Tips for Finding a Job in Italy
Are you thinking of working in Italy? Here’s a first glimpse of what you can expect out there!
Tips for Job Seekers
If teaching English is not what you would like to do in Italy, here are tips that can help:
> Try to sound confident in yourself and the skills you have to offer.
> Have your CV translated 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.
> Check out local and regional newspaper job listings and visit companies personally. People usually remember faces more than names. Being able to make a personal impression on potential employers can offer you benefits in the long run.
> As well, ensure that all your university degrees and certificates have been properly translated to Italian. This will show how committed you are to blending in with the local culture, and to finding finding 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.
Of course, the place where you go searching for a job has a lot to do with what kind of work to do and what industry you want to join. When people think of Italy, they automatically think Rome. Located in Rome are so many diplomatic missions, international media foreign offices, as well as plenty of companies from the service sector. On top of that, Rome is also home to an expansive international airport and many different international schools, which could be a deciding factor for foreigners who are planning to move here with their families in tow.
If you’re involved in the banking industry, try moving up to Milan, which may well be your best choice. Notwithstanding the economic crisis that has affected the finance sector, Milan remains one of the world’s biggest financial centers. And while there is a current recession, Milan is still the highest income earner in all of Italy. As the seat of the Italian stock exchange, it is where a lot of international banks have put up shop too. Nowadays, Milan has become the leading exporter of garments and textiles in all of Italy. Of course, it’s common knowledge all those internationally famous fashion brands like Versace and Prada are mainly headquartered here.
Sicily and Sardinia
Finally, if your plan is to eventually become self-employed, especially in the tourism industry, your best bets are Sicily and Sardinia. Although the two islands are now practically bursting with hotels and other tourism-related businesses, if you are sure that you can offer something unique to the market, then it’s definitely worth a try! However, you have to note that you must be a legal resident before you can apply for self-employment, and that you will have to pay social security contributions and health insurance for yourself and your employees.