Finding an English-speaking job in Israel can be a daunting task, but with the right approach and resources it can be done. In this article, we will cover a few tips on how to find an English-speaking job in Israel.
1. Know What You are Looking For
If you do not know what kind of jobs you are looking for, or at least which field you are looking for a job in… it is kind of like sailing without a sail, and without a destination. That is to say you are guaranteed to arrive nowhere you wanted to be.
2. Enroll in a Hebrew Class / Ulpan
If you’re not yet fluent in Hebrew, consider taking a language program or ulpan to improve your skills. Many programs offer job placement assistance for graduates, which can be a great way to find an English-speaking job in Israel.
3. Make Sure Your CV Looks Great
If you have been sending out CV’s, and no one has gotten back to you it is probably because one of two things: Your CV need more work, or you are applying for the wrong jobs.
Please make sure that it is not the first of these two. If you believe it might be, search the internet for tips / tricks how to make a great looking CV. Afterwards, update and touch up your CV and show the “finished” version to professionals and people you respect… and get their opinions.
Finally, you should adapt your CV according to the type of job you are applying for. Make sure to slightly modify the focal points of the tasks/activities you performed in each job – before sending your CV. Doing this will increase the likelihood of someone contacting you back for an interview.
4. Aim High
If you know what type of job you’re looking for, then aim a level higher (then that specific job title). In other words, there is no reason to be realistic in your job search – to an extent.
Meaning, what I have discovered as a life and career coach in Israel is that many people aim too low in their goals. In addition, they aim too low in their ambitions and their occupation of choice – when applying for jobs.
Don’t hesitate to send your CV out to as many various positions, in as many various companies as you want! Don’t be humble when looking into the Israeli marketplace for an English-speaking job.
5. Utilize Social Media
Social media can be a powerful tool for job searching in Israel. The LinkedIn job search function, and Facebook groups are two very powerful social media tools.
If you know how to use these tools properly, they can really help you find an English-speaking job in Israel… faster. You should also follow companies you’re interested in on social media, and engage with their posts to show your interest.
6. Start Networking
One of the best ways to find a job in Israel is through networking. This means reaching out to people you know, as well as making new connections. So attend events in your field, such as meetups or conferences, and join professional groups on social media.
LinkedIn is a great platform for networking, and you can search for Israeli companies or individuals in your industry to connect with. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people and ask for advice or job leads.
7. Use Job Bulletin Boards (Online)
There are many job boards in Israel that list English-speaking jobs, including Jobs in Israel, Nefesh B’Nefesh, and Anglo-List. You can also use international job boards like Indeed and Glassdoor, and search for jobs in Israel specifically.
8. Consider Freelance or Remote Work
If you’re having trouble finding a full-time English-speaking job in Israel, consider freelance or remote work. Many companies are open to hiring freelancers or remote employees, especially in fields like writing, editing, and design.
You can use platforms like Upwork and Freelancer to find freelance work, or search for remote jobs on job boards like Remote.co and FlexJobs.
9. Be Prepared for Many Different Job Interviews
Plan on having multiple job interviews, with multiple people, for one job, within one company. The higher the salary, the more job interviews there will be.
You will likely have an interview with someone in the human resources department. Then after that, plan on having job interview with your future boss. And finally after that, plan on having an interview with your future boss’s, boss.
Be ready to have at least 3 interviews before you sign an employee contract.
10. Be Prepared for Rejection
Unfortunately, there will likely be many other applicants + candidates for most of the English-speaking jobs you’re looking for in Israel. You or your CV will most likely be rejected at some time during your job-hunting journey.
Never take it personal. The simple fact is, it might not be a fit between you and the company/job… and that’s okay. You are you. Don’t let anybody tell you that you’re not good enough for anything!
11. Be Persistent
To clarify, finding a job in Israel can be a long and difficult process but above all, don’t give up. Never give up. If you give up, you will not find the job you are looking for.
Keep applying to jobs, networking, and improving your skills. Furthermore, consider taking on volunteer or internship positions to gain experience and make connections.
I promise that with enough persistence and the right approach, you can find a fulfilling (and decent-paying) English-speaking job in Israel!