Cracking the Code: Tips for International Job Seekers

JOBSGERMAN

10/26/20232 min read

As an international job seeker, you'll encounter unique challenges throughout your job search. But don't worry! With careful preparation and a good understanding of the Austrian job market, you can boost your chances of success. In this short guide, we'll share valuable tips and insights to help you navigate your job search in Austria and ultimately land your dream job. Let's start cracking the code together!

When searching for a job in Austria, your proficiency in German is vital. You see, many employers require at least a basic level of German, even if English is the primary working language. Being able to communicate effectively in German opens up more job opportunities and allows you to interact seamlessly with colleagues, clients, and stakeholders. So, we did a quick poll on this, and guess what? Turns out, 44% of the respondents said that working with someone who doesn't speak German well enough can be quite challenging. An OECD 2023 paper reports that 92% of vacancies that were posted on line in Austria in 2021 were written in German and so were 95% of vacancies posted on line in Germany.

Plus, understanding the local language helps you adapt to Austrian work culture and social norms, making you an even more attractive candidate to prospective employers. So, it's worth investing time in learning or improving your German language skills to boost your employability in Austria! After chatting with recruiters and hiring managers, it turns out they tend to prefer a B1/B2 level on the European framework for languages. But don't let this scare you! With dedication and consistent practice, you can reach this level in no time.

Another essential aspect of job seeking in Austria is networking. As the saying goes, "It's not what you know, it's who you know." According to a Randstad study from 2022, it turns out that 26% of job seekers actually find jobs through personal contacts. Pretty interesting, right? So why not consider attending networking events or joining professional associations or groups on social media platforms like LinkedIn? And don't be afraid to reach out to people in your desired field for some informational interviews. It's all about making those connections and exploring new opportunities!

Lastly, it's really important to get a good grasp of the work culture in Austria. You know, things like being on time, being reliable, and attention to details – they matter. But it's not just about the work culture; it also includes understanding cultural norms and etiquette. For example, in Austria, it's common to use formal titles when addressing people, especially in professional settings. Being aware of these small but essential cultural nuances can make a significant difference in how you are perceived by potential employers and colleagues.

So there you have it, some tips on how to boost your employability in Austria.

We hope you found these tips useful and insightful! If you have any thoughts, questions, or feedback, feel free to share them with us. We really value your opinion and want to provide you with the most relevant information. Looking ahead, what topics are you interested in learning about next? Do you want more tips on job hunting in Austria, or maybe you'd like to know about living in Austria? We can cover things like the language learning aspects, tax and legal, or navigating the public education system. Just let us know!

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