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Find a job in Spain

Finding a job in Spain is not an easy task for many foreigners. Knowledge of Spanish is often an essential prerequisite. To start seeking for a job in Spain, send unsolicited applications, use the Internet, visit temporary work or staffing agencies online or on site, and consult job ads in the free, traditional or specialized press.

Networking is also a great way to find a job in Spain. Tell about your situation to your friends and acquaintances! Many jobs are indeed not advertized at all! 

Regarding your CV, be sure to comply with local requirements: list all your degrees, diplomas, courses or trainings. You can attach your picture on your CV: it is not mandatory but may sometimes prove very useful. 

Write your cover letter according to Spanish standards: be clear and concise, avoid spelling mistakes at any rate. Put forward the positive aspects of your application in connection to the desired position. Your cover letter should not exceed one page in length. 

If you send unsolicited applications, do not hesitate to call back all the targeted companies if you do not get any feedback about your applications.

Once in Spain, visit the nearest "oficina de empleo" (employment agency) offering joblistings, employment tips and helping you with the paperwork such as how to obtain social benefits in Spain for instance. 

  Useful links: 

Official websites:

Oficina empleo - National Agency for Employment 


Servicio público - find a job in Spain 


Temporary work - staffing agencies: 

Adecco Spain


Manpower Spain


Kelly Service Spain



El Mundo - online 


General websites:



Recruitment Spain


Last update on 01 October 2009 19:21:39


  • ElTimple
    ElTimple 25 September 2012 10:33:27

    Once in Spain, visit the nearest \"oficina de empleo\" (employment agency)
    No that is not really correct. while you would go there to register as unemployed you will not find much in the way of jobs on boards there. The Oficina de Empleo is like the uk jobcenter but without any carpet. It is where you go to register as unemployed. If you were transferring your dole abroad , E303 transfer of benefit form , you would present this in the officia de empleo...to actually find a job though you would go to a job agency.

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