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5 tips for working efficiently

Working efficiently has a whole host of benefits. Not only will you quietly impress your boss and co-workers, but you may also free up some time to take on tasks that particularly interest you. Best of all, efficient working should help to reduce stress and increase your confidence in your own abilities!



Be your own boss: self-employment on the rise

5 reasons for joining a startup

After finishing his education in China, Head of Account Management Håvard Stjernen (29) decided to turn down a job offer in Norway and join a German startup company instead. Here he explains why.



How EU rules protect your pensions

Whether you’re starting your first EURES adventure or you’re nearing retirement after a decades-long career crisscrossing the European Union, coordinating retirement benefits may seem a little daunting. But EU legislation makes claiming state and private pensions both simple and fair.



It’s about where you want to go, not where you study

She thanked me over and over for bringing her into the company for an internship. Why? Because some university student had made her believe that “people like her” would always be at the back of the queue when it came to being hired by “people like me”.



Summer in Croatia, winter in Austria: one jobseeker has made it work

The SME Instrument: boost your SME’s potential

Max out the impact of your CV – try a different approach!

Depending on the type of job you are going for, sometimes an employer wants to get a feel for who you are and then consider your skills and experience. So why not combine a video CV with the more traditional version? If you think this is right for you, then read on for expert advice on when to present a video CV and what do you need to consider when shooting it.



5 tips for a new apprentice or trainee

You’ve got the acceptance letter (or email). You know when you’re starting and where. You’ve checked out your new workplace online to get your bearings. Now what? Time to find out how to make your apprenticeship or traineeship a roaring success!



How to make a good first impression… within the first two weeks

It doesn’t matter if it’s a full-time job, a vocational apprenticeship or a part-time internship – first impressions are always important. Lots of articles have been written about how to use those first precious few seconds wisely… so we thought we’d look at the first couple of weeks instead. After all, it can take some time to settle into a new workplace and find your feet!




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