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Working in Slovenia - Advice & Tips

Slovenia

Expatriate Affairs Consultant Nannette Ripmeester tells you below what it takes to get a job in one of Europe’s new markets. Slovenia is a small country, but it has an open, outward looking economy, with a relatively strong job market offering opportunities to foreign job seekers.

Job hunting in Slovenia

One of the most successful ways of finding work in Slovenia is through speculative applications. Even if the company has no vacancies at the moment of writing, they still might keep your CV in file, in case a suitable vacancy arises at a later stage.

Use any contacts you - or your network - might have to find a job in Slovenia. And please be aware that contacting an international firm with a subsidiary in Slovenia and sending a speculative application to the local office is a reasonably successful strategy in Slovenia.

Slovenian employers value a good academic background, linguistic and computer skills and an understanding of business.

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.

Often, when personal contacts lead to an application, the first phase of having to write an application letter is replaced by less-formal telephone or e-mail contact.

The covering letter in Slovenia should be typed and no longer than one to two pages.

Expand on diplomas and degrees, languages spoken, important skills, and positions held so far.

Although there is always a need ‘to sell’ yourself, it should be done with a touch of modesty. Your cover letter and CV should represent who you are, what you have done, and what you want to do in a neutral, down-to-earth way.

The Curriculum Vitae

Emphasise your educational level (mention famous professors as your teachers if applicable!) above practical experience.

Mention your English skills on your CV. Languages are considered very important in Slovenia.

Pay attention to the layout and make sure your CV is well structured and focussed. However, no thorough elaborations are expected; be brief and accurate as that will do.

The Application Procedure

During the interview expect questions about your motivation, your education and about the company itself. Inform yourself thoroughly on the company in advance.

On-line applications are nowadays getting common. In fact, a lot of job agencies, but also employers who publish their vacancies on-line provide the opportunity to complete the job application form on-line.

If we got you started on Slovenia – 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.