Since I’m sort of methodic, let me break the steps for finding a job abroad into different, but correlated tasks:
1. Have all relevant documentation prepared prior applying for jobs
Regardless of where you want to live, applying without the proper visa won’t take you too far. Unless you are the super-duper well known security guru, market conditions are not allowing companies to sponsor employees from abroad as it has been a couple of years ago. So if you’re planning to migrate to Australia, UK or wherever else, sort out your papers first.
2. Study the local market
I want to present you with an astonishing work by a friend of mine from Brazil, who was also getting prepared for the relocation to Australia. Please check the graph below:
This graph is the outcome of almost 25 weeks of his research about the Australian market. Every week (semana), he visited the www.seek.com.au website and wrote down the number of positions (vagas) available for each of his specializations (legend). Has he been successful? Although this graph didn’t land him a job, his improved knowledge of what positions were hiring the most helped him to come up with a different set of resumes, plus a good idea about the Australian market at a given moment. The result: Well, he’s a Linux security specialist, and upon moving to Australia it took him less than a month to get a job as a security specialist at Red Hat. What else could he ask for?
3. Set your expectations right.
One thing I’ve learnt throughout my life is: start low, aim high. Do not expect moving to a foreign country in which you have no previous work experience agetting a 100% jump from your current salary. Set your expectations accordingly, start low enough to have the same standard of living you have now while you gain some local experience. After some time you’ll be acquainted with the market and your jump to that dream job/salary will be much easily achievable than now that you’re still abroad.