What are the dos and don'ts of finding a job in Norway?

Hello everyone,

Where is the best place to start when looking for a job in Norway? Is it better to job-hunt by directly contacting the company of your interest, or should job-seekers rely on a recruitment agency, for example?

Are there any unique aspects that job-seekers should consider when preparing their CV/résumé and cover letter? Should a photo be included?

Do you have any tips on interview conduct in Norway? Are there any particulars, such as greetings or behavioural customs?

In you opinion, is knowledge of the local language or a regional language necessary to successfully apply for a job? What level of the language should job-seekers have mastered?

Thank you for sharing your experience.



I found the majority of the jobs I got were through agencies.  Most speak English.  If the company asks for Norwegian Speakers only still apply for if they want you they work around it and the software packages also are in English.  I would suggest applying to: Shell, Statoil two great companies to work for.  Good luck!

Ok I was one of the lucky ones who found a dream job before I moved. So tips.

Language, if you want a job with prospects and in line with your education you need to speak Norwegian. Yes everyone here can speak English but it doesn't mean they want to.

What level? I had friends in Norwegian class who live here and were working to B2 level and were unable to find a job it all depends on your field.

I filled in the application form in Norwegian and had a local check it. It's your first chance to make a good impression now isn't the time to practice.

Friends, contacts anything is a good way to get a job.
If you are determined to come and learn along the way be prepared to work in supermarkets etc but you still need a basic level of Norwegian.

Personally I love the place but a word of warning, the quality of life is high here Norwegian style!

Can you give us more details about your job? And what did you say about your Norwegian skills in the resume? And how did you find the job before you moved? Like which websites did you use?



I used NAV which a lot of jobs are advertised on but it really depends on what you do. I am an environmental advisor so I looked in places you are likely to find them local authority and consultants. It really is specific to what you want to do. Many companies advertise on their website.

In terms of using a CV I didn't use one, I applied for jobs that were advertised. One advantage to that is if you apply in Norwegian and get it checked there is an assumption that you are reasonable at it. If you have to describe your level it is hard so many employers use Bergen test as a benchmark for fluency. With an application form it's rare you are asked what level you are.

Another big thing is be prepared not to move to the big city. It can be much easier finding a suitable job if you don't mind where you are. It might mean you have to move again but it's invaluable for experience, it also cheaper outside Oslo.

Thanks for the details, I really appreciate it. :) I'd love to move to Oslo, but a little outside won't hurt. :) I'm a freelancer, so it is a bit different for me. Still, I'm looking to find a full-time job as that will help me adjust better and earn a stable living. :) Hope you have fun in Norway.


I have EU nationality and love nature. Norway is on top of most beautiful nature. Staying in Norway would be no problem to me, but finding a job is rather difficult. Some time ago I started to learn norwegian from a CD. I didnt find it too difficult maybe since I speak German and English. It looks like it is a mix of several european languages.

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