Tips for Securing Employment in Italy
Are you thinking of working in Italy? Take a peek into what you might expect out there!
Tips for Job Hunters
English teaching is one of the most popular jobs for foreigners in Italy, but if you would like to try other fields, below are some tips to help you:
> Be assertive and confident of yourself and what you can do.
> Get CV translated to Italian. If you do not know much Italian, you should consider using a professional translator.
> Be truthful about your Italian language skills as you will surely be tested by potential employers at the interview.
> Check out local and regional newspaper job listings and visit companies personally. People typically recall faces more than they remember names. If you make a personal impression on a prospective employer, it can provide benefits in the long run.
> Also ensure that everything has been translated, particularly your university degrees and certificates. 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.
Certainly, where you should search for a job is closely related to what type of work you do and the industry you would like be part of. 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. 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 work in the banking sector, Milan could be the best your best bet. 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. These days, Milan has become Italy’s number one exporter of textiles and garments. Of course, we know that world-famous fashion labels such as Prada and Versace are mainly headquartered in this city.
Sicily and Sardinia
Finally, if you plan to become self-employed in the tourism industry, Sicily and Sardinia are very good choices for you. 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.