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How To Find a Job in Malaysia as a Foreigner

Malaysia is a country located in Southeast Asia. The official language is Malaysian.Below is a selection of resources for searching for employment opportunities as a foreigner in Malaysia.

General Job Search Engines and Classifieds

With the sites below, you can expect to get a 0.5 to 1.0% response rate (people who will respond back to you to whom you sent your application/CV.) Nevertheless, I encourage you to give these sites a try as you never know what you will come up with or what connections you can make from a simple e-mail or application.

Job Street: These guys have been around since 1995 and are one of the leading internet recruitment websites in the Asia-Pacific region.

Best Jobs:An ugly interface with much prettier job options.

The Star:The classifieds of The Star newspaper.

New Straits Times:The classifieds of The New Straits Times newspaper.

Career Jet:I’m sure you’ve heard of Career Jet. They have job search options for Malaysia.

Indeed:The Malaysian version of the big U.S. job search site Indeed.com.

Learn4Good: Learn4Good has a good portal for jobs on a number of levels.

Teaching English

Teaching English might be an option (if you are a native English speaker that is). All of the sites below are pretty similar and have a massive amount of teaching English job options. Browse through each of the sites for any English job opportunities in Malaysia. Also, be sure to check out this cool table from the International TEFL academy that shows how much money teachers can expect to make in various countries around the world.

ESL Employment:Not the most beautiful interface, but who needs a pretty website when you have so many English teaching job options to choose from.

Total ESL:Also an overly busy interface but a wealth of job postings for teaching jobs abroad.

ESL Cafe:Dave does a great job in compiling some of the best job openings from around the world.

Tesall:Big teaching jobs aggregator.

Footprints Recruiting:Take a look at this big teacher recruitment website to see if they have anything.

Overseas and Expat Job Portals

Overseas Jobs:I find that there is often significant overlap between the postings on this site and that of other sites. Nevertheless this site has been around for a while.

Go Abroad: I’ve always been a fan of GoAbroad. In fact, on the visa information portion of my website, you will find where I have linked to their global embassies directory. They have a good job portal too.

Linkedin: Last but not least, this huge professional social network is a resource for building contacts in the field and location of your interest.