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March 19, 2013

Yesterday, I went to meet the lovely people at the chamber of commerce for some extra advice. (Do make an appointment if you plan to do the same)

I learned the following; to not waste your time applying for hundreds of jobs posted in Norwegian and translated in Google chrome or with another app. The rule is that if the vacancy is posted in Norwegian, it requires Norwegian skills most of the time.

Apply only for posts written in English, they are pretty rare, but if you do come across one, your chances will be much higher.

Spend the time you saved by the above to learn the language. With a little bit of dedication, you can be fluent after 6 months.

We know already that it takes a Norwegian an average of 6 months to find a job and if you don’t speak Β the language it will take much longer in most cases, which means: you DO have the time to study or it will just be a waste.

Another link to a free online Norwegian course by the University of Trondheim:

At the library you can also find language courses and rent them out for 8 weeks at once.

I went for a membership yesterday, free of charge and it was easy to subscribe. (I used my European driving license)

I came out with a Norwegian interactive CD-rom and a book on baking cakes!

I thought I’d satisfy the domesticated housewife in me and give it a go. I have this strange idea that making cupcakes – no matter how big the mess you make – looks cute. πŸ™‚

The book I borrowed is called “Saved by Cake” by Mariam Keyes; she was in a depression when she started baking and it’s written in a funny, idiot-proof kind of way.

So if you’re getting frustrated by job-hunting, get baking!

I’m happy about all of you who sent me messages talking about your similar experiences. It’s nice to make new friends!

In the meantime, make sure your CV is up to Norwegian standards (brief and to the point) and use the info about your additional qualities for your cover letter.

So that’s all you need to do: create a new CV, apply only to vacancies posted in English, study Norwegian and bake a cake or two!

Good luck πŸ˜‰


From → Jobs, Norway, Stavanger

  1. I’m about to embark on the overseas job hunt (in Hong Kong) too. I know it will be a long road so I’m very happy to fill the time with baking!

    • That’s awesome! I’m taking my first baby steps, you’ll read how it goes πŸ™‚
      Good luck with the move and everything and post your baking tips πŸ˜‰

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