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It is a real challenge to find work in one of the EU’s smallest communities with strong personal networks. Malta is open to foreigners, although there is only a small number of jobs to be found outside the tourist-related sectors
Job hunting in Malta
Responding to job advertisements in the newspaper is rather common. Most papers include job advertisements, and due to the small size of Malta there are many interconnected networks. Business is highly dependent of these networks and personal contacts, and therefore jobs are mostly found through personal contacts.
It is very important to speak English fluently since, with regard to the level of English, it is the main language spoken at Malta. There is a high a rank of education and competences when hiring a employee, so make sure you stress this.
The Application Letter
The application letter is a handwritten document. Sometimes typed letters are requested, but this is always specified in the job advertisement. The letter should be maximum one page; be explicit; and address your letter to a person in particular. Do not send a general letter (these will soon end up in the trashcan).
Convince the employer that you are the perfect candidate for the job by stressing your competences and skills. The lay-out for the letter should resemble the lay-out for your CV.
The Curriculum Vitae
The CV is a typewritten document, and is sometimes referred to as a Resume. The whole document should be one to two pages, depending on the applicant’s experience.
The CV should start with personal details of the applicant (address, phone number, date of birth, marital status and nationality).
There are no specific rules regarding the order of the CV, activities can be mentioned in both chronological and reversed chronological order.
The Application Procedure
The application procedure starts with the CV and application letter. If the employer is interested in your profile, you will be invited for an interview. The number of interviews held, depends on the position applied for. Management positions often require two to three interviews while one interview is satisfactory for lower level positions.
During the job interview your educational background and work experience will be the main area of conversation. Be prepared to give a solid motivation why you think you are capable of doing the job.
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About the author
Nannette Ripmeester is the expatriate affairs consultant to several multinational companies, which she advises regarding the strategy of international assignments and the practical implementation around expat issues. Ripmeester started her international career at the European Commission, has worked on a project basis in 17 countries and is founder and Managing Director of Expertise in Labour Mobility (www.labourmobility.com).
She is co-author of a series of country-specific guides, the guide "Looking for work in the 10 EU Accession Countries", (ISBN-13: 978-90-5896-084-9) is part of that series of guides. To order this guide or other guides that will help you to secure the international job you want, visit our website: www.labourmobility.com. As a reader of Eurograduate we offer you a 10% discount if you are your copy here.