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Italy at a Glance

How and Where to Find a Job in Italy

Are you planning on working in Italy as part of an expat assignment — or on your own? Let us give you a first glimpse of what to expect! Our InterNations guide to working in Italy covers all the essential info you need for your relocation, such as visas, permits, and tips for the job search.

Tips for Job Seekers

If you do not want to teach English and would like to try your luck searching for jobs in the conventional way, here are some tips:

Be assertive and sound confident of yourself and your skills.

Translate your CV into Italian. If you are not fluent in Italian, it is worthwhile to spend the money on a professional translator.

Be honest about your Italian language skills, as potential employers will put you to the test in an interview.

Check local and regional job listings in newspapers and go to companies in person. People tend to remember faces rather than names. Making a personal impression on a potential employer may benefit you in the long run.

Also, be sure to have all your university degrees and certificates translated into Italian. This will show your commitment to blending in with Italian culture and your sincerity in finding work.

Most European university degrees are accepted by Italian employers. If you, however, have a degree from the United States, for example, you may want to contact a local university and see what the equivalent in Italy is.

Rome

Of course, where to go about searching for a job is closely related to which line of work you are in and which industry you would like to join. When thinking of Italy, Rome automatically comes to mind.

Rome houses dozens of diplomatic missions, the foreign offices of international media, and numerous companies from the service industry, e.g. tourism or professional services. In addition, Rome is home to a big international airport and many international schools, which might be a deciding factor for expats moving with their families.

Milan

For any bankers seeking new challenges in their lives and thinking of giving Italy a try, moving up north to Milan might be their best bet.

Despite the economic crisis that has shaken the finance sector, Milan is still one of the world’s largest financial centers. And, the current recession notwithstanding, people in Milan have the highest average income in Italy. It is the seat of the Italian stock exchange, and many international banks have set up shop in Milan as well.

Today, Milan is a leading exporter of textiles and garments. Fashion labels such as Prada, Valentino, and Versace have their headquarters there. It is also a very touristic city and thus a good destination if you are in the tourist business.

Sicily and Sardinia

Sicily and Sardinia are also not a bad place to settle down if you want to become self-employed in the tourist business. Although the two islands are practically overflowing with tourism offices and hotels, if you are convinced that your business sets itself apart from the rest, it is certainly worth a try.

Remember that you must be a legal resident to apply for self-employment and that you will be paying social security contributions and health insurance on your own.

 

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