GEF: Employment Advice Learned Abroad

  • Make your cover letter a story/relate it to the company individually.
  • Make the initial email your cover letter; don’t attach the cover letter separately.
  • Acquire as many relevant internship experience as possible.
  • Make a five year plan.
  • Create CVs in both Spanish and English.
  • Be ready to prove that you already have the required skills – if you don’t, learn them!
  • Use LinkedIn.
  • When freelancing, know your niche.
  • Send your CV, interview, and – if not accepted – ask how you can improve your CV, etc.
  • Diversify your skills.
  • Forget about networking through other Americans.
  • Network! Spaniards are not going to hire you through the standard process.

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