We understand that a new job abroad doesnʼt just affect the job seeker but also their family, friends and of course their new employer. Itʼs a lifestyle choice! We want Delegate candidates to be comfortable, confident and well researched on career options abroad so we work hard to support relocating candidates before, during and after a move.
Our general country guides are the basis for your initial research, but you will find our consultants can add to this information from their personal experience of the country and it’s natives, so talk to us about your hobbies and interests and how a new location might suit you personally. If you would like some independent advice and information we can also put you in touch with one of Delegate’s ambassadors, who have worked with us and been placed in a job by us already and who can give you the benefit of their experience of relocating with us.
Everyones needs are different, and it is written in the Delegate DNA that we will consciously go out of our way to provide our candidates with a service above and beyond the usual provisions of a recruitment agency. So for some people that may be a friendly face and a cup of coffee to greet them when they arrive in a new country, while for others it may be making a few appointments or arranging an airport pick up.
Here are our top tips and things to add to your to-do list for our more inexperienced movers and shakers relocating;
- Firstly do as much research, and ask your recruiter as many questions as possible!
- Ensure you have enough funds to see you through until your first pay cheque. Remember you will need money for meals/ transport/ telephone calls back home etc. Normally you will need pay a deposit for accommodation of one months rent, plus the first months rent in advance. Some landlords can work around this but talk to your recruiter about any concerns you may have for advice.
- Booking your flights – costs will vary, a good way to check the best prices for multiple airlines is to check on www.SKYScanner.net. It is also good practise to send a copy of your flight confirmation to your recruiter or hiring manager.
- It is important to find out, how will you reach your hotel or apartment, where is your office is located and how you will get there. purchasing a map of your new city is always useful, or if you have an Android or Apple phone, you will be able to download or access Google maps on it, this will become your best friend for your first few weeks to first month in your new destination.
- Once you arrive in your hotel, find your bearings, remember if your room is part of a relocation package, drinks, meals and telephone calls will be at your own expense.
- In most countries you will need to register with the local government department for taxation etc. Your consultant will be happy to give you some general advice on this procedure and your new employer will definitely keep you right on these requirements – however the responsibility to organise this is with you and it should be your first priority along with setting up your bank account!
- Normally the company you are starting with can assist with a Bank Account. To open an account you will need to provide your ID and proof of address. Depending on the country you may need to also provide proof of employment or statements from your previous bank. Sometimes a letter from the company stating your start date, job title, salary, and home residential address, will also be required. You will usually need to make an appointment to open a bank account, though some may be able to see you without an appointment. Please allow 5-7 days for an appointment.
- Finding somewhere to live is usually much easier and much quicker than you think it will be, your recruiter or new employer can provide you with only so much information, websites/email address/phone numbers, but please ensure you are proactive in your search! Always be sure to visit the properties, don’t sign any papers until you are 100% satisfied with what you have seen or viewed. Enquire about costs/deposit, how regular the payments will be, how long the contract is for and how the electric/gas and any appliances you are unsure about work.
- Register with a doctor or medical service when you arrive, before you need patient care. As a tax payer you should be entitled to the same standard of care as the local residents but please check before hand if this is a free service or charged service in the country you are locating in.
- Buy a local sim card, and potentially another handset so you can still receive messages on your old phone. Store local numbers and contacts on both for convenience and emergency use. Your recruiter will always be a point of contact if you need any assistance, even after you have completed the process and started your new job.