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How to Find an English-Speaking Job in Israel?

Finding an English-speaking job in Israel can be a daunting task, but with the right approach and resources it can be done.

Don’t get me wrong, the Israeli job market is highly competitive and many employers require fluency in Hebrew, the official language.

However, there are still many – many – many job opportunities for English speakers.

Firstly, Know What You are Looking For

How can you expect to find a job if you don’t know what type of job you’re looking for?

As a career counselor and as a career coach in Tel Aviv Israel, I speak to a lot of people.  Many of them are shopping around a whole plethora of professions when looking for a job.

Fact:  If you know which type of jobs you’re aiming for, then it will be easier and faster to find them.

If you do not know what kind of jobs you are looking for, or at least which fields you are looking for a job in… it is kind of like sailing the the waters of the sea without a sail, and without a destination.

That is to say you are guaranteed to arrive nowhere you wanted to be.

Therefore, it’s very very important for you to know (approximately) what type of job you’re looking for.

All that being said, here are some tips for finding an English-speaking job in Israel.

1.  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.

2.  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 looks bad
  • You are applying for the wrong jobs

Finally, adjust your CV according to each type of job you are applying for.  You will be happy you did.

 

3.  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.

 

4.  Utilize Social Media

Social media can be a powerful tool for job searching in Israel.  The LinkedIn job search function, 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 can also follow companies you’re interested in on social media, and engage with their posts to show your interest.

5.  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.

 

6.  Use Online Job Bulletin Boards

There are many job boards in Israel that list English-speaking jobs including Nefesh B’Nefesh, and Anglo-List. You can also use international job boards like Indeed and Glassdoor, and search for jobs in Israel specifically.

7.  Consider the Industry

Israel is known for its thriving high-tech industry, and most of these companies require English-speaking employees.

You can use some of these websites below

  • List of software companies: https://www.science.co.il/companies/Software.php
  • Israeli Startups Association website: https://startupnationcentral.org/
  • Israel Innovation Authority website: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Innovation_Authority

 

8.  Look for Jobs at International Companies

Many international companies have offices in Israel, and they often require English-speaking employees. Check out the websites of companies you’re interested in and see if they have job listings in Israel.

9.  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.

 

10.  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.

I repeat – there will be many different different job interviews before you sign an employment contract… so be prepared.

Plan on having an interview with the human resources department.

Then after that, plan on having another job interview with your future boss.

And finally after that (maybe) – plan on having another job interview with your future boss’s, current boss.

Plan on having 3-5 interviews before you sign an employee contract.

11.  Be Prepared for Rejection

Unfortunately, there will be alot of candidates for most of the jobs you’re looking for in Israel.

You or your CV will most likely be rejected at one, or two turns in your job-hunting journey.

Never take it personal.

Keep in mind, it’s just a job.

You will have one in the future, and you’ll probably have another one after that.

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!

12.  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 volunteer or internship positions to gain experience and make connections.

 

You see, I’ve been living in Tel Aviv for 10+ years and I know it can be a struggle living here as a foreigner.I remember the day I arrived in Israel I had NO money – NO friends – and NO job.

I never thought that I would open my own business in Israel… but I did!

I decided to name my sales training company Sales Development Israel.  Then, I began to use all of my spare time before work and after work creating training materials, and trying to acquire clients.

In addition, I was sending emails and cold calling companies in Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Ramat Gan, Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and Holon.  Basically, I was reaching our across the whole country of Israel during my efforts.

To clarify, I doing everything in my power to generate momentum in my new business. 

Great news is that I was able to find my first few clients! 

Something I immediately noticed was at the conclusion of my sales training workshops, two things would happen consistently happen: 

Firstly, I would receive feedback that my sales training workshops were providing massive value for the sales team.  This meant that the companies were happy with the service I provided, which was nice to know.

Secondly, one or two of the students in the courses would privately approach me.

These students would speak with me about their struggles not only in sales, but also in their lives.

Then one time, a female student offered to pay me for a one-on-one session outside of the office.

She asked me to help her learn how to communicate more effectively, and to help her figure out a better career path.  We developed a plan, strategized, and executed. 

Then another student, approached me and offered to pay me for my time to help prepare him for a job interview.

We developed a plan, strategized, and executed. 

Similarly, another student from another workshop, at another company, asked me to help them build their inner-confidence.

This would happen again, and again…

Each of these wonderful people I began to work one-on-one with,  had their own unique challenge, and asked me for help.  Moreover, each time we developed a plan, strategized, and executed. 

They knew that I was not professionally trained, and still they would offer to pay me for my time.  These first clients would call me their “Life Coach” or “Career Counselor“, and I was able to help them!

At the conclusion of our 3 to 5 one-on-one sessions, they each had taken took massive steps forward towards the results they wanted.

Each time we developed a plan, strategized, and executed successfully!

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