How To Find a Job in Austria as a Foreigner

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Mountain Landscape in Austria

Austria is a landlocked country located in Central Europe. It shares borders with the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. The official language is German.

Because the official language is German, most of the best resources for finding a job are in German. If you know German that is great. But, if not, find someone you know that can speak German to help you out.

A good starting point for your search is this country is to read this post at the Public Employment Service in Austria. Not only do they have advice, but they often have openings for tourist related jobs and short term/seasonal jobs, particularly in Vienna, Salzburg, and Innsbruck.

Also, check out the local newspapers in Vienna, Graz, Linz, Salzburg, and Innsbruck. The classifieds in these newspapers often have job openings.

There is only so much you can do via the internet, so if you are dead set on finding a job in this country, book yourself a flight to Vienna and use the resources below to start looking for a job. There are quite a few foreigners who work in this country, so it is not impossible. Just like everything in life, you have to go out there and try, planting continuous seeds, before your plans of working and living in this country come to fruition. Don’t give up!

General Job Search Engines and Classifieds

With the sites below, you can expect to get a 0.5 to 1.0% response rate (people who will respond back to you to whom you sent your application/CV.) Nevertheless, I encourage you to give these sites a try as you never know what you will come up with or what connections you can make from a simple e-mail or application.

  • Jobs in ViennaIf you are an English speaker who is interested in doing something other than teaching English, check out Jobs in Vienna. They have multiple job opportunities across a number of different disciplines.
  • Der StandardDer Standard is the job search arm of the newspaper Der Standard.
  • KarriereSimple, clean interface that has a bunch of job vacancies posted.
  • Job Pilot: Although not as popular as the others, Job Pilot is still a solid resource. Check it out after you’ve tried the sites above.
  • Austrian Employment ServiceThe official website of the Austrian Employment Service.
  • Monster Austria: The Monster job search brand has been around since pretty much the dawn of the internet era.
  • Career Jet: I’m sure you’ve heard of Career Jet. They have job search options for Austria.
  • Indeed: The Austrian version of the big U.S. job search site Indeed.com.

Teaching English

Teaching English is an option to consider (if you are a native English speaker that is). All of the sites below are pretty similar and have a massive amount of teaching English job options. Browse through each of the sites for any English job opportunities in Austria. Also, be sure to check out this cool table from the International TEFL academy that shows how much money teachers can expect to make in various countries around the world.

  • ESL Employment: Not the most beautiful interface, but who needs a pretty website when you have so many English teaching job options to choose from.
  • The Herold: You can sometimes find teaching jobs here at the Herold, Austria’s Yellow pages.
  • Total ESL: Also an overly busy interface but a wealth of job postings for teaching jobs abroad.
  • ESL Cafe: Dave does a great job in compiling some of the best job openings from around the world.
  • Tesall: Big teaching jobs aggregator.

Other Websites and Blogs

  • Transitions AbroadTransitions Abroad has a really comprehensive list for anyone considering becoming an expatriate in Austria.
  • Expat ArrivalsExpat Arrivals has a good overview of what the work environment is like in Austria.
  • Tricycle LoveThinking about moving to Salzburg? The information on this post is old but still relevant.
  • ProspectsA no-frills discussion of the job market in Austria.

Overseas and Expat Job Portals

  • Overseas Jobs:  I find that there is often significant overlap between the postings on this site and that of other sites. Nevertheless this site has been around for a while.
  • Go Abroad: I’ve always been a fan of GoAbroad. In fact, on the visa information portion of my website, you will find where I have linked to their global embassies directory. They have a good job portal too.
  • Linkedin: Last but not least, this huge professional social network is a resource for building contacts in the field and location of your interest.

There you have it. The best places to find jobs in Austria as a foreigner. For information on visas for Austria, be sure to check out my Austria visa page. If you are looking to spice up your dating life, check out my post on the best online dating sites in Austria.

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