How to secure an IT job overseas

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Securing a role overseas can be for some IT professionals the pinnacle of a successful career. With opportunities for an increase in salary and the potential to explore not only a new country but way-of-life and and culture, there are a huge variety of motivating factors. But how do you land yourself a job overseas?

"Employers will often seek to tap into talent pools within established markets, such as South Africa or elsewhere in the Africa, for professionals with the exact experience they are looking for." says Darin van den Munchkoff, Senior Consultant at Robert Walters.

At Robert Walters, our International Career Management (ICM) programme helps talented professionals find jobs in other countries and gives them vital assistance when they first arrive in a new location.

Employers will often seek to tap into talent pools within established markets, such as South Africa or elsewhere in the Africa, for IT professionals with the exact experience they are looking for.

Large international companies often seek IT professionals internally to strengthen or develop new business areas overseas. Generally, organisations of this size have established international transfer programmes. If you are thinking that long-term this is something you want to do, securing a job at a large multinational company with a commitment to relocating its staff can in time provide the opportunity you are seeking further down the line.

You will need to develop strong internal networks while you in the job and generally prove you are a reliable and consistent performer. But if you outline your intentions early on, most will look to offer you an appropriate opportunity where possible as they will prefer to retain you within the business rather than lose you altogether.

Are you interested in pursuing a career overseas? Find out how we can help by visiting our dedicated International Career Management (ICM) website.

Or if you have a friend looking for a new job, why not be rewarded for recommending Robert Walters? Learn more about our excellent referral scheme and refer your friend today.

For more career advice, and information on how to switch careers, please contact

Darin van den Munchkoff, Senior Consultant
darin.vandenmunchkof@robertwalters.com
+27 (0)11 881 2491

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