Graduate guide InterResource, Business and Social Sciences 2012 Target your CV You are judged in 30 seconds Hr panel how to impress at the job interview Oleksandr Gerasymovych ”Everybody accepts and supports me.” How to Negotiate your salary TESTS They also help you! Your career in Denmark Hr panel InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 HOW TO WRITE A GOOD APPLICATION 6 InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 14 22 40 Learn Danish How to negotiate salary 30 Unemployment Survival Guide 36 A big congratulations on your Master’s degree from Aarhus University In the Autumn of 2011, Aarhus University - Business and Social Sciences, was elected the most innovative Business School in Northern Europe. We received the honour because Business and Social Sciences covers a wide field on a high international level: Here it is possible to gain core academic qualifications, while at the same time open up to true interdisciplinarities. So, now you can establish a profile on both an ever stronger education brand and a high academic level that makes you an asset for your future employers. But even though you will be an asset for a fortunate private or public company, you have to make things happen yourself. As CEO Morten Højbjerg also takes note of in his article about the labour market in the year of 2012 on page (x), you must be proactive and show a sincere interest as a new graduate job hunting. The same message recurs when former students such as (NAME) and (NAME) talk about the jump from student life to business life. You can read their portraits in this guide, along with many other articles with good advice on how to land your first full-time job. Portrait of Oleksandr Gerasymovych 12 Job hunt Now it is time to say goodbye to several years of lectures, long days in the study hall and exam stress. You must now go out and engage in the business life where you can use the knowledge and tools, university has equipped you with. And with a diploma from Aarhus University - Business and Social Sciences, you are well off, as you are among the first ones to graduate with a diploma from the new main area. A fact that you can use to your advantage, when you are going to sell your talent on a labour market that is under pressure right now – but that will change. I wish you good luck, and hope that you will stay connected with Aarhus University as a member of AU Alumni for many years to come. 43 Create your own job Svend Hylleberg, Dean Aarhus University, Business and Social Sciences Your career in Denmark InterResource Project 2 34 Portrait of Kristina Sedereviciute Graduate guide page InterResource Project Targeting your resume Be yourself when applying for a job The one and only 4 8-11 12 13 HR Panel: How to write a good application Start a business in Denmark Be successful in your job interview Tests help you, as well as the employer 14-15 16-17 18 19 HR Panel: How to impress at the job interview How to negotiate your salary Graduate Panel: Good advice on how to get the first job The Alumni Network Graduate Panel: Negotiate your salary 20-21 22-23 24-25 26-27 28-29 Unemployment Survival Guide Portrait: Quality, equality – and plenty of exercise Portrait: There has to be change Portrait: Top grades not enough 30-31 32-33 34-35 36-37 Learning Danish will get you a job Create your job in a small or medium-sized enterprise Danish companies miss out on global talent What should I do when I graduate? 40-41 43 44 45 3 4 Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 INTERRESOURCE PROJECT InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 Your career in Denmark 5 AU Career partners: Dansk Supermarked The aim of the project is to benefit international students by increasing the awareness of Danish companies in regards to the value of employing international students. The goal is to help create a professional network in Denmark for international students, and to guide them in finding study-relevant positions during their education, and afterwards in the form of a full-time job. Involved in the project is the entire Aarhus University, as well as AU Herning, the Aarhus School of Architecture, and Studenterhus Århus. The InterResource project organises a variety of different events, such as: • CV and cover letter seminars • Lectures on Danish culture • Networking events for internationals • Entrepreneurship events for internationals • Informative events for students who are about to graduate • Competence assesment workshops The InterResource project also provides different services: • Quick CV and Cover Letter counseling • Focus Profile Feedback • Advice on job interviews and salary negotiation For more information, visit: www.au.dk/interresource Facebook fan page: InterResource E-mail: [email protected] Junior Consult Se mere om mennesker og ambitioner dongenergy.com/job Ambitious people Invest in your future - start a career in Nordea The will and ambition to develop and build a career are important. When you grow as a person, we also grow. Nordea, the leading financial services group in the Nordic and Baltic Sea Region, offers a wide range of career opportunities. The breadth and diversity of our business give our employees great possibilities to develop and pursue a variety of careers locally, nationally or internationally. Meet our employees on nordea.com/career and learn more about working in Nordea. We have an ambitious long-term objective of providing reliable energy without CO2. We therefore need people who share our ambition and dedication in turning visions into reality and developing sustainable and CO2-free energy solutions. Ambitions may appear in many ways. They can be personal and relate to your professional development and career or they can be about being somewhere where you can participate in complex projects together with skilled colleagues; and finally your ambitions can be global and be about making a difference in the world. You invest your talent – we grow together DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe. We are headquartered in Denmark. Our business is based on procuring, producing, distributing and trading in energy and related products in Northern Europe. We have approximately 6,000 employees and generated DKK 55 billion (EUR 7.3 billion) in revenue in 2010. For further information, see dongenergy.com Making it possible 8 Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 Your career in Denmark 9 Example of a well structured resume Targeting your resume targetin resume Many students do not think about what makes a CV interesting to read. The CV must reflect your value so that the company just have to hear more and invite you for an interview. By Trine Lundgaard, Career Consultant, CA a-kasse You have about 30 seconds to qualify for an interview. Typically it takes 30 seconds to scan each CV in the pile of applications. Therefore, your CV must be focused and show the skills that make you the right person for the job. Tailor your CV for the job Tailor your CV to suit the job you are applying for. If responding to an job advertisement, find out which of your skills and experiences are relevant. Highlight these in your CV so the employer can see at a glance, if you have what they are looking for. Structure your CV Since you will only have 30 seconds to catch the attention of the reader, your CV should be structured and manageable. It may well be several pages long, but it has to be manageable and easy for the reader to get an impression of your data. You can structure the CV chronologically or according to your skills. Our experience is that the chronological CV is best for students and recent graduates as they usually have limited experience to list. Furthermore, employers are more used to the chronological CV. When writing Checklist You need to make an effort when working with your CV so that it looks fantastic! Use the checklist and be sure that you are on the right track. Let a professional check your CV thoroughly, if possible. Contact CA’s career consultants at [email protected] they can help you with your CV. It is free. • The layout is nice and there is structure and overview • Page number and name on all pages - if possible as a footnote • The photo is a sensible photo with a plain background • The CV is saved as a pdf file to keep all settings a chronological CV, always list the most recent experience first, and work your way back in time. Chronological CV The chronological CV is usually divided into different categories. For example: • A short introduction containing personal data and contact information. • Training and qualifying courses. Highlight the relevant skills you have acquired through education. • Work experience: Describe previous jobs you might have had and elaborate on relevant experience. • Language skills including level of speaking and writing • IT knowledge and level. • Foreign experience. E.g. studies or work abroad. • Profile: Who you are, your personal interests, what you are passionate about besides your job. • References if the company asks for it in the ad. The order may be different from