I think the most common question I get asked is “how did you find a job in Italy”; and having worked a job or three in Italy, I’m finally giving away all my secrets.
Ok, so actually there are no real secrets and there’s no real difference to finding a job anywhere else – just apply, apply, apply!
Make sure you are eligible
If you are not from an EU country, you might need a visa to work in Italy, having not experienced this first-hand I will direct you to a website where it is broken down for you – click here. The only advice I can give is to have patience, ensure you pay close attention and don’t give up.
Types of jobs
Teaching English – there are many opportunities to teach English, whether it be in schools or private lessons. If you would rather do private lessons the best option is to print out your advert and put it in libraries and hand it out to schools, you can also put your advert on websites such as Kijiji or Bakeca. I actually taught over summer at ACLE camps which was one of the best experiences I’ve had and also promote it.
Tourism – hostels, hotels and tour agency are always on the lookout for English mother tongues. It is best to look directly on hotel or hostel websites or hand in your CV directly. Some hostels will also give you a place to stay in exchange for your employment with them.
Freelancing – for those who want to be their own boss, freelancing is the best route to take – although its easier said than done. There are websites such as Upwork and Freelancer which you can use to find job adverts. Some will be one-off jobs and others could be or lead into long-term freelancing contracts. You can also find some one-off ads on expat Facebook groups.
Office jobs – from consultant positions to P.A. opportunities and everything in between, you can find positions on LinkedIn, Indeed and Meritocracy. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and your CV is uploaded onto it.
- Your CV does not have to be in the European format but include a professional photo
- Keep your CV maximum 2 pages
- Highlight key points at the top
- Promote yourself, emphasise relevant key skills and highlight performance
- Digitalise your CV if possible