At Job Squad, we’re super proud to say that we work with serious companies that you can trust. And when you’re dealing with serious companies, you will obviously deal with all the documentation as well.

Ok, we know. This is not the most fun part when applying for a new job. Go do your CV – takes time. Update your CV? Also takes time. If you have a letter from a previous employer that’s great. But… what if you need it translated in another language? Running after them can be a true hassle, but it’s something that has to be done. And let’s admit it: you feel pretty safe about an employer who asks for your documents. It shows that they are genuine. So let’s cut the chit chat and get down to business.

The following are always going to be asked of you:

The CVyou don’t need us to tell you that that’s your first impression, but there are a few things that MUST be on it when you apply for a job abroad.

Number 1: the CV must be in English. You are applying for international companies. While people are looking for your native language, you will be interacting with peers from all around the world. That’s when English comes in handy.

Number 2: have your picture, phone number,  email address and a Skype address updated. You have no idea how many people are missing out just because of the last 3.

“Last, but not least, have your experience listed so we can do a proper consultation for you!”

Your Passport/ID picture – always keep in mind that this will be asked of you once you are offered a contract. Make sure that you have a valid Passport/ID before moving abroad. If it is about to expire, speak to your Job Squad advisor and tell them when the new passport will be ready.

The reference letter – whether you have worked previously or just done an internship, a reference letter is proof that you are a trustworthy person and that it’s a good idea to work with you. They come in different forms: some just state from when until when you worked, others involve someone else’s recommendation. We advise you get the second one (and translate of course). You might not know this, but a lot of employers are having second thoughts about people who do not provide a reference letter, so let’s make sure that you’re on the right side.

The police conduct – employers want to create nice, safe environments and we do too. Employment abroad always requires a clean police conduct. Depending on the country you are from, it might come slower or faster, so it might be a good idea to apply for it ahead of time and have it ready. Many police stations issue conduct online for a small fee, or sometimes even for free, so a digital one will always be good to have. They do not necessarily need to be translated in English.

If you have all of the above ready when you apply, you greatly increase your chances. And that is an understatement.