Equally, many have absolutely no direction whatsoever.
I am fortunate that I am not down to my last five bob. So, I often say to the people who don’t seem cut out for what I have to offer, “Is there anything that you would like to do, if I were to fund a new project with you? So if I help them set it up, get the papers in order and even fund it they wouldn’t know what they wanted!!! On the other hand, I mentioned it to a couple the other day and the lady immediately came up with what I believe was a very credible business proposition for here in Spain.
It was referring to Torrevieja but in truth it applies to any expat area in Spain ……and probably anywhere else where expats are trying to start a new life. Every week on the various forums relating to Spain there is a question from hopeful couples in their thirties, often with a child or two asking about jobs and schools in Spain.
Do any of these families make a proper go of it or do they just end up hand-to-mouth. Many of them start with “Hi, my name’s X and I’m thinking perhaps, maybe, possibly, at some time in the future of moving to Spain or maybe Malta, Florida, Greece or ….if……….
It offers a guaranteed work contract, a realistic salary and everything else that goes with a Spanish permanent contract. I have had one person who wanted to know why it was written in Spanish and one person who failed to turn up for an interview twice!
I know I would have had more applicants if I had written in English or Swedish BUT absolute fluency in spoken and written Spanish is a pre-requisite so it saved me all the “I get by” dreamers.
That is why you see so many Belgian and Dutch people working for estate agents etc.
From birth they have been comfortable in 3 or 4 languages. One speaks Dutch, German, English and Spanish and the other speaks German, Spanish, French and English.
These people were applying for a position with a contract, 30 days’ paid holiday etc. Incidentally in the Valencian Community only 10% of all new positions advertised last year were with permanent contracts and that is the Spanish and not the ex-pat market place.
When I last interviewed for a secretary I got over 70 applications.
Over 30 were from English speakers BUT only 3 had the MINIMUM number of languages clearly stated in the advert – three.
So why should a dental receptionist expect to find work in a Spanish dental surgery? FACTS there are almost NO permanent employee positions with contracts UNLESS you speak Spanish FLUENTLY.
Usually, even then FLUENCY in another language French, Norwegian or German is also required.