person to person. If you have a broad work experience, you might want to prioritize work experience before education. Competency CV A competency CV is also called a function-based CV. The idea is to focus on different functions rather than places of employment and education areas. Focus on three to five qualifications that in your opinion are the key to success in the job, and describe your skills and experience in these areas. Besides qualifications, a competency CV must also contain personal data and contact information. You may also consider supplementing the skills with a brief chronological overview of education and work experience. It gives the reader an opportunity to maintain a continuous overview, the lack of which could otherwise be a disadvantage to the competency CV. CV Page 1 Contact information Please write “contact info” here and / or on top of the page. Enter the complete address, phone number and e-mail. Berit Petersen, Stavnsgade 34, 4, 8000 Aarhus C, Tlf. 2020 202 0, mail: [email protected] ersen. dk Contact inform ation Curriculum Vita e Name Address Headlines Let your CV be inspired by the Table of Content in a book - create headlines and subheadlines in order to enhance clarity. Education Place your education before work experience, as your primary skills at this stage are derived from your education. Grades Only share your grades if they are good. Practical Results If you have just graduated it is important to show that you are able to transform theory into practice. If you don’t have a reference from your thesis, major projects in cooperation with companies may also be relevant. Berit Petersen Stavnsgade 34, 4 8000 Aarhus C Tel. 2020 2020 Mail [email protected] Marital status Gir lfriend with Jens Date of birth Ma rch 3rd 1985 Insert your own picture Personal profile I would describe myself as a trustw orthy and dedica responsibility. Du ted person who is ring the course of keen to adapt my education, I have worked wit have worked on h many different projects where I types of people fro to take the role as m different backgroun coordinator, and ds. I like ensure that we alw interested in a job ays reach our goa where I can draw l. I am on my commitme cultural understan nt and ding. ambitions and use my Education 2009-2011 MSc. Internation al Business, Aa rhus School of Academic focus Business (ASB) areas : International bus iness Financial analysis - including interna tional capital mo Project managem vements ent and leadershi p International ma rket research Grade average: 9.5 Thesis (For Dan Wear Collection A/S ) “Implementation of production stru ctures in Danwear Collection A / S ‘s subsidiary in the Czech Republic “. Practical result (Grade 10) : Quote from assess ment: “We now apply the results Berit reache d in her analysis. Specifically,westa rtedacourseinqu alityassurancefor employees in pro our duction”. (Ove Nie lsen, Managing Dir Danwear) ector of Key learning: - Experiencein quantitativeand qualitativemarke presentation of the tresearchand results Project managem ent Perform critical eva luation of a given market 2006-2009 HA - General, ASB Thesis: “Market assessme nt of the sales pot ential of PH-lamps in collaboration wit in Australia” h Louis Poulsen (Gr ade: 10 - New sca le) 2003-2006 A-leve ls from Silkeborg Gymnasium, lan guage line Page 1 of 3 Marital Status and Age Evaluate whether it is an advantage to state your age and marital status at the beginning or end of the CV. Portrait Insert a neutral photo, as it gives a face to “match” your skills. Personal profile Prepare a paragraph about your personal profile. It can be a good idea to start the CV with a brief summary that provides a label for your competence profile. What is your “contribution” to the company. You can also mention your wishes for a future job. Do not use more than 3-5 lines. Academic focus areas Describe what you have worked with in your study. Don’t use subject titles but describe the work areas included in the subjects. Choose areas relevant for the job you are applying for. Key learning What do you take with you from your training to your next job? What does the company ‘get’ by hiring you? 10 Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 ersen.dk 0, mail: [email protected] C, Tlf. 2020 202 4, 8000 Aarhus Stavnsgade 34, Berit Petersen, CV page 2 Job Description Workplace: E.g. the company and its size if the company name is not a well known one. Tasks What specific tasks did you perform. Be very specific and if possible quantify your job. Most jobs can be measured in one way or another. 2011 Results Positive sales results and other success stories shows a future employer what you have achieved. If possible, mention percentage increases in sales, knowledge, satisfaction etc. Concrete results greatly improve your CV. CV page 3 ! Bureau SEARCH iewer, Analysis Telephone Interv er satisfaction Tasks: sumer and custom in the areas of con Market research ess database Data entry in Acc stionnaire dents ) and - Testingofque veys (350 respon er satisfaction sur Analysis of custom twriting subsequentrepor ch and methods Key learning: of consumer resear Practical knowledge ds tho me g win rvie s inte ephonebased Insight into variou estionnairesfortel preparationofqu in nce erie Exp - market research 2005-2006 Include numbers Here is an example of how to include numbers. 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Republic for the salers in The Cze rk for food whole Created a netwo ay. tod sy bas em the at This is still in use rket lementations of ma Key learning: of the practical imp dge In depth knowle n Europe. partners research in Easter potential business king contact with ope Eur n Experience in ma ter Eas of e iness cultur Insight into the bus - 2008-2010 11 Berit Petersen, Stavnsgade 34, 4, 8000 Aarhus C, Tlf. 2020 2020, mail: [email protected] sen.dk e Work Experienc 2011 - Your career in Denmark Learning What do you take with you from this job to the next? Your future employer will want to benefit from the learning you take with you from previous jobs. Focus on useful skills who’s value make a real difference. Font Choose a font that is readable, simple and in a readable size. Some of the most common are Arial and Verdana. Posten iewer, JyllandsTelephone Interv Tasks: scriptions of newspaper sub Telephone sales and events pers at campaigns Hand out newspa - last year Results: the sellers in my per cent among ands-Posten’s Jyll at Was in the top 5 s yee plo ator for 25 em Was elected coordin l. nderborg Festiva events at the Ska é (part time) et, Frederiks All Føtex supermark istant Cashier, 2006-2008 Ass Tasks n Product Registratio vice and personal ser Customer service Page 2 of 3 Volunteer work Do not underestimate the knowledge you gain from volunteer work and positions of trust. 2001-2004 Unskilled student/spare time job in various industries Gardening, agriculture and manu facturing Key learning: Insight into what it means to be an unskilled worker Insight into stock registration and logistics Description It is not necessary to repeat Tasks/Benefits if they have already been mentioned. Also, consider how many jobs you describe (as a rule not more than three - the rest you can mention under Other jobs/Vacancies) Volunteer work 2008 Language There are many different subdivisions of language: Written, spoken, understanding and at which level (native, fluent, conversation, understandable, knowledge). Key learning: Insight into B2C customer beha viour and how campaigns work in retail - Insightintothequalities foralotofB2Cproducts Was able to maintain a high level of service to the customer also late in the day. Assistant Cashier, Føtex supe rmarket, Silkeborg (Full time ) As above Student induction superviso r (Aarhus School of Business ) Tasks: Planning of induction week Responsible for the induction of 45 students Team building and social event s Key learning: Experience in management of major events Training in communication Foreign travel 2010 2006 IT If you have skills that go beyond being a user of the program, then include it here. Czech Republic Trainee Australia Backpack traveling for 6 mont hs Worked at a nursery and a hotel Key learning: Become more independent and take care of myself Tolerance and understanding of another culture Leisure Write two or three lines about what you do in your spare time and why you do it. Exciting and unusual interests/hobbies can differentiate you from other applicants. Language References Consider when it is best to disclose your references. Often the employer will ask for them at the interview. Danish English German Scandinavian : Mother tongue : Negotiation level : Can make myself understoo d : Conversation IT Super User User Knowledge : Word, Excel, Access : SPSS : SAP (Logistics Module) and Logistical Other information IplayvolleyballandIamintere stedinfinecuisine,literaturea ndskiing. References Referencesavailablebyrequest . Page 3 of 3 12 Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 Be yourself when applying for a job The one and only In the repercussions of the financial crisis, it can