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How and Where to Find a Job in Italy

Are you being sent to Italy on an expat assignment, or have you decided to take a new direction in your career? Our InterNations guide covers all the essential information you need to know before working in Italy, from visas and work permits, to tips for the job hunt.

Tips for Job Seekers

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

  • Translate your CV into Italian. If you are not fluent in Italian, it is worthwhile spending the money on a professional translator.
  • Be honest about your Italian language skills, as potential employers will likely put you to the test in an interview.
  • Check local and regional job listings in newspapers, and also visit companies in person. People tend to remember faces rather than names and making a personal impression on a potential employer may benefit you in the long run.
  • Be sure to have all your university degrees and certificates translated into Italian.

Most European university degrees are accepted by Italian employers.


Of course, where you decide to go about searching for a job is very much related to the 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 overseas offices of international media, and numerous companies in the services sector, 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.


Any bankers looking for a bit of a change of scene should consider making the move to Italy’s business capital, Milan.

Despite the economic crisis that has shaken the finance sector, Milan is one of the world’s largest financial centers, and people there have the highest average income in Italy. It is the seat of the Italian stock exchange, and also where many international banks have chosen to base important offices.

Today, Milan is a leading exporter of textiles and garments. Fashion labels such as Prada, Valentino, and Versace have their headquarters there. Milan also welcomes a lot of tourists each year, so if you are looking to work in a tourism-related business, this could be a good destination for you.

Sicily and Sardinia

Sicily and Sardinia are popular places to settle down if you are looking to become self-employed in the tourist business. Although the two islands are already full of tourism offices, hotels, and restaurants, there’s nothing to say that your business won’t fit in. So, if you’re interested, it is certainly worth a try. Remember that you must be a legal resident to apply for self-employment status, and that you will be paying your social security contributions and health insurance on your own.


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