The most common question I received from people over the last three years is “How do I find a job abroad in sales or marketing?”
When I first started BrainGain I liked to call these people the “Generalist Hustlers” – the people who had SOME skills, but not a ton of specified skills to work with.
The people who were eager to learn on the fly. Wear multiple hats and get things done.
Sales, Business Development, Customer Support, Community Managers, Event Planners, Marketing, Community Management, Social Media Management, Growth Hacking, Performance Marketing, SEO/SEM, etc.
Honestly, if you fall into this bucket, it is more difficult to find a job abroad. The salaries offered for these roles generally don’t qualify for Employment/Work Visas, making it difficult to secure a job (at least legitimately).
Good news, it IS possible. There are plenty of companies out there looking for strong digital marketers/growth hackers, content writers, bloggers, social media managers, and similar roles.
Especially if you look at countries with non-native English speakers, they want people with strong written and spoken English skills to fill their roles.
Moreover, if you’re a native English speaker with a decent writing portfolio, sometimes that’s all you need to land a job in a new country.
Most in demand skill set right now? Growth Hackers. People who understand how to drive signups and grow your user base through email campaigns, performance marketing, blogging/content, and more.
If you know how to drive signups and drive sales, you are in good position to grab a job anywhere.
***Whenever applying to companies make sure to highlight numbers you have driven in the past. If you can show growth you’re golden.
So how do you actually go about finding a job in Sales/Marketing in order to work abroad?
Like any other job, it’s a numbers game. There’s really no easy solution. It’s hard work.
For one, I love to use Angel List. I have described the technique I use here.
Some others I like to use include Jobbatical and linkedin.
Then there’s market research companies.
You can also check out this list I made of every resource I know for finding work abroad.
Once you have created a list of companies that you would like to potentially work with, I suggest that you begin reaching out to companies on linkedin and try to connect with people.
I hope this helps you in your hunt! Please let me know if this helps you in any way and keep me posted as you make progress in your search for a job in sales or marketing with a startup abroad.