ENGLISH-SPEAKING JOBS IN BARCELONA – TIPS (part 2)
Finding a job in Barcelona for English-speakers
Today we will give you some tips on finding a job in Barcelona. If you missed the first part of the article you can find it here.
As we mentioned in the first part of the article – despite the crises and the discouraging statistics, especially for the high level of youth unemployment in Spain – the situation in Barcelona is not as bad as it sounds and you can find a job, you just need to know where to look and not to give up easily.
6. Extra resources and places to find a job
When you start looking for a job in Spain, don’t miss and underestimate sources like Linkedin, Meetup, your Spanish and international friends or in short – all the networking possibilities available to you. Tell all your friends you are looking for a job, attend as many networking events you can – and in Barcelona there are many. Make new contacts and of course present yourself in the best way possible. Finding a job opening in this way always gives you an advantage as you already go there as the person whom one of their employees recommended.
7. More extra resources
One of the things I love about Barcelona is Barcelona Activa. Maybe this sounds weird, but I was very impressed and I am still impressed of what they offer to the residents of Barcelona. Barcelona Activa is platform, created by the City Hall of Barcelona, aiming to help and promote economic growth and to support entrepreneurship and employment. Their employment office is located at 22@ district, close to Glories shopping center. For the unemployed people they offer helpful sessions, trainings, help with your C.V, personalized advice for your career and much more. There are sessions held in Catalan, Spanish and English. There are also many online tools on their website such as channels for job search, job interview resources, C.V. and cover letter tips.
Another thing that might help you in the job searching is registering in the unemployment office. They also have a couple of useful services, they offer free courses and often they have meetings with employers where you can go and meet the HR manager of a certain company, present yourself and leave your C.V.
8. The interview
I won´t give too much focus on this part of the tips, but I want to mention 2 things that are very useful and which is valid not only for Barcelona, but for any other city and still many people don´t do it. First research the company – in big percent of the interviews this is the first question – “what do you know about us?” Learn as much about them as you can. Secondly, there are so many sample questions available online that you have no excuse going to an interview unprepared. Google in Spanish or English which are the 20, 30 or 50 most common interview questions and take a look at them. In most of the cases during the interview you will be asked exactly these questions.
9. What is the average salary in Spain?
Again, one of the main questions that many people ask, but where the answer depends entirely upon the experience and on the area you are planning to work. The starting salaries in Barcelona are around between 900 – 1300 depending on the job, plus commission (if you are working in a sales environment). If you have some experience in the area you can expect a couple of hundreds above the average. It is very common for the interviewer to ask you for your salary expectations, so do your research well before the interview, check what is the salary for this position in Spain (don´t expect it to be as same as “back home”) and when you give your expected salary, it goes without saying that you should keep in mind your experience and knowledge.
10. English teaching in Barcelona
Many expats are coming here with the idea that they can always teach English. If you come here with the plan to teach English, then I assume you are well prepared. If you keep this as option B you have to keep in mind some things. Most of the employers will require experience and/or a certificate. So if you don´t have any qualifications, it will be difficult to find a job as an English teacher. Not impossible, but more difficult. The payment varies a lot again depending on the experience. At some places they pay 12 – 13 per hour or less and at other places the hourly rate could reach between 24-25 Euros. Keep in mind that many of the jobs for English teachers require you to be registered as a freelancer!