Excerpted from the Norway Career Guide
Job Search Overview
Norway has a merit-based job culture, but personal recommendations from previous jobs are appreciated. That can make securing employment tricky for foreigners, especially applicants with limited knowledge of the Norwegian job market or with qualifications from institutions not well known in Norway. This is particularly true when it comes to temporary positions, which often are not advertised.
Online Job Sites
Finn Jobb, part of Finn.no AS, is a leading online classified advertising site in Norway that features a huge jobs database. It is a subsidiary of Schibsted, which is also the parent company of Aftenposten, Norway’s largest daily newspaper that is widely used for print advertising. Visitors to the Finn Jobb website can search freely for job vacancies, but jobseekers must register in order to apply for a job online, post a résumé/CV or sign up for email alerts about relevant vacancies. Jobseekers can browse all job listings or limit browsing to separate sections for part-time jobs and management positions.
Government Employment Resources
NAV (Nye arbeids- og velferdsetaten)
http://www.nav.no (Norwegian, English)
NAV is the website for the Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration. This site offers jobseekers information and services to help them to secure jobs. It has a large database of vacant positions, as well as publications related to working in Norway. NAV has several hundred offices throughout the country.
Tel: +47 55 55 33 33
International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) Norway
http://www.iaeste.no (Norwegian, English)
IAESTE promotes international contact, understanding and cooperation among college students, academic institutions, businesses and other organizations through student internships abroad. While the program focuses primarily on students majoring in engineering and science, it also works with students in other majors, such as finance and hotel management. There are several local chapters in Norway, including Bergen, Grimstad, Oslo, Stavanger, Tromsø, Trondheim (national office) and Ås.
Tel: +47 73 59 32 57
European Employment Services (EURES)
https://ec.europa.eu/eures/public/no/homepage (Norwegian, English, many other languages)
In addition to its other services, this multi-country employment site posts career events and job fairs in Norway and other participating countries.
Staffing Agencies and Temporary Help Firms
Toptemp provides temporary staffing and recruitment for permanent jobs in a wide range of employment areas. Specialty areas include economy and finance, IT, engineering and commercial positions. The agency has offices in Oslo, Kristiansand, Bergen, Nøtterøy, Lillestrøm and Sandnes. Job vacancies are listed on the website.
Tel: +47 23 36 55 00
Executive Recruiters and Search Firms
http://www.iscogroup.no (Norwegian, some English)
ISCO Group is one of Norway’s leading executive search firms. It fills top executive positions across a wide variety of industries. ISCO Group is a member of IIC Partners, an international organization of independent executive search firms. The website includes some current job listings.
Oscars gate 23
Tel: +47 22 06 87 00
Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements
Norway’s widest-circulation daily newspaper, Aftenposten publishes jobs in its print edition and also features a job search on its website. Aftenposten is the largest newspaper in Norway for printed job advertisements; the best days for checking are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. The paper offers print with digital and digital-only subscriptions.
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Norway Guide.