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The 3 Secrets To Finding A Great Job In Norway In Tough Times

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Is there a quick way to find a great job in Norway during a down economy? There is and I want to share it with you. I figured this out the hard way. I was unemployed for 8 months, and got rejected 63  times before I learned the quick way.  As an immigrant, I had a long list of reasons for why I couldn’t succeed with finding a job in Norway.
  • 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
When I started job-hunting in Norway, I was naive as young boy on his first date. Yet, I was still hopefully despite the obstacles. That was until after 8 months of searching. I looked at the pile of rejection letters and counted 63 of them. 63 rejections and not a single interview. I felt the last drop of hope disappear when in an act of desperation I applied to work as a delivery boy for Aftenposten (I had a MSc from BI). Even Aftenposten didn’t want me on their team. “Where you stumble is where your treasure lies.”

– Joseph Campbell

Little did I know how correct Joseph Campbell was. Rejection #63 was my turning point. I had stumbled and fallen. I  was laying face first in the mud. Sometimes you have to hit the wall to become open minded to other ideas.

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

Finding a job in Norway can be challenging without a network

The first secret is that 60%+ of the jobs in Norway are not advertised. When I recently met with Einar Wergeland-Jenssen, CEO of AS3 Norge, an outplacement and career development service, he said the number is closer to 75%! What this means to an immigrant without a network or even a  Norwegian transitioning to a new industry, is that only a fraction of the jobs available are advertised online. After discovering a simple technique for getting access to existing professional networks, I’ve landed 107 meetings with hiring managers as high up as the CIO of Norsk Hydro, partners in major consulting companies, partners within the 7 largest venture capital companies in Norway, CEOs, CFOs, project managers, account managers, engineers, and entrepreneurs. I’ve never been rejected when asking for a meeting – not once.

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.

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The Best Job Hunting Books You Should Own

Job Hunting Book| Ian Jenkins

Which of the 13,223 job-hunting books on Amazon.com is going to help you land your next job? When I look at my bookshelf next to my desk, I wonder if I haven’t bought them all, plus a few more.

“In just one week, 26 new books were added to the ‘job hunting’ category on Amazon!

How can you keep up?”

 The job hunting books that rise to the top of my list provide valuable insights, different perspectives, or an unconventional tactic that I have used to help land a job opportunity. In the early days of my book collection, I remember glancing through a $7 negotiation book for tactics moments before negotiating my salary at a fast growing IT company. When the HR Director presented the offer over the phone, I used one of the tactics and added another $9832 to my salary.

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Why Rejection Is Not The Toughest Part Of The Job Hunt

Job rejection | Ian Jenkins

Most people think rejection from employers is the most emotionally painful part of job hunting. It’s not. After graduation, I was unemployed for several months in the midst of an economic downturn. During that tough time, I learned many painful lessons. Rejections from companies was hugely disappointing, however there was something even more painful, which I felt on a daily basis.

Job rejection | Ian Jenkins

When I graduated from college, I looked to the future with a twinkle in my eye. My optimism was shattered when Microsoft announced it’s first profit warning in a decade.This started the fast decline in the tech sector in what we now call the ‘doc.com bubble’. Although it happened many years ago, the financial crisis of 2007-2009 and the oil industries trouble in 2015 all share the same characteristics – lay-offs, slashed hiring budgets, and extraordinarily difficult job-hunting conditions.

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How To Land Your Dream Job Without Applying For A Job

Dream Job | Ian Jenkins

Ask career changers what consumes most of their time and they’ll say “searching for jobs” or “(re)writing my resume.” Unfortunately what takes up time and creates value are very different in a job hunt. Of all the activities in job-hunting, there is one that acts as the tipping point. It requires a small change in strategy, but has a disproportionate impact (up to 21x) on a job-hunter’s ability to land their dream job.

Dream Job | Ian JenkinsThe one measurable activity that has a disproportionate impact on a job-hunters success is face-to-face time with hiring managers. Despite jobs being distributed across more online platforms, hiring people is still a face-to-face process. By focusing on this metric of job-hunting success, it becomes easier to experiment with unconventional approaches for landing meetings with hiring managers.

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