be tempting to apply a scattergun technique in your search for a job. However, you should consider what it takes for you to thrive in a job. Make the company feel like you have a special interest in them when you write an application and, likewise, let your future employer know why you are the one and only for them. By Susanne Søes Hejlsvig, Career Consultant, AU Career By Susanne Søes Hejlsvig, Career Consultant, AU Career Reflect on your personality and Business area, location, professionalism salary… Become more aware of your persoConsider which areas you will be nal characteristics. The employer willing to comprise on, and on will definitely take the time to find which you will not. It could be out if you have the proper professiothe business area, the company’s nalism and personality. Think about product, the company size, location, how you work. It can be in a student salary, work environment, further job or in your study group. Before education, working hours etc. You you graduate, you have the poscan start by outlining your dream sibility to have scenario, and a professional then look at “You run the risk to appear to work focus how many of your wishes you be untrustworthy, if you write profile done something that you are not.” at AU Career. are willing to Then you are compromise on. Susanne Søes Hejlsvig also prepared for what it means to take such a test, Mentally prepare yourself for before you come across it at a job the job interview Be very aware of your motivation for interview. applying for the job at a particular Handle the pressure company. Why have you chosen Take confidence in the fact that you them? What do they do that you have some abilities and qualities would like to be a part of? And not which are valued on the labour marleast: What do you believe you can ket. Be honest with yourself about contribute with? Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 When you write an application, it is essential that you show a sincere interest, and make the company feel special. Point out to your future employer why their particular company is the only right place for you. At the same time, you must keep in mind that the company is looking for a new employee because they need help to solve specific challenges. Therefore, your application should be a description of how you will handle the challenges in the particular company. your skills – and also about your limitations. You run the risk that you appear to be untrustworthy, if you write something that you are not. Stand by who you are, and what you bring to the table. If you can dream it When you have worked out why you want the job, what you can gain from it, what you can offer the company, how your personality fits the job, and you are still true to yourself - then you can start imagining what it will be like to have the respective job. Top athletes do it all the time: They see themselves crossing the finish line first, scoring the decisive goal, or what it will be like to be on the rostrum. As Walt Disney said: If you can dream it, you can do it. A good application consists of at least the following important elements: 2: Motivation Why are you applying for exactly this job at this organisation or company? Why are they interesting for you? Are there specific projects or challenges that attract you? Show that you know what the company does, and convey that their work has relevance and makes sense to you. 13 1: HEADLINE Application for the posi tion Dears, international intern at the Inte A catchy headline that exudes energy. Not a fancy line, but a headline that fits you and the type of job. rResource project I am particularly interest ed in the internship opp ortunity at the InterResourc international student in e. As an Aarhus School of Business I consider this as a great me to get an insight of the opportunity for Danish working environm ent and to establish a netw international community ork among the and Danish companies in the region. I am in the third semeste r of my Master of Marketin g programme and I am eage solid theoretical knowledg r to apply my e into practice. During my education I have gained academic insight of the not only field but have also mastere d my computer skills, in MS Office tools, statistica particular using l software such as SAS and SPSS and design applicati Adobe Illustrator and Pho ons such as toShop. During my Bachelor stud ies I have had the opportu nity to gain some work expe traineeship and a study rience through related job. Following my traineeship in BenchMark had the opportunity to assis Finance JSCo I t in project development and organization of diffe related to the projects. rent events Working both independen tly and in teams with othe employees with different r trainees and backgrounds, helped me to enlarge my network and creativity and organization to test my al skills. Continuing my educatio n in Denmark, I realized that I was missing the proj and the dynamic work envi ects3: , pres entations ronment. I had a chance Professional to get back to it by participa event organized from Inte ting in an rResource – Nearly Grad uating. Within this even qualifications company I used to work t I represen for – Taxback.com. Duri a ng my employment in Taxb Whatted responsible for organizin kind of professional/ack.com I was g the client documents and participating in different related to local and inte pres colleague rnational projects. entations will they get if they hire you? Focus on the relevant 4: Personal qualifications Who are you? Goal-oriented, structured, independent? Make sure to hand-pick few and wellchosen words about yourself, and remember to substantiate them with examples and/or explanations. This yields credibility. Furthermore, I have wor ked extensively in an inte rnational environment in challenges of the job, and use As a hostess at the Loew my various jobs. s Coronado Bay Resort, USA, California I often cam with business executives, examples from your CV. Only e into contact academic and community leaders. The restaurant Coronado Bay Resort prid with in the Lowes mention examples of direct value es itself on excellent cust omer service and we wer do whatever was necessar e encourag company y to ensure that custome to and the job. rs had a superb experien to theed helped me to develop conf ce. This job idence and flexibility to work with people from diffe society and to deal with rent levels of unexpected tasks. I enjoy being surrounded by people all the time and I communicate really easy Full of energy and ideas, with others. I look forward to working on new projects, thus I am you will consider me for hopeful that an internship in the Inte rResource. Yours sincerely, Ivanka Parvanova 5: Ending Convey which expectations you have for the employer, and write that you look forward to hearing from them. By doing this, you state an expectation of hearing from them. 14 Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 Target and motivate your application Hr panel HOW TO WRITE A GOOD APPLICATION What should you write in your application in order to get a job at PwC? One of the big mistakes that many applicants make today is that they write an application that repeats their CV. Here lies the biggest risk of being rejected in the application process. I recommend that you begin your application by describing your motivation: Why are we the right company for you? Why should we hire you – what can you contribute with? In the next paragraph, you present your education, and tell us what you can use it for at our company. After the presentation of your education, you should briefly explain what you Interview with Peter Lyager, HR Consultant , PwC HERE, A NUMBER OF HR EXPERTS HIGHLIGHT THE DOS AND DON’TS WHEN YOU WRITE AN APPLICATION TO THEM: InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 Christian Lausten Sørensen, Consultant, Town Hall, Aarhus Dos A good application gives the impression that you want exactly that job and not just any job. A good application tells us why you want the job, why you are the right person for the job, and which perspectives you see in working for us. Look at your qualifications in relation to the job advertisement – and use your academic abilities to research the needs of the company. Donts Do not make a copy/paste application! We will notice immediately. Applicants who don’t relate to the specific company and the specific job don’t stand a chance of getting through to the job interview. Luise Drachmann Steuch, HR Manager, Plesner Dos That the application seems credible and targeted, and that it is written in a clear and well-formulated language. It should, furthermore, give the impression that the applicant has made himself acquainted with our company, and wants to be there. Dont’s It might seem trivial, but unfortunately we often see that applicants are careless about the grammar in the application, or sometimes state another company name. That gives a negative impression. and the CV is to win the sympathy of the reader. And then there are the finishing touches. Read through your application, and have someone else to read