Tips for Finding a Job in Italy

Want ads in English bookstores or libraries are a good place to start looking for a job in Italy, but most of the jobs listed do not pay well, nor are they glamorous.  I ignored these, waiting for a great job to appear, and checked the ads diligently.

After I had been in Italy for 2 months, and my savings had nearly dwindled away,  I thought I’d found my Dream Job.   I had spied a posting for “Villa Caretaker near Florence, Italy” and called right away before the job was snapped up.

The ad was in Italian, and the literal translation read:

“Responsible, honest person wanted to help keep large villa tidy. Free apartment, 1 meal a day and weekly cash allowance. Basic Italian okay, but must want to improve.”

I pictured myself in my spacious apartment in a Tuscan villa, dusting antiques and practicing my Italian with wealthy winemakers. “Perfetto”, I thought.

Claudia, the mistress of the house, hired me, and I brought my belongings over on the back of my bicycle.

A week later, I thought of Claudia as Cruela, and I had re-translated the ad to say:

“Scullery maid must enjoy long hours of physically demanding work while being treated like a useless moron.  Free unheated room with original 14th century plumbing, 1 meal a day without dessert, plus $15.00 a week in mad money.  Basic Italian okay, but you must quickly learn to conjugate the following verbs”:

  • To scrub
  • To polish
  • To wax
  • To hate

After a few months of secretly, desperately looking for a new place to live, I rode away on my bicycle singing “arrivederci stronza” which literally translated means “good-bye you bitch.”  I pedaled and pedaled and never looked back.

One thought on “Tips for Finding a Job in Italy

  1. Oh please, please , please this is too funny. I laughed till I cried. I have a great visual imagination and saw it all play back perfectly like a movie. Too funny thanks for the laugh!

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