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Romania

Expatriate Affairs Consultant Nannette Ripmeester tells you below what it takes to get a job in one of the new European member states.

Job hunting in Romania

Many companies in Romania still work in a traditional way: the top management decides and all the layers beneath abide by the decisions made. However, this is slowly changing. The best piece of advice regarding job hunting in Romania is: ‘network’. As most business is done at an informal level in Romania, the importance of establishing personal relationships is eminent.

The local offices of the employment services (Oficiul Fortei de Munca) often advertise their vacancies in local newspapers. Moreover, the Internet is a useful resource to find a job.

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.

Application letters are typed, with the sole exception of some traditional professions, such as medicine, where a hand-written letter is preferred. Sometimes handwritten letters are requested. Copies of diplomas are generally not included with your application letter. Do bring them to the interview though. A photo is occasionally requested with an application letter.

The Curriculum Vitae

A Romanian CV includes information on your education, qualifications, skills, knowledge, experience and responsibilities. It is a rather lengthy document. Mention your hobbies and other extracurricular activities. Moreover, you should include three references at the bottom of your CV.

The Application Procedure

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

Speculative applications can be very successful in Romania.

Never sit until invited in an application interview in Romania. 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 thinking on Romania – think about ordering the guide ''Looking for work in Eastern Europe''.

About the author

Looking for work in Eastern EuropeNannette 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 Eastern Europe", (ISBN-13: 978-90-5896-067-2) 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.