One of the main reasons to take Spanish classes in Spain is to land a Spanish-speaking role in Spain. While landing a job in Spain might not be as easy as in other places, it is by no means impossible if you follow some simple steps.
Let’s get to it!
You need a resume
Building your resume should be the first step. Spain has had a tradition of “old-school” resumes for a while, but that is changing. By that, we mean that until not so long ago, it was normal (or even required) to attach a personal photograph or even personal details to your CV. Thankfully, this is no longer the case and Spanish companies are shifting to a more modern paradigm.
Depending on the industry you are interested in, sometimes it makes sense to have an English version of your resume. There’s a big hub of technology companies in Barcelona and Madrid and most of them expect your resume to be in English.
If you are a bit confused about how to start to build your resume, you can take a look at the Europass template, created by the EU’s European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training. Also, if you are attending some business Spanish lessons like the ones offered in Expanish, you can ask your teacher for guidance.
Where to start looking
Now that you have your resume, you should let companies know that you exist. Different industries tend to post job offers in different places, but it is easy to access most of them. Like in other countries, LinkedIn is a big source of job offers. Not only that, but you can also use it for networking. Spanish people tend to be very laid back about adding or accepting people on LinkedIn, so don’t feel too creepy for sending a few requests, as long as they are professional and work-related and not, you know, actually creepy.
The second big website that you need to visit is InfoJobs. A local job board that gathers several offers from more traditional companies. If you feel lazy about entering all your resume in every single job board form, this is definitely the one that you should focus on.
Lastly, you have a few mobile apps where you can find jobs in the fastest and more informal way. The biggest one of these services is CornerJob.
Types of contract
There are several different kinds of contract in Spain. If you get an offer, you should ask which kind of contract are you getting and then form an informed opinion about it. For example, you can have a “Contrato Indefinido”, which doesn’t specify the duration of the working relationship. This a way of saying that it is a permanent contract. If you are looking for stability, this is what you are looking for. You also have the “Contrato temporal” which is pretty self-explanatory. The important thing to know about this contract is that you can’t be a temp in a company for more than 12 months. After a year, the company needs to take a decision between hiring you with a permanent contract or not renewing your contract.
Finally, one of the most confusing contracts for foreigners is the “Contrato por obra y servicio”. We could define this as a contract by a project. That basically means that when the company decides that the project that you are working on is done, they are free to let you go without much drama. If you are looking for stability you should try to avoid this one.
Don’t give up – try Spanish Classes in Spain before you go
Like in other countries, getting a job in Spain can be a bit frustrating. You should be constant, keep looking for new job offers, apply to as many as you can and get ready for job interviews.
If you want to feel less stressed about the interview, it is probably a good idea to take some business Spanish lessons at a place like Expanish.
Don’t forget to tell your teacher about your goals, the industry you are interested in and all the information you can provide, so you can start learning specific vocabulary. Good luck!