How to find a job in Italy for English speakers and work for Italian NGOs

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Free Flights to Italy: visit Portofino in Liguria

If you live in north America (US, Canada) and are a dual Italian citizen, it is possible for you to move to Rome and start working as an accredited parliamentary assistant. According to Italian law, AIRE membership is mandatory. You should be a native English speaker, but being a language teacher is not required. Salary: about €4,000 after taxes, plus perks: personal driver, lunches in restaurants in Rome Italy every working day. Fill out our contact form, saying you want to work as a parliamentary assistant: you will be contacted by the HR team. Should you be interested in other jobs in Italy, feel free to attach a link to your CV, which will be sent to some American companies hiring in Italy.

Relocation package for successful candidates

Relocation packages are available to US and Canadian citizens currently working in Milan, Italy, who did not change residence after taking up their appointment. The recruiting team will be happy to negotiate additional assistance to address the particular circumstances of successful candidates living overseas as well. In any case, your new employer will sponsor a trip to Rome to look for housing. The package includes airfare, hotel in the central area and meals for you and your spouse for at least one month after your arrival.

Working remotely

Alternatively, Free Flights to Italy NGO is also looking for independent contractors all over the world. In this case, there are no constraints on working time or location (it can also be a summer job).

Other options: work as an English teacher in Italy

This is the most common mistake. First of all, everyone tries to find a job as an English teacher and you will come across a huge number of competitors. Getting a job in this field used to be much easier until 2000, when less Americans or Canadians could live in Italy and more Italians wanted to study English in Italy. Nowadays, your mission is going to be impossible instead. Last but not least, in simple economic terms, the labor supply dwarfs its demand, which means that your salary — assuming you still manage to work as an English teacher — will be very low.

Employment sectors in Italy: tips

If you are seeking employment within the country then you may want to familiarize yourself with the specialized areas of Italy's economy. The country is particularly known for its agricultural exports — particularly wine, it is no accident that Sting decided to start producing wine in Tuscany — food, and expert design in fashion/haute couture, cars, and other luxury items. Prospective employees who are interested in these sectors will find few better places than Italy to seek jobs abroad, as long as they are well qualified: keep in mind that Italy already has world-famous fashion designers and chefs, for example.

Work permit in Italy: myths and misconceptions

Lots of (non Italian) websites give wrong information about getting an Italian work permit. In fact, Italy doesn't have a "work permit" proper. However, as the Italian Police explains, it has a residence permit: if you are a non-EU national who plans to stay in Italy for a period exceeding three months, you must apply for a residence permit, which can also be issued for work reasons.

On the other hand, these categories of people don't need a residence permit:

  1. EU citizens,
  2. Italian dual citizens,
  3. people married to Italian citizens.

Working in Italy: is it possible?

On the whole, it is not true that you cannot find a job in Italy. Just like any other place in the world, the keywords are: 1. connections, 2. excellence in your field. Foreigners often move to Italy without having enough connections and with an uninteresting résumé that has nothing to do with Italian culture. It is little wonder they are not able to find a job.

At the same time, it is useless and counterproductive to complain about Italy, the difficulty of learning a new language, or whatever: it only shows that you are not willing to adapt to change in order to live and work in a foreign country. The world is full of people who want to work in Italy, why should an employer choose you, if you are unsatisfied even before starting to work?

Needless to say, everything comes at a cost. Do you want to live in the country that has the highest number of UNESCO world heritage sites, even higher than China and Russia which are 30 and 60 times larger? It is definitely possible, and Italy is the best choice.