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Things You MUST Have To Find A Job In Israel

1.  The Right Mindset

-Positive thinking is super-important during the stress of finding a job. Naturally, you may have an internal dialogue that is telling you why you aren’t qualified for certain jobs that your want.

-As a career counselor in Tel Aviv, Israel… I have heard it all: I don’t speak Hebrew, ageism, racism, religious-ism, and others. Yes, these things exist in Israel but staying in a positive mindset is a MUST.

-Aim high when looking for a job. Don’t be afraid to apply for a job title that you think is above your past work experience.

-A persistent attitude will be essential. For example, expect to put in tons of effort with very little return. You might find yourself sending out your CV day after day, with zero success for a period of time.

2.  Thick Skin

-Getting feedback on your CV from family, friends, and professionals is humbling… but you must do it. 

-Plan on getting rejected.  Most of the jobs that you are applying for will have several stages of the hiring process, and the fact is that you might get rejected from at least one.  Most importantly, accept it. Above all, move on and keep your skin thick. 

-In addition, don’t  take rejection personally.  If you do get the dreaded notification of non-continuance in a hiring process, it is not a personal decision. It is a professional choice that a company has made, and doesn’t reflect on your character. You are a good person, and keep being you!

3.  A Headhunter working for you

-You need to have someone on your team. Certainly friends and family are nice to have on your side when you are on the job hunt, but you should also have a professional on your team that is actively looking for you as well.

-They have their foot in the door already. No matter what your CV looks like, a professional headhunter will have a better way of presenting you than you. Why? Because they will be familiar and possibly even friendly with employees in the HR department of many companies, and are already in direct contact with them… you are not.  Likewise, they have access to jobs you won’t hear about.

See, I remember the day I arrived in Israel, I had NO money – NO friends – and NO jobAnd about five years ago (after 15+ years of soul-searching), I had a realization: 

That I was put here on this planet to teach and to share the knowledge I have.  Along with that powerful revelation, I had a powerful insight: “I want to open my own consulting business”.

As the start-up capital of the world, Israel has plenty of new companies with growing English speaking sales teams.  Therefore, with my 15+ years of experience in the field of sales, I decided to open a sales training/consulting company.

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

At once, I went to an accountant to file the proper paperwork to legally operate my NEW sales consulting company.  Afterwards, I began to use all of my spare time (at this point I had a full-time job for a high-tech company) after work and before work creating materials and trying to acquire clients.

Most importantly, I knew what I had to do and whom I wanted to target. 

I started cold calling companies in Tel Aviv, Herzliya, Ramat Gan, Jerusalem, Bat Yam, and Holon.  Moreover, I was working like a madman.  I was sending emails and doing everything in my power to try to generate momentum in my business. 

It was, and is brutal being an entrepreneur, but great news!  I was able to find my first few clients!

Something I immediately noticed, was at the conclusion of my sales training workshops (where I focused on selling through telling stories, and teaching specific sales techniques), two things would happen consistently happen:

Firstly, I would receive feedback that the sales training workshop provided massive value.  Secondly, one or two of the students in the course would privately approach me. 

They would speak with me about their struggles, not only in sales but also in life.

Then one time, a female student offered to pay me for a one-on-one sit down session outside of the office.  She asked me to help her figure out a better career path.  As a struggling entrepreneur, I accepted.  

Another student, at another company, approached me and offered to pay me for my time to help prepare him for a job interview.  Yes, he was planning to leave the sales job that he was at.

Similarly, another student from another workshop, at another company me to help them work with their confidence and being able to communicate efficiently.  This would happen again, and again…

Each person with his or her own challenge.  They knew I was not certified or professionally trained.  Still, they would approach me and offer to pay me for my time.

To sit with them and help figure things out, and to give them my guidance.  These first clients called me their “Life Coach” or “Career Counselor“.

Moreover, 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.

Eventually, enough people paid me to sit down with them, and called me their Career Counselor or Life Coach… that I began to call myself a “Career Counselor” and ”Life Coach”.

Most people set out to become a trained and certified life coach or career counselor before ever having a client.  However, I never said I wanted to be a life coach or a career counselor,

This interesting and fulfilling profession came to me, literally.

Now, all these years later, I can say that I’m happy to say I have helped hundreds – and hundreds – of job hunters just like you!

Here is a list (below) of articles on how to find a job in Israel that will really, really help you!

3 Things You Must Have to Find a Job in Israel– Claude Lee Massey – Life Coach and Career Counseling in Tel Aviv Israel