finding a job in Barcelona as an expat and how to begin your job search

The cosmopolitan city of Barcelona has been crowned Spain’s ‘most liveable’ city and is an extremely popular destination among expats. Working in Barcelona is certainly an exciting prospect, but you might still have some questions regarding the challenges of finding a job in Barcelona as an expat and how to begin your job search…

Barcelona Expat Life, How to find a job in Barcelona, career, relocation

International talent in Barcelona

International talent forms a key part of Barcelona’s workforce and as an expat, you’ll find an endless variety of opportunities for people with language skills!

 

Barcelona has an excellent track record for attracting large multinational companies over the years and has become a destination of choice for foreign investment. It is also one of the most attractive cities for Shared Service Centres. Aside from this, Barcelona has emerged as one of the leading European cities for technology and innovation, with the start-up scene booming and many (international) entrepreneurs setting up their businesses in Barcelona.

 

Most expats are changing jobs during their first year abroad as they start to gain a better understanding of the job market. Aside from this, some expats only stay temporarily. For these reasons, most companies are always looking for internationals, especially when it comes to the ‘harder to source’ languages such as Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian and Swedish

What's the best way to find companies that are hiring?

Recruitment agencies

Relocating can be a life changing decision, but it can also be stressful and a little overwhelming. So, finding a job through a recruitment agency may be the best option for you, especially if you’re beginning your job search whilst still in your home country. As already mentioned, the expat community forms a key part of Barcelona’s workforce. You´ll find many multilingual recruitment agencies in Barcelona that specialise in hiring internationals and who will help kick-start your career in Barcelona!

Job boards

You can also start your job search via job sites. By doing this, you´ll get a good overview of who's hiring and you can also set job alerts to best suit your preferences. Using job boards can also increase your chances of being headhunted. 

Social Media

Thanks to expanding expat communities on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, trying to find a job via social media is relatively easy. It’s natural for expatriates to gravitate towards each other through online platforms and word-of-mouth is a very powerful source of information among the expats in Barcelona.

Approaching companies directly 

Finding a strategy on how best to approach companies directly can be very effective in your job hunt if you´ve done your research. A useful tip would be to research everything you may need to know about a potential employer, especially when it comes to their workplace culture.  Make it clear what you’re looking for, set your expectations and priorities, utilise your network and customise your CV and cover letter. 

Coronavirus

We are aware that the Coronavirus outbreak will most likely be affecting your job search. While a lot of industries are facing challenges, other industries are continuing to thrive.

 

It is difficult to say what the consequences will be for your individual job search during this time, but it will most likely depend on a variety of factors such as the industry you’re interested in, your level of expertise, language and your own flexibility. But don’t worry, finding work in Barcelona isn’t impossible, it may just require more time and patience.

 

We want to wish you the best of luck with your job search and feel free to share your job hunting experiences on our website. Help others by sharing your tips!

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