If you’re an English speaker trying to find a job in Israel, it may be challenging, but it’s definitely possible. If you have qualifications or certifications from abroad, it’s worthwhile to find out how they can be transferred so you can work in your field in Israel. If you don’t think your Hebrew is good enough, consider working for an American company that outsources to Israel (you must be willing to work some evening hours). If you have a great business idea, be brave and launch it. It’s easy to open up a small business in Israel, even if you are not a citizen. As a non-citizen, you can also get a work permit to work in an Israeli job quite easily. Whatever direction you choose, here are some tips to help you NAIL a job like a PRO:
N – Network. Tell everyone you know and everyone you meet that you’re looking for a job. If you meet your cousin’s neighbor’s head counselor at Maayan 2000, don’t be shy to ask her if she knows of any jobs available. Be creative and don’t limit yourself. Your father’s friend in shul in the US might actually have connections for you here.
A – Accomplish. While you are job searching, take courses to improve your computer, writing, or language skills. Continually working on ways to improve your skillset makes you an attractive candidate.
I – Interview the best way possible: Be prepared by researching the company, understanding its mission, and what products/services it provides. Practice some typical interview questions (with a friend or in front of a mirror). Engage the interviewer and have something prepared when you are asked “Do you have any questions?” You can also set yourself apart from others by thanking a potential employer after your job interview (by email). This will give you an edge in today’s competitive job market.
L – Letter: Write a brief “cover letter” in the email you send with your resume. The idea of a cover letter is that it shows that you are interested in the job, and it’s a chance to highlight your strengths. It should include 2-3 of your top achievements and/or qualities and skills, why you’re the perfect candidate for the job (according to the job description), and what problem you’ll solve for them.
P – Professional: Check your resume and cover letter for typos and mistakes. Be courteous and respectful. Here’s an example of what not to do, from an email I got in response to a job post: Interested in the job. That was the whole email, with a typo; with no salutation, explanation, or closing. When applying for jobs, don’t use shorthand because it’s not a text message.
R – Resume: Never send a generic resume. Tweak it to match the job description by highlighting the relevant skills and experience needed for the particular job. Remove outdated things like “Objective” and “References available upon request”. Make sure your resume is in PDF format. If you don’t have a lot of work experience, you can write down camp and high school positions because they showcase responsibility and commitment.
O – Offer to volunteer or intern. Even if it’s a few hours a week, if you can offer your services to a company or organization for free, you’ll get to see if you would like to work there. Often, you’ll be the first person they call when a position opens up.
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Sara Berzansky is a career counselor in Jerusalem. She gives job preparation workshops in seminaries, writes resumes and does individual career counseling. Call 058-327-1433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today!