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Job-hunting is on!

March 11, 2013

Stavanger, makes its name as “Oil capital of Norway” proud!

As a wife of an oil field guy, it seems a bit harder to find a job here!

Among 1000 job vacancies, 999 are in the oil industry.

Although Stavanger welcomes many tourists in the summer season, my strong experience in tourism seems to be rather useless in finding a job.

Most jobs out of the oil & gas industry require fluent Norwegian language skills and I speak only Dutch, French, German and English.

So what to do?

-Tourism is not the only field I can work in. Sales & Marketing can take me pretty much everywhere, right?

-I have a strong background in coaching employees and affinity for HR.

-I have a teaching certificate for teaching English if nothing better comes up.

I’d rather have a challenging position doing something I love, than teach to just earn a living.

Same goes for working in retail sales. The salaries aren’t great and the positions not really a challenge.

Many suggest trying to find a position in the oil companies anyway; business operations and administration are not really strangers to me…would that be a good idea?

But how and where to start?

I’ve sent open applications to all travel agencies and I’ve created profiles on local recruitment websites.

I will start a Norwegian course after easter.

I guess I’ll start networking and making myself visible and available.

Do you have a nice idea, job offer or know someone who knows someone who knows someone?

I’d love to get some feedback from people with similar experiences or tips!

Get in touch!

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