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Nine tips for finding a job in Norway

The process of finding work as a newcomer to Norway can be time consuming and lead to a number of dead ends. But don’t be discouraged, writes Agnes Erickson.

Nine tips for finding a job in Norway
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There are plenty of methods to try and some of them can lead to making new friends. Here are a few tips that are specific to Norway and finding work. 

The right type of CV

Your CV tells potential employers a bit about who you are and provides them with important information like your education and work experience.

The Norwegian Labour and Welfare administration (NAV) notes that when writing a CV for employers in Norway, it’s advisable to keep things short and relevant: one to two pages maximum.

State your personal information such as your name and email and telephone number at the top, followed by your education, work experience, and extra courses or skills you have at the end. Keep it clean and use a normal font and size.

Remember, it is important to make your CV most relevant to the job you are applying for, so it may require a few adjustments before sending it in.  Get a family member or friend to proofread your resume before sending it into a company or making it available online. This is a future employer’s first impression of you so try your best to make it error free. 

It is common for employers to ask for references in Norway. You can list them directly on your CV or wait until you are asked. Either way, have them readily available in case you find a job opportunity quicker than expected. 

Use your contacts and hobbies

Networking is key in this country! This is true for both Norwegian speakers and non-Norwegian speakers.

Utilise your existing relationships to make new contacts. Using your hobbies as a springboard could be an excellent way to get started. If you are interested in squash for example, become a member of the local club and initiate matches with other members. Not only will you be more relaxed in making connections because you’re doing something you love, but you’re also opening the door for job opportunities. 

If you are a student

People granted study permits in Norway are allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week in addition to their studies. That is increased to full-time work during holidays.

As the University of Oslo points out, job opportunities may be limited for students without knowledge of Norwegian. But that doesn’t mean there’s no hope at all.

READ ALSO: Do you really need to speak Norwegian to work in Norway?

Luckily, you don’t have to look too far if you are a student on the hunt for a job. Your campus is most likely an excellent job searching arena. There are many jobs based on campus that are available just for students. They’re convenient and likely easier to attain if it is a position strictly available for those who are studying. 

Familiarising yourself with your campus’s career centre can provide a great resource. Not only do they post jobs and host career fairs, they can also help you tailor your resume and offer interview help. 

Finn and other job recruitment websites

Finn.no is by far the most popular website used for job hunters in Norway. There is no English version, but it is easy to navigate even if you don’t understand Norwegian. If you type in your desired job in English or Norwegian in the search key, it will most likely show up.

The site may be in Norwegian, but there are job listings posted in different languages and positions available in other working languages besides Norwegian.

Other job recruitment sites worth trying are jobzone.no and arbeidsplassen.no.

According to NAV, arbeidsplassen.no is where you will find the most complete overview of vacancies in all of Norway. 

Municipality websites

There are a lot of public jobs within municipalities (local administrations) that only get posted on the municipality’s own website. Oslo Municipality has over 50,000 employees and promotes a broad range of available positions on its jobs page. This is not just particular to Oslo. Many municipalities choose to only advertise certain jobs through their own websites. 

Keep your CV on the public setting

When you make an account with job recruitment websites like Finn and Arbeidsplassen, make sure and have a CV uploaded or filled out along with the rest of your account details. This makes for a quicker and more efficient job application process and comes with another bonus: many recruitment websites, like the two listed above, have the option of making your CV public or private.

If you make your CV public, then you are more available for job recruiters to find you!  A lot of companies will hire recruitment agencies to find the best possible candidate for them so be public with your CV.

Company websites

Companies sometimes take a while to advertise a new job opening. You may have a better chance if you make contact before a listing has been posted. Even if they do not have an available position, you have put your name and CV in the right place, making you more memorable for future positions. Perhaps you can even get a dialogue started with an associate working there.

Any response is better than no response! If you get a message back saying there are no current openings, respond with your appreciation for the update and take the chance to reassure them on why you are the perfect candidate.  

Talk to people

Talk to your friends, neighbours, the person you were chatting about the weather with on the bus. Be vocal about your hunt for work. If people are aware you are looking for work, they will naturally think of you if they hear of an opportunity. There is no taboo or shame in this country in admitting that you are arbeidsledig or available for work. If people see that you are actively searching for a position, most are willing to help.

Social Media

Social media has become a major player in the job-hunting game in many countries and this goes for Norway’s society as well. Check your Facebook for specific groups posting available jobs, including on groups like English Speaking Jobs in Norway, Babysitting and tutoring in Oslo, and Jobb i Oslo.

Linkedin is also a popular website for both employers and employees in this country. And just like in your personal life, make it known in your online presence that you are looking for a job.

READ ALSO: What are the perks of working in Norway?

