Did you know that most jobs are not advertised?
Ian Jenkins helps job seekers in over 50 countries around the world to find jobs through unconventional job searching techniques.
He will share these methods during his talk on February 15.
Why are most jobs not advertised?
According to the Norwegian market research company NHO Service, more than 60% of the available jobs in Norway are not advertised online. Instead, of advertising job openings, Norwegian managers often rely on their personal and professional network to fill vacancies.
As Norway is a highly networked society, hiring via a network is often used as the 'path of least resistance.' It's a fast, comfortable, and an inexpensive source for finding talent.
Rumor has it that it's not recommended to knock on offices doors in Norway. What's your opinion on that?
The goal with knocking on doors is to get face-to-face with a hiring manager and hand them your CV. However, with building security, receptionists, and secretaries, there's little chance you'll get farther than the waiting room.
Instead, I'd recommend sending the hiring manager an example of the work you'd do for them, so they'll want to meet you.
Why don't conventional job hunting methods work?
In the last decade, the application process has become entirely automated. It creates an impersonal experience but also makes it easier for applicants to apply to more jobs. This creates more competition for every opening and decreases your chances of getting a job offer to less than 4%.
For example, as a foreigner in Norway, it can be challenging to get a single interview using job boards. However, with an effective offline job search method, you can average 5-6 face-to-face meetings with managers per week.
What's the most common challenge foreigners have to overcome when looking for a job in Norway?
Too often foreigners depend on online job boards to get a job. With 60%+ of the jobs opportunities in Norway never making it to online job boards it's essential to have an effective offline job search method to find a job that matches your skills and interests.
Biggest mistakes when looking for a job in Norway - please name a few and elaborate.
Depending on Finn.no, NAV, etc. to find a job. It's highly competitive and challenging to stand out on these platforms. Instead, prioritize a job search approach that taps into the big offline job market in Norway to avoid the competition of online job sites.
Not taking the initiative to show employers how you can profitably do the job. Instead of sending a resume, send the hiring manager an example of the work you'd do for them. This will prove you are motivated, take the initiative and are qualified for the job.
When searching for a job, hope is kept alive by always having a Plan B. Create alternatives at every step of your job search that way you stay confident as a job seeker.
Vyara Løvig, Marketing Coordinator