5 Strategies for Finding Your Professional Place in Israel

In Israel’s thriving economy, there are tons of opportunities for skilled English speakers. Coming with a great professional background and resume can certainly help.

5 Strategies 758 (photo credit: NEFESH B'NEFESH)
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(photo credit: NEFESH B'NEFESH)
But launching a career in Israel also requires you to adapt to the Israeli marketplace. 
1. Research the marketplace.
Before relocating to Israel, check out your industry’s needs. It is possible that some of your skills will be more relevant, and some less so. Zero in on fields and companies where you could make your mark.
2. Network, network, network.
In Israel, finding a great job is often all about who you know. In addition to responding to job ads, meeting new people who are in your industry can be helpful for your job search. Because Israel is such a small country, people will be willing to pass on your resume to others who may be able to help you. Make a lot of connections. They will pay off.
3. Prepare for your meetings.
Speak to people in the field in advance to know what to expect. Also find out who you will be meeting with and Google them. It helps to know who you will be speaking to and what will impress them.
4. Make sure you match the work environment.
The Israeli workplace is less formal than that in the US—both in dress and in communication. Before meeting an Israeli company, choose an outfit that shows that you’re on the same page. Conduct your conversation in a way that feels natural for the company.
5. Answer this question: what can i do for you?
In Israel, companies don’t want to hear “the history of you.” They want to know how you could be an asset to their company. Tweak your resume to highlight the skills that make you the perfect job candidate.