Tips for Securing Employment in Italy
Planning to work in Italy? Here’s a first glimpse of what you can expect out there!
Tips for Job Hunters
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 your CV translated 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.
> 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 show how committed you are to blending in with the local culture, and to finding finding work.
> Majority of European university degrees are now accepted by Italian employers. 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.
Definitely, the place where you search for jobs is closely related to the type of work and the industry you’re involved in. People automatically think of Rome when they think of Italy. 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 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. Because it is the seat of the Italian stock exchange, you can find so many international banks in this part of the country as well. These days, Milan has become Italy’s number one exporter of textiles and garments. 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
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. But note that in order to be self-employed, you must first obtain legal resident status, and you will have to pay for your own social security and health insurance, and for your future employees.
Source: lavoro estero vitto e alloggio