post-Covid. Though with such a strong demand for gap years abroad, young people need to make sure they are properly prepared to navigate a foreign job market.

“Moving abroad can be tricky, and when it comes to finding a job, things only get more difficult. Navigating a new language, currency and even new visas can be mind-bogglingly confusing. And for young travellers, who might be looking at some of their first experiences in the working world, the challenge might seem unmanageable. It doesn’t have to be this way though. With just a few savvy tips young people can ensure they have all the information they need to help them secure their dream job abroad.”

Read on for Kristian’s top tips for securing a job abroad…

  1. Getting around the culture shock
    When moving anywhere, its expected there will be a certain level of unfamiliarity, this is especially true when moving between countries. Things as simple as currency, or which side of the road to drive on may initially stump you, but it will all soon become second nature.If possible, it’s worth attending inter-cultural training sessions before heading off. This is especially useful if travelling to destinations like Japan, Mexico and Fiji where the culture is very different to that of the UK. Likewise, language is often a barrier for young Brits so getting to grips with the basics by attending language classes ahead of your move is worthwhile.An understanding of both the culture and the language – even if it’s basic niceties – will help you stand out from the crowd when it comes to securing that all important job.
  2. Tailor your CV
    While obvious things like language may change when crossing a border, when you’re also job hunting it’s important to consider the local way of doing things and this even extends to your CV – or resume if you’re across the pond!Do your research on the preferred formatting of the country you’re looking to work in, as CVs can vary. It may come as a surprise but a US ‘resume’ differs quite significantly to a New Zealand CV.You can find templates tailored by country online, but you may prefer to consider a CV training class either before you travel or once you arrive, to help make things that little bit easier.
  3. Knowing when to apply
    Timing is everything so it’s crucial you apply for popular positions at the right time of year.For example, if you’re looking to move to Canada and land one of its sought-after winter roles, you should aim to secure a visa up to 12 months in advance and start applying to the roles in May or June, ahead of the season starting in November.Certain jobs, like those of the popular mountain resorts of Banff and Whistler, can be very competitive, so make sure you do your research on when to apply ahead of time.
  4. Don’t over-plan, be open minded
    Facilitating a global move is no mean feat, and while it’s best to have a plan, keep what you can open ended. Most working holiday visas will allow you to do casual or career work, and while you may be moving abroad with the idea of continuing to work within your chosen field, trade, or profession, don’t discount more casual working holiday jobs.Professional jobs can be harder to secure, so if you find yourself in a state of limbo waiting to find out if you’ve nailed that final interview, get some shifts in at the local coffee shop to ensure you have some spare cash.
  5. Don’t stress, enjoy your time abroad
    A move abroad is stressful at the best of times and none more so than when you’re struggling to line up a job. Make sure you save up enough money ahead of travelling to take the pressure off your first few months abroad and make the most of this ‘in-between’ time.

Take advantage of where you are – make friends with like-minded travellers, experience local cuisine, and most importantly, make memories.

To find out more or for help organising your own flexible working holiday, visit


Notes to Editors:
Kristian Webber youth travel and employment expert and head of product & business development at JENZA is available for further comment on request.

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About JENZA:
Founded in 2023, JENZA is a new youth-led work and travel brand that arranges flexible working holidays, summer camps and international internships with pre-arranged jobs and placements in Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the USA and UK.

JENZA exists so that young people never have to choose between getting a job and going travelling, encouraging them to earn as they explore. The brand is backed by 60+ years of work overseas expertise via its sibling companies BUNAC and USIT.

To check out the experiences JENZA offers, visit