Working Life

Job search

Even though the unemployment rate in Norway is low, there can be much competition for certain jobs. Those wanting a job in Norway need to be proactive. It is important to take advantage of your contacts and network and show that you are interested in finding a job. Many job openings are announced online or in the newspaper.

Once you have found a position of interest, you need to fill out an application and submit your curriculum vitae. . A CV provides an overview of who you are, what kind of education you have and what you have done. It is important to spend time on preparing a good application so that you may be invited for an interview with the employer.

Before going to the interview, it is important to be well prepared. Find out all you can about the company. You can probably find information online or you could ask someone who is familiar with the company.

Think about how you might answer the interview questions. What do you think the interviewer will ask you about? How will you answer?


Job application

A job application contains the following information:

  • A brief introduction to you as a person and your current job or activities
  • A summary of your professional background
  • Why you are a suitable candidate for the position

It is common to apply for jobs electronically through websites or by e-mail.

Curriculum Vitae

A curriculum vitae is a written summary of your education and work experience. It should contain the following information:

  • Personal details
  • Key qualifications
  • Education
  • Professional experience
  • Other relevant information about you
  • References

Job interviewing tips

  • Be on time to the interview. Beforehand, find out where the company is located and how to get there.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and consider the impression you wish to give.
  • A firm handshake and eye contact are important.
  • Be positive, smile and try to interact as much as possible with the person interviewing you.