Finding and applying for a job

Job vacancies

Gorenje - producer of domestic appliances. Photo: Gorenje archive


Job vacancies are published on the Employment Service of Slovenia  and EURES  web-sites. They are also published in the daily newspapers (Delo, Dnevnik, Večer, Primorske novice, Gorenjski glas, Dolenjski glas…).

Job brokering is performed through the Employment Service of Slovenia or private employment agencies owning a concession issued by the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs. Those agencies are not allowed to demand any payment from job seekers for finding employment.

Speculative applications are very common and often successful in the Slovenia. Even if the company has no vacancies at the time, they might still keep your application on file and contact you when a vacancy opens.

A modern and faster way of finding employment is by registering in the CV database which enables a potential employer looking for new employees to consider your CV. This service is provided by the Employment Service of Slovenia  (in Slovenian) and by the EURES web page that offers the service in all European languages and in different formats. This web service is also available from some agencies and employers.

Applying for a job - Letter of application

If the job does not require you to be in command of Slovenian language, it may be acceptable to write your application in English or any other language requested by the employer. The application letter is preferably a one-page letter in A4 format. The style is short, direct and professional.

At the top of the letter you should write your contact details (full name, address, telephone number and e-mail address), name and address of employer, date. In general, the body of the letter starts with the reason for applying. The middle part explains why you are the right candidate for the job. At the end of the letter, it is common to say that you would like to be invited for an interview to elaborate on your application. Remember that research has shown that a candidate's motivation is one of the main criteria for selection. 

Slovenian companies often respond quickly, usually straight away by sending you written confirmation when they receive your application. After the closing date for the application, candidates will be informed by letter if they have been selected for an interview. Contact the employer to make sure your letter has not been misplaced if you do not receive a confirmation of your application within 21 days.

Curriculum Vitae

If you want to apply for job vacancies in Slovenia, a structured and concise CV (Curriculum Vitae) needs to be written. If you do not master Slovenian language, the CV should be written in English language. Since there is no standard CV in use, the following information should be included:

  • Personal details (date of birth, nationality, address, e-mail, telephone number, driver's license, etc.)
  • Education (including courses, no results are given) including knowledge of languages
  • Work experience (including dates)
  • Particular areas of competence, leisure activities and hobbies.

Annexation of a photograph is not a practice in Slovenia.

The details about your education and work experience are often given in a-chronological order, starting with your last working experience and ending with your first job. With regards to the details of your work experience, please mention the employer and the tasks performed. Recruitment officers value leisure activities and civic responsibilities very much. These should therefore be mentioned in your CV. Make them look as relevant as possible for the job. It is advisable to adapt your CV accordingly when applying for different jobs.

It is not necessary to include copies of diplomas, references or other official documents. They will be required and verified at a later stage of the application process. It is not necessary to include copies of diplomas, employer testimonials or other official documents. They will be required and verified at a later stage of the application process.

You can also use the standard European Curriculum Vitae format (Europass Curriculum Vitae) 

Resumé

Instead of a CV, writing a resumé is commonly used by people with substantial working experience and in case of speculative applications with recruitment agencies. It is less structured and briefer than a CV. It is also more subjective. The presentation of your achievements, goals in life and career plans are optional. You can choose a historical, analytical, chronological, practical or creative form.

A typical resumé starts off with explaining the type of job desired, followed by a chronological resumé in which you describe your most recent job activities first. Dates are only mentioned if appropriate and emphasis is put particularly on qualities and experience.

It is not necessary to include copies of diplomas, references from previous employers or other official documents. However, they will be required and verified at a later stage of the application process.

Job interview

After successfully applying for a job through an application letter, a job interview is the next step. During the interview you can expect questions about education and training, work experience, hobbies and personal interest. In addition, questions about your personality, your strengths and weaknesses, extracurricular activities, as well as membership of societies and organizations may be asked. Recruiting officers view leisure activities and civic responsibilities as important factors.

More unstructured questions will be asked about your motivation for the job, your specific interest in the field and the company. Informing yourself about the company can help you with preparing for such questions.

Some helpful tips for the interview:

  • Research showed that a candidate's motivation is one of the main selection criteria during these interviews.
  • At the end of the interview it is normal to ask some questions yourself. Give some thought to this in advance.
  • It is very important to distinguish yourself from the other candidates. Make sure to show your enthusiasm and self-confidence.
  • Bring copies of your curriculum vitae, diplomas, references and any other documents you consider useful.