New Year, New Start? Finding work in Spain

Posted by:
Lab team
January 14, 2018
Reading time:

There is a lot to love about Spain. There is the year round sunshine, the stunning coastal areas with glorious beaches and the beautiful cities with unmistakable art and architecture. It is little wonder that more and more people are looking for a change of life by moving to Spain, which does require them to find work that suits them. Of course, moving to Spain will mean that you have to be able to hold a Spanish conversation, which might require you to take Spanish classes or Spanish lessons.

However, when looking for a job in Spain, if you do not speak the language, it can become more difficult. Therefore, learning the language can ensure that you give yourself the best chance of landing the right job for you. This stands true, even if you are considering starting a business because your customers will be predominantly Spanish, making it even more important for you to learn the Spanish language.

So, how do you find jobs in Spain? Of course finding a job in Spain can help if you have contacts. Many jobs are found through contacts as well as a good social network that consists of friends and acquaintances. Therefore, you could begin your search by looking for professional networks and meetup groups that put you directly in touch with people who are in the know.

For those who are considering starting a business, there are business events that you can attend while social networks can also work favourably. However, underpinning your success is the use of the Spanish language and so, learning to speak it will enable you to reach out to more employers as someone looking for a job or more customers as someone who is starting a business.Understanding the market will enable you to identify areas that can prove to be successful for you. Once again, speaking with people in those markets can help you to identify the skills required to apply for a job in those areas. This is an important part of the process because failing to learn about the market will put you at a disadvantage.

Of course, this can also be said for anyone thinking of starting a business. How your market performs in Spain is crucial to your success but speaking with people in that area can help you to understand whether there is a niche that you can target and where you should position yourself geographically.

Applying for Jobs

Just like the UK, the main way to apply for jobs is through the submission of a CV that is accompanied by a cover letter. It is important that applications are written in Spanish while they should be professional in style and concise.The format of the CV should follow a similar style to that of one you would use in the UK while any certificates proving your academic qualifications should be kept back for the interview stage.

The Spanish Academy can help you to fine-tune your grasp of the Spanish language in preparation for your move to Spain. Spanish Skype Lessons and Spanish classes are designed to give you an understanding of how to speak Spanish. However, for those who want to gain qualifications, we can also offer Spanish exam tuition and Spanish GCSE or A Level Classes.