Tag: working in norway

How Not to Get Burned in the Interview Hot Seat

I’ve got a job interview on Monday morning. I know no one at this workplace and know only a bit about the workplace itself. What I do know is something about the job itself, as I’ve held onto the job description (more about this below). What to do to best prepare myself for sitting in … les mer

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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

Kategori: Integration
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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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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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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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Me, overqualified? How to show you’re not by a long shot

Have you been on the full-time work hamster wheel and want to get off?   Most job seekers give the impression that they want to speed up their lifestyle. They use well-worn phrases like ‘energetic go-getter’, ‘highly motivated’ and ‘incredibly hard-working’ to describe themselves when trying to land a new position. This is all well … les mer

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Good Boss Bad Boss: What Have You Had?

Have you ever heard this workplace saying? ‘With a bad boss there are no good jobs, and with a good boss there are no bad jobs.’ Is it true? Well, over the years I’ve had many people tell me about their bad bosses. And I’ve had a few of my own: The restaurant manager (male) … les mer

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