YES!! We’re finally moving to Europe! We’re moving to Poland!!
After some hard work and dedication I officially received and accepted an offer as a Web Developer for a large and reputable company in Wroclaw, Poland 😀 Oh, and in case you haven’t noticed you can now find out more information about who we are in our About page.
Danielle has already given her current employer notice that she will be leaving and I am currently in the process of obtaining our visas! Just today I received my work permit so we will be heading to the Polish consulate very soon in order to apply for our visas.
We’re also already in the process of selling all of our furniture and non-necessities.
What the Process of Finding a Job Was Like
My job search consisted of waking up bright and early in order to be available for any phone calls, emails, and interviews during European work hours. Usually I would be up by at least 8:00 AM EST and throughout the night I would leave my mobile phone on ring + vibrate in order to be able to answer any phone calls I may receive in the middle of the night.
Throughout my day I would search ALL over the internet in search for jobs, applying to jobs, and seeking any possible networking opportunity with friends and family. I wanted to use all of my resources to their fullest extent because this is how badly I wanted this.
This is the type of dedication you NEED in order to accomplish finding a job abroad.
I also needed to be available many times during the very early hours of my day (7:00AM EST interviews!) as well as available for interviews around noon time (EST). The interviews were definitely very time consuming and, understandably, many questions were asked… probably more questions than a typical interview for a company in your local area. This is most likely because hiring abroad is a big investment, so of course they want to know everything! 🙂
What I Learned
- Companies who are looking to hire abroad are doing so because they want the BEST talent so you really need to perform your absolute best during any sort of interview. I didn’t learn this immediately but it quickly kicked in after a 2-3 interviews with different companies.
- You will be asked a lot of questions: why do you want to move to X-Country? will you be bringing anyone with you? how do they feel about the move? have you ever been here before? Be prepared to answer these type of questions. Be genuine, honest, and REALLY express how much you want this new position. Remember, you are competing with other highly qualified people around the entire world.
- Again, you are competing with other highly qualified people around the world. Show them everything you’ve got! Put it all on the line. Really show them why they should hire YOU.
- You need a lof time… employers will want to schedule interviews during their work hours. If you are employed you can still schedule interviews with employers but they will most likely have to be in the very early hours of your day (before work) or you would have to take time off work. However, if you have days during the week where you don’t work then this shouldn’t be a problem for you 🙂
I will continue to update the website with information on our visa process and I’ll be posting a page with a list of some of the companies I applied to. Hopefully the list can help someone looking to do the same as us 🙂
Stay tuned as we update you on our progress! 🙂