through the text afterwards. It will be evident that your document is something that you have spent time doing. If we receive 100 applications, we will not have 10 minutes to read through each one. What does it take for an application to stand out? Therefore, it is so important that It is a matter of making yourself the application is well structured, look good. If you focus on what “If you focus on what you proof-read, and that you have put you can contribute with, and not can contribute with, and the right company name on it. only on your previous experinot only on your previous ences, you have come a long Why is it important to research way! That is exciting reading for experiences, you have before you write an application? us. It might be that this advice secome a long way!” If you understand the company ems trivial to some – that that is all Peter Lyager and its business areas, you can it takes – but if they go home and target your application which is read through their application, particularly important when you are a new graduate. they will find out that they have not described their Because the less experience you have got, the more motivations for applying. Do that, and you will stand important your application is. Research is, therefore, out from the rest. The whole point of the application can use your work experience for and, at the end, you describe your personal qualifications. The whole point of your application is to explain how your skills and experiences, listed in your CV, are relevant to this position. Lotte Fensbo, Head of Department, PPR, Aarhus Municipality Dos Have a short and well-formulated application. Describe why you want the job, which relevant experiences you have, what you are interested in, and why that is interesting to us. Many new graduates have relevant student job experience – that is a huge experience and a big plus. Don’ts “I hereby take the liberty of writing you...” – stop that! It is silly to waste space on being formal. Neither should you begin your CV with the fact that you have been a babysitter during high school. I do not want to waste time reading about irrelevant experiences. Also, avoid being careless with the application. I look through 150 applications, and if I come across one which is difficult to read, it is thrown away. Christian Mouroux, KaosPilot, Zupa Recommended Dos You must first and foremost prove that you understand what the position involves, and explain to us how your qualifications match those tasks. What are your skills? And how can those skills be of use to us? Don’ts It is important that you do not use a lot of clichés like “Your company is known to…” “Where there is room for differences”, or “I think, I would fit in.” You know nothing of that yet, and it is these kind of phrases you find in applications on the internet. Tell us what your skills are, why you have those skills, and how you have learned it. Your career in Denmark 15 almost decisive, because the receiver can really see that you have prepared yourself, and that you relate to the company, and that makes your application stand out. When is an application thrown directly into the wastepaper basket? That happens when you do everything the opposite of the above mentioned. That is when your application does not attract the attention of the reader, for instance if you just repeat your CV – or when your CV repeats your application. It is uninteresting. In short, a CV describes what you have done, while an application tells us how you can use your knowledge. If you do not deliver the goods, then your application will be thrown in the big pile of candidates who do not manage to stand out, or if it is completely bad; in the worst pile where the applicants do not know how to organise, and for instance begin their sales letter with stories from preschool. Ulla Kjær, Senior HR Manager, Arla Foods Dos Target your application at the specific job advertisement. Explain why you are applying and why it should be you who gets the job. Those are the two most important points in an application. Write your application yourself, and do it in a positive style that matches your personality. Think about the structure: Both application and CV should be easy to assess. Don’ts Do not address your application to another firm! That will leave you a step behind. If there are one or two demands from the job advertisement that you cannot meet, you should not elaborate on this in the application. We can talk about it at the interview. Be critical if you attach a photo: festive holiday photos do not belong in an application. 16 Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 Your career in Denmark Advice from entrepreneurs Find more valuable advice from entrepreneurs here: a business Start Start a business in Denmark Entrepreneurship in Denmark has asked some entrepreneurs for advice on starting and running a business: entrepreneurshipindenmark.dk Do you have an entrepreneur hidden in you, and are you considering taking the plunge and starting your own business? Entrepreneurship in Denmark offers free guidance and counselling for all international entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs. • Perceive your international background as a strength for the Danish job market Lisbet Friis Møller, Communication Consultant, Entrepreneurship in Denmark Getting a job and becoming an employee in a company or organisation is not the only possibility of making a career in Denmark. More and more internationals choose to start their own businesses – and you don’t have to do it all alone. Entrepreneurship in Denmark organises events and one to one counselling sessions in six municipalities in Denmark, including Aarhus. No matter what your idea is, you can book a session with a consultant, or attend a course that can help you with, for example budgets, developing your business plan, marketing and sales. Starting a business is easy In Denmark, starting a business is easy, and you can do it very quickly, according to Consultant Mogens Thomsen, who represents Entrepreneurship in Denmark’s local unit in Aarhus. “Danish rules have very few requirements for entrepreneurs in relation to, for example annual revenue and insurance. That makes starting a business a lot easier in Denmark than in several other countries,” Mogens says. • Search for and utilize opportunities for free counselling. knowledge. You often know about other markets and cultures, and if you can exploit that, you can obtain a competitive advantage. Bulgarian Zina Jensen-Maar has launched her own consultancy firm, East World Consult. She However, the “Danish rules have very utilises her culpreparation and few requirements for tural background planning that entrepreneurs in relation to give Danish goes with being to, for example annual companies advice self-employed revenue and insurance. on how to behave is not as simple, and become sucbut guidance That makes starting a cessful in Eastern and professional business a lot easier in European marassistance can Denmark than in several kets. help you move on other countries.” Zina recommends with your ideas Mogens Thomsen other foreigners and develop your in Denmark business further. not to perceive their international backgrounds and maybe not entirely Use your global knowledge perfect Danish language skills as One of the advantages you have as obstacles in becoming part of the an international wanting to start a Danish society. “You have so many business in Denmark is your global 17 • Do the research and write a business plan. Denmark is a small country with only 5.5 million inhabitants, so you need to be sure that there is a market and that your business will be profitable. Zina Jensen-Maar other qualifications that the Danes need,” Zina says. Upon arrival in Denmark, Zina wondered how she could make herself attractive to the Danish job market, and she chose to start her consultancy firm where she makes use of her global knowledge on a daily basis. More about entrepreneurship For start-up stories, tools, information on events and counselling all over Denmark visit • entrepreneurshipindenmark.dk • facebook.com/ EntrepreneurshipInDenmark Contact Consultant Mogens Thomsen to get free counselling in Aarhus: STARTVÆKST Aarhus Tel.: 25 32 40 30 [email protected] For counselling in other cities, contact: Entrepreneurship in Denmark Tel.: 70 22 01 96 [email protected] ”I would recommend all entrepreneurs and company owners to make use of all the free counselling and help, they can get. In Denmark, you have the possibility of receiving a lot of help when you want to start and run a business. Everyone should use this opportunity to get valuable advice.” Giang Nguyen Jensen, Co-owner of the travel agency, Vietnam Travels • Denmark is a good country to start a business as it is free of charge and easy to do – you can get a CVR-number (registration number of the company) today, and start your business tomorrow. • Search for networks to join. Danish culture is based on trust - people will happily let you into their network, if they feel that you have a good idea. • Learn Danish. 