Computer Jobs in Israel - FAQ

Computer Jobs in Israel - Frequently Asked Questions

How To Find a Computer Job in Israel

Document Name: CJIFAQ.HTM - Hypertext Version
Revision: September 2000
Original Creation: June 1993

By: Jacob Richman
CJI Editor/Publisher
Ma'Aleh Adumim, Israel


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CJI FAQ Contents - Introduction + 37 Questions

(click on a question or just use the "down arrow" key)


0. Introduction

1. Do you need to know Hebrew to work in computers in Israel?

2. I am still living outside of Israel.
Should I send out my resume to companies in Israel?


3. Should my resume be in Hebrew?

4. Should I post my resume on the web?

5. How should I email my resume?

6. I sent a resume to company "X", now what ?

7. How are the job agencies in Israel ?

8. Someone said if I pay him a certain amount of money,
he will find me a job. Should I pay him?


9. Where do I begin to look for a job in Israel?

10. Are there any Israeli job resources on the Internet?

11. Are there Israeli job databases on the Internet?

12. Besides online job databases, are there other ways to
find companies online?


13. How do I follow the Israeli "computer industry"?

14. Are there computer specific magazines / newspapers in Israel?

15. Are any of the big international computer companies
stationed in Israel?


16. Wow! Does this mean I should get a job at one of these
companies in my country and then ask to be transferred to
Israel when I make aliyah?


17. Many jobs advertised are for professionals who know C, C++,
Windows, Unix, Oracle, SQL, Lans, Wans, TCP/IP, etc....
For the past 6 weeks I have not seen any ads dealing with
my skills. Does this mean I will never find a job ?


18. Where else do I look for jobs ?

19. Where do I find out about job fairs and computer shows /
conferences in Israel?


20. I have been reading about the Russian aliyah and that
unemployment is around 8%. Is this true?
How does this affect my job search?


21. Is there discrimination in the computer job field in Israel?

22. Can you get a computer related job without a degree in
computers science or computer engineering?


23. I just finished my studies and I do not have experience.
The companies with whom I had interviews want experience.
What can I do?


24. Regarding re-training courses, do I recommend any for
those who want to switch into the computer profession?


25. I finally got my first interview. It is scheduled for 10:00 am.
What do I do?


26. Can I speak in English during the interview?

27. Are job interviews different in Israel then other countries?

28. Besides the interview what other Israeli secret weapons
are used to see if you fit the job?


29. What else should I bring to the interview ?

30. What kind of salary can I expect to get working in Israel ?

31. What other compensation benefits are there besides
base salary ?


32. Besides vacation time, what else is there?

33. What happens when you go off to reserve duty for 30 days?
Do you get paid?


34. Why not work for the army in computers? I heard that many
of the hi-tech startups in Israel are run by former officers in the IDF.


35. I live in Jerusalem but I go to work every day in Tel-Aviv.
Is this normal?


36. What other hi-tech parks are located in Israel?
Should I visit them and go door to door with my resumes?


37. I have been job hunting for 6 months and I feel like
leaving the country.





  • Introduction

    The computer job market in Israel is very good. If you open
    the weekend job sections of the large Israeli newspapers,
    you will find hundreds of jobs in the computer field. In fact
    computer jobs make up the majority of all job advertisements
    today. When this document was first published in 1993, the
    Internet was not available in Israel to the general public.
    Today Internet is widespread and there are many resources,
    in Hebrew and English, for the job seeker.

    This FAQ document and the weekly CJI job report will give
    you a good overview of what is happening in the computer
    job market in Israel. This is not a comprehensive list but
    it will help the reader get a head start in his/her job hunt.
    Do not get mislead by all the information available. It is
    hard work to find your first job in Israel. However if you
    are persistent and flexible you will find it. Remember that
    finding a job in Israel is like everything else connected
    with your Aliyah (move to Israel). If you had trouble
    describing your work in interviews overseas you will probably
    have the same trouble here unless you work at it. Israel is
    the land of miracles but do not rely on them exclusively to
    find your job.

    For the old timers and native Israelis this document may
    assist you in your own job hunt or it may help you, assist
    others in finding their first job. The information is geared
    to the new oleh/olah, however, there is a lot of useful
    information for everyone.
    Do not take everything written here as the law of the land.
    I may be wrong in some cases or I may be looking at the
    situation subjectively. Talk to as many people in the field
    and draw your own conclusions.
    This FAQ is composed of 37 questions and answers that cover
    most of the questions people may ask about job searching
    in Israel.
    Feedback is welcome!

