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!
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:
> Be assertive and confident of yourself and what you can do.
> Have someone translate your CV to Italian. If you do not know that much Italian, it would be worth the expense to hire a professional translator.
> Be truthful about your Italian language skills as you will surely be tested by potential employers at the interview.
> Go over local and regional job listings in newspapers and visit different companies in person. People have the tendency to 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 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, 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 thinking of Italy, people usually immediately think of Rome. In Rome are tons of international media offices, diplomatic missions, and companies in the services industry. 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 work in the banking sector, Milan could be the best your best bet. Even with the economic crisis shaking the finance sector, Milan still ranks among the globe’s most important financial centers. And even with the current recession, people in Milan have given the country highest average income yearly. It is where the Italian stock exchange is based, and several international banks have branched out here as well. Today, Milan is the number one textile and garment exporter in Italy. Of course, we know that world-famous fashion labels such as Prada and Versace are mainly headquartered in this city.
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. While these two islands are practically bursting with tourism offices and hotels, if you are sure that you have something unique to offer, it is surely worth a try. 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.