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.

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An international work environment is helpful and challenging for both expats and locals. 

Pellegrino Riccardi, one of Scandinavia's top cross-cultural experts and inspirational speakers, gives a sneak peek into the topic before his talk on December 4.


Motivation is a highly popular topic. Based on your experience and observations, what is an effective way to stay motivated in the long term?

Much of the answer lies in the root of the word ''motivation'', which comes from Latin and means TO MOVE. As long as you keep things moving, keep yourself active, busy, productive and positive about your work and your life, things will sooner or later fall into place. Also, keep a good answer in your head to the question ''WHY?''. Why am I doing the job I do? Why am I living in the country I live in? Why am I in the relationship I am in? We need to have good answers to these questions to keep the fire of motivation alive. If you don't have good answers to these questions, FIND THEM!


Which specific characteristic of the Norwegian workplace is challenging for expats?

Norway is an extremely network country where there is a sense of ''everyone knows everyone else''. The saying goes that in Norway everyone knows somebody who knows the Prime Minister :) What this means for expats is that it can be difficult to break through these tight circles of friendships, even as work. You may be getting on really well with a colleague and then they just ''disappear'' at 4 o'clock! My suggestion to expats is to sign up for activities such as sports clubs, social groups, voluntary work. Also, if you are a parent, one of the best ways to get to know Norwegians is through the many school meetings and activities that are arranged all year round. You will probably bump into that colleague of yours at one of these meetings and he/she will have the perfect reason to include you in the group.


What are the advantages and disadvantages of a cross-cultural work environment?

The disadvantages are that it makes work more complicated because there is a higher risk of misunderstanding and disagreement. The main advantage is that it forces you to see the world through the cultural spectacles of the other person. I truly believe that diversity in the workplace enriches a workplace when it is managed properly. 

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To be an entrepreneur is exciting, very challenging, and risky.

NIN's October Speaker, Jørn Haanæs, Startup Director at Oslo Business Region, shares his thoughts on and experience with the Oslo startup ecosystem.


Why do most startups fail?

In my experience, it's a wild combination of factors, but there are some common issues. Timing is often difficult - how can you tell if you are too soon or too late to the game? Many of the big dot-coms busts look like sane ideas to me now, they just missed the timing mark by a lot. Lack of focus is a classic mistake, but something that often must be experienced to truly understand what it means. Everyone says focus is important and you will know when you have followed one too many ''promising lead'' onto a stray path. Real problem solving, often in combination with the right team members. Are you solving deep issues that someone will pay to get fixed? Is your team in a great position to do just that?


Is it more challenging for foreigners to start their own companies in Norway, compared to locals? Please elaborate.

Yes and no (sorry for the lame answer). Locals have the upper hand in many different categories, they don't need to spend as much time figuring out basics. That can lead to taking things for granted as well. Foreigners can bring something different to the mix and they need to work harder to prove that they're doing something right. They can't just lean back on society, friends, and family and expect that things will work out in one way or another.  That's a necessary mentality in building a startup. It takes tenacity, grit, and focus, all of which are abilities that perhaps took you abroad in the first place.


How do you think the startup ecosystem in Oslo will develop in the next few years?

I am convinced we are looking at the beginning of a big trend. The numbers confirm that we have seen a great growth for the last three years and we expect it to continue. New co-working spaces and startup programs appear monthly, showing no signs of slowing down. We will hopefully see more VC activity in the coming years. Access to seed capital is pretty good, but VC in the range of 5-100 MNOK is hard to come by. That should change when more qualified growth startups mature into good business cases. 

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Looking for a job can be a long and stressful process, especially for foreigners in Norway.

Christopher Bach, NIN's September speaker, has been living and working in Norway for more than 10 years. Originally from Germany, he shares his thoughts and experience as a foreigner in Norway.


Based on your experience and observations, what is most challenging for foreigners during a job search in Norway?

I have experienced that Norway has its own, unique culture. That is also true for the job market. If you are from abroad and looking for a job in Norway, it is important that you know this culture. There are many do’s and don’ts. For example, when you apply for jobs in other European countries, it is a must to have professional looking photos of yourself in formal attire. In Norway, the working culture is much more informal. Applying with photos is not needed at all. Not knowing these “rules” and the culture can make your job search as a non-Norwegian very challenging.


How is the Norwegian job market different than others?

Compared to other countries, the Norwegian job market is rather small and concentrated. Most of the jobs can be found in the Oslo area. Therefore, during economic downturns, it can be very hard to find a job even if you have an exceptionally good education and track record.


Which industries in Norway are toughest/easiest for foreigners to find jobs in?