18 Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 1. Research Be successful in your job interview 10. Goal Are you worried about how it will go when you go for a job interview? If yes, then you can overcome your nervousness by being well prepared. Follow our steps for a smooth job interview – and thereby for the job. Now you have got the job, or you have been called in for the second round of interviews. If you have got a rejection, contrary to all expectations, then use it constructively, and ask for feedback that you can use, when next applying for a job. 9. Follow-up It is perfectly all right to follow up on the interview by calling or writing, especially if the company does not get back to you at the promised time. This shows them that you are proactive and motivated. InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 Read about the company in their annual report and on their website. Talk to people who have worked there etc. Research the interviewers on Google and LinkedIn. 2. Prepare your answers The interviewer will dig into your personality, professio3. Dress neatly nal qualifications and If you are in doubt you can get an your motivation! Think impression of the firm’s dress code on about strengths/weaktheir website. Men should usually wear a nesses and prepare a suit or neat trousers + long-sleeved shirt. short presentation of Women should wear a dress, yourself. Prepare suit or neat trousers + shirt/ your salary level. blouse. The more traditional the company, the more formal the 4. Pack dress your bag code. Remember to bring documents such as diploma, recommendations, references, application, CV and the job advertisement. Also bring the list of clever questions that you have prepared in advance, as well as a notepad. 8. How to round off the interview Make it clear that you are very interested in the position. Ask about the number of applicants and how many have been called in for interviews. Make enquiries about the next step in the process and ask when you will hear from them. 7. the finer points Explain what you can contribute with to the company. Be honest about your qualifications, and provide specific examples of how you work. Ask questions and elaborate, and relate your background to the position. 6. job interview basics It is okay to be a little nervous – that shows the interviewers that the job is important to you. Look at the person you are talking with. Do not just answer questions with a yes or a no. 5. On the day... Arrive well in time for the job interview, preferably 10-15 minutes in advance. But do not show up several hours before. Your career in Denmark 19 Tests help you, as well as the employer By Finn Havaleschka, Researcher and Developer of dialogue tools, Garuda Research Institute You cannot fail, but the more you identify yourself with the answers you give, the more useful the conversation about the results and your personality will be. In most cases, almost no matter which type of job you are applying for, you will be asked to fill out a personality test. The word test is misleading in this context, as it calls forth associations to something that you can fail. You are the person you are, and as such you cannot fail or pass. At Garuda we, therefore, do not use the notion test, but the notion dialogue tool. We prepare the basis for a conversation about whether you, with your knowledge, and the person that you are, will be able to thrive in a certain job. Job and personality must match Your personality finds expression for a job within information and in everything you do. The way you advertising. Therefore, the purpose approach and process tasks and of all dialogue problems. The tools is to prepare way you relate to “Absorb all information other people. Your during the conversation. the basis for a conversation about way of handling Ask questions to find your possibilities adversity and out as much as possible to thrive and have resistance. If you success in a given are applying for about yourself” position. a job as a comFinn Havaleschka puter technician, New knowledge about yourself certain ways of approaching and The result can never be used as processing problems is virtually an answer book. But some of the a condition for success, while the results will show the experienced same way of working will be in the HR manager if your way of procesway of success, if you are applying Facts about tests You are not being tested for being either good or bad. The test forms the basis for a conversation about whether you can thrive and develop yourself with a certain type of tasks and responsibility. sing problems will make it very difficult to thrive with tasks that has to be solved in a certain job. In this context, it is a very good idea to listen to, and accept the advice from, the HR Manager. Because a test result does not only benefit the company – you can benefit from it yourself. Absorb all information during the conversation. Ask questions to find out as much as possible about yourself and your potential to achieve success in a given position. When you fill out a questionnaire, you should not think about what the right and wrong answers could be. The test result is not an answer list but an outline for a conversation. The more openly, constructively and positively you engage in the conversation, the more you will be able to gain from it – no matter whether you get the job or not. Never let your responses in the questionnaire be dictated by what you think will give you access to the job. Such attempts will almost always be obvious, and they will stand in the way of a good and open dialogue about your possibilities. 20 Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 21 Be well prepared and reflective Hr panel How to impress at the job interview How do I impress you at a job interview? By being well prepared, committed and interested. As an applicant you should research the company before going to the interview. Prepare some questions for the interview. Present yourself in a nice and natural way: Give a good presentation of your background and your CV, explain why you want the job and why we should pick you. What do you find important at the interview? Being able to communicate why you are applying for the job, and why we should hire you. We have to see a match between personal and professional qualifications, as well as our values and culture. It also makes a difference whether you have reflected on your qualifications, and on how they can come Interview with Ulla Kjær, Senior HR Manager, Arla Foods HERE, A NUMBER OF HR EXPERTS HIGHLIGHT THE DOS AND DON’TS WHEN YOU ARE AT AN INTERVIEW WITH THEM: Your career in Denmark Christian Lausten Sørensen, Consultant, Town Hall, Aarhus Dos You are invited for an interview because we assume that your qualifications fit us. Therefore, the two decisive factors at the job interview are that you can relate your qualifications to our tasks, and that there is personal chemistry. Prepare to tell us how you will contribute to develop our company. And remember to have eye contact with everyone at the interview. Don’ts Do not present yourself as something, you are not. The job interview exists for us to get an impression of each other. Therefore, we should be honest to each other. Be self-assured, but not nonchalant. Have a sense of occasion, listen and contribute. And be sure not to be late for the interview. Luise Drachmann Steuch, HR Manager, Plesner Dos Reflect on the choices you have made during your studies and previous jobs. We are not out to ask tricky questions at the interview but, on the contrary, to engage in a comfortable and open dialogue that the candidate should preferably take part in, without us having to drag out the words from him. Actually, the candidate has himself good opportunities to influence the interview and the outcome. Don’ts It is important that you prepare for the interview. It is always a shame when a candidate arrives too late for the interview, is unprepared, or cannot answer why they apply for the position, and when, generally, they have not reflected over the situation, they are in as job seekers. into play in the job, as well as your expectations for the job. Last but not least: That you show a true interest in the job. That you do not show up too late – or at least inform us, if you do, as well as being loyal to your former employers. Do not talk badly of them. How important is your first impression of me as an applicant? on your qualifications, and The first expression plays a part on how they can come into What is the biggest mistake an in the evaluation, but it is not play in the job applicant can make? decisive. Even though you feel It is difficult to answer clearly. But that you have had a bad start, Ulla Kjær you should refrain from indicait can be corrected along the ting that you are primarily applying for the job in way. It is the overall picture from the whole interview order to get an entry ticket to Arla. We focus on the that counts. But you make a good impression by apdevelopment of our employees, but we would also pearing forthcoming and smiling