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Expatriate Affairs Consultant Nannette Ripmeester tells you below what it takes to get a job in one of Europe’s upcoming markets. Although the Czech economy is not yet a real power house, many foreign companies are opening offices in the country thus creating opportunities for foreign job seekers.
Job hunting in Czech Republic
Personal networks are of great importance. Belonging to the right social circle, combined with having an academic education, is even seen as some sort of status symbol in the Czech Republic. Next to personal contacts, newspapers are a great source of job information. So check newspaper advertisements and subsequently respond to those that appeal to you.
In the Czech Republic, CV databases are also very popular.
While English is the language of business, a sound working knowledge of Czech is highly appreciated, although not essential. Job interviews are for instance often conducted in English.
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 usually typed. In general your covering letter should be short, about 10 to 20 lines. References are usually not required.
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 the Czech Republic CVs are organised chronologically. Mention all qualifications and diplomas obtained. Specify exactly when and where (give the name of the university) and what (mention the discipline) you have studied. Include your language skills in depth. Remember to provide clear detail about the exact job description and the responsibilities you have held in each job.
The Application Procedure
On-line applications are nowadays getting more and more common in the Czech Republic. Particularly large foreign employers use on-line job databases. If an employer publishes their vacancies on-line, do complete the job application form on-line.
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About the author
Nannette 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.