Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Have you ever considered trying to find a job abroad?

Do you have the desire to find something abroad but feel unsure of where to start?

If you’re like most people, the thought of relocating and finding a new job can be a bit overwhelming.

Today we’re going to help you to figure out how to find that right job in the location that’s right for you.

We have a special guest on, Ilya Brotsky from Van Hack, who will help us to prepare for this next big step in your journey.

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Preparing For This Next Step Is Important

Are you looking to move and get a job abroad?

The best way to do this is to get hired when you’re still in your home country.

There are many things to think through when you are trying to find the right job abroad.

You want to be sure that you are prepared and you know exactly what you’re looking for in this situation.

The more specific you can get with what you want, the better it will be for you in the long run.

We’re going to look at three ways to get hired and get a job abroad.

Three Things To Help You Successfully Find A Job Abroad

Many of our listeners have the interest or desire to work abroad, particularly if they are in the tech industry.

What are the three things that you should consider and think through before finding a job abroad?

  1. Research: Before you start off in anything, you want to know what you are getting yourself into. You don’t have to spend much money but rather can do the research to figure things out in advance. Listening to podcasts such as this, watching YouTube videos, and getting to know about where you want to go. You want to have a clear focus of where you want to go and what you want to do. Where do you want to go? What do you want to do when you are in this new location? The more specific that you get in your research, the better this will be for you. This will help you to have a good understanding of what you are going to do and how to get there. Doing the research can help you tremendously so that you can be proactive and figure out what to expect. Check out different cities and what they are like, compare it to other cities, and see what this can all do to prepare you for this new job you want to get abroad. Talk to people and use something like LinkedIn or even Indeed which will help you to see what sort of jobs may be available to you. It’s also important to build your network in this new location too!
  2. Preparation: This is likely the most important step in the journey. This is a very big decision and you need to be prepared for it. There are many things you can do to prepare. Perhaps you focus on your technical skills as a starting point. Get in some experience or fine tune a particular skill if that will help you. Figure out what you need to do to get yourself fully prepared in what you will need in this new job. Be sure that you also prepare mentally so that you know what to expect and ensure it’s a good fit for you. Finding a job and moving abroad can be great, but it can also be challenging. Take the time to prepare yourself for what this new job and this new life will be like for you. Take advantage of any extra time you may have at home right now and work to sharpen a skill that you need online. This can really benefit you and help you to prepare for whatever this new job may be.
  3. Networking: This is something that you can do online because you can connect with people in the city that you are looking to move to. You can talk to them online or even get on a call. Take the time to understand from them what you can expect in this new location. You want to know what sort of opportunities you may find in this new city. You can talk to somebody in your field and see if they can help you to find the right opportunities. Everything that you do to talk to people in this new city or in your field can help you to build your network. This can also help you to know somebody new in this new location. This is all about “mentally being in this city” and it can really pay off for you in the long run. You can digitally immerse yourself into this city and this life that you are looking to build. Read about the local news so that you know what is going on there–this can help you with small talk with people you are hoping to add to your network.

These three things can help you to be very successful in finding a job abroad and ensuring that it’s a good fit for you.

The more that you put into it up front, the better it will be for you in the long run.

Taking Things One Step Further

All of these things outlined above will help you to be successful in your job search.

You want to think through what it is that you are looking for, and then figure out which city will be a true match for you.

There are so many tools and things that you can do to help prepare you ane ensure that this is a positive experience.

Ilya provides services through his company, Van Hack, which will help you if you are searching out a job abroad and you want to know the best way to get started.

Van Hack Premium, which is a members area, is where they teach technical English.

This helps you with how to do job interviews in English, and this will ultimately help you to land the job that you want.

There is also a community which can help you to get yourself prepared for finding a job abroad.

There is also a job board which can help to match you up with the right company and the right opportunity.

This can also help you with the work permit process which is an important part of things too.

You can go here to check out the site and you can also find them on LinkedIn and Twitter.

You can find them by searching “Van Hack” for their podcasts and also to find their YouTube channel.

They will prove to be a really helpful resource when you are trying to find a job abroad and ensure that you are prepared for it.


Finding a job abroad can be a challenging process, but now you know what to expect and prepare for.

Though it can be challenging, you want to do your part to prepare for it so that it’s a positive experience.

Finding a job abroad can be a really great thing if you put in the right amount of preparation.

If you follow these steps and put in the work, this can be a really wonderful experience and lead you to the job and location that you’ve been dreaming of!


Featured in Fast Company, BC Business and Betakit, Ilya Brotzky is the CEO and CoFounder of VanHack, one of Canada’s leading HR Tech startups. Ilya leads a team of over 30 employees from 11 countries with the mission of creating a borderless world for tech talent through jobs. He holds a Bachelors of Applied Economics from Cornell University and has helped raise over $100,000 for a variety of charities in Africa and South America.

If you have any questions, please leave them below in the comments section.

We’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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