when you are met like to start with the right person in the position. at the reception. Eye contact and a firm handshake And then, of course, there are the many little things: is a good start. Is it an advantage to follow up with a phone call? You are welcome to call and ask further questions, but seen in isolation, it does not give any plusses. Can you discuss salary at the first job interview? We always ask the applicants about their present salary level and expectations for salary in the advertised position – It also makes a difference whether you have reflected that is a standard part of the first interview. Lotte Fensbo, Head of Department, PPR, Aarhus Municipality Dos Be prepared to elaborate on your application. Show us that you have thought about what you want to point out, what you attach importance to, and what you have experienced so far. As you will be talking with families and children, sometimes in difficult situations, you must have good conversational skills. Don’ts Do not start by asking questions. Start by talking about yourself. We are interested in you, and must have an impression of you as a person. It should, however, be mentioned that we get a lot of applications, and that all of them are very qualified. When we choose between candidates, we are skimming the cream. Therefore, it is extremely rare that we experience an interview that goes wrong. Christian Mouroux, KaosPilot, Zupa Recommended Dos Be yourself completely. If you are a bastard, it is no fun either to you or to us that it is not revealed until later. The more honest and authentic you are, the easier we can evaluate whether you could be a match for us. And not least, whether we can be a match for you – you also have a right to honesty from our side. Don’ts Do not hide your opinions. Give something of yourself instead. If you are critical about some of the work we have done, then tell us about it. The balance is to do it with humility. And then, it is also a golden opportunity to prove why we need someone exactly like you. Do you continuously develop your job interview “model”? We continuously develop all our tools and processes, including the interview tools. One of the reasons for this is to ensure that we have as high an accuracy as possible. Our employment process is very thorough, and most often we find a suitable candidate for the position. Peter Lyager, HR Consultant, PwC Do’s At the job interview, we have reset the score: You are no better or worse than the four other people we have called in. The one who does the best at the interview, is the candidate we hire. A good first-hand impression is important, but it is okay to be a bit nervous – it shows that the interview is important to you. Open up for a dialogue and have counter-questions ready for us. Be reflective of your CV and your choices – it does not matter that it took you three years before you begun your studies after completing your A-levels, as long as you can explain your choices. Dont’s Your application does not speak for itself! A job interview is a killer, if the candidate answers in monosyllables and doesn’t demonstrate an interest. 22 Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 How to negotiate your salary By Helle Venø, Chief Consultant, DJØF Prepare yourself for your first salary negotiation It is very important that you, when preparing for a job interview, and eventually for a salary negotiation, reflect on your market value – that is what you are worth as an employee. As a new graduate, you can for instance focus on the fact that you possess the newest theoretical knowledge within one or more areas of expertise which are important to the company that you have sought employment in. Many new graduates also have specific work experience from relevant student jobs. you should consider your absolute Others have maybe been involved in limit. Knowing how low you are wilvolunteering, where being extrovert ling to go can really help you focus and relating on many different leduring the vels have been paramount. It “It is very important that you, negotiation, and make sure is important when preparing for a job you don’t agree that you think interview, and eventually for to something outside the box you will later to find out what a salary negotiation, reflect regret. It is it is that makes on your market value – that important you unique as is what you are worth as an that a new graemployee” you are duate and fuHelle Venø both ture employee. ambitiWhat unique ous and realistic. You must contributions can you make to this set your salary suggestion, particular position and company? so that you have room to manoeuvre during the negotiation, Name your price and know and yet reach a reasonable result. your limit At the same time, the fact that your It is important that you take the initial demand should be realistic, time to decide on a negotiation strameans that you must always be tegy. You must be clear about how able to justify it: Why are you worth much you will aim for in salary, and the salary that you are asking for? what your starting demand will be. Remember that you can negotiate As part of your negotiation strategy, 23 negotiate How to Can you negotiate your salary as a new graduate, and is there even anything to gain? In most cases, yes! But it does require that you, as a new graduate and future employee, are bold enough to give up on modesty, and take up the challenge of negotiation. Remember, that you will rarely get a bigger paycheque unless you ask for it yourself – this is also true at the first salary negotiation! Your career in Denmark about everything! The negotiation is not limited to your salary. It could also be full salary during holidays from the date of commencement, maternity terms or free mobile etc. the employer, and how to handle Choose your arguments these. As a part of your preparation, with care it can be a good idea to contact your When you have put forward your trade union to gain knowledge resalary demand, it is important that garding salary and conditions. Here you can justify why you should have you can also get access to various exactly that salary. Choose two or salary statistics, which can help give three arguments that best support you an indication of the salary level your market value. And you must be for a newly graduated candidate. At prepared to defend your arguments. the same time, your trade union will If they are not accepted at first, often have specific you must repeat, knowledge about elaborate and “If you reach a point the work place specify your arwhere you sense that and the terms and guments. In other possibilities it ofwords, you must you cannot get any be persistent and further, then remember fers its employees, and you can get prepared to deto give in slowly.” feedback on your fend your salary Helle Venø individual prepaexpectations. If ration. you reach a point where you sense that you cannot get Have I fought in vain? any further, then remember to give No. Your salary negotiation is rarely in slowly. Do not sign away everyin vain. If your future employees are thing at once. Also, during your preunable to offer you a higher salary, paration, consider the counter arguyou have already set the course for ments you can expect to meet from the next salary negotiation. You will probably be remembered at the next salary round, and if you have otherwise contributed with a decent piece of work, and remember to make your good work results visible, then it is highly probable that the paycheque will be bigger after the next round of negotiations. GOOD ADVICE ON SALARY NEGOTIATION: • Know your market value • Gather relevant information about the company • Define your initial demand, the realistic goal, and how low you are willing to go • Be ambitious – but realistic • Consider your arguments • Consider your counter arguments • Threats and ultimatums do not work in a negotiation • Know what your message is • Be curious, think creatively and ask questions • Listen to the employer’s viewpoints and acknowledge them • Pay attention to your body language 24 Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 Your career in Denmark 25 Graduate panel Good advice on the first job International graduates share their experience on how to get the first full time job Elizabeth Jones, Brand Manager, Cat© Bags and Luggage with Grown Up Licenses Kristina Sedereviciute, Business IT graduate at Novo Nordisk A/S Oleksandr Gerasymovych, Area sales manager, Eastern and Central European markets Andreea Codruta Folea, Application Manager, Maersk Oil Trading Radu Simian George Rares, HQ Controller, SeaGo Line A/S What is your best advice on how to get a job as an international in Denmark? Network, network, network. The real world is all about networking. Join academic organizations and join sports clubs – the more people you meet, the better your chances will be. Think outside the box – if you read an article about an organization or a person that interests you, come up with an idea, and approach them with your idea. What is your best advice on how to get a job as an international in Denmark? Be