How to Find an Overseas (non-State Dept) Job

“Get a Job…”

 lyrics by Bruce Hornsby from The Way It Is


The great thing is that there are hundreds, thousands of international jobs that many of you can find right now.  The pay is good, the work satisfying and you will live overseas.  Plus you can do this faster than you can join the Foreign Service…

Sure, it helps to have a degree or two to get one of these international jobs, but there are plenty of entry level positions.  Some of the jobs are in the developed world, but many are located in emerging countries where opportunities abound.

A lot of the jobs focus on development, including health, social services, teaching and so on.  But others work in areas like good governance, democracy, human rights, refugees, conflict resolution, etc.  In other words, there are all types of jobs.

The following three websites are a great place to start your search:

Take a look at these and tell me what you think.  I’ll be adding individual organizations’  job listings in a coming post.  And then I’ll tell you about the easiest way to find a job overseas; it’s going to cost more and it’s not for the faint of heart, but I know scores of folks who scored a great job through this method.  Stay tuned.



  1. I’m a lawyer (3.5 years of practice), almost 34, single, and looking to find overseas work. Any pointers for someone like me? I’d like to try living overseas for a change of pace since I’ve lived in the States for my entire life and since I don’t really have anything holding me back.

    • Thanks for the comment/question.

      For lawyers, I’m not so sure. You might try the American Bar Association. Of course, if you want to put your legal career on hold, check on the jobs on the four websites I’ve provided. Many would welcome lawyers and other professionals.

      Good luck and keep me posted on your search.

      Cheers, Bill

  2. Also, I can’t wait to find out what the costlier/not for the faint of heart method is for finding overseas work! Any idea when that will be up?

  3. I am so glad your article really helped me.

  4. Seems like a good site. I am interested in becoming a Foreign Officer. I am in Afghanistan now as a contractor but I would love to transistion into this field.

    • Walter–

      With your overseas experience, you might have a leg up on other applicants.

      If you’re interested in the conference call, please sign up for the monthly newsletter on my site so you’ll get the details asap. Privacy guaranteed.



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