Tips for Finding a Job in Italy
Would you like to work in Italy? Here’s a first glimpse of what you can expect out there!
Tips for Job Seekers
English-teaching jobs are very popular for foreigners in Italy, but if you would like to explore other fields, here are some pointers to guide you:
> Know what you want and try to sound confident of yourself and your abilities.
> Have someone translate your CV to Italian. If you do not know much Italian, you should consider using a professional translator.
> Be honest about how well you speak or understand Italian because prospective employers will certainly will put you to the test during the interview.
> Scan regional and local job listings in newspapers and personally visit companies. People usually remember faces more than names. If you make a personal impression on a prospective employer, it can provide benefits in the long run.
> As well, ensure that all your university degrees and certificates have been properly translated to Italian. This will demonstrate your willingness to blend in with the Italian culture, as well as your sincere desire to land work.
> Majority of European university degrees are now accepted by Italian employers. However, if you have a degree from the U.S., for instance, you might have to contact a local university and inquire what the Italian equivalent is.
Certainly, where you should search for a job is closely related to what type of work you do and the industry you would like be part of. Whenthinking of Italy, people usually immediately think of Rome. Rome has dozens of diplomatic missions, international media offices, and various services companies. Additionally, Rome is home to a huge international airport and several international schools, which could be a deciding factor for expats who are planning to move with their families.
If you’re involved in the banking industry, try moving up to Milan, which may well be your best choice. In spite of the economic crisis affecting the finance sector, Milan is still among the globe’s biggest financial centers. And even with the current recession, people in Milan have given the country highest average income yearly. Because it is the seat of the Italian stock exchange, you can find so many international banks in this part of the country as well. Today, Milan is the number one textile and garment exporter in Italy. Of course, we all know that the main headquarters of such big-time fashion brands as Versace, Valentino and Prade are all found here.
Sicily and Sardinia
Lastly, if your intention is to eventually become self-employed and have a tourism-oriented business, you should consider Sicily and Sardinia. The two islands may be already overflowing with tourism offices and hotels, but if you are certain that you can offer something unique to the local market, then it is surely worth a shot. But keep in mind that you first have to be a legal resident before you can apply for self-employment, and that your social security and health insurance, as well as those of your future employees, will have to be paid by you.
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