Job Seeker FAQs

Q. What will I find at OverseasJobs.com?
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OverseasJobs.com offers enriching and rewarding employment opportunities across the globe for experienced professionals, contractors and expatriates looking to expand their horizons through work abroad and an international career.

You may search the jobs database by keyword and location here: Search Jobs


Q. How do I find a job on your site?
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OverseasJobs.com does not match job seekers with employers. But we have several tools that will help you find a job.

You may search for jobs on OverseasJobs.com by keyword/s and location using the Search Jobs feature from the left navigation bar, if you have a specific type of job in mind. For example, if you are looking for a Lifeguard position, you might use "Lifeguard" or "Waterfront" as your keyword. Then choose the city or country in which you are looking for a job.

You may also choose to browse Jobs by Region from the left navigation bar if your priority is to work in a specific part of the country/world. This feature allows you to narrow down your job search geographically.

When you find a job on OverseasJobs.com that interests you, please follow the instructions on the job posting to apply for the position. You may also register for a free Job Seeker account on our sites, which will allow you to post a resume and cover letter so you may communicate more efficiently with employers. You can even set up a Job Search Agent that will email you notification of new jobs that fit your search criteria as they are posted.

Register for your Job Seeker account Here.


Q. How do I post my resume?
A. Log in to your job seeker account to create a Resume and Cover Letter that you may use in your communications with employers.

Q. I am a British hospitality graduate looking to work in America. Do you offer placements, internships or full time employment to British graduates? If not, do you have any contacts that employ British graduates that may be useful?
A. Students or recent graduates from the U.K. and Europe may be eligible to come to the U.S. on a J-1 visa for practical training or apprentice work. Many hotels, ski resorts, summer camps and restaurants are able to hire qualified students or recent graduates. Due to immigration constraints most of these positions are limited to a year in length. It is difficult to find a permanent, full-time job in the hospitality industry in the U.S. if you are a recent graduate unless you already have permission to work in the United States. Your best bet for getting into the U.S. in the hospitality industry is to work with a large ski resort, large hotel chain or resort. These companies usually work with the U.S. government to secure up to several hundred-work visas each year for seasonal workers. Finally, you should visit the BUNAC or CIEE Web sites. Each of these companies works to help find visas and/or work experiences for students and recent graduates.

Q. I am a Swiss college student of 18+ years. I am interested to work for about 6 weeks in the States in a summer camp as a general counselor.
A. Many summer camps hire foreign students to work for the summer. You can find many of the camps here on OverseasJobs.com. Many camps, however, will need you to work for an entire season. The U.S. summer camp season usually runs from late May/early June through August. The BUNAC summer camp USA program may be of interest to you (http://www.bunac.org/uk/summercampusa/), as they help match job seekers with a summer camp and also assist in the visa process. You must be between 19 and 35 to apply to the BUNAC Summer Camp USA program and you should have some experience working with youths.

Q. Do all of the employers on your site realize that there may be candidates from other countries looking for jobs? Are the employers ready to help applicants from your sites obtain working visas? I'm from Russia and this is not the easiest country to leave without a visa.
A. Many of the companies who list jobs on OverseasJobs.com do realize that candidates from other countries will be applying for their job openings. Some employers will work with a qualified candidate to arrange a work visa. However, it is extremely difficult for employers to sponsor visas for employees unless they are filling a special need that cannot be filled by the local population. This is true for much of Western Europe and North America. However, many eastern European and Asian countries have slightly less restrictive policies. We ask employers who use the site to indicate whether or not they will accept applicants from any country, but many of them do not include this information. Your best option is to identify the job openings that best match your skills and qualifications and then to contact the employer directly to find out if you are eligible to apply for the job opening. You should also plan ahead and try to obtain a work visa many months before your work starts. It can take several months to get approval for a visa. For a fee certain organizations, like BUNAC (http://www.bunac.org/uk/summercampusa/) and CIEE (http://www.ciee.org/) can help you obtain a work visa to go overseas or come to the US.

Q. Do I need to send a full resume to respond to job offers on your site or can I just send an email?
A. Yes, you should create a well-presented Resume. Even if you don't have any experience yet a resume is a great way to show that you are active and interested in different subjects and to show that you are organized and able to write well. Make sure your resume uses perfect English grammar and is consistent and clear. The best way to get rejected for a job is with a poor resume.

Q. I don't really understand what the employer is offering me. Do I need a contract?
A. Maybe. Make sure that you fully understand what the employer will expect of you before you take a job. You should also fully understand what you will be doing in your job, how much you will be paid, work hours, etc. In some cases you might want a contract, especially when working overseas, so that you fully understand the terms of your employment. If you are being offered travel benefits or end of season bonuses then a contract is a good idea.

Q. The employer wants me to secure my employment with a deposit or to pay for housing in advance. What should I do?
A. Never, ever pay an employer or recruiter to find you a job, reserve your job or as a deposit on housing. The job market is still very strong for summer job seekers and you shouldn't need to pay to find a job or to access jobs. Be careful of employers who seem suspicious and unprofessional and use your best judgment when sending money or private documents to employers found on our site or anywhere else. If you feel a request by an employer is unreasonable you should use caution and ask the employer for more information or references.

Q. I got a job offer overseas and I live in the U.S.. Can I just go work there for the summer without a visa or do I need permission from the government.
A. It is very likely that you will need a valid work visa, though many students arrange to work without following the laws of the country in which they are working. While this is common we do not recommend this approach as you will have no legal recourse in the event that the employer mistreats you, unreasonably terminates you or withholds benefits or pay. Your safest approach is to work with the employer to learn the local immigration laws and to have them assist you in obtaining the proper paperwork. Make sure you understand visa and immigration requirements before taking a job abroad. The above tips about not paying money to employers are even more important when working abroad.

Q. How do I send my resume to an employer using email? What documents should I include?
A. When applying to jobs on-line include your resume as text as part of your email, and also as a text attachment. Many employers do not want to open attachments, especially Microsoft word attachments, because of the fear of viruses, so make sure your resume is in text format as part of your original email. Also include a short, descriptive cover letter as part of your email that says a little about yourself and why you want the job. You can type the cover letter in your email as you would a normal email message and then follow the cover letter with the body of your resume. As always, use spell check and make sure your cover letter uses proper English grammar.

Q. I haven't heard back from any employers. What do I do?
A. Many employers are overwhelmed by the response from applicants on our site and cannot respond to everyone. When you send your resume and cover letter it is appropriate to mention a follow up time and method in your cover letter. For example, you might write "Thank you for your time and consideration. Please review my resume and let me know if you have any questions. I will follow up in two weeks by email or phone to see if you need any more information about me and my qualifications." Keep track of who you send applications to and schedule a follow up time to send more email or call to find out about your job application. Please use your best judgment when responding to employers and do not call or email them excessively, as it will most likely annoy them and hurt your chances of being hired. Be organized and persistent but do not become a nuisance.

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