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July 28, 2010

Getting A Job In Spain

If you have visited Spain, you may have fallen in love with the Spanish culture and now you want to live there. But first you will have to find a job in Spain, and that may not be easy to do. Using these guidelines will help. You will have greater opportunities if you look in a large city, and of course, some occupations are easier to find a job in.

First you will have to decide where you want to find a job. In a large city such as Madrid or Barcelona, you will find more opportunities; there are opportunities in small towns, but not as many. If you can’t afford to wait to find your job, a big city is your best bet. If you have visited a few cities already, you know which ones you prefer to live in.

Allow yourself some time to shop around. Getting a job in Spain will not be easy, so you can’t rush into it. Just as in other parts of the world, you can shop for jobs on the Internet, and you can also find out qualifications for the types of jobs that are available.

Therefore, you may have to have some funds to live in Spain for a while before you land that job. Being right there will help in a number of ways: you have a local address on your resume, you can easily go for interviews, and you can ask around with friends and neighbors about job openings. Make sure you have a cell phone so you have a way to be contacted. Put this number, as well as other relevant contact information such as you email address, on your resume.

There are going to be some legal and paperwork requirements for working in Spain, but these will depend on your country of origin. It is a lot easier for a citizen of EU countries to get a job in another EU country. If you live outside of the European Union, you will have to obtain a special work permit. The type of work permit will also depend upon the length of time you plan on working in Spain, and the type of work you plan on doing. To find out what permit you need, contact the Spanish consulate in your home country.

Getting all of this paperwork together can take time, so don’t wait until the last minute to handle it. If you have a job offer and then you have to start on the paperwork, the job may no longer be there by the time you are finished. In addition, there are some employers who want to see the paperwork before you will even be considered for the job.

One pretty important qualification for a job in Spain is the ability to speak Spanish. Even if you are considering a job where you won’t have a lot of contact with people, you will have to have a rudimentary knowledge to conduct an interview. Obviously, the more fluent you are, the better your chances of landing a job will be.

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