It will be easier for you in the job search process if you have a clearly defined goal of the type of job you are looking for. In the section «Social networking and expertise» you can read more about setting goals in your integration project.
Where to find vacancies in Norway?
There are many channels for finding jobs in Norway. It can be on the internet, the media, through unions and private recruitment agencies or by submitting an open job application.
Most jobs in Norway are advertised online. On the NAV and FINN websites you will find most positions. In addition, you can create and register as a job seeker with your own CV and job search so that you get updates when new positions that are relevant to you are posted. You can also search for jobs in Norway in a variety of languages at http://eures.europa.eu.
Many Norwegian companies have their own websites and sometimes choose to post information about vacancies on their own pages and not elsewhere. You can use «Gule sider» on the internet to find the internet address of the sites.
Norwegian newspapers often contain job postings and you may want to check these if you have access to, for example, a local newspaper.
Trade unions are also good sources of information during the job search process. Some unions, such as LO, publish trade journals that contain job listings.
If you are looking for work in specific industries or professions, you may want to register with private recruitment agencies. Some examples are:
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Norway also has an informal market for vacancies, i.e. positions that are not registered with other organizations or advertised in other ways. One way to capture such positions is to send an open application to companies that may be interesting. In addition, it is advisable to call the company after submitting your application, to follow up on it. Remember to always bring your updated CV, in Norwegian or English, as well as certificates, diplomas, etc.
CV, application and interview
To secure your dream job, you should become good at CV, application writing and interview.
CV – Here you present yourself and your life in connection with education and work. It should have information about what you can do and what you have done. It should be simple and a maximum of two pages. Customize your resume to the position you are applying for so that the information is up to date and relevant.
Application – In Norway, it is common to apply together with a CV. In the application, you will argue your motivation for applying for the job, why you should get the job, by showing what you have done before, and why you are qualified for the job. Remember that the application does not have to repeat what is in the CV, but it can elaborate some points.
If you have sparce experience in writing applications, creating CVs or maybe you need training in job interview, then there are several tips and advice online or free offers in the form of courses. Caritas Norway has several free offers such as job seeking course, work mentor, computer course, and individual guidance and much more. Check out Carita’s website for more information or contact us here on chat.
NAV can help you with guidance on job search and working life. There is a NAV office in each municipality. NAV offers competency-enhancing courses: for example, accounting courses, nursing and care courses, kindergarten courses, café and canteen courses, job clubs, etc. NAV helps you with CVs and job applications. NAV can also help you find practice (similar to an internship) and work. Click here for more info: www.nav.no
Rights as an employee in Norway
It is important that you are familiar with your rights as an employee in Norway, especially when you have been offered a job and must sign a contract of employment. The Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority gives you all the necessary information about what rights you have in relation to various issues related to work such as employment contract, salary, holiday, pension etc. At Caritas guidance / chat service we can help you by answering your questions regarding your working conditions and your rights in Norway. LO has created a useful job guide that gives you an overview of your most important rights.