When should I apply for this job abroad?
August 1, 2011 10:01 PM Subscribe
I want to apply for a job in another country, but I'm not ready to actually make the move yet. Given the logistics of finding a job internationally, what should my timeline be like?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (10 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I am an American in a serious, very-long-distance relationship with a non-American. He will shortly be moving to the UK and in the next year, but probably no earlier than May/June of 2012, I want to move over there with him.
The problem is, in trying to feel out what job opportunities exist for someone like me, I've stumbled upon a well-known company that has several open positions that look damn near perfect for me. They're also just getting into a market sector that I specialize in. I don't want to wait too long and let these opportunities get away, but...
...given that I'm at least 10 months off from actually moving, I don't want to apply for these positions right now and ask the company to go through the whole process just to have me request a several month delay before my start date. However, I know that the job application/interview process, negotiations, and work visas do take some time -- I just don't know how much time, since I only have experience applying for jobs here in the US.
So given my May/June 2011 target, when might it be appropriate for me to start this process without wasting the other company's time?