Do I Have To Be In My Destination Country To Find A Job As An Immigrant Job Seeker?

I often respond to people wanting information and training about how to find a job as an immigrant job seeker.

The majority of people think that they can apply the usual rules to job finding by sending their CV to jobs advertised in their destination country, over the internet.

They also hear others say that they will be unable to find a job as an immigrant if they are not already present in their new country and that fills some people with dread:  How can they afford to travel there to look for a job and will it guarantee them a job if they do decide to travel there?

Both these assumptions are common mistakes (link to free series) and common myths about job finding as immigrant job seekers, whether still in your old country or even after you have already migrated.

No, you will NOT find a job as an immigrant applying the usual way of sending applications to jobs in your new country via the internet, and you also do not need to be present in your new country to find a job.

Sounds confusing, doesn’t it?

What I am trying to say is that the set of rules and actions you need to take that WILL secure you a job in our destination country, vastly differ from the usual ways of finding a job as a local.

It is possible though – if you apply those rules and actions correctly –  to find a job, even from a distance.  I teach this method to immigrant job seekers in my online training.

So what are the unusual ways that immigrant job seekers have to apply to find a job from a distance and how does it work then?

First of all, using just your CV to apply for a job online (as people do usually) as an immigrant can be compared to saying to a potential employer in your new country, “You don’t know me, now give me a job”.

It simply won’t work.

There has been no trust and validity established before you ask for that job and to employers in your destination country, you are an alien – whose qualifications, experience and skills are very hard, if not impossible, to verify.

That is guaranteed to get the door slammed in your face.

What should you do then?

Establish connections and relationships, gain trust, become known and visible, and then ask for a job, or better yet – let the jobs come to you.

Can you do that with a CV alone?


You need a unique immigrant’s LinkedIn profile, which is quite different to a usual LinkedIn profile and then you need to use that to secure connections, and not only have those connections, but build close relationships with those connections.

Those relationships need to be so close and so familiar that those people will ask you to work for them because they are now trusting you and you are known to them.  They can see your enthusiasm, interest and knowledge in your field of interest – EVEN if you are still offshore.

When you then ask for a job, you are not an alien anymore.

And you do not have to travel all the way to your destination country to make all of this happen.  Just having a proper, unique immigrant’s LinkedIn profile and using it to connect and build relationships correctly, will make this all possible.

It is a pity that the majority of immigrant job seekers make this huge, expensive mistake…

Zarélsie Van der Merwe is the Migration Mentor.  She inspires, guides and educates new immigrants globally to find jobs and overcome the common job finding obstacles as immigrant job seekers and helps them deal with the psychological and emotional factors of immigration to become thriving, successful citizens of their new country.  
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