Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How to Ensure Your Cash Keeps Flowing

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How to Ensure Your Cash Keeps Flowing

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Byline: Rob Griffin

Unless you've just won the National Lottery jackpot, the chances are that you will eventually need to find a regular source of income to help support your family's new life overseas - but will this be easy? Do you want to continue in your present career? Do you have a broad range of skills that are transferable? Are there vacancies in this field? Will you be earning a comparable amount? Do you need further qualifications to do this job in a new country? All these questions will need to be answered well in advance of packing your bags and heading to the airport for the final time, advises Michael Gentle, head of consumer marketing at jobs website Monster.co.uk.

"If you are moving with your family, then renting or buying a property without the long-term guarantee of income could put you in a difficult position," he says. "If you think that employers will only consider you if you're living locally, reassure them in your cover letter that your intentions are to move once a position has been secured."

You need to think hard about what's most important in your career so it's worth tapping into the knowledge and experience of any professional networks in the new country as they will be able to advise on everything, including any job vacancies.

"Some jobs abroad may offer high salaries and/or a better standard of living than in the UK," Gentle adds. "Others may enable you to live more economically if they have lower taxes, lower accommodation costs and cheaper consumer goods."

As well as local contacts you need to scan international job sites, as well as specialist publications and dedicated industry forums. There's lots of information online about potential positions thanks to social media.

When applying for jobs, ensure your CV is tailored to the position for which you're applying. It's also worth noting that the person reading your CV may not be familiar with any of your previous companies, so add information about these businesses. …

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