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Finding a job in Ukraine as an expat

Located in Eastern Europe bordering Russia to the west and the Black Sea to its south, Ukraine covers over 603,000 square kilometers, which makes it the largest country in Europe. Industry plays a big role in the Ukrainian economy. The top industries are power production, chemical and gas industry, metallurgy, machine-building and metalworking, woodworking, construction, etc. There is a rising demand for more hands in high-tech sectors such as electronics and aerospace. The mining and automobile manufacturing sectors continue to play their parts in growing the economy of the country. Thanks to its abundant grain harvests, the country is one of the largest producers of agricultural goods such as corn, with agriculture accounting for more than 10% of its GDP. It is known for its fast-growing IT sector, which is one of the largest globally, with a value worth billions of dollars. 

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Finding a job as an expat

For expats who are interested in working here, there are two main options for searching for work opportunities. The first is finding work via job portals and on the recruitment pages of organizations. Some examples of job websites available to foreigners are Work.ua, jooble, Jobs.ua, Rabota.ria.ua, and CareerJet.ua, etc. Teaching English in local schools is an option available for English speakers interested in working in the nation. Expats can find such opportunities at Learn 4 Good, ESL Employment, Total ESL, ESL café, and TESall. Another method for finding work is by reading a local newspaper. Job ads are posted in several local newspapers such as the Kyiv Post, Den, Interfax-Ukraina, and Zerkalo Nedeli.

Work requirements for foreigners 

For a foreigner to work abroad, he or she must meet certain requirements before landing a job. Some of the requirements are:

Language proficiency 

Although the official language spoken by the majority of the population is Ukrainian, Russian is commonly spoken too. To qualify for a job here, an expat must be able to communicate in either of the two languages. English proficiency is an added advantage for expats looking for jobs as there is a constant demand for English teachers in primary and secondary schools. 

Prepare a formal CV

Also called resumes, CVs are generally attached to job application forms during submission. They are documents that contain information about the applicants. They help recruiters get to know and decide if an applicant meets the requirements of the applied role, based on previous work experience, qualifications, and skills. CVs are meant to be simple and brief. They should only include vital information such as career objectives, past working experience, qualifications, certifications, skills, etc. 

Have a cover letter

Sometimes during job applications, cover letters are requested alongside a CV. This is different from the CV and shouldn’t be more than a page. A cover letter must contain vital information about an applicant, his or her qualifications, achievements, and experience related to the role applied for. It should also include information about the company and what it does, especially the responsibilities of the position. Writing a good cover letter is as important as a CV, as it introduces an applicant to the recruiter in a brief way. 

Work visa/permit

A work visa is needed by expats to work in any industry here. Some expats do not require a work visa but a permit. Expats from third countries require a work visa to enter the country and work. However, upon arrival, they will be issued a work permit by the government, sponsored by the employer. For foreigners already residing here, you can apply for a work permit, this will allow you to work for a duration of time. Permits are usually renewed after expiring. 

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