Where to find jobs in Portugal and what to expect

Working in Portugal

When working in Portugal, you are sure to find a competitive but friendly atmosphere.

If you plan on staying in the country for a long period of time, learning Portuguese is key to opening your career opportunities.

While learning this language may be difficult to some, dealing with Portuguese bureaucracy will be challenging for all.

The Portuguese job market is becoming increasingly expat-friendly. Many tech companies based in Portugal welcome employees from all parts the world and these are increasing by the minute.

If you are not in the field of IT or online businesses, it is trickier to join the Portuguese labor market if you do not speak the language. This is especially true for more traditional industries.

However, the tourism sector is sure to have jobs for those who speak several languages.

When taking up work in the country, whether as an employee or working as self-employed, you are expected to pay contributions to social security, which will grant you some benefits in return.

How to Apply for a Job in Portugal
The best way to get a job in Portugal as a foreigner is to adapt to the Portuguese job market: follow their style of CV and know how to proceed in interviews and networking events.

Interview Tips
The Portuguese place a lot of importance on presentation. When in doubt, go for a slightly more formal dress code for interviews. That being said, pay attention to the company culture.

Are the recruiters addressing you in a formal or informal way? If you are applying for a startup, it is safe to assume the dress code will be more on the casual side.

If you are doing interviews in person, use a firm handshake when introducing yourself. The standard way of greeting with two kisses on the cheek is not appropriate in a professional setting.

The services sector dominates the Portuguese economy, with tourism particularly important. Jobs can also be found in the telecommunications industry, as well as in property, aerospace and biotechnology.

Lisbon has developed into a start-up hub over the last few years, with IT having become one of the country's key growth areas.

Popular graduate jobs in Portugal:

  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical products
  • Healthcare
  • IT
  • Pharmaceuticals

Other major industries in Portugal include:

  • Agriculture, farming and forestry
  • Automobiles
  • Construction
  • Financial services
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Textiles

The capital city of Lisbon is home to a number of global companies including:

  • Google
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Nestlé
  • Nokia
  • Samsung
  • Volkswagen

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