Sorry if my last post left some of y'all flat...
I have had a lot of hits- the last two days...
I am sure folks waiting for me to tell the
Big ol' Secret of how to land a job in Norway.
It is hard as HELL y'all....
I am not saying that to scare you... just being honest.
You are going to need to be patient.. you need to be creative & you are going to have to keep plugging away. Ask EVERYONE you know if they can help you.
& do anything... & don't complain.
Majority of my expat girlfriends have FABULOUS jobs NOW.
But they didn't walk into these fab jobs...
they had to start somewhere just to build a Norwegian backgroud.
Even if you think you are 100% PERFECT for the job.. you may not get it because you are TOO American, or British, or German...etc.
I have a brilliant friend.. who is now some big wig marketing guro.. who made it all the way through SEVERAL TIMES & at the last min did not get the job because she was
They work differently here in Norway... & because you are wanting to work here...
You are going to need to know how to play they game.
I am not trying to be negative... I am not trying to scare you...
I am trying to PREPARE you.
Nothing is WORSE,
than thinking you can move on over with you cute little self,
expecting for people to line up to hire you ..
only to fall flat on your little butt.
As hard as it is... I think it is a good thing to have to work your way up. No really.
I once tried to help a newcomer ...SKIP the steps... a-hem...
Worst decision EVER...
Instead of being thankful to have the opportunity to get a job in a store... she walked around telling everyone who would listen how OVER QUALIFIED she was..
and WHINEING about how .."she had an E D U C A T I O N..."
I have never wanted to slap someone so bad in my life...
She just didn't get it.-get how LUCKY she was to get a chance.. & she BLEW it.
Neither the job didn't nor the "friendship" lasted long.
So about the NEW JOB... tomorrow is the BIG DAY!
Sorry if I confused some of y'all- with my last post...
The last job.. Perfume/Cosmetics Manager..
was a job which I landed by LUCK & HARDWORK..
Lucky, because I have never worked in Cosmetics... but my then boss, was willing to take a chance on me, because I am a hardworker...fast learner.
This job... PERFECT FIT.. & I am so so THRILLED.
I am the new Area Sales Manager for a Cosmetics Company. - I have Southern Norway
Although tomorrow is my first day...
I have been to several meetings to try to get into the swing.
- I love love love all of my new co workers.
I am excited for the opportunity to be able to think out of the box.. be a little creative.
I will be traveling.. :-)
Now it is going to be getting everyone adjusted to "everything".
The kids have always been used to pappa traveling
- might be a little weird to have mamma hitting the road so often.
& Pappa taking a bigger role on the home front.
I think it is good for all of us... especially for Bjørn & me.
He needs to take charge - while I am aways & I need to let him. :-)
It is all going to work out...
I am off for my first business trip TRONDHEIM.. next week.. for training.
I am really excited to be able to see more of Norway.
& who knows - finally be able to meet some of y'all - (in Norway)
Cross you fingers for my big day tomorrow.
I'll keep y'all posted.! xx