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How and where to get the cheapest fuel in Norway

Norway is leading the pack when it comes to the sales of new electric vehicles. In fact, nearly 60 percent of all new car sales in this country are electric. But for petrol and diesel car owners who have yet to make the switch, knowing when and where to find the cheapest fuel can end up saving you thousands of kroner.

A petrol station in Norway in 2021. Refuelling your car is a pricey business in the Nordic country, but there are ways to limit costs.
A petrol station in Norway in 2021. Refuelling your car is a pricey business in the Nordic country, but there are ways to limit costs. Photo by Malik Skydsgaard on Unsplash

Why is it so expensive to fuel up?

Fuel – gasoline, petrol and diesel — is an expensive monthly bill for many. Norway typically has some of the highest fuel prices in Europe. The at-times sky high prices are mainly due to taxes on fuel imposed by the government, as well as the usual international market factors.

The Norwegian Competition Authority or Konkurransetilsynet recently stated that it is perhaps now more important than ever before to be aware of the ever changing fuel prices.

We have registered price differences of 2-3 kroner in the same local area. There is undoubtedly money to be saved by following along,” said Marita Skjæveland, deputy leader of the Norwegian Competition Authority’s energy section to broadcaster TV2.

The average price to fuel up between the months of July to October this year was 18.8 kroner per litre (2.26 dollars or 1.94 euros). 

READ ALSO: Five things that are becoming more expensive in Norway (and why)

Does it matter which day you fuel up?

As of writing, routinely fueling your vehicle on a specific day of the week will likely no longer save you money. 

“We see that the players in the market still raise prices two to three times a week, but that it happens on different days from week to week,” Skjæveland told TV2. The competition analyst added that by the end of the year, fixed price increases may also happen over the weekend. As such, it’s important to stay updated not only on the weekdays, but on the weekends as well.

Previously, Sunday evenings and early on Monday mornings used to be known as the cheapest time to fill your vehicle’s tank with petrol or diesel.  This is now a practice of the past. 

Where can I find cheap petrol prices online?

Hunting for the cheapest fuel prices in Norway is quite common. It’s also a normal discussion to have with your neighbours and colleagues. So don’t be worried about appearing ‘cheap’ if you want to talk about the high price of fuel. Or share which local petrol stations you have noticed to be less expensive. 

You can check Facebook for groups that are committed to informing the public on where to find the cheapest petrol stations. 

For Oslo and its surrounding areas, you can try here, and if you live in or are driving through the south of Norway, check here.

Drivestoff is an app designed to compare prices of petrol stations you will drive by on your journey so you can plan ahead to get the cheapest fuel. You can find more information and download the app here.

You can also save money by looking for a queue of cars at a petrol station. Yes, it may be just busy. But oftentimes, a queue is a signal for cheaper petrol prices. 

Memberships and credit cards can save you money on fuel

If you’re in the market for a credit card, look for one that might save you money on fuel. Credit cards such as 365 Direct and Flexi VISA will give you good discount options at all petrol stations. If you have a particular station you always fill up at, such as a YX, you can sign up for the company’s credit card to receive discounts on fuel. 

There are also benefits to be had if you sign up for a credit card or a drivstoffkort or “fuel card”.

A drivstoffkort is a special credit card which you use to pay when refuelling your vehicle. The cards generally only work at the stations run by the company to which the card belongs. Different deals and types of card are available, depending on the company.

Specific deals on credit card and drivstoffkort discounts can be found (in Norwegian) here

You can sometimes use membership cards with grocery stores or real estate organisations to give you discounts on fuel. For example, the Coop Medlemskort will save you 45 øre when filling up at Circle K petrol stations. Trumf kortet, which is associated with the chains Kiwi, Meny, Joker and Spar, gives you bonuses when you fill up at Shell stations. OBOS members receive a 27 øre discount on petrol and diesel at both Statoil and 1-2-3-Automat stations. 

Where can I get the lowest priced petrol?

Petrol stations in Norway are extremely competitive. There is no one company that is known to sell gasoline or diesel cheaper than the others

Like many other goods, fuel prices around Norway will rise and fall with demand. Typically, fuel stations located in mountainous towns or areas that heavily rely on tourism will have more expensive fuel. If you’re on holiday in such a town or area, and can wait to fuel up when you get to a more trafficked motorway, it will likely save you money. 

Petrol stations that don’t have employees on location tend to be slower at increasing their prices to match the competition. So if you know you’ll be passing by an ubemannet or “unstaffed” petrol station on your trip, it may be cost-effective to wait and fill up there. 

Consider how much time you want to invest

Joining the hunt for cheaper fuel may not be for everyone. It is time consuming, and admittedly hard to achieve due to the ever-changing prices. If you are not dependent on your vehicle for your daily commute and don’t often drive long distances, fueling up at your local gas station may be the best choice. 

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