Pointers for Job Hunters in Italy
Are you thinking of working in Italy? Let’s give you a glimpse of what’s there to expect in that part of the globe!
Job Seeking Tips
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:
> Try to sound confident in yourself and the skills you have to offer.
> Have someone translate your CV to Italian. If you do not know much Italian, you should consider using a professional translator.
> Don’t fake your Italian proficiency as potential employers will surely test you during your interview.
> Scan regional and local job listings in newspapers and personally visit companies. People have the tendency to 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.
> Italian employers are now accepting most university degrees obtained in Europe. However, should you have your degree from, say, the United States, you may have to get in touch with a local university and determine what its equivalent in Italy 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. 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 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. These days, Milan has become Italy’s number one exporter of textiles and garments. 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. 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. 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.
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