20 Tips For Finding A Job When Traveling

Jobs are a pretty important part of the books that I write. I’ve written about a reporter, a personal trainer, and in my current work-in-progress, my character Jaine has been sending out resumes and going on interviews. In the real world, I’m gearing up to participate in a local career fair and chat with some high school students about writing and publishing opportunities. I’ve got jobs on the brain and I thought this guest post might be helpful to some of my readers, especially with summer in the not-so-distant future. Happy travels!

The falling US dollar has now made it necessary for travelers to work as they travel; savings won’t cut it anymore. However, finding jobs that put actual money into your pocket and not just pity pennies takes some effort. The prognosis is good, though. Put in the time, pool your skills and do some resourceful research and you’ll find jobs that pay.

Prepare For The Time You’re Going To Spend Abroad

1. Determine Your Job Duration
Short term gigs are great to pocket some much-needed funds and move on, while long term gigs are great to live for an extended time at a certain destination.

2. Determine Global Job Locations
You might want to consider wage rates, lifestyle, convenience, development and easy taxation. For example, untaxed cash payments are not legal in Europe, but the accepted norm in Asian countries.

3. Make Country-Specific Preparations
Based on the countries you want to work in, check out if you need to take a language course, learn specific customs and etiquette, legalities and limitations. Know the scene well before trying for a job.

4. Figure Out Visas And Work Permits
Check if the countries you want to work in require you to apply for a work permit for temp jobs. For example, citizens of US, Canada and Australia can work in Romania for 90 days without any kind of visa.

5. Find Out What Additional Courses You Need
Some countries have specific rules about certifications and courses even for temp workers. For example, if you plan to teach English abroad, you might need a TEFL Degree to work in European countries.

6. Check Out Placement Agencies
If you’re planning to work on a farm or vineyard in Europe, check out fruitfulfarms.co.uk and www.pickingjobs.com. Conditions apply, since some placement agencies only work with local citizens.

7. Look Up Online Directories
Check out classified Ads and online directories for the country you have in mind. Try the following: Transitions Abroad, Jobs Abroad Bulletin, Family Farms Around the World, Farmers Weekly Jobs, Denmark’s Seasonal Work website.

Evaluate Your Skills

8. Summer Camp Counselor
Are you good with children, able to relate to them at their level and yet be responsible? Prep: Take a short course in counseling and handling kids’ and teen problems.

9. Au Pair
Can you mind young children for extended periods of time and handle light domestic work in exchange for wage, room and board? Prep: Learn the language and culture of the country, get as many references as possible and look up legalities.

10. Bar Tending
Are you deft, agile and quick and have great reflexes? Prep: Work on your hand-eye coordination, understand how to mix drinks, whip up cocktails in record time using a stopwatch.

11. Ski or Diving Instructor
In most countries, instructing jobs are for an entire season or two. This kind of work needs a permit, certification and experience. Prep: Work on your skiing and diving skills, and learn how to patiently train other people.

12. Tour Guide
Can you walk for hours, talk non-stop and keep people engaged? Can you memorize long bits of historical facts and be confident while sounding off? Prep: Work on your public-speaking skills and learn how to cover up embarrassing glitches with humor.

Look Up Jobs While On The Go

13. Just ask
Ask your hostel manager if there are any jobs for cash payment or free stay. Hostels always need an extra hand.

14. Email Ahead Of Time
Use various resources and do your due diligence; then email bars, hostels and establishments ahead of time with your application, resume and references.

15. Get Yourself Out There
Network with people on your journey and campaign both your needs and your skills. Not everyone advertises their help needs. Keep your CV, folder of references and certifications handy and talk to everyone you meet.

16. Be Confident
Everyone likes a confident person but be careful not to come across as cocky. Leave an impression behind of a cultured, well-spoken, well bred and confident person. Even if there’s no job to offer you, people will remember you.

17. Put Your Face In Front Of Them
Show your face to hiring managers several times so they put you on priority. Get familiar with them; managers don’t usually hire people they don’t know.

18. Keep Your CV Short And Sweet
Your CV should list all the important details, look great and read well. Just don’t be too verbose and keep the CV to a couple of pages.

19. Speak Only To The Manager
Get the maximum mileage out of your meetings; don’t leave your CV with some employee, meet the manager and make the right impression.

20. Offer Something Unique
If it’s bartending you’re after, add something that the hiring manager won’t get from anyone else. Specialize in bartending tricks such as throwing drinks behind your back and catching them and have a repertoire of great cocktails.

Atul writes for adventure website Adrenaline, which offers 2000+ experience gifts like hot air ballooning and helicopter flights.

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