Tips for Securing Employment in Italy
Planning to work in Italy? Take a peek into what you might expect out there!
Tips for Job Hunters
If teaching English is not what you would like to do in Italy, here are tips that can help:
> Know what you want and try to sound confident of yourself and your abilities.
> Get CV translated to Italian. If you do not know enough Italian, hiring a professional translator will be worth it.
> Don’t fake your Italian proficiency as potential employers will surely test you during your interview.
> Check out local and regional newspaper job listings and visit companies personally. 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 shows your commitment to adjusting with the Italian culture and your sincerity in securing work.
> Italian employers now recognize most European university degrees. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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