The need to rebuild in many parts of the world, including developing third world nations and high intensity war zones, has led to unprecedented construction recruitment, and opportunities for qualified and motivated workers.If you think you have got what it takes, read on:
You Will Need:
Qualifications and training in construction
Willingness to work overseas
Ability to endure harsh conditions and long hours
1 Government Contractors provide the greatest opportunity for construction employment overseas: There are large companies and many smaller subcontractors, that routinely go shorthanded, so they need people. The entire application process can be done online, and often the demand is so great that you can expect a response within a few days.
2 Word of mouth is a great source of jobs. Ask around, you may be surprised who has worked overseas: Avoid ‘know it alls’ who haven`t really been there or done that, but feel qualified to give advice; find people with genuine overseas experience and make use of their knowledge.
3 Another great free source of information is your public library: Dont be afraid to ask the Librarian to help, they won’t mind, it is their job
4 Keep in mind that you will be living on base, and maybe working alongside the Military in tents or shared barracks-style housing. Make sure this is what you want to do: It takes commitment, this is not a job for the faint of heart. However the Military will provide security where necessary
5 Beware of ‘Work Overseas’ Scams: Don’t do business with companies that want up-front payment, or use PO boxes as addresses. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is; legitimate companies won’t hesitate to discuss contract terms, in plain and simple language; be sure to get copies of all contracts, and keep them handy.
6 Working long hours, it is natural to want to blow off some steam, but be smart, don’t break the local laws, and respect the local culture.
It is a good idea to make sure you have a Passport, non-laminated Social Security card, and Birth Certificate. Make sure your full legal name is on all documents.
Keep in mind that different cultures have different rules, so behave and make money
Do not lie, or overstate your skills and certifications; it will be a long, lonely plane ride back home.