Excerpted from the Austria Career Guide
Job Search Overview
There are several ways to find a job in Austria, including online job boards and company websites, as well as more traditional forms of job searching, such as government employment agencies, job advertisements in newspapers, temporary agencies, recruiting firms and networking. Networking is a very important part of doing business in Austria. One of the best ways to find a job is through personal contacts. Employers rely heavily on personal recommendations.
Online Job Sites
Virtual Vienna Net
Virtual Vienna Net is an English-language online resource for expats, spouses, partners, tourists and Austrians. It is also a virtual community where users can ask questions, network and share information on a wide array of issues. Its career page is a good place for foreigners to start looking for jobs in Austria. The employment listings are updated at least weekly. This is also a free service for employers looking for English-speaking employees.
Virtual Vienna Net
Government Employment Resources
Austrian Public Employment Service
http://www.ams.or.at (German, some pages in English)
The Austrian Public Employment Service (Arbeitsmarktservice) is Austria’s state-financed employment agency for all industries. The AMS works with jobseekers to find open positions and assist them in the placement process. This assistance includes providing information on the job market, and helping jobseekers acquire necessary skills and search for available positions. All services to jobseekers are free of charge. The AMS also provides support for firms and employers, aiding in the selection of skilled labor and creating and safeguarding jobs. It has subsidiaries and representative offices throughout Austria. The AMS is also a good first stop for information pertaining to work visas for both jobs and internships.
Tel: +43 (0)1 331 78 0
Fax: +43 (0)1 331 78 121
There are almost no general internship directory websites for Austria, but the applicant may search online job sites, which usually include the search criteria Praktikum. The Public Employment Service Austria (German and English) provides information on internships and obtaining a visa. Company websites and university/student websites are other good sources for information on internships. Contacting a company directly remains one of the best ways to secure an internship. If a prospective student is enrolled in an Austrian accredited educational institution (Fachhochschule, university or high school), he or she is legally permitted to work in an internship for a specified period of time.
Studentjob is one of the larger student job portals in Europe. Studentjob Austria lists jobs and internships for more than 2,100 companies. Students and applicants can register for free, and they can upload cover letters and résumés. Based on a list of preferences, users receive a weekly newsletter with personalized job offers. It lists jobs, internships, temporary jobs and traineeships.
Staffing Agencies and Temporary Help Firms
Österreichischer Verband Zeitarbeit (VZA)
Austrian Association of Temporary Employment and Job Placement
The Austrian Association of Temporary Employment and Job Placement (VZA) is the representative umbrella organization of temporary employment agencies in Austria, providing current industry news and information. The members of the VZA are committed to a stringent code of conduct. They comply with the international conduct rules of CIETT, the International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies. On this website, a jobseeker can find a list of all registered members of the association (under Mitglieder).
ÖsterreichischerVerbandZeitarbeit und Arbeitsvermittlung
Tel: +43 (0)1 916 66 34
Fax: +43 (0)1 916 66 34 15013
Executive Recruiters and Search firms
http://www.amropjenewein.at/ (German, English)
International companies and the government often use Amrop Jenewein for top-level management placements. Applicants can submit their details on this website and use the search options. Amrop Jenewein also offers management audits, assessment centers, potential analyses and supervisory board recruitment.
Jenewein & Partner Ges.mbH
Dr. Karl LuegerPlatz 5
Tel: +43 1 403 08 28
Fax: +43 1 403 08 28 93
Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements
Der Standard is a liberal newspaper. All of the newspaper’s articles are available online. It contains advertisements for most of the top jobs in Austria, usually included in the Saturday issue. Each print issue also contains a Karriere (Career) section that offers practical advice on employment in the Austrian and international job markets. Because of its liberal edge, it is considered by many to be the newspaper for job ads that target innovative sectors, such as IT, international job opportunities and applicants with international experience and degrees (MBAs). The newspaper’s website includes job announcements similar to online employment websites. The Standard job board is one of the leading online job sites for management in Austria. All of the advertisements can be searched by type of work, location and industry. Jobseekers are given the option to submit applications. The newspaper is available free of charge for the first three weeks.
Vordere Zollamtsstrasse 13
Tel: +43 1 53 170 700
Fax: +43 1 53 170 484
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 45 pages of information in the Austria Guide.