When looking for a job in Ghana as a foreigner, you will need to clearly demonstrate that you have a unique skill set that is not found in a local individual. This is required for a work visa.
It is easiest for expats to find work in higher level positions with local or international companies. The emerging gas industry, as an example, needs skilled professionals that can help manage overall operations. Humanitarian organizations will also often have roles for expats in Ghana, though they may be on more of a rotational basis. Otherwise, possible sectors to consider include academia/research, healthcare or education.
How you apply to a job will in part depend on where the company you are applying to is based. If it is a Ghanaian company, it is likely they will expect a CV. Western based countries may expect either a CV or resume. In either event, if the job posting does not clearly indicate a preference, it might be wise to clarify expectations before submitting.
For more information on the distinction between resumes and CVs, check out the CV versus Resume EasyExpat article
A standard CV should contain the following items. Again, it is important to crosscheck your application with the norms of the country in which the company you are applying to is based.
Be aware that in some instances, the potential employer may expect you to submit a picture or other additional information as well.
A cover letter usually accompanies a CV in a job application. In the format of a letter, it establishes your tone and intent. Also known as a cover letter, covering letter, motivation letter, or letter of motivation.
As with the resume, it is important to crosscheck your application with the norms of the country in which the company you are applying to is based.
When searching for jobs in Ghana, you will first want to narrow your field of interest. With that, you can then begin to search for organizations that are hiring employees to work in Ghana on either a temporary or full time basis.
Search engines allow you to scan a great variety of jobs, and narrow down your search on certain criteria. It is also a good idea to post your CV online so hiring managers can find you. They may also allow you to sign-up for e-mail alerts of when new jobs become available.
Expat and social forums are another resource for job seekers. Easy Expat's Ghana forum are a great resource. Search by industry and browse the latest jobs.
Sector-specific career fairs are another way to learn about job opportunities in Ghana. You can typically find these fairs outside of Ghana. Major cities and universities often host job fairs that cover a handful of sectors with an international focus at least annually.
Sometimes getting a job is about knowing the right people. Talk to friends, family, and business contacts to see if they have connections in the area you would like to work.
Paid English teaching opportunities are fairly limited in Ghana since English is the country’s first language. Most volunteer organizations will offer English teaching positions, but these are voluntary and based in more rural schools.
There are a handful of privately run schools in Accra that look for foreign teachers, but these opportunities tend to be few and far between. Where they do exist, it is common for language schools usually require applicants to have TEFL course certificates and a college degree. You must have adequate visa clearance and registration. Most schools will supply you the intent to employ so you can secure a visa.
Interviews are a chance for a company to get to know you before hiring you. Again, you will want to confirm where the company you are applying to is based, so that you can adhere to their national standards and norms. In general, the following tips will serve you well.
Different organizations will follow different formats for interviews. Some will be 30 minutes, others a couple of hours. Some organizations will employ multiple rounds, while others will be ready to make a decision on the spot.
In Ghana, foreigners are eligible to apply for either a general tourist visa (30 days, single/multiple entry) or a work visa. The latter is required for anyone who will formally work in the country. Virtually all nationalities are required to secure the appropriate visa in advance of arriving.
Refer to "Passport & Visa" section of the guide for full details.
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