How to Land a Job in Vienna, Austria

Currently, the market outlook in Vienna, Austria is considerably bright. For those seeking work, Austria’s cultural hub of Danube is the perfect place to begin your search. There are numerous businesses and career opportunities in various sectors including finance, tech, manufacturing, fashion, the arts, and more; here are some tips to help you land your dream job in Vienna...

Seeking Employment

Seeking employment in Vienna is very similar to seeking work in the UK. The better and brighter your resume the better and the more specialised you field, the more apt you are to be hired. If you are a recent graduate or are about to graduate, seeking an internship in Vienna is the most ideal way to get started working in Vienna.

Business Etiquette

In most cases, the best way to stand out from other applicants is to make a memorable first impression. Business etiquette in Vienna is very similar to etiquette in the UK. Understanding cultural influences and attitudes will give you the upper hand when attempting to master business etiquette. Here are some quick tips:

  • Punctuality: Punctuality for an interview is always important but it is especially so in Vienna. Even a few minute delay will be frowned upon so remember to arrive early to your interview or meeting.
  • Gift Giving: Though appreciated, gifts are not required during a business meeting. If you decide to bring a gift to your interview, make sure it is simple and unassuming. A gift which is a trinket or representation of your homeland will be received well.
  • Business Cards: If you have a business card, you can present it. 
  • Business Attire: Business men and women in Vienna dress exceptionally well. This means a dark coloured suit and tie for men and a dark conservative dress or suit for women. Never, ever where shorts or sneakers, no matter how casual the position you are seeking seems.
  • Greetings: Greet everyone present at your interview by making eye contact and shaking hands. Titles and rank are very important to Austrians. Be sure to properly address those conduction your interview.

*Note: Personal compliments during business can offend, remain professional at all times during your interview.

Work Permits

Once you decide you will begin seeking employment in Austria, you must begin the process for garnering your work permit or work visa. There are several factors which effect which type of work permit you will need; namely, the amount of time you will be working in Vienna, your country of residence, your current occupation or field of work, and your current qualifications.

Naturally, the most ideal situation for securing a work permit would be that you are an expert in your field and already have a company sponsoring your for a work visa. If you are not one of the lucky few, Austria allows a special six month job seekers visa for individuals who would like to come to the country to find work. This process usually takes about two months to complete, but once you receive your job seeker’s visa you are free to travel to Austria to seek employment.

Those that are highly skilled workers or experts in their field should apply for the Rot-Weiß-Rot – Karte. This will include a work permit and a settlement permit, the latter only being for a certain period of time. This type of work permit is the easiest to receive, mainly because the company who is hiring you must fill out most of the paperwork for your visa.

If none of these options applies to you, you will need to apply for a settlement visa. After you secure this permit, you will be able to apply for a work visa. This process is the most complicated, but detailed information can be found at the Austrian Public Employment Service.


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