Thailand is one of the few places in the world that once you visit, you don’t want to leave. If this has happened to you and you have made the decision to move to Thailand, whether permanently or temporarily, there are some things you should know about finding a job in Thailand so that you can make ends meet.
Before You Head to Thailand
It is a good idea to start looking for a job before you go to Thailand permanently. Unless you have the finances to live for a few months without a job, it is not a good idea to go before you have found work. Many places in Thailand will be willing to interview you over Skype or over the phone to see if you are going to be a good match for them.
Where to Look for Work
You have probably already decided where in Thailand you want to live. Looking for a job in a specific city is going to be easier than looking all over the country, although you are going to find more jobs if you keep your options open.
There are many online sources such as Scooppeople.Asia that you can use to help you look for a job in BKK or anywhere else in Thailand. While many of these websites are going to be a simple job board, there are also going to be sites that will allow you to post your resume for potential employers to find you.
If you are already in Thailand, you can also check their newspapers for places that are hiring and apply for jobs in person. One of the best ways to find a job is going to be through word of mouth. If you know someone who is currently in Thailand, he or she is likely going to have connections that will help you find somewhere to work.
While teaching is one of the most common jobs you are going to find in a non-English-speaking country, it is definitely not your only option. Since the housing market is booming, there is an increased need for people to care for timeshares, vacation homes, and other properties for people while they aren’t in residence in Thailand. As another option, there are occasionally jobs that are open in your country’s embassy as well as some American countries that might have branches in Thailand.
There is also the possibility that even though you are living in Thailand, you may work for a company in another country. There are many work-from-home options that allow you to work from anywhere in the world if you have a stable phone or Internet connection. Freelance work is also an option to enable you to make money as you need it so you can live the way you want to. Since the cost of living in Thailand is lower than in most other places, you aren’t going to need to make a lot of money to be able to keep a roof over your head and feed yourself.