How can IT specialists find a job with relocation now?

More and more specialists from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus are considering moving to another country, so vacancies offering relocation are especially relevant now. Let's see how the IT market will change in the near future, where you can look for a job with relocation, and what factors you should pay attention while passing job interviews today.

What is happening now and what should you expect?

In general, if the IT market was a candidate market before, now it is likely that the situation will somehow change (this mainly concerns job openings from international companies): the competition for positions involving relocation has increased significantly, so the employer but not the candidate will make a decision.

This is understandable: the more attractive the vacancy (for example, salary in foreign currency, relocation to another country), the higher the demand for it, which makes it possible for IT companies to choose from all candidates who is best suited for a particular position.
The return of the test assignment is also possible — despite the fact that it was often removed from the selection stages in order to speed up recruiting processes and not lose candidates, now test assignment can be returned for some positions for an objective assessment of the experience and necessary skills of a specialist.
Despite the fact that most of the positions involving relocation are mainly focused on middle and senior level candidates, novice specialists should not give up. Junior candidates can try themselves and look for possible variants — including starting a career and gaining the necessary experience in a local company in order to subsequently apply for vacancies of foreign firms.

Where can I relocate?

Most IT companies are now relocating specialists from Russia and Belarus to Georgia, Armenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, as well as to Western countries — for example, the UK.

Often, companies, as they have done before, offer a relocation bonus, help with finding an apartment, and take care of all visa issues. Some are ready to pay for a return ticket in case the specialist still decides to return after some time after moving.
Recently, we published a material in which we told where businesses are now relocating and where they can leave Russia, Ukraine and Belarus — you can read more here.

"Inconvenient" moments and questions

The question that worries many candidates from Russia and Belarus is whether it is realistic for them to get a job in foreign companies now and is there a risk of being rejected only because of the citizenship of a certain country?

Unfortunately, such precedents do take place today, in addition, the situation is unlikely to change much in the near future. You have to be prepared for this in advance and try not to take it personally.
Lucky Hunter, in turn, does not accept discrimination of candidates on any grounds, including nationality, and believes that everyone should have equal rights. We think that the experts should be judged by their professionalism, and not by any third-party factors.
It is worth noting that most IT companies adhere to the same position, but in general, given the current difficult times, candidates from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus should be prepared for possible "inconvenient" interview questions or refusals based on nationality. However, they should not give up and not stop trying to find employment.

Speaking of uncomfortable interview questions: don't get confused if you get one, and, as an option, think over possible answers in advance to some of them. For example, you can be asked about your political views — if you adhere to any principled position on this issue, you can immediately report it, or choose a more or less neutral answer. In general, each candidate chooses the tactics of behavior in such situations individually.

Where should you look?

You can also search for jobs with relocation through LinkedIn, foreign job sites, as well as through the accounts of recruiting agencies — sometimes they publish current job openings on their social networks.

However, it is important to understand your "value" as a candidate well and focus on the real possibilities of the market: as Lucky Hunter CEO Tatiana Melnichuk notes, it is unlikely that you will receive many offers in the current conditions if your salary expectations are 20-30 thousand dollars.
A little bit more about LinkedIn: continue to actively maintain your page (if you still don't have a profile there, it's time to create one), indicate that you are open to job search, add IT recruiters to your contacts.
An important point that most candidates now need to be prepared for is a shift in emphasis in relations with recruiters. In general, the role of the recruiter itself is changing: if earlier the initiative in communication came more often from recruiters, now candidates will start a dialogue more often — again, this is due to increased competition for job openings of foreign companies.

In general, despite various changes, cooperation with Western companies is still absolutely real for candidates from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, so the main thing is not to give up, look for suitable variants for you, and act in the right direction. Indeed, certain difficulties may arise, but, as the immortal folk wisdom says, a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

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