    Back to Top
  • Q1. Do you need to know Hebrew to work in computers in Israel?
    Back to Top

  • Q2. I am still living outside of Israel.
    Should I send out my Resume to companies in Israel?
    Back to Top

  • Q3. Should my resume be in Hebrew?
    Back to Top

  • Q4. Should I post my resume on the web?
    Back to Top
  • Q5. How should I email my resume? Back to Top
  • Q6. I sent a resume to company "X", now what ?
    Back to Top

  • Q7. How are the job agencies in Israel ?
    Back to Top
  • Q8. Someone said if I pay him a certain amount of money he will find me a job.
    Should I pay him?
    Back to Top
  • Q9. Where do I begin to look for a job in Israel?
    Back to Top
  • Q10. Are there any Israeli job resources on the Internet?
    Back to Top
  • Q11. Are there Israeli job databases on the Internet?
    Back to Top
  • Q12. Besides online job databases, are there other ways to
    find companies online?
    Back to Top
  • Q13. How do I follow the Israeli "computer industry"?
    Back to Top
  • Q14. Are there computer specific magazines / newspapers in Israel?
    Back to Top
  • Q15. Are any of the big international computer companies
    stationed in Israel?
    Back to Top
  • Q16. Wow! Does this mean I should get a job at one of these
    companies in my country and then ask to be transferred to
    Israel when I make aliyah?
    Back to Top
  • Q17. Many jobs advertised are for professionals who know C, C++,
    Windows, Unix, Oracle, SQL, Lans, Wans, TCP/IP, etc....
    For the past 6 weeks I have not seen any ads dealing with
    my skills. Does this mean I will never find a job ?
    Back to Top
  • Q18. Where else do I look for jobs ?
    Back to Top
  • Q19. Where do I find out about job fairs and computer shows /
    conferences in Israel?
    Back to Top
  • Q20. I have been reading about the Russian aliyah and that
    unemployment is around 8%. Is this true? How does this
    affect my job search?
    Back to Top
  • Q21. Is there discrimination in the computer job field in Israel?
    Does age and sex make a difference?
    (that is not what I meant....we are talking jobs here)
    Back to Top
  • Q22. Can you get a computer related job without a degree in
    computers science or computer engineering?
    Back to Top
  • Q23. I just finished my studies and I do not have experience.
    The companies with whom I had interviews want experience.
    What can I do?
    Back to Top
  • Q24. Regarding re-training courses, do I recommend any for
    those who want to switch into the computer profession?
    Back to Top
  • Q25. I finally got my first interview. It is scheduled for 10:00 am.
    What do I do? Back to Top
  • Q26. Can I speak in English during the interview?
    Back to Top
  • Q27. Are job interviews different in Israel then other countries?
    Back to Top
  • Q28. Besides the interview what other Israeli secret weapons
    are used to see if you fit the job? Back to Top
  • Q29. What else should I bring to the interview ?
    Back to Top
  • Q30. What kind of salary can I expect to get working in Israel ?
    Back to Top
  • Q31. What other compensation benefits are there besides base
    salary ?
    Back to Top
  • Q32. Besides vacation time, what else is there?
    Back to Top
  • Q33. What happens when you go off to reserve duty for 30 days?
    Do you get paid?
    Back to Top
  • Q34. Why not work for the army in computers? I heard that many
    of the hi-tech startups in Israel are run by former officers
    in the IDF.
    Back to Top
  • Q35. I live in Jerusalem but I go to work every day in Tel-Aviv.
    Is this normal?
    Back to Top
  • Q36. What other hi-tech parks are located in Israel?
    Should I visit them and go door to door with my resumes?
    Back to Top
  • Q37. I have been job hunting for 6 months and I feel like
    leaving the country. This place is not for me. I will
    never learn Hebrew. Israelis talk too fast. The taxi
    cab driver almost killed me on the way to my last
    interview. The weather person on the news said it was
    going to be a nice day and I am very hot. The bag of
    milk from the grocery store had a leak and I smell
    like spoiled milk. Did I make a mistake leaving my
    great job in California? I miss my parents, my brothers/
    sisters, cousins and friends. I miss Late Night with
    David Letterman.
    I want to go home!!!!