Working in Budapest

Updated 2019-11-05 06:26

Over past years, Budapest has become a popular destination for professionals looking to boost their career abroad. As mentioned in our article about the local labour market, opportunities are plentiful in many industries. To help you achieve your goals, here are some tips for finding a job in Budapest.

Job hunting in Budapest

The easiest and best way to look for a job in Budapest, as in most parts of the world, is by registering on job websites like Indeed, Workania, Randstad or, Jooble, or The last three, unfortunately, don't have an English version, so it might be more difficult to use them, even though many job advertisements are in English.

You can also use social networking websites, such as LinkedIn and Facebook. In Hungary, Facebook is a very popular tool to find anything from local events to flats and jobs. You can find many different job groups, such as Jobs in Budapest, English speaking jobs in Budapest, Work in Budapest and Budapest Jobs; it can be worth checking them every day for new opportunities. LinkedIn is a good option if you are looking for a job at a more prominent, multinational company.

There are also specialised agencies and websites offering jobs specific fields, such as IT, accountancy or marketing, like Dreamjobs and Hosco jobs for jobs in hospitality.

Alternatively, you can visit most big companies' website as well. Just go to their job section to see whether there are any positions that could match your profile.

CV in Budapest

When applying for a job in Budapest, remember to check what the employer is asking - a standard CV or a CV with a photo, which is quite common in Hungary, and if they are asking for your salary expectation. This might sound a bit strange, but again it is very typical here that employers don't mention salaries in the job descriptions. Instead, they are asking the applicants for their salary expectations. So it's useful to do your research or just asking around for average wages in the position you are applying for when you are submitting your application.

In many places, you have to submit your CV in a Europass format, which is a standard format accepted in the European Union, highlighting your skills, qualifications and work experience. You can make one from the Europass website.

The interview etiquette in Budapest

If you were successfully selected and invited for an interview, dress accordingly, smart casual; not in a T-shirt and jeans, but not in an evening dress or tuxedo, both can make wrong impressions on the interviewers. The whole process is the same as in most countries - first handshaking and sitting down, then talking about yourself, and answering some specific questions. Depending on the job, you might need to do some tests as well, where they can check some specific skills.

Most of the time, you only need to attend one interview, but in some cases, there might be a second-round which is usually just a formality, with the director or area manager of the company. After that, you only need to wait for the result, but don't be disappointed if you don't get any, as sadly it still often happens that you don't get any feedback after the interview. If you really want the job, just give a call to the contact person in the company to check if a decision has been made or not.

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