American looking for any work in Italy

May 25th, 2015, 02:19 AM
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American looking for any work in Italy

Attention Employer,

My name is Scott, and I am currently living in America. I will be moving to Italy May 13 of 2016, for the purpose of better learning the Italian language and culture. I have been studying the Italian language, and will have a working comprehension and understanding by the time I arrive. I am hoping to have gainful employment when I arrive, so that I can better learn the Italian culture and language. Without a job offer I will not be able to gain a work visa, and will only be able to visit for 90 days. I am very adaptable and eager to learn. It would be my dream to become successful in this endeavor and stay in Italy indefinitely.

In the United States, I have extensive skills in management, sales, retail, call center agent, customer service / communications trainer, and much more. I am looking for any work however. I would be very useful for anyone that has need of fluent English speaking candidates as well. All of my relocation expenses have already been paid for in full. This could be a great opportunity for both parties. I will be more than will to provide a CV and references upon request. A conversation on Skype will be possible upon request.

Regards,

Scott Cook
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May 25th, 2015, 02:30 AM
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I'd start by looking for US based companies that have a large branch in Italy. They may want a ex-pat on site. For instance I know that people like Danaher love to pick up a few of such people that they can pay local rates to but get US type commitment.

I think you'll find that with the present high levels of unemployment in Italy that your perception of the "great opportunity" may not have the same perception from a future employer. You need an "edge" and not knowing the culture is a major reason not to be employed after all "people sell to people" and you don't know these people.

Good luck and tell us how you get on.
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May 25th, 2015, 03:52 AM
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It is going to be incredibly difficult to get a job with an Italian company - they are mandated to employ locals if at all possible and there are already a lot of people unemployed.

The best way to do this is to get a job with a US company with a large presence in Italy and have them transfer you there with a job that you already have. (My company does this rarely within our international offices.)

And sorry - but there are a gazillion people in Italy who speak fluent English. We have offices in both Roma and Milan and everyone down to the receptionist speaks not only fluent but idiomatic English. So your good English and so/so Italian are really not much to offer.

Don;t mean to be discouraging but to do this you really need a very specific skill set that is not readily available already in Italy. The reason that athletes and performers can get work - their skills are unique.
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May 25th, 2015, 05:41 AM
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I agree, you need an international assignment with a US company. Also, if you travel to Italy "on spec" you will need a return ticket, medical insurance and visible means of support (i.e. money in the bank) or you may not get on the plane.
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May 25th, 2015, 06:46 AM
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It sounds like you are looking for a job interview -- not travel advice… This ain't an employment agency

>>I would be very useful for anyone that has need of fluent English speaking candidates as well.<<

Get in line behind millions of Europeans who are also fluent in English.
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May 25th, 2015, 07:45 AM
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sorry to be a cynic, but language, syntax and sentence structure sound all wrong for an American. If he is indeed an American, this post is surely not a good recommendation for any employee.
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May 25th, 2015, 07:52 AM
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>>language, syntax and sentence structure sound all wrong for an American<<

Not if it is copied from his job application/CV where one would try to 'impress' . . .
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May 26th, 2015, 05:00 AM
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" US based companies that have a large branch in Italy. They may want a ex-pat on site"

But would be breaking Italian law were they to employ one.

An Italian business - whoever owns it - may not employ a non-European unless:
- it advertises throughout the EU for a suitable European, and fails to find one or
- it transfers, under certain circumstances, non-Europeans already on its payroll elsewhere, or
- the employee is hired under special programmes, mostly for under-30s. The US declines to join such programmes (unlike countries such as Japan and Canada) so US citizens are not eligible.

Note that there are at least 70 million native English speakers in the EU. No business needs to look outside Europe to find one.

Now there are Italian companies which will break the law and may even get away with it. Typically, they expect foreigners to recognise this by accepting lower wages.

There is a tradition on this site where scoff-law Americans see posts like this and tell us all we're wrong because they've managed to scrounge a job illegally. None, so far, has explained just how they've succeeded.

But follow this post for long enough and you might find one of them finally sharing their secret.
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May 26th, 2015, 06:22 AM
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Flanner, I think what was being suggested was to get a job with a US company that had offices in Italy, in which case a transfer might be possible, as you yourself indicate in your second clause.

-it transfers, under certain circumstances, non-Europeans already on its payroll elsewhere,

However, it's certainly not easy to achieve such a transfer, even if you get a job with such a company.
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