Jobs in Norway

  1. Four months is quite short. It took me about a year to find a good job. At the end of the day though, you and your partner have to work as a team in hard times. If that’s the case, I’m sure something will eventually come your way as it did for me.

  2. I think a year is a bit too long for me to wait for something, I’m already super stressed about having not found anything. I was laid of the year before because of covid so it’s not just the four months I e been unemployed in Norway, it’s been over a year

  3. I feel for you, Im a norwegian with a specific educational degree, and I always fall between two chairs (thats a norwegian expression) on the job market. Always have to weasel my way in somewhere, usually by first volunteering and proving my worth or ask Nav to help me in some kind of business/facility for a few months, and make connections through that. I've had to do this since my late teens, because besides my degree, I suspect people find me weird when they first meet me, I mean, I cant just be that unlucky that no one chooses me after an interview. It's very, very hard. Nepotism is also very strong everywhere in this country, I hate that and am so jealous of people who have family that just get them in anywhere.

  4. I've never heard of Saniteten but I will give that a try, I've gotten jobs through volunteering before so maybe that will work for me. At least give me something to do :)

  5. I have a D number, registered with NAV and Manpower although they just seem to email me potential jobs I could apply for, which so far I’ve been doing! I’d love to start my own business someday, mainly for the work-for-yourself benefits in just not sure what I would do yet

  6. I think it depends on where in Norway you are based too. Are you in a major city or in a smaller kommune? We found finding work in big cities much easier as they are often hubs for international businesses. Also, spend every waking moment you aren't job hunting learning Norwegian and taking your norskprøve exams so you can add them to your CV. Also, get your CV written up in Norwegian (and checked by a Norwegian), it's your first impression and it helps.

  7. Oslo :) Ive thought about joining a club for sports but I’m extremely introverted lol still learning what networking is all about. I felt a bit weird applying to random jobs outside of my field because it’s not really my dream to work at these places but I guess I can’t be picky right now :)

  8. I don't think it's stated often enough how unforgiving the norwegian job market is today. Even locals are battling it out for low-skilled jobs in certain areas, and most young norwegians have realized that you're going to have a hard time without a college/university degree or a trade school diploma. The restaurant and food industry seems to be the easiest for non-native speakers, but that won't guarantee you a full-time job or even a living wage.

  9. To be honest what I would do if I were you is apply for grocery store work storage work anywhere any store. Get a job at any type of store and so forth and while you have that job which helps you be busy and gets your extra money, keep looking for a job that is within your degree, And when you find a job that has your degree you apply for it. The one issue is also depends on what city you live in. You could literally have a PhD in the Norwegian city and from and you would lose against John because he knows the uncle of one of the guys that works there

  10. Do you go to Norwegian course? It is usually offered by the municipality and quite cheap. I took the course when I arrived and it was 20 hours a week, so it kept me busy and I improved my Norwegian language extremely fast. After a few months I applied at the supermarket and got the job.

  11. Every little town has a Saniteten, a female run organisation that raises money for both national and international causes, through hosting activities, making and selling stuff, and also (if the individual member wishes), you can join in on conferences, classes, whatever, to educate yourself about social issues. Its been around since the 1800s, but they are not succeeding in pulling in younger crowds or letting themselves be known. Saniteten around the country are almost always a group of old ladies, like 60-70+ years. The saniteten I was in was really trying, and had gathered a good group of 40-50yo's. But they really struggled with the old school/new school dynamic. I had to leave. (I was way younger btw, so they really didnt know what to do with me). But I think Saniteten is an admirable institution despite my experience, it should be filled with vibrant, forward thinking young people (also old people of course, as long as they dont sabotage with their century old shit that doesnt work anymore).

  12. Non profits like Norsk Folkehjelp, Røde kors and Caritas. And I agree OP should join one of them. Without language and norwegian referances it is extremely hard to get a job.

  13. Have you tried tempwork agencies? I was primarily looking on Finn for jobs in the beginning and it was dire. After I called and made an appointment at a temp agency I was offered a job within two weeks and was working within a month. Call them and introduce yourself in person.

  14. I’ve never done that, I sent my CV to manpower and a few others but haven’t called or made an appointment with anyone

  15. I recall from my childhood my mom being depressed and beating herself up every single evening for 2 years it felt like. She was declined all jobs she applied to with a bachelors in marketing. I don’t know how it is for you or what it’s like now in general. I think Norwegians hesitate to employ anyone who speaks the language poorly or even with an accent. I know it is anecdotal but I see this where I work as well. So my tip would be to really work on the language

  16. Honestly I met a lot of people who are well qualified in their home country but in Norway they work in Logent, as a cleaner, or do UberEats cos they couldn't find a job. Maybe you can try that, as a starting point. Other thing I know is a lot of Indian restaurants hire people without Norwegian skill for menial jobs- you can find job ads in Facebook groups like "Indians in Oslo" etc

  17. One way to avoid the rat race is to start a business in your area of competency. If you can’t find an employer, become one.

  18. The bureaucracy invoked in starting and maintaining a company in Norway is such a pain in the neck. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone without a network unless you have a guaranteed income that would let you pay for accounting and such from day one.

  19. You could look into doing some volunteer work while job hunting, you'd have something to do and if you're lucky you might make connections to get a proper job.

  20. I’m actually looking into getting a masters degree, the only thing is I do t like my current field so I would have to start all over with a new bachelors and I’m not sure I’m willing to invest the time. I would have to learn Norwegian and then after becoming fluent enough to learn in Norwegian take a new Bachelors. It’s an option I’m considering though. I didn’t know about the nursing homes but I applied to help with English classes as a volunteer so hopefully that leads to something!

  21. Pretty sure you can get a job working roof (taktekker), scaffolding (Stillas) or as a cleaner (renhold) pretty damn fast in Oslo. Im from Canada aswell eh. I love working here vs back home.

  22. There is probably a lot of jobs in restaurants, bars and hotel (service industry in general) soon as a lot of workers have found new occasions during lock down. I know for a fact that event industry needs people, but mainly experienced.

  23. Because ‘expat’ is short for ‘expatriate’ and the word means “Someone who lives outside their native country” (Oxford English Dictionary). So for many people ‘expatriate’ and ‘migrant’ are synonyms. You are free to use them in different ways, but there is nothing wrong with using them synonymously.

  24. Which is stupid. The best things for our country would be if we were born 20 years old and fully educated. Immigration is the second best thing.

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