Where to find job vacancies in Norway?

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Tips for foreign job seekers.

Internet

The majority of vacancies in Norway are listed on the Internet.

  • On NAV’s website you can search for jobs, register your CV and record permanent jobs searches. The service is only in Norwegian. Vacancies on nav.no in English are to be found here.
  • You can also search in various languages for jobs in Norway at http://eures.europa.eu.
  • Many Norwegian companies have their own websites, and these sometimes advertise vacancies not featured anywhere else. Use the Norwegian on-line Yellow Pages to find addresses: www.gulesider.no.
  • Most jobs are also listed on www.finn.no/jobb
  • You can also look for jobs in Norway on the website of the employment services in your home country.

Media

Many Norwegian newspapers advertise job vacancies.The largest national newspaper for job listings is Aftenposten. You can find an overview of Norwegian newspapers at www.norske-aviser.com.

Trade Unions

Trade Unions are good sources of information. Unions in your own country may have links with their counterpart organisations in Norway. Membership of a trade union is not obligatory, but is very common. Some unions publish magazines that advertise vacancies in their industry.

  • LO – the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions is the largest confederation of trade unions. This organisation can provide an overview of the various trade unions in Norway, depending on the sector you work in.
  • UNIO is Norway’s second largest trade union confederation. UNIO has many members who work in teaching, nursing and the police.
  • Akademikerne is a trade union confederation, whose members are professionals with higher education.
  • YS (Yrkesorganisasjonenes  Fellesforbund)  is another large trade union confederation. YS consists of 23 federations covering different  employment sectors

Private recruitment agencies

Foreign job seekers have the option of signing up with private recruitment agencies. The recruitment agencies often specialises in particular industries and professions. The agencies are listed in the Yellow Pages on the Internet: www.gulesider.no (search for “rekruttering” or “vikartjenester”).

General job applications

Norway also has an informal market for job vacancies, i.e. vacancies that are not registered with any organisation or otherwise advertised. To pick up on these vacancies, one way is to send out general job applications to any company of interest. You should also make a follow-up call to the company after you have sent your application. If you want to send a general job application to selected companies. Remember to bring your CV, in Norwegian or English, with references and diplomas, etc. 

Most of the information is available here in English. There are also links to other more detailed information; however, some of this information is only available in Norwegian.