Getting Started: Considering Overseas Trucking Jobs
In any country, trucking can offer unmatched exposure to breathtaking landscapes and interesting people. Doing this work in a country far away from home has the added benefit of exposing CDL drivers to the culture, language and everyday life of diverse communities. Potential future employers will no doubt be impressed with rare job candidate whose experience includes working in a high-need area of the globe.
Profiting from an international venture
For anyone interested in knowing more about what’s really happening in other parts of the world, international commercial trucking can provide you with just the kind of personal and professional development that can help you stand out as a strong candidate in the eyes of future employers. After all, whether you see the world through personal travel, paid work or volunteer service, travelling to other countries offers enriching insight and valuable life skills.
Here are a few specific benefits of working overseas:
· High pay: Truckers working in high-demand areas in the world can double or even triple the compensation they earn in the United States.
· New, firsthand experience: Gathering your own information about a region — seeing different landscapes and the challenges of certain cultures, listening to people in other nations, and tasting other cuisines — can provide a broader perspective that’s tough to get at home.
· Leadership skills: If you’ve been there, done it and have the stories to prove it, you’re more credible and have more conviction than those who rely on second-hand stories. This makes you a stronger candidate for future jobs, particularly for employers who seek confident and self-motivated people with strong leadership potential. These attributes also make it easier to earn the trust of others.
· Enhanced network: Working overseas puts you in touch with people and opportunities that you may not have otherwise encountered. Having a global network of contacts and references makes future job hunting much easier.
Assessing the needs
Particularly in areas experiencing war, post-war reconstruction and other major international initiatives, transportation of food, equipment and other types of supplies is a critical need. Working in such areas may seem intimidating — and, no doubt, it can get scary sometimes — but the experience can also be a wildly rewarding in terms of excellent pay and unforgettable experiences. Qualified professional truckers are in high demand in many countries in the Middle East, including Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as many countries in Europe and Asia. Overseas trucking work can be quite safe and profitable.
Especially with technology such as fleet tracking and reliable communication devices, some of the dangers related to truck driving in general are reduced, but this kind of equipment is especially helpful when you’re in unfamiliar or potentially violent areas. With GPS location devices, your dispatcher and manager always know where you are and can help you navigate tough terrain when support is needed.
Here are some things to consider if you’re thinking about taking an overseas trucking job:
· Licensing: Obtaining a license to drive a commercial vehicle in another country may require tests and fees. Make sure you understand the steps you need to take to qualify yourself for work in the country where you hope to drive.
· Working conditions: Find out what the climate, road conditions, culture and political stability is like in the countries you’re considering. Ask the hiring company what safety measures they provide in the vehicles you’d be driving. For example, are trucks equipped with tracking devices, spare parts and fuel, and other potentially life-saving security features?
· Compensation: Talk with companies about the pay, benefits and other elements in the compensation package for available trucking jobs. And don’t forget to ask about relocation expenses. If you have a family, a relocation package may cover your family’s entire move.
· Documentation: Be sure you fully understand what kind of paperwork you need to work in the country you’re thinking about relocating to. Some common documents include a passport, work visa, background check.
· Immunizations: Find out what immunizations are recommended by medical professionals for the countries or region to which you’ll be travelling.
If you’re looking for new experiences and professional growth, consider taking an overseas trucking job. Seeing the challenges and advantages of life in other cultures prepares people for successful careers — in every industry and line of work. Of course, success means different things to different people. Some seek big money; others care more about freedom and flexibility. But no matter what your life goals are, honing your trucking skills in a different country may give you the insight and skills you need to achieve them and more.