Some people are aspired to work at a foreign company for some reasons: attractive paycheck, flashy perks, opportunity to travel abroad, experience of working in a non-native environment, and more fun challenges. According to Callum Thomas, CEO of Thomas Thor Associations, working in a non-native company is an intriguing opportunity as you can work with a multinational and multicultural environment. There are benefits for your lifestyle and you as an individual when you work at a foreign company, including:
- It increases value to employers. As CEO of an international recruitment business, Thomas said that over 80 percent of job descriptions contain either mandatory requirement of a strong preference for an international and cross-cultural team experience.
- You can learn more about other cultures and customs. For you who enjoy learning about culture, working in non-native company will give you a chance to work with staffs from various countries and cultures. So, you can exchange cultural information with them.
- You will gain more insight and creativity. “Creativity and new insights thrive in environments where people have different ideas and perspectives,” Thomas said. Therefore, working a foreign company is a good place for that.
- It gives you experience to move internationally. If you have a plan to leverage your view about the world, working internationally can be one of good options.
- You will have more holiday destination ideas. Imagine you are working in a European company then you are assigned to work abroad for some period of time. There are a lot of history and good places you can visit on your time off.
- Lastly, you will gain free exposure to other languages, especially the local language you are living in.
While the idea of working at a foreign organisation is fun, getting hired and actually working at one might not be easy as it sounds. Therefore, before deciding to apply to a position at a foreign company, acknowledge yourself with these ultimate requirements of working there.
Able to speak English (or other native languages) – First and foremost requirement to work at a foreign company is that you should be able to speak their native language or at least English. Why English? English remains the lingua franca or universal language which is widely spoken in business industry. That being said, it is crucial to master English, unless you only deal with native people.
Have good adaptability – Working in a new country will allow you to experience a new culture. For example, when you work in Australia and you are from Indonesia, you probably will have a cultural shock as the two countries have a very different culture. That is why it is important to have good adaptability skill in order to survive in your destined country. Here is a free source to help you learn about different cultures.
Able to adjust to different time zones – There are two things you should take into consideration before working at a foreign company. First, if you choose to work remotely for a foreign company and your team consists of people from different countries, you will need to adjust better to various different time zones when arranging a meeting or meeting a deadline. Therefore, this option requires you to have good time management.
Second, if you choose to work abroad. In this case, you need to adjust yourself with their time zone. It can be daunting. Why? Because during the first month, you will feel a very different atmosphere. For example, it is 1 am in your country and you are sleeping soundly. But in the new country, it is still 10 am. So, you need to get used to the different time zone.
Flexibility – Working and living, both need flexibility. Especially when you travel to a foreign country, you need extra flexibility. For example, imagine that you run out of money while you haven’t get paid yet or when you have arrived in the destined country everything turns out to be not what you have expected. It can be frustrating. But if you are flexible or have a back-up plan, it won’t be as scary as you imagine.
Complete documents – The last requirement is documents. When you choose to travel to a destined country, you need to prepare everything beforehand. There are specific documents you need to prepare. The files needed depend on the country and organisation you apply, so you should ask the recruiter before travelling to their country.
Additionally, taken from Work Abroad, here are general documents you can prepare.
- Resume with a detailed job description.
- Valid Passport. Make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months prior to travel date.
- School Credentials. Documents such as High School or College Diploma; Post Graduate Diploma if applicable; Transcript of Records.
- Valid Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) ID (if necessary)
- Employment Certificates
- Training/Seminar Certificates
- Valid TOEFL or TOEFL equivalent Certificate (if applicable)
- Valid Passport & working/travel VISA