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Working in Slovakia - Advice & Tips

Slovakia

Expatriate Affairs Consultant Nannette Ripmeester tells you below what it takes to get a job in one of Europe’s new markets. Slovakia still has a rather traditional company structure, with a top-down management style and little responsibility for the work floor. However, as with many things in that region, this is changing slowly.

Job hunting in Slovakia

As Slovakia is a small country personal contacts play a key role. And the best way of finding a job is through personal contacts. Applicants are often approached by phone first and secondly invited for a personal interview.

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 usually accompany a CV for managerial positions, but whether an application letter is required, is always specified in the job advertisement.

References are always given separately and only on the employer’s request. The application letter should be no longer than one, maximum two pages.

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 Slovakia employers are looking for a functional, concise and market attractive CV. This entails that you should not limit your CV to education and work experience but also mention other skills and competencies. The CV should be about one to two pages long depending on the applicant’s experience.

The CV should be convincing, but it is important that you don’t exaggerate your qualifications.

The Application Procedure

Making career decisions can be challenging and sometimes graduates struggle to know where to begin. Looking at vacancies is a common starting point but many vacancies are never advertised, so looking at job adverts will only ever give you a biased and partial picture of the graduate labour market in the Slovakia. If you are unsure which career will suit you, you would be better to spend some time thinking about yourself. Become better acquainted with yourself; be aware of your skills, interests and what motivates you. Think about the skills you wish to use at work, your feelings about further study, which working environments appeal to you, the sort of lifestyle you want and so on.

In total there will be one to three interviews depending on the position one is applying for. On-line applications are becoming slowly more common, however currently it are mainly the large multinational firms that use them.

If we got you started on the Slovakia – get the guide ''Looking for work in the 10 EU Accession Countries'' to help you secure that job.

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.