Looking for a job

When looking for a job it´s helpful to use one of many websites where jobs are advertised. Even though they are mostly in Icelandic they are a good starting point. It´s also possible to contact recruitment agencies that often are looking for people for bigger companies, sometimes positions that are not otherwise openly advertised.


When looking for and applying for a job, it´s important to be organised, to set goals and to think about the next steps so that your job search is more effective and the objective is reached as soon as possible.


All those who are seeking work can get assistance and practical advice, free of charge, from the Directorate of Labour counsellors regarding the search for a job.


Councelling, studies and courses by Directorate of Labour.


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Preparing an application

In Iceland it is customary to include a CV with a job application. It is best that the resume is no longer than one page. Most people include a photo, but even if it is not required, it can be useful. Among information that needs to be provided is age, ethnicity, language skills, marital status and so on and information about education, work experience, hobbies and other skills. A list of references must also be included.


An application or CV should be accompanied by a cover letter, maximum one page, that describes the main advantages of the person as an employee. It is possible to send the same CV with all job applications, but a special cover letter should be prepared for each job applied for.

Those who are already in Iceland when they start looking for a job are often invited for a job interview. Whether the interview is conducted face-to-face, by telephone or by e-mail, it provides a good opportunity to ask more about various aspects of the job. To prepare for the interview it´s also good to study the company a bit and its operations in advance.


For factory jobs and work that does not require special education, employers in Iceland usually have standard application forms. Such forms can be found on recruitment service websites. The forms are often only available in Icelandic, but the EURES application form is available in many languages. Employers use the applications to decide who to contact for job interviews, so it is important that the forms are completed correctly.

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