With unemployment at 26.2% in Spain, there is high competition for jobs. Many Spanish people find looking for work a frustrating and difficult task. A typical job search could easily last up to 6 months.

Many hires are made through connections (enchufe) and salary distributions in companies are more unequal that in the most European countries or the US, with the bosses pay being relatively high, while the average worker gets less.
Being a foreigner is potentially a disadvantage in some industries and with some employers. There are also restrictive regulations regarding employing foreigners. If you do not have a working knowledge of Spanish, your employment possibilities are limited. If you are looking for work in retail, restaurants/bars or teaching foreign languages (particularly English), things are a bit easier.
A structurally high unemployment rate and currently difficult economic conditions mean that it is not easy for a foreigner to get a job in Spain.

CV tips

There are no strict rules for CVs in Spain. Most important is a well-structured CV, not longer than two pages and with little spare space between the headings. Under the heading personal details you also have to give your passport or ID number. Regarding work experience it is important to mention all your former employers, including the tasks and responsibilities performed. If you have attended major seminars, stayed abroad some time, written a publication, or followed an apprenticeship, do mention it. The CV can be completed with "References available on request".

The application process

Usually a short introduction interview is held, which is followed by psychological and psychometric tests. After passing the initial selection phase, the recruitment procedure consists of a series of interviews. The interview carries a lot of weight, as human qualities are often judged more important than professional qualities in the assessment of the candidate. Be prepared for questions about your motivation, which is considered to be the one of the most sought-after quality by Spanish employers. Interviews are usually held on a face-to-face, however, group discussions can also figure in the recruitment process, depending on the level of responsibility of the job. The number of interviews varies, but it is not uncommon to have as many as six interviews or more.
It is also likely that during the interview languages will be switched from English to Spanish to hear proof of your language skills.
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