'They glanced at my resume and sent me on my way'
Most of certified public accountant Wajdi Biadsi's classmates managed to find internships at major accounting firms while they were still students.
But for Biadsi, 26, who hails from the Israeli Arab town of Baka al-Garbiyeh, the process was rather more difficult.
"One day I went through three office towers in Ramat Gan and handed out more than 60 resumes, but not one invited me for an interview," he remembers.
"There is a flood of candidates in the industry, and very few people from the [Arab] sector succeed in integrating into Jewish firms. In some cases I saw that they simply glanced at my resume, read my name and where I live, and sent me on my way," he said.
Biadsi finally managed to find a job at the Amos Kopolowitz accounting firm in Ramat Gan.
"It was important to me to work at a Jewish firm, since they are more professional. Without willingness from the employer, my friends and I from the [Arab] sector will remain behind," he said.
"My advice for someone who is having a hard time finding work is not to give up. Go to the offices and knock on doors. Even if at the beginning you need to compromise and take a job that doesn't fully suit you, don't stop looking. In the end, a crack will appear and you'll be able to get through," he said.