Varying opinions, do you blindly find a job online then move out, or move out and find a job whilst you're in the country?
Lots of varying opinions on this one! It makes logical sense to go to the country you plan to live/work in to find work while your there. But sometimes its not a financial possibility and the only option is to scour the internet for work and blindly go by to-and-fro emails and chance conversations with previous/current employees.
Has any one just got up, moved out there and sorted out a job whilst there? or done the opposite? What were your pros/cons?
The 3 times I've moved to another country I've had work lined up before leaving home. Definitely preferable in my opinion, as you then have a guaranteed income. You can always then move on/take leave to allow for travel.
The visa situation may decide it for some people.
It does depend on the availability of jobs over the internet. In some countries, for some jobs, employers would rather see you face to face to check you don't have three heads or whatever. There is also a benefit of being able to see the place you will be working in. However, moving somewhere with no job means that you might not get one for a while after you arrive, so you need to have a lot of savings.
We have done both. Right now, we are more on the side of getting recruited from abroad, but as I said, it depends on where.
You didn't say what profession you're in or where you might like to live.... I think it's generally better to get a job first. I've always done this, but I've worked with people who were hired locally, as well. One of the major differences is the contract. Where I got overseas hire benefits (including shipping allowance, housing, travel money, etc), people that were hired locally were on local contracts with none of these benefits, even though they were foreigners. Also, when hired before arrival, your company will take care of your visa issues.