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Find a job in Spain

There are various ways to search for a job in Spain. Here are some guidelines...

Finding a job in Spain is not an easy task for many foreigners. Knowledge of Spanish is often an essential prerequisite. To start seeking for a job in Spain, send unsolicited applications, use the Internet, visit temporary work or staffing agencies online or on site, and consult job ads in the free, traditional or specialized press.

Networking is also a great way to find a job in Spain. Tell about your situation to your friends and acquaintances! Many jobs are indeed not advertized at all! 


Regarding your resume, be sure to comply with local requirements: list all your degrees, diplomas, courses or trainings. You can attach your picture on your resume: it is not mandatory but may sometimes prove very useful. 

Write your cover letter according to Spanish standards: be clear and concise, avoid spelling mistakes at any rate. Put forward the positive aspects of your application in connection to the desired position. Your cover letter should not exceed one page in length. 

Applying for a job

If you send spontaneous applications, do not hesitate to call back all the targeted companies if you do not get any feedback about your applications.

Once in Spain, visit the nearest "oficina de empleo" (employment agency) offering joblistings, employment tips and helping you with the paperwork such as how to obtain social benefits in Spain for instance. 

  Useful links: 

Official websites:

Oficina empleo - National Agency for Employment
Servicio público - find a job in Spain

Temporary work - staffing agencies: 

Adecco Spain
Manpower Spain


Expansion y empleo

General websites:

Expat Blog
Linked In
Recruitment Spain
Expat Jobs
Jobs Abroad

HERVER contributor
Member since 28 July 2008
Évian, France
1 Comment
3 years ago

Once in Spain, visit the nearest \"oficina de empleo\" (employment agency) No that is not really correct. while you would go there to register as unemployed you will not find much in the way of jobs on boards there. The Oficina de Empleo is like the uk jobcenter but without any carpet. It is where you go to register as unemployed. If you were transferring your dole abroad , E303 transfer of benefit form , you would present this in the officia de actually find a job though you would go to a job agency.

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