A Guide to the Israeli Job Market

Israel has a growing economy, and there is an increasing demand for skilled workers. If you’re planning a move to Israel, it’s likely that you’ll find a placement.

Current fields where there are many jobs available include physical and mental healthcare, engineering, high-tech, and education. Since the official language of Israel is Hebrew while international business is conducted in English, bilingualism is an advantage.

Job markets around the world have many similarities, but each also has its nuances. Here is a guide to some of the more unique features of the Israeli job market.

  1. Networking

It is essential to have a network of family and friends who can advise you of job openings that might suit your skills and ambitions. The bigger your network, the more pairs of ears there are to the ground keeping tabs of potential jobs for you.

Look up old friends from school and university who are living and working in the area. Use contacts from previous jobs to make new connections that can help further your quest for employment.

You could start your own business and help others to realize their goals if you become a life coach. There is a growing need for life coaches around the world, and Israel is no exception.

Many Israeli business owners invite clients and work colleagues to their homes to socialize outside of work. If you happen to be at such a social occasion, talk to the people you meet about your job search. Take down contact details for future reference.

  1. Start-ups

As a country, Israel has one of the highest start-up rates per capita in the world. If you have skills or capital to bring to the table, you could approach a start-up to join them. They might not be advertising for jobs yet, but there’s a chance they could use someone with your abilities to help get their business off the ground.

Most startups need venture capital. They get it from venture capital firms that invest money in what they deem to be potentially viable operations. One of the easiest ways to find startups that you could approach for employment is to keep an eye on venture capital sites.

There you can see start-ups applying for venture capital. Alternatively, you could begin your own start-up company and be self-employed. The economic environment is start-up friendly to foster entrepreneurship.

  1. Get to the point

When drawing up a resumé, pack it with all your qualifications, experience, and skills, but don’t make it too long. The reader will lose interest and discard it before reaching the end.

Send out your resumé, even when it’s for a job that’s not quite your perfect fit. Your resumé could make a company see your value and create a position more in line with your abilities. Have a standard resumé, but tailor it to the job you’re applying for, especially in the covering letter.

Maintain an updated LinkedIn profile as many potential employers may look for your online presence. Jobs may also be advertised on LinkedIn, so check your page frequently. While a lot of jobs are advertised online, some are still placed in the newspaper in Israel. Buy the paper regularly.

During an interview, be very direct as this is something an Israeli employer appreciates. Don’t be afraid not to mince words when it comes to the type of salary you’re expecting. However, do expect to negotiate your final number. Coming up with a figure that is realistic for the job and the average market-related salary shows the employer that you’re serious about getting the job.

About the Author
Rachel Brenner is a Professor of Jewish Studies. Her research focuses on Jewish Literature and has published dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters.
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