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Working in Lithuania - Advice & Tips

Lithuania

Expatriate Affairs Consultant Nannette Ripmeester tells you below what it takes to get a job in one of the Baltic States, which entered the EU in May 2004. The infrastructural and service sector developments have been the main growth areas since the accession to the EU. Especially the management sector has benefited most from EU membership.

Job hunting in Lithuania

You are well advised to use any contacts (your network) you might have to find a job in Lithuania. Sending a speculative application to the local office in which you would like to work is a reasonably successful strategy in Lithuania. Lithuanian employers value a good academic background, linguistic and computer skills and an understanding of business.

An important piece of advice is to learn Lithuanian, for this is an obvious advantage when applying for a job in Lithuania.

The Application Letter

In general a letter of application should create enough interest to make the potential employer want to look at your application in more detail and hopefully invite you for an interview. Your application letter, however, should not provide too much information about experience and qualifications; this will be provided in your CV.

In Lithuania, when personal contacts lead to an application, the first phase of having to write an application letter is often replaced by less-formal telephone or e-mail contact. The cover letter in Lithuania should be short (maximum one page) and typed. You should especially expand on diplomas and degrees, languages spoken, important skills, and positions held so far (work experience and positions of responsibility).

The Curriculum Vitae

The key focus of your CV should be to persuade the employer to invite you for an interview. Therefore your CV is a marketing tool, which should be adapted to the market in which you intend to use it. In Lithuania, educational experience is briefly discussed. Only relevant education is mentioned. It is important to mention your English skills on your CV. Languages are considered very important in Lithuania. Besides Lithuanian, Russian is widely spoken.

It is important to pay attention to the layout and make sure your CV is well structured and focussed. Each item is briefly discussed, almost in a ‘shopping list’ format. Mention your skills in your CV. Do also mention (relevant) membership of associations and/or clubs. It’s becoming more popular to apply for a job via the internet. Be aware of the fact that an electronic CV does not always look the same as the standard one.

The Application Procedure

You should realise that interviews are the most important part of the application procedure in Lithuania. It is important to look interested, therefore ask questions during the interview. It is good to provide examples to prove your achievements.

Never sit until invited in an application interview in Lithuania. Do not forget to bring copies of your diplomas and references to the interview and never criticise former employers. Furthermore, do not exaggerate, but stay calm and stick to the facts.

If we got you started on Lithuania – order the guide ''Looking for work in the 10 EU Accession Countries'' for further info.

About the author

Looking for work in the 10 EU Accession CountriesNannette Ripmeester is the expatriate affairs consultant to several multinational companies, which she advises regarding the strategy of international assignments and the practical implementation around expat issues.  Ripmeester started her international career at the European Commission, has worked on a project basis in 17 countries and is founder and Managing Director of Expertise in Labour Mobility (www.labourmobility.com).
She is co-author of a series of country-specific guides, the guide "Looking for work in the 10 EU Accession Countries", (ISBN-13: 978-90-5896-084-9) is part of that series of guides. To order this guide or other guides that will help you to secure the international job you want, visit our website: www.labourmobility.com.  As a reader of Eurograduate we offer you a 10% discount if you are your copy here.