Excerpted from the Italy Career Guide
Italy is famous for its own kind of networking, which often resembles what foreigners call nepotism or favoritism. But being raccomandato in Italy does not have the same negative connotation that it has in other parts of the world. Having someone make a call on behalf of a friend or contact isn’t strange or ‘the easy way,’ but just the way it is done in Italy - and it works. The best advice for getting a job in Italy is to solicit aggressively through networking. Italians place enormous emphasis on who one knows, and connections are considered vital to finding employment.
Online Job Sites
Lavoro and Web
This is a website for temporary job recruitment with good links to other main job search websites including Tuttoformazione (specialized in training courses), Jobrapido (a directory that summarizes all the job offers within different sectors) and Careerjet. This firm is part of Joma Servizi and Lavoro ITC, dedicated to the IT world. The website offers subscriptions to a mailing list, and it is possible to register to meet people.
Lavoro and Web
Government Employment Resources
European Employment Services (EURES)
http://ec.europa.eu/eures/ (Italian, English and 23 other languages)
EURES is a system conceived by the European Union to facilitate the movement of workers among member countries. It consists of a network of offices from 31 member states that manage 1.4 million of job requests and 30,000 employers through a central database. Candidates can look for a job in their home countries or elsewhere within the European Union. While non-EU citizens are not actively assisted by the service, anyone can browse the job listings and take advantage of the information. Non-EU citizens must secure a valid working visa before beginning any job in the European Union.
European Employment Services
Tel: +352 42 44 87
Toll-free: 00 800 4080 4080
Email: Online contact form
http://www.sportellostage.it (Italian, English)
This website is a free public service that aims to promote internships in the Italian market for young professionals. Sportello Stage promotes internships with thousands of companies, both in Italy and abroad, for qualified young people and graduates. Its target group is young adults (87 percent of its candidates are aged between 23 and 32 years) with a high level of education (79 percent are college graduates). It organizes weekly meetings to update students and young professionals on the current market and various job opportunities; reservations are required.
Sportello Stage – Rome
Via Pavia, 6/8
Tel: +39 06 4440443
Fax: +39 06 4451278
Sportello Stage – Milan
Via Agnesi, 3
Tel: +39 02 58430691
Fax: +39 02 58430690
Staffing Agencies and Temporary Help Firms
This is an Italian staffing company that operates mainly in Northern Italy. It serves more than 15,000 clients and is specialized in positions for both professionals and first-time jobseekers. Registration is required to post résumés/CVs and access services, including the job vacancy page.
Viale dell’Industria, 60
Tel: +39 049 8934994
Fax: +39 049 8935068
Executive Recruiters and Search Firms
http://www.cegos-search.it (Italian, English)
This is an international recruitment firm with almost 50 years of experience specialized in the sales/marketing, IT, finance, human resources, legal, and research and development sectors. Online vacancies can be browsed by specialty. The website also offers a service called ‘under 30’ dedicated to graduates and young professionals entering the job market for the first time.
Piazza Velasca 5
Tel: +39 02 806721
Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements
Bollettino del Lavoro
This is the website of the magazine Bollettino del Lavoro (Labor Bulletin), and it contains job opportunities across Italy. The website offers an e-newsletter for job news. The magazine, distributed in 15 regions, provides information on job fairs and events related to employment throughout the country. A fee is charged for an annual subscription.
Bollettino del Lavoro
Via Savonarola, 16
Tel: +39 05 32241356
Fax: +39 05 32209144
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Italy Guide.