How to find a job in Croatia

Finding a job can drain a lot of energy and time. If you don’t know how to find a job in Croatia, you may spend too much energy on some actions which won’t bring your desired results.

It is easier to keep up to date on open jobs if you know where to look. There are many online resources where you can look for available job positions in Croatia. Some portals also publish articles with advice that can help in your job search. Here are the best steps to take when looking for a new job in Croatia.

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Find a job through word of mouth

Sometimes the easiest way to find a job is with some help from your friends, relatives, and acquaintances. Talk to them and find out if they can help you out. Referrals are the most common way people find jobs, especially in Croatia, so this could be the best way to go.

Maybe your friend’s just heard of a great offer and she thinks that you would be ideal for the job. Put the word out with your community that you are looking for a job. You never know what might pop up.

Find a job by targeting a company directly

Instead of browsing endless job applications online, instead pick a few companies that you want to work for and target them specifically.

If you wish to come to Croatia to work as a non-EU national, then this is your best option for getting a job. You cannot be granted a work permit without a work contract from a Croatian company. Your best bet for finding work will be to find companies in your industry and contact them directly for an opportunity.

If you do seek a work permit in Croatia as a non-EU national, it is important to know that a company can only offer you employment if a Croatian is not already seeking this same type of role by registering with the government’s unemployment office. Before a company can fill a position with a foreigner, they must first check with the government to see if a Croatian is already seeking the same position. If there is a Croatian who has registered with the government as seeking that role, then the government will mediate a contract between that person and the company, reducing your changes of getting the job.

Previously a company could offer a contract to a foreigner as long as the position fit into the quota, without the need to check with the government first. However, as of 2020, quotas have been discontinued.

Targeting a company directly can be done in two different ways.

Check their web site for openings

Many companies put their job applications on their own websites. They consider that if you are really interested in working for them, you will often visit their site to check on job openings.

Following the companies you admire or you’d like to work for is always a plus because if you reach to the job interview, you will already know a lot about them and their business, giving you an edge.

Open application

Another useful method for finding a job is to send an open application to the companies where you want to work. Most companies appreciate this additional effort and pro activity.

Don’t be lazy. Take some time to research companies that suit you. Many of them have a form on their website or an email address where you can send a cover letter and CV. You can also go in person to the company as well. With seasonal work especially, this can be very effective.

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Search on Croatian job portals

There are many web sites available where you can find a job. This is usually the fastest and the most comfortable method for seeking job applications.

The available jobs are usually divided into separate categories depending on the branch of the business. Many sites also allow you to drill down with certain parameters to better focus your search.

Here are some of the biggest job search portals in Croatia:

Moj Posao

Moj Posao is the most popular job-seeking web portal in Croatia. People like to use it because it is intuitive, clear, and has many job offers in one place. The biggest companies in Croatia put their available job positions on Moj Posao.

You can subscribe to their newsletter to get daily job offers according to your chosen parameters most relevant for your search, once you’ve registered a free account. This way you won’t have to visit the portal every day, and you’ll still be updated on the latest jobs best for you.

Let the government help you

Another way to find a job in Croatia is to leverage government resources. Hrvatski zavod za zapošljavanje, HZZ or burza rada (Croatian Employment Service) is a state institution that implements employment programs on the basis of public authority. Its headquarters is in Zagreb. Every unemployed person can apply to Burza, regardless of whether you’ve had a job before or not. By applying, you will be kept up to date with new job applications.

Burza has the obligation to send you job applications according to your education, profession, and interests. Usually, they send notifications via SMS messages. Your obligation is to check in to their office once a month in the beginning, and as time goes by, once every two months. You can unsubscribe from Burza any time if you’ve found a job or if you don’t want to be subscribed anymore. Subscribing to Burza is not required by the state if you don’t have a job.

The official HZZ web portal where you can find all the job applications is here.

You must apply at the office closest to your permanent address. The list of HZZ regional offices in Croatia can be found here. Find the regional office in your region and click on “ISPOSTAVE” to see where is the closest HZZ office you may visit.

Good luck in your job hunt!

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