How to prepare for an overseas contracting Job

Post Date: August 15, 2014 | Category: General Information

Professional Overseas Contractors

Professional Overseas Contractors

Having a security clearance can open doors to exciting and unique jobs which uncleared job seekers aren’t eligible to pursue. Working overseas as a contractor can be an appealing and rewarding option for adventurous job seekers. Applying for overseas jobs isn’t always an easy decision. Overseas jobs vary considerably, and it is wise to get as much information about the job requirements and expectations before signing on the dotted line. Depending on the country or region, special consideration may be necessary before moving forward.

Living and working overseas can be the opportunity of a lifetime, and having overseas experience on a resume can increase credibility and value as a professional. But deciding to work in another country requires planning, careful consideration and asking the right questions.


  • Conditions can be dangerous in many overseas jobs. How prepared are you to manage the risk of personal danger?
  • Are you prepared to be away from home, friends and family for an extended period of time?
  • Are you healthy enough to live in an area with harsh living conditions?
  • Get to know the culture and language of the country you are going to live in.
  • Network with other contractors and get firsthand accounts of what to expect.
  • Be prepared for safety briefings, training (weapons), and other relevant information on the risks, terrain, and mission.
  • Be mindful that here are risks for U.S. citizens working overseas. It is important to get all the facts and avoid assumptions.


  • Is the contracting company a reputable one, and are you comfortable with the information they are providing about the job?
  • What is the base pay? What are the employee benefits?
  • Is there hostile duty pay? What is the compensation above base pay?
  • What hours are you expected to work?
  • What are the job responsibilities in the Statement of Work?
  • Are weapons required for your job? Will training be provided beforehand?
  • What health considerations will there be, and what vaccines may be required?


  • Passport and Visa
  • Immunizations
  • Personal Will
  • Power of Attorney
  • Family Care Plan
  • Direct Deposit for Pay
  • Review/Update Health and Life Insurance
  • Physical Exam
  • Personal Medications (at least a 90 day supply)
  • Extra Pair of Eye Glasses
  • Telephone Calling Card
  • Personal Credit Card
  • Stationery and Stamps
  • Radio (battery powered)
  • Any Special Clothes for the Environment
  • Blank Checks
  • Local Currency
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Medical Tags
  • Personal Hygiene Items (tooth paste, deodorant, etc.)
  • Equipment Required to Perform the Job- Computer, cellphone, or other job-related items

Being prepared and informed will give the overseas worker the ability to focus on the job at hand, gain valuable experience which may turn out to be the greatest experience of their career.

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6 Responses to “How to prepare for an overseas contracting Job”

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    Comment made by elimo gervanson on Aug 6th 2014 at 6:34 AM:

    I wish to state that I have trained and worked for four years and five months with the General service (Military)unit in Kenya police service.I have also worked with Newport Africa Kenya as a radio room operator.Now working with Danish Demining Group as a community safety facilitator.Since I trained hard and worked in an insecure areas while in the military,I can be able to withstand the challenges in a given situation.

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    Comment made by Stefan Lajos on Aug 15th 2014 at 7:50 AM:

    Hello ! My Name is Stefan I worked in Afghanistan for two years under KBR-uk NMW-Dep as Plumber-welder team lead; some US Officers know me like “The Steel Artist”. My NATO Security Clearence is valid until 2017. Can someone,Please!,show me a link where I can apply for any job that appear on this site,for expats

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    Comment made by James Mc Peake on Aug 25th 2014 at 4:07 AM:

    How dose one get Security Clearance to work in Harsh environments as I’m Irish. I worked with British Aerospace in Dhahran,Eastern Province,KSA.Building IMMF &MMF. Also a Army Base in Juba in Saudan for SPLA. for Dyncorp/RA International.Please!,show me a link where I can apply for any job that appear on this site,for expats.

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    Comment made by George Oliver on Sep 30th 2014 at 1:29 PM:

    Through my lengthy experience as Project Risk Manager, Personnal Security Detail
    operator, Site & Asset Protection Manager, Convoy Protection Team Leader, Helicopter
    Operations Security Task Manager, Tactical Operations Command Centre & Operations
    Room Management, Security and Validation screening process of personnel and visitors
    in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    How do I apply for any contracts in Iraq

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    Comment made by joseph hale on Oct 14th 2014 at 3:45 AM:

    I am seaking a carreer in the field of security contractors, Im no military and am trained as a commercial diver. any info on where and what training or jobs that offer in house training would be appreciated

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    Comment made by Gaston Hernandez on Oct 18th 2014 at 3:05 PM:

    I am looking for overseas contractor jobs, security contractor full time willing to travel and relocate. Please let me know on opportunity thank you.

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