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Job Resources
Thanks to the European Commission, NATO and the large number of multinational companies located here, Belgium offers many interesting employment possibilities.
Employment Trends
While Belgium is recovering from the recent global recession, it is not quite out of economic hot water.
Information Technology
Belgium's IT sector contributes more than 4 percent of the GDP and ranks 20th worldwide.
Engineering
Belgium is experiencing a critical shortage of engineers.
Accounting and Finance
Slow growth in the accounting and finance sector is expected throughout the year.
Education
Belgium’s educational sector was among the fastest growing, even during the recession.
Top Companies
The following list represents companies reporting the largest assets/revenues in the country. More than 400,000 additional corporate profiles can be found in Going Global's Employer Directory.
Financial Considerations
The inflation rate in Belgium is down for the second straight year.
Work Permits/Visas
As a member country of the Schengen Agreement, Belgium's visa application process, particularly for short visits (those less than three months), is straightforward.
Resume/CVs
In Belgium, a résumé/CV (curriculum vitae) is usually two pages in length, but it may extend to a maximum of three pages, depending on the jobseeker's years of experience.
Interviewing Advice
Dress codes vary by industry and corporate culture; however, for an interview, formality is the rule, rather than the exception.
Cultural Advice
Belgians tend to be rather formal and shake hands at the beginning and end of each interaction, both when meeting someone for the first time and when leaving a meeting.
Business Management and Marketing
Online jobsite advertising for management positions in Belgium is up by 15 percent
Business and Networking
Belgium has many trade, professional and social networking organizations.
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