Tips for job seekers
It may take some time to get a job so you should start as early as possible with the job seeking process. If it is your last year as student you should start now.
Identify what you want out of your education
What is most important for you in a job? Download our form to be more conscious about what you value and what motivates you.
Start by reading job announcements
To know your job opportunities you should start reading job announcements. Here you will find specific job tasks in a particular position. Your skills may most likely be tranferrable and vital for a number of different jobs and industries. Therefore, you may have more opportunities than first presumed. Read more about how to describe your competence.
Analyse the job announcement:
- What information do you get about the job? Do you get information about how the job will be carried out, type of business organisation, the work environment, payment, and benefits?
- What specific tasks are you expected to perform and what are your responibilities?
- What qualifications are they looking for? Remember there is a difference between required and desired qualifications.
- Save the announcement. It may dissapear, and you really want to have it if you are invited to an interview.
Get knowledge about the company
Stay updated on news from your field of interest and get to know companies where you consider to apply for a job. Maybe you know someone working there? Find companys on internet and read about their visions, values and projects. Take notes of questions you may have and call the contact person for the available job or ask educated questions in an interview.
Stay updated on the labor marked througout your studies by reading job announcements and participate in career faires. In that way you can get knowledge about job opportunities, you will know what the employers are looking for and you may get contacts that result in relevant internships or jobs after graduation.
Job search in Social Media
- Clean up your profiles. You will probably be googled
- Create a LinkedIn profile and follow companies you are ineterested in. Be active by posting and participating in group conversations. Demonstrate your engagement and dare to share knowledge and experience. Think about what and how you write, considering who might read it.
- Choose your social media platforms - what is the right platform for your goals? Use the platforms to make your CV available and remenber to update it.
- You might want to make a short video to present yourself effectively (15-20 sec).
Get involved and create your own career opportunities while studying
Meet Phillip Keck, who came to NTNU from the US to study Structural Chemistry. Although he came here for the research, he is also using his network at NTNU to improve his chances of getting a job.
Jobs in Norway
Whether you want an intership, part-time job or a full-time job, you might find English speaking opportunities in Norway here:
- NTNU Bridge, NTNUs own careers portal
- Internships Graduateland
- nav.no (write english in the search field)
- Student jobs at NTNU
- You can also contact recruitment agencies
Part-time job: It may be challenging, but absolutely possible, to find a part time job as an non-Norwegian speaking student in Norway. Set realistic expectations for your chances in the local job market. Norwegian language or another Scandinavian language is often a prerequisite for obtaining a job. However, some positions, e.g. in the hotel and restaurant industry, the tourist industry and in some positions in the university, accept that you only speak English. Yet, even basic language skills in Norwegian may improve your options!
Work in Norway. The official Guide (NAV)
Work permit (UDI)
Create an LinkedIn Profile
Employers can find you on LinkedIn and yoy can find jobs of interest. Make sure you complete your profile, with information about your education, experience and competence. Some useful tips:
- Choose an appropriate photo of yourself where you look professional
- Make a great headline and consider keywords, so that recruiters will find your profile and quickly see why you are relevant for them
- The summary should be short and precise with key skills, unique qualifications and your work passions
- Write short descriptions in the background sections. It may be a good idea to use bullet points
- But do not forget to show who you are – let your personality shine through (your values, passion and skills)
- Make projects you have worked on visible (links, videos, presentations, articles etc)
- Choose some skills that describes your competence (not to many), and remember that they are keywords as well
- Do not forget your language skills
- Get and give endorsements
- Participate in relevant groups
- Remove anything unnecessary