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Five great resources for job hunting in Israel

I’ve had over 800 page views since I started this blog just over a week ago, and I’ve received some really positive feedback. My post about writing a CV for the Israeli market seemed to generate a lot of comments, and I’m glad I’ve been able to help people in their job hunt. Lots of people thanked me for the great tips, but wanted to know how to find places to send their CVs to once they were tidied up, spell checked and formatted correctly.

In response to all those requests, here is another post to help you find your perfect job in Israel:

Five great resources for job hunting in Israel:

1) LinkedIn

LinkedIn is such a great job hunting resource that I will even go as far as listing is as the number 1 resource for job hunters in Israel. It allows you to post an online CV, along with references for future employers to check out, and the groups are a fantastic source of job opportunities. A lot of recruitment companies, especially in the High-tech world, use LinkedIn as one of their primary methods of head hunting. For Israeli job hunters groups such as Search and Find a job in Israel, the Israemploy Group, Nefesh B’nefesh and Gvahim have many job opportunities for English speakers and other Olim. Your LinkedIn profile should reflect your CV- easy to read, professional, with references from past colleagues and co-workers, and connections to individuals and groups who can further your job hunt.

2) Recruitment companies

Although there are many recruitment companies in Israel, very few offer jobs for native English speakers and speakers of other languages without native Hebrew. One that does is Marksman, one of the oldest and most established recruitment companies for the Anglo market. Many other Israeli recruitment agencies post their job listings on relevant LinkedIn boards, another reason why you have to be in it to win it.

3) Israemploy
I also really recommend joining the Israemploy network. Although you (the job hunter) have to pay, the fee is minimal, and they simply have a huge range of job postings. I’ve had several fantastic job leads via this site, including a couple which have turned into jobs. The wonderful team at Israemploy also offer professional job counselling Highly recommended.

4) Local community groups

The most famous of these is Janglo, a free resource for Anglos living in the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv areas. Community lists in Modiin, Bet Shemesh and Ra’anana are also a good place to look for job opportunities if you live in or near these communities.

5) Word of mouth

Many jobs are filled before they are even advertised, so how can you get a look in? Use your Facebook and LinkedIn pages to let friends and contacts know you are looking for employment. Call round companies in your field and ask if they have any positions you can send your CV in to. Build relationships with managers and headhunters in your chosen speciality.  Whilst you are job hunting keep yourself busy. Offer your services as an “intern” at a relevant company, or volunteer at an organization who could use your services and recommend you. Take names and numbers from everyone you meet, and follow up on the CVs you sent out. You never know which contact could lead you to your dream job.

Any other tips or job hunting resources for Israelis and Olim? Please feel free to comment below!


Making freelancing work for you

Thanks to high speed internet, laptop computers and now smart phones we don’t need to physically be in our offices to stay on top of our work. These technological advancements not only unshackle us from our desk, but also blur the typical lines of employer-employee relationships.

Many companies are realising the economic potential of not only releasing employees from their desks but also from the company framework, and this less structured approach can really benefit working mums, especially those with dependant families. Hiring freelancers allows a company to save money on travel expenses and benefits, and can work especially well when a company needs to fill a position short-term, with as little hassle as possible. It also works well when a company needs a skill set or expertise for an intensive project, and it is not worth training current employees in that field.

So it makes sense for Israeli companies to hire freelancers, but what is in it for you? The answer is flexibility. Freelancing offers you the option to work from home, with a flexibility of hours that most bosses are not willing to provide in-house. This means freelancing can be a great option for working mothers. You also get to be your own boss, choosing your own assignments and managing your own schedule. If you have a transferable skill set or profession, from programming to interior design, translating to bookkeeping it might be worth your while to go freelance.

Obviously freelancing requires effort on your part, both to find and manage your workload and also to deal with all the administrative side of the business. Some people also miss the social environment in the office, or worry about the lack of fixed pay cheques.

For some it might be a great short-term solution, in between in-house positions. For others, who thrives on self management and enjoy the flexibility, it could be the perfect working arrangement.

Are you a freelancer? An tips on keeping productive whilst working from home? All comments welcome!

Writing an English CV for the Israeli job market

I’m no stranger to CV writing. Having written and edited over 30 CVs for the Israeli market in the past year (with all clients so far getting jobs within 6 months, woo hoo!) I would say that I’ve got pretty good at writing resumes for Israeli jobs. Now I’m facing my biggest test yet, as I’m sending my own CV out to the Israeli job market. For those of you joining me on the job hunting journey here are my top five tips for writing an English CV in Israel.

1. Keep it short

Israeli CVs should be 1 page long. It doesn’t matter if you have 20 years worth of experience or speak 20 languages, if you can’t get your CV down to one page most Israeli companies just won’t take the time to read it.

2. Keep it simple, stupid

Work on the basis that the person reading your CV is not a native English speaker, and even if they are, they simply don’t have a lot of time on their hands. Get rid of any long words or complicated phrases, and try to keep your CV down to your experience, education, skills and languages. All those wonderful descriptive adjectives you want to use about yourself will look lovely on your cover letter, but will just take up precious space on your CV.

3. Check your format

Give your CV over to everyone you know to look over. Is the font clear and easy to read? Is your CV cluttered or can they easily find the relevant information? This can be the difference between your CV making the interview pile, so take the time to get it right.

4. Keep it relevant

Took a course or won an award that you plan on boasting about in your cover letter? Get it in your CV. Spend most of your day on Facebook and Twitter? Get that in your CV too. Conversely, any irrelevant material should be left out. If your age, marital status, location or hobbies are irrelevant to the job you are applying for then there is no reason to include them in your Israeli resume.

5. Check your spelling and grammar. Then check them again.

When your biggest selling point is your mastery of the English language nothing says “I suck” like a spelling mistake in the middle of your English CV. Yes, there’s a chance your Israeli potential boss might not spot it, but if he does you’ve lost out, to a more careful speller. This rule is especially important if you are applying for any type of job involving English writing.  You would not believe how many LinkedIn pages I’ve seen belonging to International Marketing professionals with spelling and grammar mistakes all over the place. Check your work people!

Sending your CV off and not getting call-backs? Be in touch and I’ll do my best to raise your chances. Got any other CV tips? Please feel free to share below.

Finally! My new blog!

After being inspired by several great blogs that my friends have been writing, and a good amount of nagging from Shmuli, I’ve decided that the time has come to finally start my own blog.

This blog will attempt to organize and categorize some of the random musings that take up space in my brain, possibly including topics covering life in Israel and in the sleepy suburban town of Modiin that I call home, job hunting, content writing and parenting two small children whilst attempting to look clean enough for work meetings. I hope to try to keep myself and anyone reading this generally entertained and informed, without making a total prat out of myself. Let’s see how it goes then!

One final thought: My WordPress spell check just picked up the words “WordPress” and “blog”. Classic.