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

Hello everyone,

Where is the best place to start when looking for a job in Russia? 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 Russia? 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.


Hello, Priiscilla,   I hope you are successful in seeking a job.  Of course it is very difficult to get an official job in Russia because you have to have a working visa issued by the company you work for.   Many people work on Students; Visas and even Business Visas.  Of course this is not correct but many people do it.  But this can cause problems because you have no rights of employment, pension, tax payments.

If you have rare qualifications - such an a diploma in teaching, you can easily find employment as a teacher of English Language in a private language school.    I say this is 'easy' but at first you may have to work for them 'unofficially' so that they know you are good.

One thing is that you have to decide yourself what your salary should be, because the company will offer you much less.  So you have to make strong negotiations to et a fair salary.

To find this work, go to as many companies as you can find.  Get friends to call them for you and make an appointment and then go and let them see you are an attractive worker and that they need you.

You should learn Russian as soon as possible, because it will not be comfortable for you unless you are working as an English teacher.  But even so, you should learn.

You should always be polite at the meetings but don't be too shy.  Make it known that you have the qualifications.  Russian people are more direct in interviews and you may find they ask questions that you do not like.

Well, good luck, and I am sure you already have your résumé in Russian.  Avoid using agents if you can at all.  They are generally not good people and take large commissions.
Vanya from Novosibirsk

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