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Job Search in Italy


If you have decided to move to the great Italy, and you don’t have a job yet, well, here we provide you with some useful info regarding “job search in Italy”. There are a variety of jobs you can apply for in this historical country, and to find one you have available useful resources. Here, we mention some of them, such us newspapers and websites. In order to get a job it will be necessary that you write your CV and cover letter, that is why here you can read some recommendations to write those important documents. Finding a job in Italy in the field you like, will demand of you effort, perseverance, and also to know some tips described here.

The first thing you have to do in order to find a job is to evaluate yourself and discover your interests and skills. Other thing that is very important before looking for a job is to evaluate the experience you have in your profession. To make a self-assessment is the best choice, finding your skills and your weaknesses will help you to choose the right job in order to avoid unwanted jobs and frustration at your workplace. 

Common areas where expatriates can apply for a job are finance, business, tourism, among others. If you are an English speaker, then you have an advantage when you look for a job. You will have to learn the Italian language and speak it, but speaking English fluently will be good. For example you can find a job as an English teacher without a certification, but if you want to earn more money you can get a TEFL certification. You must also know that if you have a professional degree, you have to do it valid for the Italian country. The process of legalization and validating your studies could take a long time, so you should do it before applying for a job. 

Newspapers and websites

Newspapers have always been a good resource to search jobs. Definitely, job search in Italy implies checking them in their online and printed versions. Along with newspapers you can check websites. Currently, there are many websites which contains job positions. Here, are listed some newspapers that have a job section and also some useful websites:

Newspapers

  • Corriere della Sera
  • La Repubblica 
  • La Stampa
  • Il Sole 24 Ore

Websites

  • Cercolavoro
  • Cliccalavoro
  • EsperdiTI
  • Jobsinmilan
  • Jobsinitaly
  • Mondo Lavoro
  • Easyjob

Important documents and the job interview

CV

A CV (equivalent to a resume in other countries) is an individual document, used to show both, personal background and skills. CVs are mainly used to get a new employment. A typical CV contains a summary of relevant job experience and education. Before writing your CV, you have to identify the job requirements, make a copy of the job description and clearly identify how you meet those qualifications and skills required for the position.

Some tips for writing a CV are the following:
  • The CV should contain the candidate´s history and skills, be concise, adequate and accurate. No longer than two pages.
  • Make a CV that contains the potential keywords that the employers are looking for, make heavy use of active verbs, and display contents in a flattering manner. 
  • Back up your qualifications by using specific examples in the body of your CV.
  • Be sure to have the names, contact information and consent of at least three references at hand.
  • Always include a cover letter.

Cover Letter

Accompanying your CV with a cover letter or a letter of motivation is required as an introduction for your CV. The cover letter is an introductory letter presented to potential employers, explaining one´s suitability for the desired position, this letter works as a marketing tool and along with the CV can give you the first chance to make a good impression.

Some important cover letter tips are:
  • Send the letter to the person in charge of the hiring process by including his/her name and his/her title. Do not use sir or madam.
  • Make sure that your letter is free of grammatical errors.
  • Use action verbs to convey warmth and enthusiasm.
  • Describe how your skills, abilities and personal suitability will benefit the organization.

Job Interview

For getting a job, it is necessary to pass the job interview successfully. The interview can be formal, informal, screening, multiple, situational or group-like. It is necessary for you to be ready for an interview as you will be less anxious and have more chances to be hired.

Some important job interview tips are the following:
  • Dress appropriately for the company you are applying to.
  • Arrive early in order to avoid setbacks.
  • Greet the receptionist in a politely and friendly manner.
  • Look for the most-commonly asked questions in the interview. Practice answering them.
  • Practice answering the questions with a friend or a career counselor or in front of a mirror.
  • Practice speaking rapidly, loudly and softly in order to gain confidence.
  • Research the organization before going for the interview.
  • During the interview stay calm and relax. If you prefer, take some water with you.
  • Bring extra copies of your resume with you and your list of references.
  • Follow-up with a thank-you note for the interviewer's time.

Considering the previous interview tips can help you to get the job.




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