honest (know yourself), be original and be prepared to pitch yourself 24/7. If you apply to an international company, the same criteria will apply to you whether you are international or Danish. If you aim for a company with Denmark as their main market – you will have to learn Danish. It is helpful to know some Danish and to have lived in Denmark before you apply. As a student you have to understand that an employer only wants a few things: you have to have the skills and knowledge to do the job, you have to fit the culture of the company and you have to be motivated. What is your best advice on how to get a job as an international in Denmark? For me it was to work for a small mentor company in Herning where I helped out with projects for my boss. He has a large network, so I got to know a lot of people. When I finished my studies, I applied for different positions, but I lacked experience etc. and decided to use my network. I wrote to the managing director of a company with 80 companies in its network. He spread the word, and one of them needed a person like me. So, network is very important: Get to know as many people as possible. I was also very active during my bachelor. People knew me at school, because I was trying to do something. What is your best advice on how to get a job as an international in Denmark? Apply, apply, apply! You apply for tons of jobs, you are invited for a number of interviews and, in the end, you get a job. Even if the process can be nerveracking, and you get disappointed along the way, continue to apply. You never know when your time will come, so don’t give up when it gets hard! What is your best advice on how to get a job as an international in Denmark? You have to define exactly what type of job would suit you, and try to narrow it down to a profile as specific as possible. If you have studied subjects like Finance or Marketing or International Business – which are very broad – then look at various job profiles in your field and consider which one suits you best and what kind of tasks and environment you would thrive in. Ask people you know who are employed in your target industry – ask about their tasks and consider if that is something you would like to do. Once you know what your target is, you will be a few steps closer to landing that job. Look for companies that fit your profile. If there are no positions - write a project, use your course-mates as a network to get first contact, sign up and participate in all company events that AU Career arrange, attend career fairs etc. Use your imagination! What is the best thing you have done to kick-start your career? Not being afraid of changes. I was living in Herning and moved to Hjørring, a small village. A change of environment is a big thing, especially in Denmark where it’s not so easy to make friends. It takes quite some time to break through this barrier. But you’ll get to know the job and everything will be fine. Even if I am working for a small company, I feel great because of my colleagues - everybody accepted me as I am. What is the best thing you have done to kick-start your career? The best thing I have done is to accept a job offer when I got it, even though it was not my dream job. But my unsettled feeling in that position led me to continuously search job ads and websites, waiting for my dream job ad to come along. And it finally did. What was your biggest challenge when entering the Danish job market? The Danish language was the biggest challenge for me. I came here to study my Masters with 4 years of full-time work experience – which should have been a marketable attribute. But it was challenging to find companies willing to communicate in English with me. My greatest successes in terms of landing interviews was with large companies. But the company I ended with, that was my dream position, is a smaller, international company called Grown Up Group. What worked for me were achievements in academic and business areas that made me a person employers wanted to hear more about. On top of that I took Danish classes which gave me insights into various companies in Copenhagen. I volunteered in New Media Days conference which enriched my network in Copenhagen, I joined Nykredit mentor network, which strengthened my confidence, I went to a career fair in Copenhagen to meet Novo Nordisk. After talking to them I was determined to apply to Novo Nordisk, where I currently work. What was your biggest challenge when entering the Danish job market? To find a job through job ads or websites. I tried but I didn’t succeed. To convince an employer that you can do the job, that is the biggest challenge. What is the best thing you have done to kick-start your career? To get a student job relevant to my field of study. I attended a summer school course with a classmate who worked for an energy trading company. As part of the course, we presented the company with a project. They were pleased with my work, and offered me a position as a student assistant in the survey department. The knowledge I gained from this job, and their references helped me get the position as Application Manager at Maersk Oil Trading. What was your biggest challenge when entering the Danish job market? It is a big disadvantage, if you do not speak Danish when you want to apply for a job in Denmark. A Danish company is more open towards employing a person who speaks Danish, than a person with similar qualifications, in terms of education and student jobs, who doesn’t speak Danish. They will only hire an international new graduate who does not speak Danish, if the company has an international focus, or if that person has an outstanding profile. What is the best thing you’ve done to kick-start your career? To take Danish lessons. Nobody expects you to be fluent, but putting in an effort to learn shows commitment, and a future employer will appreciate that. Also, I optimized my CV by asking consultants and other jobseekers for their opinion. I went to the Career centre to do a profile test, which was useful when I was defining my strengths and weaknesses. What was your biggest challenge when entering the Danish job market? Being patient. No one knows how long it will take to find a job here. Some of my international colleagues, which had a CV similar to mine, found their job right after the thesis. It took me 8 months after graduating, before I got a job. 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It is always important to research average salaries for your field/position before your interviews. I had done my homework, knew what salary I already had, and went in, prepared to negotiate for what I thought I deserved. Did you know what salary you wanted when you were offered the job? I have a range, which is based on the notion that one has to have enough money to support him/herself after setting aside 20% to invest in assets. Did you know what salary you wanted when you were offered the job? Yes, I knew the range because I had asked for advice from Career Steps in Herning before the interview. I also had some advice from my brother who lives in Kolding and some friends. Did you know what salary you wanted when you were offered the job? Yes, I had an idea about how much the salary should be for a new graduate with my type of education and with some work experience obtained during the study period. I also talked to some friends/colleagues, and I knew the industry standard. Plus, I had attended some interviews before, and I gained some more knowledge, in terms of what other companies with similar positions would offer. However, when negotiating my salary, I got more than I asked for. Did you know what salary you wanted when you were offered the job? Research is the key. I asked Danish friends and colleagues which salary level one should expect to ask for in an entry-level position in your field. Then I prepared before going to the interviews and stuck to that salary level. How did you prepare for negotiating your salary? And did you have a strategy? I read articles and visited websites for tips and tricks on negotiating. I also conversed with a career counselor at the AU Career for advice, especially because cultural backgrounds can play a role. I know how to navigate the negotiation scheme in the US, but it can be different from what is ok/accepted in Denmark. It was all about utilizing the resources and network that I had at my fingertips. The job interview is the most important exam you will ever have to prepare for. And you should prepare for every single one of them. How did it go? Negotiating is not a comfortable thing for most people, especially women. But if you go into the conversation knowledgeable and well-versed, you should have no problem. In my negotiation, I made it clear that I viewed each new position as a step up in my career path - and that monetary compensation is a motivating factor to me. How did you prepare for negotiating your salary? And did you have a strategy? I did not have to negotiate as the salary was within my range. What would you advise other internationals to do salary-negotiation-wise, when