Working in Spain
by N i c o l a
This article was written by Global Graduates, published on 12th May 2010 and has been read 8187 times.
Surface area: 506,000 km²
Population: 46.77 Million
Largest cities: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Zaragoza, Malaga, Murcia
Unemployment rate: 22.7% (Apr '15)
Working hours: different to the rest of Europe. The typical Spanish working day tends to be from around 8.30am or 9am to around 1.30pm, followed by a siesta, and then from 4.30pm or 5pm to around 8pm.
1. Average costs
- 50 m² flat: €350 - 700 per month
- Loaf of bread: €0.80
- Cinema: €6
- Meal in a local restaurant: €6-12
2. Where are the jobs?
- Tourism industry
3. Tips and advice
- You will need copies of all your documents (passport, birth certificate, driving license, diplomas etc)
- You must always supply a CV in Spanish with a photo attached to it and a cover letter. Here's how to write your CV and cover letter in Spanish.
- You should avoid abbreviations on your CV at all costs
- You should state your Spanish level - we recommend getting a language passport from Europass.
4. Useful Spanish websites
- Madrid.org - the city's homepage
- Mir.es - Ministerio del Interior
- National Job Board
- Public service for state employment
5. Spanish Newspapers
- El Mundo daily paper
- El Pais Global Spanish paper
- ABC - Spanish and world news
- La Razon digital
- El Periodico - Catalan paper
- La Vanguardia
For more information and tailored help, visit eures.europa.eu.
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