If you yearn to follow in the footsteps of famous expatriates such as Hemingway or Fitzgerald, but you write code instead of fiction, don't despair. The IT skills shortage is a worldwide phenomenon. With the assistance of a few choice Web sites, you can scour the globe for information technology jobs on every continent.
Timely and far-flung listings make this international job search site particularly useful. The postings, which cover the UK, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the Middle East, are never more than a week old.
To find IT jobs, click on IT & Computing or Jobs Abroad, both found under Search by Sector on the home page. In both sections, the job listings are exceedingly thorough and include detailed descriptions of responsibilities, contact information and the date posted.
The IT & Computing page will return jobs only in the UK and Ireland. A search form asks for a job title, up to three key skills, location (within the UK), industry and job type (permanent or contract). For the most returns, fill in only the job title and use a broad one. Recently, a search for "systems analyst" yielded two jobs. A search for "database analyst" was a washout, but "project manager" turned up 60 positions.
The Jobs Abroad page links to all opportunities listed in Europe and the Middle East. This section is IT-centric not IT-specific, with jobs ranging from SAP consultants in France to Java developers in Luxembourg.
Overseas Jobs Web
Get a job as a CICS programmer in Saudi Arabia or an IT manager in the country of Malawi in Southeast Africa at this site.
It typically lists 30 to 40 IT jobs. Browse the database by category ("information technology" and "communications & telecommunications" are your best bets) or perform a keyword search. For instance, a search for "C++ or Unix or NT" yielded 14 employers with IT positions in China, England, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Saudi Arabia.
The job descriptions here are detailed but often lack a date, and a handful are a few months old.
Register at the site to post your rsum (in ASCII or HTML format). A Resources section links to more than 750 other worldwide job search and career resources. You can browse those exhaustive links by region or by industry.
Top Jobs on the Net
This well-organised site, which features a very efficient search engine and high-calibre employers, focuses on Australia, the UK, Ireland, Poland and Switzerland. A sixth page yields a handful of jobs in other locations.
From the home page, click on one of the six globes to reach the national page you want. Each page spotlights a handful of employers or news on local employment trends. A pull-down menu at the top of each page lets you search by category. Click on Information Technology for an IT jobs search form.
Then click Quick Search Now to see all IT jobs in that country or narrow your search by indicating a job category (for instance, analysis, SAP, development and so on), region, dates available and keywords.
Unfortunately, most of the job listings in some of the sections, such as Poland and Switzerland, are in the native tongue.
Most of the jobs on the International page are in Ireland and the UK, with a few in other European countries.
They appear to be updated weekly, but it's hard to tell how current they are, and some of the links are broken. Employers include Cadbury Schweppes PLC, Mitel_Corp., Shell Oil Co., Avis Inc., Sony Corp. and UUNet Technologies Inc.
Escape to Overseas Jobs Page
This site will send you all over the Web to find international IT recruiters, career sites, embassy pages, worldwide newspapers, immigration information and just about every resource you could possibly need to relocate abroad.
The links are extensive, though unwieldy and frequently redundant. Three different links take you to the same Worldwide IT Jobs page, for example.
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Quick hits by region
Use this colourful site for bilingual professionals if you speak English and Japanese, Chinese or Korean. It isn't IT-specific but yields enough IT jobs to make it worthwhile. Employers include Merrill Lynch & Co., Sun Microsystems Inc. and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. Search for jobs by keyword or by a combination of the languages spoken and the job category.
JobNet New Zealand
This IT-specific job search site is sponsored by New Zealand InfoTech Weekly, a local trade publication. It boasts more than 500 permanent and contract positions. The listings seem current, but they aren't dated.
AACI Israel Jobnet
Use keywords to shop for jobs -- literally. The site uses a shopping cart-like Jobs Basket. Recently, a search for "programmer" yielded 10 opportunities, all less than a month old.