Meeting People: What do you tell them about yourself?

Question: When I meet someone new in Norway, how long should my answer be when they ask me to tell them about myself? Answer: It’s up to you. But it’s smart to keep it short and to the point. Foreign-born people have asked me this question many times over the years. When I give the … les mer

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What’s Your Feeling About Phone Interviews?

Maybe you applied for a job a few weeks ago — ? One you really wanted and actually felt quite qualified for? You open your e-mail one day, and there’s one in your in box from the company where you’re trying to get hired. Get a happy shot of adrenaline when you see their name … les mer

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Can You Find the Mistake?

Last week I had to take an online editing test where the instructions were as follows: There are 16 mistakes in grammar/spelling/punctuation in the following paragraph. Find them and correct them. The first 12 mistakes jumped out at me, and I fixed them fairly quickly. But the last 4 weren’t as easy to spot, and … les mer

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Working in Norway: The Colleague Conversation

Yet another reason to be happy that you’re working in Norway? Consider the Norwegian term medarbeidersamtale. It’s one of those long words where Norwegians stick two nouns together to form a new one. Which they do a lot in this country, much to the confusion of foreigners trying to learn the language. Anyway, roughly translated, … les mer

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Phone Follow-up: Job Seeking in a Perfect World

If there’s one thing I’d wish for you as a job seeker, it’d be that whenever you called the organization where you’ve either applied or are thinking of applying, you’d be met with kindness by whoever answers the phone that day. You’d hear a friendly voice giving the name of the place and asking how … les mer

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Hate Your CV? Try Some TLC

I’ve realized lately how many job seekers have written to me saying — more or less — that they hate their CV. “More or less” because while they don’t often use the strong verb “hate”, they do use other words that imply the same thing: I really can’t stand…am very frustrated with…am so disappointed with…my … les mer

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Working and living in Norway

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Your job search: How to show how smart you are?

Do you need to show other people that you’re smart? It’s okay if you do (we all do). Especially when you’re looking for a job. But just write about yourself in a simple, clear way when doing this, okay? Awhile back while teaching a course for job seekers, several of the people there expressed  a … les mer

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The Norwegian Model: It Works

Why do so many people want to work in Norway? A high number of foreign nationals work in Norway; a high number of foreign nationals want to work in Norway. Having been a ‘permanent resident alien’ of the country for more than 20 years, I took a moment the other day to think about what … les mer

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The Most Common Mistake CV Writers Make

Can you spot the mistake? Recently, a job-seeking engineer sent me their CV to proofread for grammatical and spelling mistakes. So I looked it over. At first glance there appeared to be no mistakes; that is, until I got to the Work Experience section. Here is exactly what appeared there: Motor Testing: VFDs setup, data … les mer

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