The Czech Republic's entrance into the EU has allowed international companies to make a mark on the local economy. Electrical engineering, automotive, and tourism sectors have all continued to develop. Though rural areas are slow to develop, the country's central location, able workforce, and beautiful capitol city of Prague are all attractive.
Expertise in Czech language will open doors in the job market. The other most common language in business is English. If you do not have Czech language skills, the tourism industry is one of the easiest to break into and there is room for other languages as well.
To be hired by a Czech company, the employer must demonstrate that the position could not be filled by a Czech citizen. This is a difficult process and is usually only undertaken by large companies or if there is a need for a very specialized skill. Understandably, this makes it difficult for expatriates. It is much easier for foreigners to get a job at an international company.
Resume- brief overview of work and educational experience. Prominent in the US when applying for employment. Typically one page.
CV (curriculum vitae)- more in depth look at work and educational experience. Prominent in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Typically two or more pages.
A CV is usually needed when applying for a professional position. The CV should contain:
Contact Information: Relevant personal contact information at the top of the page including:
Education: This section should come before work experience if you are in school or have been out of school for one to three years, depending on your level of work experience and how relevant your education is to your career.
Certificates & Diplomas: Courses, seminars, congresses or conferences that are relevant in relation to the position. Note if you received any special honours.
Languages: This is extremely relevant to an international job. List which languages you speak and your level: advanced, intermediate or beginner. Point out if you can translate, speak, or write in each language and list any associated degrees. If you are submitting your resume in Czech, be sure to have a native speaker read it first. Punctuation and grammar are extremely important.
Computer Skills: Programs, applications, word processing, database, Internet, etc.
Interests: You may include personal interests such as hobbies, sports, activities.
A cover letter usually accompanies a CV in a job application. In the format of a letter, it establishes your tone and intent. Also known as a cover letter, covering letter, motivation letter, or letter of motivation. The cover letter should focus on your future plans. Usually no longer than one page, handwritten cover letters may be requested.
After you have completed your CV, it is time to search for jobs. Luckily, there are many excellent resources within the Czech Republic.
Searching for a job online has never been easier. There are numerous sites with the ability to filter listings by location, specialization, salary, etc. Some of the most popular sites are:
Operated by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic, offices are located throughout the country. Job listings, resources, and advice can be found here. Public employment agencies offer service free of charge for Czech citizens or a foreigners with permanent residency. Registered job seekers also receive state-financed health insurance and social security contributions.
As part of the EU, Czech job seekers can access the European job mobility portal EURES. This resource provides information about job vacancies and the labor market in the Czech Republic. It also provides information on the living and working conditions, and a CV posting service.
Expat and social forums are another resource for job seekers. The Czech expat site, http://www.expats.cz/ has great listings for available positions. Easy expat's forums are another place to inquire about vacancies.
The old fashioned method of looking through the newspaper's classified's is still an effective way to look for employment.
Interviews are a chance for a company to get to know you before hiring you. Research the company before the interview to discover their missions and direction. It is not uncommon for there to be a series of interviews, with the first lasting 30-60 min, and further meetings possibly taking an entire day.
Most jobs rely on an employment contract (except for positions no longer than one month). The contract must be in writing and can include details of the type of work to be done, duration, salary, and benefits. If salary is not included, there must be a separate agreement stating the monthly income. Any further specifics like business trips must be written in within one month of the start of employment.
It is common to have a probational period at a new job. The length and requirements of this period should be detailed within the contract, including what should happen if either side wishes to terminate the contract. The maximum length for a probation period is three months.
As in many countries expats reside in, teaching English is a common position. Prague is the best city in the Czech Republic to teach as there are more organizations and higher pay. With the acceptance of the Czech Republic into the EU, once lax visa laws have become noticeably tighter. Most language schools in Prague now demand all applicants have TEFL course certificates, a college degree, and adequate visa clearance and registration.
The Czech provinces offer much lower wages than in Prague. For a native speaker, rates are about 120 Kc to 240 Kc per hour at a private school; 300 Kc to 400 Kc for private classes.
In Prague, competition among teachers and schools can be fierce. Building a reputation and experience will take time here. All beginning teachers get paid about 300 kc per 45 minutes. With experience, teachers can make much, much more then they ever could in the smaller markets.
In a good month, teachers can make about 18,000 kc.
One of the best resources when looking for positions is The Prague Post's classified's. Other websites include: http://prague.tv/classifieds/, http://www.expats.cz/prague/f-51.html, and http://www.jobs.cz/.
The easiest way to get started teaching English is to find a school. The best situations are companies that pay for health insurance and aid in getting visa paperwork completed. These positions are few and far between and in high demand. Schools with the best reputations include: Caledonian School, Languages at Work, Elvis Language School, and Charles University.
Applicants usually submit their resume and application, and if the school approves, the applicant will be asked for an interview. The interview can consist of a sample lesson (about 20 minutes) or a grammar test. Some schools will throw teachers right in for a 90 minute class where the school observes and either offers the job, or does not.
It is common for new teachers to only receive a few classes at first, usually morning classes. Many teachers work at two schools.
Offering private lessons is usually more profitable per hour, but means a lot of hard work to find your own customers. The best way to get private students is to post advertisements in business newspapers, on bulletin boards, or post in the classified section. It is also helpful to have Czech language skills so you are able to work with beginner students. And while private students offer immediate money in your pocket, it can be hard to establish a reliable clientele.
Private lessons in technical and business English at private companies is the most lucrative strain of teaching. These jobs are hard to come by, and without experience, it is unlikely you will be able to gain a contract. It is also necessary to have all your paperwork in order for these positions.
To be a legal private teacher, essentially you need to set up as a small business. This means: pay taxes, buy state health insurance, and purchase a business license (Zivnostensky). Many people operate illegally, but penalties can include fines and deportation.
If you are in need of short term work of any kind, there are agencies that will find you employment with another company. As an added bonus, sometimes short term work can lead to longer contract.
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There is a work visa that is available for people working in the Czech Republic for no longer than 90 days. EU citizens or nationals of Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland or Switzerland do not need to apply for this visa.
In conjunction with a long-stay visa, you may apply for a work permit. Along with the required documentation for that visa, you will need to supply an employment contract.
For further information on Visas, go to our section on Passport and Visas.
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