Finding a Job
Job Search Resources
Job Search Overview
Learn about the best approaches to find a job in your target country from GoinGlobal local researchers.
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Finding a job in Spain can seem like an insurmountable task. Not all available jobs are published by traditional means such as newspapers, specialized press, job agencies and temporary help firms. In fact, the number of jobs announced in these ways is decreasing. The following sources may be used to find a job in Spain:
• Chambers of commerce
• Company directories
• Employment publications
• Internet (specialized websites, portals, social networks
and mobile technology apps)
• Job agencies
• Job fairs and career events
• Local and national daily press
• Personal contacts
• Specialized press
• Telephone directories
• Temporary search firms
• University-enterprise foundations
While most formal sources are particularly useful when looking for a position in a big city or with international companies and public organizations, personal contacts can often be the most effective route to employment in Spain. Especially in small and medium-sized local companies, Spanish employers tend to use informal methods of recruitment such as word-of-mouth, direct networking and speculative applications.
A recent survey by the Spanish National Statistics Institute (INE) confirmed, in fact, that direct personal connections are the number one method for youth (between 16 and 34) who are looking for their first job in the country. While 41.6% of young jobseekers find employment via family, friends and personal connections, 21.7% achieve it via contacting employers directly. Only 9.9% obtain a position by answering a job offer found on the media (including traditional and new media or internet-based platforms).
This is just a brief sample of the extensive information in the GoinGlobal Spain Career Guide, which is carefully researched and regularly updated by career experts.