Job Hunting in Spain

Thinking of relocating to Spain and in need of a job? Look no further to get a few handy hints on how and where to look for jobs as an English speaker.

CV writing

It seems everywhere around the world, we have less and less time and so when employers are reading CVs the last thing that they want is to be sifting through a whole three-page novel about your employment history. This could never be more the case than in Spain. Spain’s job market is highly competitive with youth unemployment being at around 40%. This does not mean that there are not jobs out there, in fact, if you are native English speaker (or German, French and Italian to a smaller extent) then finding a job should be relatively easy as there is a huge demand for the teaching of languages. That said, it is still important to try and keep your CV as to the point as possible. No matter how clever and wonderful you are, remember the employer will only really read the first page. So keep it simple and use headings and bullet points clearly.

Coffee with a shot of Bailey's perhaps can help the process seem more fun

Where to apply

Make sure to stay positive as you will find something eventually

  • Bars. If you are applying for bar jobs or in hospitality in general, then you will need to put in the hard graft and go around handing out your CV. Make sure to speak to the person in charge, otherwise, it will be quickly discarded. It is of course, more preferable to have some Spanish, but you will find in some bars frequented mainly by Anglophones, that your Spanish needn’t be amazing.
  • English Teaching. There are many ways to go about this. You can first of all check up on the usual sites such as LingoBongo or put your own ad up on Tus clases particulares. You will not always need a TEFL or CELTA, in fact just being a native speaker is often enough. However, if you have no experience in the field then expect a slight pay cut at first. Also look into British Council or MECD to become an Auxiliar. This is not exactly English teaching as such but young people come from all over the globe to assist in classes (science, PE, history, whatever) In your native language. You will be paid around 1000euros (depending on the project etc) but you also will only be doing something similar to 14 hours a week of work. If you then start doing a few private classes (which can be found on the websites listed above or more commonly, by word of mouth) then this income should support you well in Spain and simultaneously have time to enjoy the country. It is a bit the luck of the draw which places will need these teaching assistants or not, but certainly worth looking into.
  • Tourism. Jobs in Tourism is also something to look into. If you wish to work in an establishment such as the tourist office etc then you, of course, will need to have a good level of Spanish. Otherwise, seasonal work as an English-speaking tour guide is very easy to come by. There is the option of working a tour operator (so, travelling around with the tourists) with companies such as Kontiki or EF and many, many more. Jobs like these will keep you very busy in the summer but will allow you to relax and enjoy Spanish life in the winter, as well as giving you many opportunities to travel. If you prefer to stay onsite, there are plenty of companies looking for tour guides for tapas tours, history tours and pub crawls even.
  • Internships. Be careful with internships in Spain. Really make sure you research them beforehand and check that the pay will be enough to live on. Spain’s economy is in such disarray, that often there are offers of internships which are normal jobs which you don’t get paid for. You have been warned. Here are some useful sites to look for internships: Erasmusintern or check out the internship platform.


About the author


Naomi comes from the land of perpetual rain, Trainspotting 1 and soon to be Trainspotting 2 (also known as Scotland). She was born a massive chatterbox so has dedicated her life to travelling the world and speaking to as many people as humanly possible. She now works in Hamburg as a intern.


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