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How to find a job in Budapest

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You may have many reasons for coming to Budapest in search of a new life. A fresh start far away from home is never easy, even if country-hopping has become commonplace, and language, in most cases, is not an issue anymore.

What might be an issue is finding a job – right until you scan through these golden pieces of advice.

Online options
For better or for worse – as Bob Dylan would say – the times, they are a-changin’, which is especially true when it comes to looking for a job. In today’s faster-than-a-coked-up-lightning-bolt world, everything’s done online, with job hunting not being an exception. Here’s a trio of must-check-out websites.
Profession.hu
Profession.hu is one of the best in the business, although there’s one tiny problem: it’s only available in Hungarian. Regardless, with the assistance of your browser’s built-in translator, it will be smooth sailing, especially because all you need to do is upload your CV, specify the languages you speak,  then scan through the split-into-categories job offers, for which you can instantly apply.
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Budapest Jobs  
An English website aimed at international workforce, which is also mighty useful for freelancers, students, internship- and part time job-seekers. Upload your CV, apply, and then hope for the best.
LinkedIn
If you think LinkedIn is just another ego-flashing social network, think again. Tidy up your profile (but don’t flood it with useless quotes, cute kitty memes, and too much personal info), set your location, then dive into the sea of (mostly) suiting offers.
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International companies based in Budapest

Several international companies have set up camp in Budapest due to both the city’s central location within Europe and the shockingly low expenses. The following corporations call Budapest one of their homes:

  • IBM
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Ericsson Worldwide
  • Nokia Solutions and Networks
  • Hewlett-Packard (HP)
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Vodafone
  • General Electrics
  • Prezi
  • Deloitte

These international mega-companies offer a wide variety of jobs, although the most sought-after positions in Budapest are related to consultancy, costumer services, accounting, software engineering and developing, and online marketing. As you may have noticed, the world revolves around the internet and technology, so those specializing in any of the fields related to the latter will easily earn their daily bread in Budapest.

Average Salary in Budapest
When looking for a job or before an interview, it is most advised to do a small research on the city, the given position, the company, and the average salary in order to know what to expect and how much dough you can ask for. The cost of living in Budapest, even if it’s a major metropolis, is not as high as in other European capital cities – though, consequently, the salaries are not sky-scraping, either. When working full time, you can expect to earn a net amount around 150.000 – 250.000 HUF a month.
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According to survey data, finding a job in Budapest takes around two months, but don’t let that either fool you or freak you out! Success depends on a plethora of factors, some of which cannot be taken into consideration in such a survey, so our best advice is to persevere, Budapest is more than worth it. After achieving your goal, and before moving to Budapest, lay your eyes on these useful articles courtesy of our Spanish expert.

Good luck!