- I didn’t speak Norwegian fluently
- My professional network consisted of two people (family)
- The country was facing a recession
- I wanted to work in the industry hardest hit by the recession
– Joseph Campbell
That’s when I became obsessed with finding a better way of finding a job. I read as many job-hunting books, blog posts, and articles as I could. I experimented with every technique. I had nothing to lose. What I ended up discovering was a simple process based on three ‘secrets’ that has changed my career and my life in Norway.
How to Get a Job In Norway
I didn’t change my profile, only my job-hunting approach.
Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the CV being obsolete after an article on the subject in DN. Yet there’s much life left in the CV because there’s 1,000+ ways to write one. However, when I’m a job hunter in Norway, I’ve found that it’s not the right tool for me.
Instead I created a simple one-pager that captures my skill strengths, interests and work environment preferences that intrigues hiring managers. What many hiring managers have said, is that this one-pager is what they would have written down as their interview notes.
The Career Outline has become my secret weapon (secret #2) to gaining valuable career advice that has pointed me in the direction of the unadvertised jobs (remember that’s 60%+ of the Norwegian job market).
The third secret is having a referral blueprint. Have you ever noticed how someone looks at you when you ask them for a job? You shouldn’t be surprised because you’re asking them to put their reputation at risk for you. I never ask contacts for a lead to a job because the chances of landing one is thinner than Donald Trump’s hairline.
Instead each meeting with a hiring manager is carefully crafted to build trust so that at the end I have a good chance of landing 2 or more referrals. (The current record of referrals is held by one of my students in Norway. She landed 9 referrals from one executive!) Why are referrals so important?
Remember I didn’t have a network and nor did I have time to build my own. My best strategy was to piggy-back on the existing networks of industry veterans in Norway by knowing how to consistently get referrals. Did it work? Within 5 weeks I landed 34 interviews with hiring managers.
Sure beats waiting for my dream job to show up on Finn.no.
The truth is, had I not hit the wall trying to find a job in Norway, I would have settled for any job. Little did I know that the mud on my face from stumbling 15 years ago, would shape the careers of thousands of job seekers around the world (107 countries and counting!).
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