a different side of Israel

Alice in Job-Hunt-Land (Third Part)

Read part one and two of this series.

Alice in Job-Hunt-Land Are they for real? 4000 New Israeli Shekels for a full-time job? “What we’ve got here is — failure to communicate”!

It seems like employers here have lost their minds. Or perhaps they can afford themselves, to demand that their employees work full-time plus extra hours, without any social benefits and sometimes without even having their transportation expenses paid for.

That’s not all. With how things are going these days, even a pizza delivery boy might be requested to be a native English speaker (“or at least have English at mother-tongue level”), holding at least a BA degree, and with at least a 5 year work experience in the field. You know what, dear employers? *At least* be able to offer a decent salary to those who actually fit this description!

By the way, it’s good to know Israelis are such good, well-educated employees if that’s the standard of the present demand and supply in the job market. But, in any case, perhaps it’s for the best, as now I have a better answer for the most maddening, frustrating rejection of all: “Sorry honey, but you’re over-qualified for the job.”
So, yeah… back to my full-time work from home.

Present Project: spreading the Word and my CV to the whole goddamn world.

Objective: have my CV next to each and every key person’s morning coffee (or their secretaries’) in every single company in the Tel Aviv area.

I’ll show them what I’m made of. I’m special, so special! And willing to work overtime when needed, of course.


  1. Welcome to the “real” Israeli job word, luv.

    Jobs that paid around NS 6,500 back in ’99 now pay
    what you wrote above. This is ESPECIALLY TRUE for jobs
    pitched at native English speakers. BTW, many of these
    jobs, especially at places like Bezeq Int. DSNR, and
    other tele-sales and customer positions ae now being
    filled by young Israelis who have a good command of
    English. Many of these ‘native English speakers’ are
    either children of English Olim, or just picked up the
    language in school and by associating with English
    speakers. The arrival of more than 8,000 English
    speakers via Nefesh b’Nefesh and similar programs has
    actually created a glut of English speakers, enabling
    callous employers to exploit their talents.

    It’s either swallow your pride or starve.

  2. It’s all a matter of what you are looking for. When I made aliya over 10 years ago, I took a full-time job for minimum wage (2500 shekels) just to get my foot in the door and get into the field I wanted. After a few years, I was earning double, then triple that amount. I now earn more than 10-times my original salary.

    So if you think that taking this 4000 shekel job is going to give you better earning potential in the future, or make you really happy (money isn’t everything), then take it.

    What kind of job are you looking for? Your best chance of finding a good job is dependent on who you know, not what you know, or how many interviews you go on.

    Let me know what you’re looking for, and send me your CV. I’ll let you know if there’s anything suitable where I work.

  3. Age is also a big time factor in the Israeli (and most
    other) jobmarkets. Older persons, desite their
    experience and qualifications are getting pushed out of
    many areas, including those lower wage positions, as
    noted above. Employers just have too many CV’s to sift
    through; and as a result can really pick and choose.

    I agree with the comments concerning jobs requiring
    Mother tongue English. Older people are really getting
    put on the short end on these jobs – unless one is
    prepared to work night shifts which take a lot of ‘koach’
    and are not always logistacally possible (especialy the
    ones from 7 p.m. to 2 or 3 a.m.) Try finding any form
    of transport at time. Those so-called “haasaot” rides
    home don’t always go where one lives.

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