Matching your skillsets for jobs before immigrating

Matching your skillsets for jobs before immigrating
In 2013, 45,790,000 people living in the US and 9,850,000 people living in Germany were born in other countries.

An estimated 212,000 long-term migrants moved to the UK in 2013 which also saw a significant increase in work visas.

The figures above indicate a massive tectonic shift in global demographics. While migration is not a new phenomenon to occur, globalization has opened up world economies and shrunk them at the same time. With that, the nature of migration has changed as well with more educated workers instead of poorer migrant laborers moving to developed countries than before. They actively contribute to growth and development in the destination countries and with their remittances support the economies back home. In short, the estimated 232 million migrant workers around the world today are going to be major determiners for global allocation of wealth.

Understanding the changing nature of migration
In 2013, the global unemployment figure has reached almost 202 million. Limited jobs mean more demand from native as well as migrant workers and many are forced to take on jobs far below their skill levels. Instead of giving in, it is more imperative than ever to match the skillsets against the jobs available in destination countries. In such a scenario, governments should work on and implement measures that will effectively address the skills mismatch and make the labor markets more efficient. At the same time, imminent immigrants need to research the depth of opportunities in destination countries vis a vis their own skills and potential.

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Here’s how they help match skillsets for the right jobs before immigrating:

  • Assist each skilled applicant to find work in his/her field of expertise
  • Suggest proper courses in destination countries to improve their qualifications, get proper certification or essential skills as needed
  • Use professional job search techniques to get them placed
  • Introduce and connect them with employers who are looking for skilled employees
  • Provide individual assistance and support over a period of time till immigrants are settled in

The guidance provided at these organizations comes from experienced career consultants who combine individual sessions with career development workshops to help immigrants get the right jobs. Along with information about a particular trade or profession, they chalk out a career plan, help them prepare for interviews and prepare winning resumes before introducing them to prospective employers. This is a great step to take for immigrants, particularly those who lack the research skills or any kind of connections in the destination countries.

Tips to match skillsets with the right jobs before immigrating:

  • Know your skills
  • Understand the job or position that you are applying for
  • Upgrade skills if the situation so demands
  • Modify resume and submit application as per employer rules (remember these may vary from one employer to the other so leave room for tweaking)
  • Apply consistently with the help of your career counselor and follow up regularly till you land the right job

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It is important to understand the future job markets and apply accordingly. Following the information given above can help. A recent ILO report stated that countries which have been investing in high quality jobs have grown at an almost 1% faster pace every year than others in the last five years. Quality jobs and matched skillsets formed the foundation of sustained economic growth in these countries and helped counter the effects of the global crisis that erupted in 2008. On the other hand, it offers immigrants better opportunities and sound footing in destination countries right from day one.

Archita Majumdar
Archita Datta Majumdar has been writing for various industries for over 15 years. She writes for multiple global publications and has contributed articles to The Economic Times, the leading financial daily of India. Her work as a PR and Marketing consultant has given her a 360 degree experience of a cross-section of industries. She has a Master's Degree in English Language and Literature with deep interests in many fields like Psychology, Film Studies, History and Global Communications.

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