Expat: Can’t find a job in the U.S.? Go somewhere else!

Who knows how the job market will change this year.  In my job search I initially looked for jobs within a short commute from my home.

That didn’t work well, so I extended the search to a longer commute.

Then I realized I might have to look outside of my normal commute and maybe think about moving my family.  When I realized I was open to moving from the state I live in, I was open to moving ANYWHERE. Even outside of the U.S.

I have friends and relatives who have spent some of their career outside of the U.S.  When you work outside of the U.S., and you are a U.S. citizen, you are considered an expat (short for expatriate – more info here).

I read a post about the booming job market outside of the U.S…. read it here.

Is this something you would consider?

I think most people are afraid of what that means.   As a kid we moved about every three or four years.  My parent had to be open to that.  It was hard not having long-term friends (like a best friend from kindergarten, or something like that), but it was awesome moving to new places, meeting new people, etc.

There are definite pros and cons to being an expat – if you haven’t considered it, here are some links where you can research it:

Expat Exchange

Expatriate Websites

Expat Forum

Expat Blog

Expat Intelligence

Who knows, it may be the greatest journey of your career!

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