It’s been your lifelong dream to get a job abroad. Somehow, though, the fates have not been kind to you and you have not fulfilled your dream even after numerous job applications. What could be wrong? There are actually several possible barriers in you getting a job abroad.

Your Main Barriers to Getting a Job Abroad
Do you fit their missing pieces?

Skill Set Fit

Countries will grant a working visa to people whose skills can plug a workplace shortage. These countries will have their own standards on whether a person’s credentials meet their criteria. Do you have what they need? Does your skill set fit what they want? A recruiter will discard your resumé if you won’t pass at least the visa requirements of the country you intend to work in. You can’t work in a country where your occupation is not in short supply. Are your skills needed overseas?

Language Skills

One of the big barriers to getting a job abroad is the lack of English proficiency. You can’t get by with just a basic grasp of the language, especially in the healthcare sector where you deal with matters of life and death. Even blue collar workers need basic English skills if they want to secure a job overseas. English is the universal language of migrant workers. Are you competent enough in English?

Your Main Barriers to Getting a Job Abroad
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A nurse in their own country may not be fit to practice as a Registered Nurse in another country. Nurses may need to undergo additional certification before they can get licensed. This is true for some other professions as well, not just for those in the healthcare sector. You can’t just set up practice in an alien country and not expect to account for your credentials. Do you already have the license to practice your profession in the country of your choice?


Are you prepared financially for the expenses that moving abroad will entail? While most overseas employers will fund your initial outlay, there are still some expenses that you will need to shoulder. In the Philippines, agencies that specialize in overseas recruitments ask for a one month’s salary worth in placement fees. Not only that, you are likely to need a new set of clothes, including a set of luggage. You are staying long-term, after all. Do you have the funds that you need to get that job abroad?


You need to tell the world what you want in order to get it. You can’t just whisper it to the wind and expect that your dreams will somehow come true. If you’re keeping your dreams to yourself, how can you expect to be discovered? A great way of advertising your plans to get a job abroad is to sign up with and updating your Contact Settings to public. This way, interested employers can see your digital resumé and contact you when a relevant job opportunity opens up.