I think you can find a job in any industry as long as you fulfill the requirements.



Vanessa likes positive people who enjoy a good conversation, would love to visit Indonesia, and doesn't like to share her dreams and plans in advance.

What else does/doesn't our Project Manager like? 


What are you most grateful for in your life?

I am very grateful to be alive, but mainly to be a healthy person with enough strength to follow my dreams and fight for what I want. If I need to be more concrete I will say that I am very grateful for all the good experiences and all the people I have met that have somehow contributed to who I am today.


Is there a skill you've always wanted to learn? If yes, which one?

I admire all the good street artists and would like to learn everything one can perform on the street: to sing, paint, dance, and play some instrument...


I didn't have any of these skills, so I decided to study Psychology.


Would you choose an interesting, exciting, and challenging job that will not make you rich or a highly paid, 
stressful, boring, and unsatisfying job?

I would choose a highly paid, stressful, boring, and unsatisfying job because a stressful job is never boring and I would love to turn the unsatisfying job into a challenging job!

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Dimitris, our Finance Coordinator, is a polyglot, has traveled to all continents, his dream destination is Madagascar, and...
Keep reading to find out more!


What are you most grateful for in your life?

My vast experiences from living and traveling to all corners of the globe: all the different people who have been a part 
of my life and all the diversity in cultures, landscapes, and climates that I have seen.


Is there a skill you've always wanted to learn? If yes, which one?

Because technology has changed drastically since I was born, that means new skills such as search engine optimization,
big data analytics, and social media moderation have emerged. These are skills that I would like to learn but that didn't exist when
I was growing up. Salesmanship is a skill that has always existed, however, and is always useful, so if the answer has to be
based on a skill that I've wanted to learn since my childhood, then it would be salesmanship.


Would you choose an interesting, exciting, and challenging job that will not make you rich or a highly paid, 
stressful, boring, and unsatisfying job?

An interesting, exciting, and challenging job.



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Ph.D. is a serious thing. It can make or break your life. It takes a lot of devotion, courage, motivation, sleepless nights 
and...it's up to you. Are you ready to dive into the deep? The view from the other side might be worth it. 

Dr. Tita Alissa Listyowardojo has been there, done that - she holds a doctorate degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences
from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and works as a senior researcher in a global organization based in

She shares with us, mortals, what Ph.D. takes and gives.

What are the common misconceptions about a Ph.D. degree?

I think many would think that a Ph.D. degree would make someone overqualified for a job market. This can be true,
depending on the job being applied for, of course. However, more often than not, overqualification can happen 
because the potential employers are not sure how to use the competence for their benefit. In addition, there is 
a concern from the potential employers that a Ph.D. graduate would expect to have a higher salary than what is
common. It is thus the job of the Ph.D. graduate applying for the job to state how the potential employers can 
use and benefit from their competence, and, later on, the salary can be adjusted accordingly.

Another common misconception is that a Ph.D. graduate would be too theoretical and less experienced with 
business development or running a business. Many Ph.D. programs are completed together with the industries. 
For example, my Ph.D. program was completed in close collaboration with a hospital. This allows gaining experience 
to work in the industry.

Who is and who is not a Ph.D. degree for?

Ph.D. degree is for those who have big passions to deepen and grow their competence and knowledge in
certain fields, using research. The degree is also for those who want to have sufficient time, opportunities,
environments and support to do so. And, obviously, it is for those who want to work in research.

Ph.D. is not for those who are more interested in gaining practical experience in things other than research.



Akhilesh Parmanu shared with us his thoughts on mind and stress before he spoke about the connection between body and mind during NIN's October event ''Mind matters''.

Our speaker has participated in Happiness programs all over the world and is currently the Regional Director of Youth Programs and spearheads volunteer for better India project with issues related to the environment, education and women empowerment.                          

Tell us more about your background.

Professionally I have done a mechanical engineering at one of the premium colleges.

How did you take the leap from engineering to spiritual topics?

I think that when you do engineering you take care of the machines, but suddenly you realize that there is too much competition, so much stress today. I thought people might not be able to handle stress themselves, so I started getting more interested. The more I was engaged, the more I could help people and the bigger satisfaction this gave me. This was a motivation and inspiration and that’s how it all started.


What is your approach to mindfulness?

I personally don’t talk about mindfulness, but handling the mind. It is more about experience. For example, if you want to become a better cook, you have to spend some time in the kitchen. The same, if you want to become a better footballer, you have to spend some time in the field. Primarily, if you don’t want to listen to your mind, then you can’t work with it. You have to understand your mind to know how to handle it. My approach is very experiential.


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