Many Americans are looking for overseas contract jobs. Some of these people are students, or just young individuals who want to leave the U.S. temporarily and live in a different culture for a while. Some of them want to learn another language or improve their professional skills in a foreign country.

Some Americans want to move permanently, but most of these people will look for permanent employment.

What Is a Contract Job?

There are different types of contract jobs. However, all of them have something in common: they are temporary jobs. Companies usually offer contract jobs when they want certain tasks to be done. Sometimes, a contract job can last several months, or it can last longer, depending on the task.

What Are the Advantages of Contract Jobs?

A contract job is temporary and it can be a good way to live and work in a foreign country for a while. If you are a student, this can be a good way to earn some money and spend your free time in a foreign country, learning the language and meeting new people. This can also improve your resume, because you will also get more work experience.

What Are the Disadvantages of Contract Jobs?

The fact that a contract job is temporary can be considered a disadvantage, if you are trying to move permanently. In such cases, you can start with a temporary job, and then try to get a better (permanent) job opportunity. Some contract jobs carry certain risk (some types of contract security jobs are good examples), but these jobs also offer high salaries.

How to Find a Contract Job Overseas

The Internet can help you find all kinds of contract jobs. You can find interesting job offers, and you can also find more

Finding Overseas Contract Jobs

Finding Overseas Contract Jobs

information on the country where you want to work. The best thing is that you can connect with other people who already work there and ask for some advice. This will help you decide where you want to work.


The type of job you can get will also depend on your qualifications. You have to know exactly what you want to do, and you need to be aware of your own skills and abilities. If you have proper qualifications, you won’t have any problems with finding a job. If you don’t entirely fulfill a company’s requirements, you can attend additional courses to improve your skills.

You need to be familiar with the economy and political situation in the country/region where you want to work. What are the major industry sectors? What are the biggest companies? Will your services be needed there? These are just some of the important things to think about before you start looking for a job in a foreign country.

Recruiting Agencies

Recruiting Agencies - Overseas Contract Jobs

Many people hire agencies to help them find contract jobs in foreign countries. This can be a good idea, but you must be cautious, when it comes to recruiting agencies. You need to find out as much as you can about the agency you want to hire. To avoid “fly-by-night” operators, visit the official website of the government agency that monitors and regulates the employment of foreign workers. You will find a list of recruiting companies that have licenses for this type of work. If there is no such list there, you can e-mail them or call them and ask for assistance.

Talk to other people who have already used agencies for such purposes and hear what they have to say.

If you hire a good agency, you will be offered help, with finding a job, gathering other important information and getting the necessary documents.

Find out as much as you can about the company you want to work for – their policies, rules, regulations and their vision. See if there are any problematic issues with that company. And remember: if an offer sounds too good to be true – it probably is. Do not let anyone fool you by offering high salary and perfect terms and conditions. There are many illegal companies that offer people all kinds of dream jobs with incredibly high salaries (the motive can be to take money from people, or it can be more monstrous, like human trafficking).