As some of you may or may not know, during the last months I have been looking for a job. I guess my never-ending holiday has come to an end. Let’s be honest, Spain is not really famous for its big opportunities in the job market, but relatively quickly I made it to a first interview!
Now, I think that with a good level of English and another language (in my case; native Dutch) you have quite an interesting profile for some international organizations. Especially because the level of English of the locals is not that great. But still, where to start looking? What are your interests and how do you get in touch with companies? And what about the importance of your level of Spanish?
The first thing I did, was creating an account on InfoJobs. This is a website where companies and employment agencies post their vacancies and you can make your own cv and indicate your interests and you will receive daily updates about new job offers. I think that this is an easy and interesting way to look for work, definitely for expats that don’t have any connections with companies.
Back to my situation. As I am professionally quite unexperienced I wasn’t really sure what to look for, besides that, my Spanish isn’t good enough for working in a complete Spanish environment. So, I started to look for job offers that required English or Dutch and, surprisingly, there were quite some! Travel agencies and international companies with clients all over the world really look for native speakers. Lucky me! A few days after applying for a job (trust me, I applied for more than one), an interested employment agency contacted me and they linked me to another company where I had an interview some days later and they liked me! I had a couple of days of training and after that, I still was allowed to stay. So, in the very near future I will be working in Barcelona!
To be honest, I made it sound a little bit easier than it actually is, because of course you need a valid work permit to work here as a foreigner, but that story is definitely worth another post!