Dream of Working Abroad? Here's Where to Score the Best Gig

Some of us dream of working in the big city—and some of us dream of working in, say, Paris. Ooh la la! And if your ultimate career goal is to go abroad, LinkedIn has some good very news: The chances of snagging a job in the City of Light—or another overseas destination of your choice—may never be better.

"With more companies expanding their operations abroad," the job networking site writes, "employment opportunities overseas are becoming increasingly prevalent. This means you now have more opportunities to pursue your globe-trotting dream while adding valuable experience to your professional toolkit."

But with hundreds of desirable potential homes, where should a globe-trotting gal begin her international job search? LinkedIn analyzed the data of its U.S. members who are working abroad in order to uncover the most popular cities among those members—and what it is they do. Here, according to LinkedIn's analysis, are the top 10 spots for American expatriates.

1. London
2. Sydney
3. Toronto
4. Paris
5. Shanghai
6. Madrid
7. Tokyo
8. Beijing
9. Melbourne
10. Amsterdam


As you can see, London takes the top spot as the most desirable destination to work abroad—and with LinkedIn reporting there are at least 80,000 jobs open to foreign workers in the United Kingdom's capital, it's easy to see why.

But Australia seems to have serious appeal too, with two cities—Sydney and Melbourne—making the top 10 list of where expats want to call home.

Combined, these cities also offer more than 20,000 job openings, LinkedIn says. Tokyo also holds many opportunities for foreign workers, hitting No. 7 on the list—and it has more than 40,000 jobs for an expat's taking, according to LinkedIn.

Those of us who dream of calling Paris home could also have a real shot at landing a job there. According to LinkedIn, there are 45,000 job openings in the City of Light right now. But every city on this list offers up ample opportunities to foreigners. Each city—except Melbourne—has more than 10,000 job openings right now, LinkedIn says, with most offering more than 15,000 openings.

So now you know where you could move abroad—but what you could do is another question entirely. LinkedIn took a look at that, too, and found that its members could find a wide range of jobs abroad, with open positions in the marketing, research, business, sales, public relations, and finance fields.

Perhaps surprisingly, there are more than 350,000 sales jobs open worldwide right now—more than any other profession in LinkedIn's international analysis. But unsurprisingly, jobs in the education field combined—where you could work as a translator, teacher, or language instructor—offer the most ample job opportunities for expats.

Of course, packing your suitcase for an international gig isn't as simple as finding the right job. There's a lot more to it than that—think: getting a work visa, the costs of moving (if your company isn't helping), and figuring out what to do with your car or even your pets before you cross the pond. Be sure to do your research before you apply for a job abroad to see if it's really the right option for you, and what it will take to make your dream a reality.

Source: glamour.com
ByJillian Kramer

http://www.glamour.com/story/dream-of-working-abroad-heres-where-to-score-the-best-gig

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