Important conditions for finding a job in Greece
Work permits in Greece
EEA citizens are free to move and work wherever they want to within the EEA (including Greece).
You must apply for a residence permit to work in Greece. This is valid for five years and should be issued within
six months of your arrival.
Contact the Greek embassy in your home country for more information on work permits.
The application procedure in Greece
Newspapers are an important source of information, particularly for office workers and intermediate-level jobs.
The most important route to employment is through personal contacts. A temporary job might help with this
The Greek public employment service, Organismos Apasholisseos Ergatikou Dynamikou (OAED), has the
monopoly on vocational placements in Greece.
Writing a CV in Greece
The key focus of your CV should be to persuade the employer to invite you for an interview. Therefore your CV is
a marketing tool, which should be adapted to the market in which you intend to use it.
There are no strict rules for a CV in Greece. It is usually between three and five pages long.
Greek CV s are exhaustive and detailed, and normally arranged in chronological order.
Practical experience is considered very important.
Many Greek companies use application form instead of CV s.
The application letter in Greece
The Greek application rules are not very strict.
The letter should be short, formal and polite.
Copies of diplomas, three references, a health certificate and a certificate of absence of a criminal record
accompany the application in Greece.
Do s Put everything in your CV that makes you an interesting candidate. More paper looks impressive to a Greek
Provide examples to illustrate your achievements in Greece.
Be prepared for three to six interviews in the application process.
Look interested ask questions.
Ask for clarification if you don t understand the question you have been asked.
Don’ts • Sit until invited in an interview.
Feel offended by questions about your personal situation – these questions are quite common in Greece.
Underestimate the importance of the Greek language and cultural heritage to the Greek.
Criticise former employers.
Go over the top stay calm and stick to the facts.
Management culture in Greece
Most companies in Greece are relatively small and led by one manager.
There is a vertical hierarchy with very little responsibility in companies.
Comradeship is an essential part of life in Greece.
Many small organisations are very flexible, as they have learned to
Anticipate the fluctuations in the Greek economy.
During a meeting, it s important to make yourself heard.
The Greeks believe you should ‘pass’ time, not ‘use’ it.
Punctuality does not seem to be very important.