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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! 

Resume

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. 

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.

Find a job

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. 

One of the best ways of finding a job in Spain is to browse classified ad in local newspapers. Indeed, you are likely to find several national and regional newspapers that are entirely dedicated to jobs. Moreover, many major daily newspapers offer a special Jobs or Economy edition every week. El País, for example, provides a special edition called Negocios on Sundays. El Mundo, which is a popular national daily newspaper also offers a special edition on economy every Sunday.

You will also find many special regional magazines such as the Segunda Mano in Madrid, the weekly Actualidad Economia which publishes high profile jobs, etc. All these are available all newspaper stalls and will give you a better picture of the Spanish labor market.

Seek information

If you are seriously considering to work in Spain, you should definitely enquire on your chosen city's labor market. In fact, requirements, as well as the cost of living, may vary from one city to another. So it is best to know which city best suits your profile.

You could as well send spontaneous job applications to international companies in Spain. Most of these are quite open to foreign expertise in particular fields. 

EU and EEA nationals

Foreign nationals coming from the European Union and the European Economic Area can start by seeking information from employment organization in their home country or in Europe. The European Mobility Portal, for instance, provides not only an overview of the Spanish labor market but also a list of current vacancies.

Other specific programs are also available for European nationals seeking a internships or short missions in the country. In case you have submitted spontaneous job applications, employers may request for an online Interview before proceeding further.

Non EU and EEA nationals

Foreign nationals coming from outside the EU and EEA must have an employment contract from abroad before obtaining a work permit, as explained in the article Work visas in Spain. However, it can be quite difficult to find a job from abroad given the complexity of relating formalities. Spanish companies also apply a quota on the recruitment of foreign professionals, but you can still inquire about these with your home country's Chamber of Commerce in Spain.

You could also drop your resume on specialized online recruitment agencies or job websites such as Monster or Jobs Abroad.

 Good to know:

Your job search in Spain can take up to six months. Although it is best to start looking for a job from abroad, most opportunities are found in the major cities. Note, moreover, that the country also has a large number of professionals who could be an obstacle to your search. In all cases, a good command of Spanish is a valuable asset when looking for a job in Spain. If you are looking forward to settle and work in Catalunya, knowledge of Catalan is highly recommended.

  Useful links: 

Official websites

Oficina empleo - National Agency for Employment www.oficinaempleo.com
Servicio público - find a job in Spain www.inem.es

Job websites

Expat.com - Jobs in Spain
Eures – The European Mobility Portal ec.europa.eu
Infoempleo www.infoempleo.com
Bolsa de trabajo www.bolsadetrabajo.com
Trabajo.org www.trabajo.org
Monster www.monster.es
Iagora www.iagora.com
Jobs abroad www.jobsabroad.com
Linked In www.linkedin.com
Xpat Jobs spain.xpatjobs.com
Trabajando www.trabajando.es
Indeed www.indeed.es
Accion Trabajo acciontrabajo.es

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1 Comment
ElTimple
ElTimple
4 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 empleo...to actually find a job though you would go to a job agency.

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