After you have listed your formal competencies now is the time to provide the documents that will confirm them.
Here is the list of possible documents:
- Diploma (the highest achieved education)
- University Diploma
- Bachelor Diploma
- High-school (if this is the highest education)
- Foreign high education recognition (NOKUT)
- Exams passed
- Certificates of achievement from courses
- Certificate of apprenticeship
- Letters of recommendation from previous employers
- Letters of commendation from business associates
- Driving License
- Reference list
If you have just finished your studies without any work experience employer might ask for a description of your major subjects at University or College.
Moreover, Master or Doctor level candidates sometimes need to provide a Master’s or Doctor’s thesis.
For the candidates that hold some special certificates might be useful to list the exams passed with grades.
NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) is a Norwegian institution for recognition of foreign high education. Be aware that it takes some time to get the actual recognition so take that into account.
We have created Word Checklist for you that you can download and use. Just check the documents sent with your application and you are good to go.
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What To Do Next…
Here are the next steps to be sure that all documents have been collected, translated, recognized, copied, backup, and archived. By doing these steps you will not be just ready to apply for the position but in addition, you will be well-organized and you can pull out these documents whenever there is a need for them.
- Make Certified Translation of non-English or non-Norwegian documents.
- Apply for recognition of your high foreign education at NOKUT.
- Gather all the documents from the above list.
- Scan all your documents to have a digital copy.
- Create a folder on your PC or laptop where you will store your digital copies.
- Make a backup copy on your NAS server or use cloud solutions such as Google Drive so you have your digital copies on two different physical locations just in case you are missing access to one or another.
- Make print copies of needed documents so you can hand them in as needed during the Job Interview.
- When you are preparing the documents for the Job Interview put them in Expanding Organizer File Folder with index tabs and that will give the impression of a well-organized person to your future employer.
- We will write a tailored Cover Letters and Resume for each individual application that will accompany all the rest of the above-mentioned documents.
Here are some useful words in Norwegian used in this text.
|3||Certificate of achievement||Kursbevis|
|4||Certificate of apprenticeship||Fagbrev|
|5||Foreign high education recognition||Godkjenning av utenladsk utdaning|
|6||Letters of recommendations||Attester|
|7||Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education||NOKUT|
Good To Know
We have already mentioned but we would like to emphasize once more that getting certified translation of your non-English or non-Norwegian documents takes time. In addition, recognition of your higher education by NOKUT takes time as well so be prepared to calculate these steps when preparing and gathering all your job application documents.
Finally, you have gathered, prepared, and well-organized all your job application documents. Now is the time to apply for the job. Just do not forget to follow up on your job application as we have described in the article Follow Up Sent Job Application In Norway.
Good Luck with your Job Search!
Don’t forget that this article is part of a text serious about finding a job in Norway. Depending on the phase you are in at the moment maybe you can find some articles useful for yourself so please check them out.
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Author: Dejan Mladenovic
I moved my family of 3 to Norway in 2008 and created this website so that I can share what I’ve learned with anyone that’s thinking of moving or traveling to Norway. It’s such an awesome place, and I want you to get the most out of it!
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