How To Find Work in Greece
In looking for work in Greece and if you want your work application to be taken seriously you should to consider all national differences.
Before you start packing your bags and kissing your mum or sweetheart goodbye, realize this - seeking for work in Greece, requires a lot more than perseverance and a translated Greek CV, it needs thorough preparation.
You have to show that you are flexible, culturally sensitive, able to adapt to new circumstances and cultures, and that you possess some commitment and motivation (for the job, not the location!).
Applying for work in Greece has changed considerably over the past few years, thanks to mass CV distribution services, online recruitment databases and opportunities to email work search applications.
A foreign individual (i.e., one who is not a Greek permanent resident or citizen), who intends to work in Greece is typically required to possess a work permit or other authorisation to legally do so.
Most visits to Greece are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
When applying for work in Greece, you may use either Greek or English language, depending on the company and your fluency. Foreign work seekers are expected to have at least a basic understanding of Greek language because knowledge of modern Greek is consider necessary to cope with daily office life and life outside work.
On the other hand, in the IT sector for example, there is a fair chance of finding work when you are capable of just speaking English. Many Greeks speak and understand English. English is accepted in business. Not speaking Greek will not necessarily hurt you.
Many people believe that having studied the Greek language at school or college means you are able to speak that language – but do not be mistaken. Having to convince your boss in a language that is not your native tongue could prove a lot more difficult than you might expect.
In Greece, there is the national public employment service – OAED, which has the monopoly on job placement in Greece. You may register with the OAED if you want to find work in Greece.
Online work search resources are expanding quickly. With the high level of Internet usage in Greece, the Internet is now the best place to access employment information. However, it is always best to use as many different work search sources as possible to find open positions. Because jobs are advertised in different ways, you should complement online work search by methods that are more traditional.
Many Greek jobs are not advertised at all. In fact, more than half of all work is not advertised and are filled through personal referrals or networking. We refer to this as the "hidden job market" and it is a very important aspect in the Greek work search process.
Quite often with work in Greece it is not what you know but whom you know
The most important way to find work in Greece is through recommendations of friends, relatives and colleagues. This type of interpersonal recommendation is generally difficult for expatriates to access, but they can get around it by joining one of many networking groups upon their arrival in the country.
When you are in Greece, the most effective method of finding a work is to walk in and ask. However, temporary work like fruit picking and any work “on black” will never qualify you for a work permit. Furthermore, such unofficial employment can quite often lead to exploitative working conditions. If you are caught, you can be hit with hefty fines or even barred from the country.
Make sure you know in advance, in what currency you will be paid!
Find work in Greece using the most powerful job search engine on the Internet to date!
To find work in Greece, simply type keywords into the τι/where box describing the kind of job you want, and enter a town, city or state in the που/what box. Then click the Avαζήτηση/Find button or hit the Enter key on your keyboard.
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Good luck with your work in Greece!