Caroline Hauser Slapak
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The Most Complete Guide to the Israeli Job Market

Increasingly, people are approaching me and asking for my help in their job search in Israel; most of the times these people ask me very general/initial questions. Since I’m not a specialist and don’t work in HR, I can’t really answer based on my own experience (this is the basic rule of my blog).

But, since I’m curious, resourceful, very organized and I love to turn any data into information, I created this quick guide collecting only one link for each topic that should be the first read (you can start even before you make Aliyah). If you want more information about a specific topic, Google the same keywords I used below.

I hope you enjoy reading these practical recommendations on how to begin your job search in Israel:

1. The typical recruitment process in Israel – from after you submit your CV to being hired. It’s important to emphasize that not all processes are the same, but I displayed in the graph below all the possible phases:

Recruitment Process in Israel designed by Caroline Hauser Slapak. To see the picture bigger, click here.

2. How to tailor your CV for the Israeli job market:

3. If you know you’re overqualified but you’re willing to take a more junior position and you’re ready to take a lower salary, make it clear in your cover letter (in Israel, just an email to the recruiter):

4. How to adapt your CV to each position, so that your CV doesn’t fall into the “black hole” after being scanned by the bots used by the applicant tracking system (ATS):

5. Infographic about the ATS, with some data, for those who are interested to learn more:

6. Test your CV to beat the ATS here (you must have a job description):

7. How to write a LinkedIn profile:

8. Salary by profession and department – in English:

8.1. Since most of the salary surveys in Israel are posted in Hebrew (the one I found in English is missing some important positions), I’m adding one more website in Hebrew (you can translate the page to English – I use the Google Translator extension installed in my Chrome browser):

9. Some statistics about Israel economics:

10. Work rights regarding Israel law – also in Hebrew:חוקי_עבודה/

11. List of companies in Israel by sector:

12. A guide to the most common positions in hi-tech jobs in Israel:

13. How to plan your job search and some tools I have created and published, such as a list of placement agencies, job search websites and meet ups/bar talks: or download the app that Yitzchok Ginzberg developed based on this table:

14. Tips on how to increase your networking here in Israel, even if you do not know many people:

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15. Why printing Business Cards for your job search can help you build your new network in Israel:

16. Typical Israeli attitude that we, olim chadashim/newcomers, must develop (Israeli chutzpah) – and that will help you get your dream job:

17. “Dress code” for the Israeli business environment:

18. Were you invited to an interview? Congratulations on this achievement! But don’t forget to be well prepared for this next and important stage:

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19. Were you invited to prepare a home assignment? Don’t know what to expect at this stage? Read my tips here:

20. Received a “no” as an answer? Ask for constructive feedback:

21. Negotiating your contract: – quoting Giora Gil-Ad, from Nisha, in one of his lectures I attended, “You’re in the Middle East, you need to negotiate everything!”

22. Want to read what other people write about the same topic? Here are 13 other blogs/websites written by olim chadashim/newcomers/experts on the subject – all in English:

23. Read how I applied to the position that I just landed and my main takeaways from this journey:


Did I miss any information in this guide? Help me improve it! What are your main questions about the Israeli job market? If I don’t have the answer, I’ll try to look it up with “specialists”.

About the Author
Caroline made Aliyah from Brazil in 2015. She has a BA in Business and MBA in Finance. Most of her experience in Brazil was working for business consulting firms (locals and globals). After she made Aliyah, she was "lucky" to find her first job very quickly. The second time she was looking for a job, she had encountered some differences in the hiring process. In an attempt to expand her network, she was constantly meeting new people and exchanging experiences. From these discussions, she understood that the differences are not only specific to the Brazilian job market, but they are very peculiar to Israel. As everybody else, she had to make mistakes and learn with her own failures; some important information she had to dig deep to find them. As a business consultant, she have learned a lot about organization & methods and this is how she's able to summarize them as "lessons learned". In this blog, she'll share her knowledge and practical tools to help all the other job seekers. "Happy is that one who transfers what he knows and learns what he teaches." - Cora Coralina (Brazilian writer)
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