Finding work is hard, but don’t let this put you off from turning your dream into reality and moving to Italy. While you will face competition from the locals, remember that you have a major advantage. You speak English and you speak it fluently. This already sets you apart from most Italians whose knowledge of the language rarely goes beyond the English picked up at school.
Media and communication, tourism, finance, and international business are the main job sectors open to foreigners. If you are after a top executive job, then searching through Italy’s national papers could be a good place to start. The Corriere della Sera publishes Corriere Lavoro every Friday, which features the latest employment trends in Italy, profiles of various companies, and also lists job vacancies around the country. The financial paper Il Sole 24 Ore, is also a good bet.
Temping agencies are a valuable hunting ground. Short-term placements may not be your aim but they give you an insight into the Italian work culture, let you see what kind of company you’d like to work for, and also prove that someone in Italy thinks you are worth hiring. Companies like Kelly Services, Manpower, Adecco, Randstad, Trenkwalder and Eurointerim all recruit on a temporary basis, but you can often find jobs for a longer period. The big cities, such as Milan, often have several branches of each agency, although these are usually franchises, so visit each agency in turn in order to maximize your chances of finding a job.
In most cases you will also be required to speak good if not fluent Italian, so consider taking a language course, first in your own country before the move to cover the basics, then another one once you have unpacked your belongings. It is never too early to begin getting to grips with Italian. And with a wide range of courses you are sure to find one matching your requirements.
There are lots of professional networking organizations in Milano. The most popular international social networking organization is LinkedIn. The Professional Women’s Association in Milan and the Benvenuto Club of Milan are other valuable associations that double up as welcoming committees when you first arrive. And once your face becomes familiar, people start to trust you and want to do business with you. All of these organizations have the potential to bring winning business opportunities.