Employment Experience in Norway: Applying

    In response to, unfortunately, the closed topic of the original resume in the form of a USB card, I decided to describe my private experience in finding employment in Norway. Norway is one of the most stable countries for living and working, therefore, many who decide to work abroad choose Norway. I can immediately say that employment in Norway is not an easy task. Here there are certain rules in employment and certain phenomena and pitfalls in the work market.
    In general, Norwegians are thoroughly suitable for employment. Students long before graduation begin to think about employment and are looking for their desired job. The usual way is to get a job for the summer, get to know the company, make contacts. Norway most often chooses this course, for most foreign students this path is not accessible, since they are poorly oriented in the local "working" kitchen.
    Throughout the school year, many student and para-student organizations conduct free employment courses and trainings. I attended several such courses. Once there was a general course on writing the right resume, once there was a course on behavior at an interview, and once I was on a course on getting a job for students of technical specialties. All these courses are held quite regularly (2-3 times a month), and are enrolled in the courses about a month before the course (read - the turn for a month). In addition, most universities have job placement centers. Their task is simple - they collect information from recruitment agencies, conduct job placement courses, proofread student resumes, and conduct training interviews for students who have received interview invitations. This is done completely free of charge and their goal is to reduce the time between graduation and getting a job. In addition, they explain the rules of conduct in the labor market. By the way, it is on the basis of these rules that I consider a USB business card summary a bad decision.


    Norwegians love an error-free resume with some common template. Pan-European standard templates are accepted, oddly enough, with skepticism. The Norwegian template is not standardized, but the style should be preserved throughout the resume. Mandatory information:
    • education (up to grades 10-11 of secondary school). Be sure to indicate what was the topic of the diploma, what was the specialization. It is desirable that education reflect the vacancy requirement.
    • work experience (not even significant, not related to education and vacancy, for example, for an IT worker - a waiter in a restaurant). Such work experience is important to emphasize some personal qualities. So - work while studying requires at least organization from the person, experience in communicating with people is important. They pay attention to this.
    • list of abilities in IT . This field, in some respects, is atavism. At the dawn of computerization, it was important what programs people can use. For most techies, this is not very relevant, since any required software or language can be mastered quickly, but nevertheless, this field is important when selecting a resume.
    • publication . It may sound loud, but every normal job seeker should have one. This is due to the fact that every diploma in Norway falls into a single inter-university library and can be found. The presence of this publication in some way increases the credibility of education. For scientific and semi-scientific specialties this is extremely important.
    • hobby. A very short note about yourself and your hobbies. You can say about your favorite sports. Here is just the place where you can be original.
    • recommenders. A list of people with their phone numbers who can talk about you. You must be connected with these people through education (for example, your supervisor), or work experience (head). It is desirable to have such people at least 3 and no more than 4. It is advisable to have a letter of recommendation from each of them.
    Resume size - maximum 1 sheet (2 pages). If it doesn’t fit in, feel free to delete what is less significant. All that will not go on 1 sheet, read, most likely, will not be.
    As we were explained at various courses (and it is just the people involved in recruiting), a resume (or Curriculum Vitae) is the key to the preliminary selection of candidates. The work of the personnel manager is very expensive, therefore, the preliminary selection is carried out by the one who receives less - that is, the secretary. His work boils down to printing out resumes that have arrived by e-mail, sending out notifications that the resume has been registered, throwing out the resume if it does not arrive on time (yes, that's right, if the resume is late - then its likely way is to go to the trash bin without looking to the content). As well as reconciliation of information from the resume with your list. Very creative resumes may not work ... It is believed that a creative person should be creative in a work assignment, and not in a resume. The summary should be, first of all, order and maximum human comprehensibility. It was from excessive creativity on cautioned in the courses. In addition, many do not have the goal of hiring a better candidate. Often there is a failure due to overly high qualifications. The candidate must fulfill his obligations in good quality for reasonable money. In addition, a person must love his job. If the employee is capable and wants to do more than the employer offers him, then the employee will very quickly become not interested and he will leave.
    Further, if the resume has been pre-selected, the entire package of documents falls on the table to the HR manager. Here the second part of the application enters the game, namely:
    • application for a job. The application should be in a free form, where you need to state who you are, where you find out about the vacancy, why you are suitable. The application must be with a heading (from whom, to whom, for which vacancy) and a maximum of 2/3 pages - the text of the letter. The text should be such that from the second or third line the applicant should make it clear that he is an actual candidate. As a rule, it starts like this: “After reading there and there an advertisement about a vacancy for such and such, I became interested and decided to submit an application. I am an experienced programmer with those and those skills and am very interested in trying my hand at such a great organization like yours. ” After that, you need to confirm your experience and disclose with confirmation your personal qualities. If an HR specialist has read your letter to the end - 80% of the path to the interview is covered.
    • diploma.Rather, a printout of graduation marks. An important part. As a rule, in the absence of work experience, this is the only document confirming your qualifications. Norway has a score system from A to F. A - excellent mark, F-failed exam. A state recommendation on university grades says that ratings should be tailored so that AE grades are shared normally. In fact, everything turns out wrong, and when assessing masters (masters) at universities, teachers tend to overestimate the ball. Therefore, the distribution is strongly biased in A and B, and Norwegian employers are completely spoiled by these estimates. CD corresponds to our four. When translating Russian certificates, it is better to immediately adapt the grades to the letter scale, since in the Norwegian universities there was a fractional number scale until 2003, where the highest score corresponded to the worst result. Below-average grades may raise questions at the interview. We must be able to explain. Moreover, life explanations, for example, broke with a friend before the exam, will be perceived better than the explanation - "poorly prepared."
    • letters of recommendation. They should describe your previous work tasks, and describe how you dealt with them. If there is no work experience, and there are no letters from the leaders, there should be a letter from the head of the thesis. They can call those who recommended you and ask additionally. These people should be warned in advance. It is very important.
    After sending the application, it is necessary to confirm its receipt. Usually, the employer himself writes a letter stating that the application has been received and will be considered. If such a letter did not arrive within two weeks, you need to call and confirm receipt. I have had cases where the letter was simply lost, went to spam. For vacancies usually set the deadline for submission of documents. Until the end of this period, no one will deal with your application. After this period, a surprisingly long time can pass. After 2-3 weeks, if there was no answer, you can ask about the status. Once I was informed about the refusal after 5 months. At that time, as it turned out, they refused only because they did not quite understand my resume. There is a friend who received an offer to come for an interview in 8 (!) Months. This is due to local features.

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