Getting the Job
Resumés and Cover Letters
Introduction to Resumé/CVs
This section gives an overview of the way resumés, CVs and cover letters are typically prepared and used in the local job market.
Below is a brief excerpt from this section:
To answer job advertisements in Spain, always provide a resumé/CV (curriculum vitae). It will usually be specified within the job advertisement whether you need to submit a cover letter as well. If it is not specified, then it is best to provide both the CV and a cover letter.
While a well-written and updated resumé/CV is always requested for a formal job application, it is becoming more common for recruiters in Spain to use LinkedIn as a tool to look for professionals with specific expertise.
Have copies of grades, certificates and reference letters ready to give to the recruiter in case these are requested. Do not send these copies with the cover letter and resumé/CV unless the job advertisement explicitly asks for them.
Castilian Spanish is the main language used for business, so most job applications and interviews can be done in this language. However, Basque, Catalan and Galician are also official languages, so they might become crucial when applying for job positions that imply work at the local or regional level. In recent years, more and more international companies with offices in Spain have started requesting job candidates submit their CVs in English as well as Spanish. Always have an English version of the CV ready, which should contain the same information as the Spanish version.
This is just a brief sample of the extensive information in the GoinGlobal Spain Career Guide, which is carefully researched and regularly updated by local career experts.