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Finding a job in Budapest!

As a native speaker it took me about 5 weeks to find a job after first moving here. For those of you that have degrees and a second language then Budapest is an ideal place to find a job. Whether your a fresh grad or got some work experience there is most likely a position for you:

Firstly your CV

In Hungary the cv layout and content are a little different to that of the UK.

You must include the following information at the top:

A recent picture of your self

Date of birth,Place of Birth,Gender,Contact details.

If you already have your registration card, address card, tax number and national health card state this below.

Qualifications and languages spoken

Work experience

Hobbies/ other interested.

Like the world over the best place to start looking for a job is online:

Main Job advertisement sites.

The best place to start is the online listing. the mains ones are below:

profession.hu

This site is not available in English, but fairly user friendly and the most widely used.

Here are a few translation to help you get started:

Mit keres?

Enter the industry, job position you are looking for.

Hol keres?

Where: enter the city/town.

Click “kereses” to get the results. Any advertisements you see in English will be your options, and sometimes one other language is required.

cvonline.hu

There is an English language version

www.budapestjobs.net/

There is an English language version

Monster.hu

Facebook

There are a few Facebook paged dedicated to jobs in Budapest and quite often people will advertise then in most expat groups.

Quite a lot of the multinationals offer their current employees an incentive scheme to refer potential new employees.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/budapest.jobs/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/127041027306523/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/englishspeakingpeople/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/398718086866410/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1469966139885009/?ref=ts&fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/groups/147484858648323/?ref=ts&fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/BudapestStartupJobs?ref=ts&fref=ts

Multinationals

BT, BP, Nokia,GE,Diageo

Agencies

http://www.budapestagent.com/jobs-in-budapest.html

Friends

Ask around your friends or new acquaintances where they work, they will most likely offer to forward your cv to their hr department.

Salary expectation

This varies so much in Hungary. Of course in Budapest the salaries tend to be higher. Do a little research if you can find any info on the sector you are looking at. Ask around people you know.

When asked your salary expectation you give it as the monthly amount either gross or net.

If you’re offered a job at a multinational they normally have many other incentives on top of the salary. Such as a  phone and sim card, working from home (if you work flexibile hours) and cafeteria vouchers. Which can be spent on bkk Ticket, cultural things, the cinema and restaurants!

Good luck!

The fundamental differences and similarities between Britian, The British, Hungary and the Magyars Part2

Part 2 Hungary and the Magyars

Politics-Hungarian politics is laughable, but similar to the UK in that a lot of people either protest voted for Jobbik this time around or just had no idea who to vote for. Mszp at the end of their last term was found to be corrupt and sadly Fidesz is no better!

The number system-
Sadly Hungarian’s don’t know how to queue. So in most officials buildings, the bank and the post you have to take a number. When a number system is not available it becomes a chaos of people all thinking they have the right to be first even if they arrived last.

Banking

For every small things you do you get charged whether it be, transferring money to another account, paying by card or withdrawal cash, it all costs money. These charges come from very high taxes the government has out on the banks and thus passing onto the consumer banker.  Unlike the UK the banks are making money form the general population rather than from business accounts.

Day to day life

Hungarian’s are generally very laid back people, but some that you encounter on the street can seem a little rude. For example when walking down the street, there maybe a group of 3-4 people taking up the entire path, for some reason they do not feel the need to move slightly behind each other or to the side just for that brief second you are passing. I’m pretty sure regardless of the country this would be considered rude, especially if you did this to the older generations.

Drinking

Hungarian’s can drink just like the British but maybe even more. Never say no to Hazi Palinka.  Always look the person in the eye that you are cheersing with.

Customer Service

It pretty much doesn’t exist here and is very bad in most places. Most restaurants I have been to, it has taken 15-20mins to order a drink and the food takes forever to come out from the kitchen. You have to make up BS stories if you want to return something just because you changed your mind.

Official administration

Referring to my earlier post https://britgirlbudapest.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/bureaucracy-is-no-ones-friend-in-hungary/.

Hungarian official administration is a mind field for any Hungarian let alone a foreigner.

Aliens

There is is this curious notion that some Hungarian’s believe they are descendant from Aliens. Do a google search and you will find some intriguing articles about this.

You know when you’ve lived in Hungary too long…………

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  • You’ve accepted that Sour Cream isn’t just for Nachos.
  • You’ve one pub or bar that you always seem to find your self in.
  • You eat pancakes (palacsinta) as a dessert and not just on pancake day.
  • You’ve given up converting Forint into your home currency because your head just cannot deal with that many numbers.
  • The novelty of seeing 100,000 in your bank has worn off.
  • You don’t find jokes or references to “being hungry” funny anymore.
  • Lake Balaton actually seems like an ocean because it’s been so long since you saw a real beach.
  • Drinking soda water in wine is normal.
  • You know the names of at least 3 different types of fröccs.
  • You realise Hungarian wine is actually very good, and wonder why it isn’t more widely available else where.
  • That it doesn’t matter how much you try to learn Hungarian, your pronunciation (as an English native speaker) of the rolled R will never be correct.
  • When walking around Budapest your visiting friends and relatives tell you you walk to fast.
  • When friends and family cant believe how cheap it is here, you respond “vat is 27%! How is that cheap?”
  • The same friends or family suggest a bar or restaurant they’ve read about in a guide book, your only response is “expensive” or “full of tourists.”
  • Just seeing the word “Fidesz” or an image or Viktor Orban’s face riles you.
  • You can type on a Hungarian keyboard without having to change the imput to “English”
  • You consider a pint of beer costing more than 450Huf is a rip off.
  • You’ve learn’t to say no to a shot of Palinka.

I would just like to add that this list is based on my own experiences and stories other expats have told me. If you have others that you think should be added to the list, add them in a comment or send them through the contact form.

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