In some cases, it is possible to move and work abroad without knowing the local language.
You can search for such jobs on the Internet and leave with an employment contract in your pocket, or you can leave and search for such a job only after your arrival.
Job search on the Internet
There are several industries you can search without knowing the local language:
Work in the hospitality industry
Working in restaurants, pizzerias or bars run by compatriots abroad is quite common. On the Internet it is easy to find job ads for working in restaurants and other businesses run by compatriots in all countries of the world.
Working in a call center
It is quite common for expats to work abroad in call centers where native speakers are needed to assist customers. These call centers are scattered practically all over the world, so you can find work in the Canary Islands as well as in Thailand, in Ireland or in South Africa.
We are talking about professionals who are in short supply abroad, so it is possible to find work already from your country if you only know English. The most sought after professions are engineering, IT, marketing and finance.
Jobs with multinational companies
If you want to work for a multinational company, English skills are enough. We are talking about jobs in finance, law, marketing and IT. To apply for this type of company, of course, qualifications and high professionalism are required.
Work in health care
Doctors, nurses, etc. In this case it is possible to find work from your country, but it will be necessary to talk to patients. So, before you start working, it is essential to learn the local language. Often the hiring companies offer language courses.
For other kind of jobs, finding employment from abroad is very difficult. Especially for unkilled jobs. In fact, apart from some exceptions, there is no such shortage situation that employers need to wait for a person who still lives in another country.
Companies prefer people who are on site, who already have the papers to work and can immediately go to job interviews.
Looking for job after your arrival
Many people decide to embark on an adventure with some savings in their pocket and begin their job search after arriving in their new country.
In this case, you can personally send your CV to the companies you are interested in:
- Catering businesses (pizzerias, cafes, restaurants, etc.) run by compatriots abroad, where often only English is sufficient, but sometimes a little knowledge of the local language is also required
- Multinational companies, where only English is sufficient
- IT or gambling companies, where only knowledge of English is required
- BPO companies, for native speakers plus English
- In some Northern European countries: Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, knowing only English is sometimes enough for many jobs
- Some hospitality jobs in London: kitchen porter, runner, dishwasher, etc., for which English is sometimes not required
Work abroad without knowing the language, conclusion
For the exercise of certain professions (cleaners, chambermaids, dishwashers, etc.) it would actually be sufficient to know only a few words of the local language. In this case, the problem is not the job itself, but the ability to talk to the employer, find accommodation, do the paperwork and find the job itself.
So it would be advisable not to move to a foreign country if you do not know the language. Foreign language courses are available in all cities, so you just need to invest some time in yourself before leaving.