they get their first job offer? Have a fair and honest range. If you are open and honest, and you are facing a company that needs you and is like you- nothing can go wrong. Did you have a strategy for the negotiation? When the employer asks you about salary, you have to prove you are worth the money. If you can prove you are worth it, you can go for big money. I did some negotiation, but not so much. I told him a sum I would like as a minimum to start. Taking my education and my time in Denmark into consideration, and that I would have to move to a part of Denmark which is not very populated. He didn’t agree at the first interview, but he almost agreed at the second. In any case, you have to start somewhere. And you shouldn’t set the limit too high, or you might scare off the employer. He doesn’t know yet, if you will be able to bring value to the company, to compensate for what he is paying you. In the end, you could just leave a bad impression by setting your salary too high, and not meeting the expectations. How did you prepare for negotiating your salary? I did not prepare that much to be honest. I just talked to my friends and colleagues about it. My strategy was to ask for a reasonable amount: not undervalue, not overvalue myself, compared to what other candidates might ask for. If you ask for less than the going rate, they will feel you are not experienced enough and that your skills are insufficient. At the same time, if you ask for more, you will appear arrogant. I think you have to balance the two, when negotiating your salary. What would you advice others to do? To talk to Danish friends or colleagues who have a job, and ask them about salary levels for new graduates. Also, you should get advice from the professional associations and from your a-kasse. What would you advise other internationals to do salary-negotiation-wise, when they get their first job offer? You must have realistic expectations – especially for entry level positions. The company offers you the position because they believe in your potential. So, the right mindset would be that you accept their offer – if it is within your salary level – and then you prove your skills in the job. If you perform well and prove that you can add significant value to that company, then you will also have solid arguments for future salary negotiations. 30 Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 Unemployment Survival Guide 31 guide Survival If you do not have a job when you graduate, you might need a little financial aid – also named unemployment benefit - while you are out job hunting. By Jane Midtgård Madsen Project Manager, InterResource you graduate, as there are different rules for graDepending on your country of origin, your work duates. Interresource can assist you in getting in history in Denmark etc., you need to meet diffecontact with unions and unemployment funds. rent requirements. As a student from abroad who has completed a graduate If you meet the requireprogram in Denmark which “Make sure to contact these ments to join an unemployis at least 18 months in dufunds before you graduate, ment fund, signing up is ration, you can join a Danish easy, and can often be done unemployment insurance as there are different rules online. Membership fees are fund if: for graduates. Interresource usually around 400 kr. per can assist you in getting in month, but some are free • You had a permanent adcontact with unions and as long as you are studying. dress in Denmark no later unemployment funds.” And do take advantage of than one day before the start Jane Midtgård Madsen your membership. All funds of your education. offer personal guidance regarding your job search and • You are in Denmark no your rights and duties. later than 14 days, including weekends, after you end your education, i.e. you must apply for EU versus non-EU citizen membership within 14 days of completing your Membership of an unemployment insurance fund education. is a precondition, if you wish to receive unemployment benefit. EU citizens will be entitled to We recommend that you contact one of the uniunemployment benefit as Danish citizens. You ons or unemployment funds to get advice on your situation. Make sure to contact these funds before can find out more at www.statsforvaltning.dk. If Your career in Denmark a month after completing your education. Your education is considered complete when student activities have ceased, and you have received your final grade and passed your exams. If your certificate is issued when your student activities end, then the date the degree certificate is sent will be 1. Register at the jobcentre considered the date your On the first day after your graduation, you must “As a new graduate you will education ends. If your education ends with a thesis, register as a job seeker at a receive graduate privileges, then your education will be jobcentre – anyone in the which entitle you to considered complete when country will do. The easiest you receive an advance apunemployment benefit a way to do that is to just show proval from your examiner up. At the jobcentre, they month after completing or supervisor. It is necescan inform you about the your education.” sary that all grades have registration procedure, your Jane Midtgård Madsen been awarded, and that rights and your duties when all student activities have unemployed. ceased. Student activities include participating in tutorials, exams or defending a thesis etc. 2. Send your application form to an unemployment insurance fund within 14 3. Tax card days Unemployment benefit is taxable income in The 14 day deadline is extremely important! As Denmark. The Danish tax authorities – SKAT a new graduate you will receive graduate privilecalculate your tax, issue your tax card and offer ges, which entitle you to unemployment benefit first day after your graduation 2. Send your application-form to an unemployment insurance fund within 14 days 3. Get a tax card Photo: Colourbox you are not an EU citizen, you must hold a valid Danish work and residence permit, or a permanent residence permit, in order to receive the monthly unemployment allowance. You can find more information at www.newtodenmark.dk. Important to-do list Ok, so you meet the requirements mentioned above. But you are not done yet. You can only get unemployment benefit if you remember to: 1. Register at the jobcentre as unemployed on the personal information and guidance on tax questions. You can read more at www.skat.dk. You will find the tax authorities at either the International Citizens Service in Aalborg, Aarhus, Odense or Copenhagen, or at the local tax offices. What is an ‘a‑kasse’? The Danish word ‘a‑kasse’ is an abbreviation for ‘arbejdsløshedskasse’ which means unemployment insurance fund. Most professions have their own specialised a‑kasse. When you become a member of one, you are guaranteed a regular income if you become unemployed, giving you time to look for the right job, pay your bills – and in fact help you to find a job. An a‑kasse is financed by the Danish state, and out of your monthly membership fee of DKK 433,00 a total of DKK 306 goes directly to the state. The a‑kasse receives an administrative fee. 32 Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 Your career in Denmark 33 Moving from Teheran to Aarhus to do a Ph.D. has been easy for Soheil Abginehchi. He has – happily - spent the better part of the past three years on campus. By Tina Lee, journalist, InterResource “I found it easy to adapt, and as a Ph.D. student you don’t spend much time in society. I am spending my time on campus among colleagues who have become good friends – and I have been so busy that I haven’t been homesick even for one day,” says Soheil Abginehchi. Higher quality Ph.D. In Iran it takes four years to do a Ph.D. and you are still a student, because you do not get paid. After meeting their supervisor, Ph.D.-students are not obliged to stay on at the university and do research. A few of them can earn money by doing courses – but most have to work outside campus. Soheil Abginehchi says: “Because it’s a job in Denmark, we spend much more time at the university which greatly enhances the quality of the Ph.D. here.” Encouraged by a friend Soheil Abginehchi was doing his Master in Industrial Engineering in Teheran, but wanted to go abroad to do a Ph.D. A friend encouraged him to apply for a Ph.D. at Aarhus University - Business and Social even if Danish isn’t mandatory, he wants to learn Sciences, where he had been a Ph.D. exchange, and the native tongue in order to integrate himself in the had had a great supervisor. His previous studies Danish society – which he hasn’t had time for while were in line with a Ph.D.-posiworking on his Ph.D. tion available at BSS, so he got ”The chance of employment the job. As things turned out, A healthier life here is higher for me now, Soheil was appointed the same In his old life, there was another because people know supervisor as his friend. thing he did not have time Aarhus University as a “It was a surprise to me how for – exercise. The only way to high ranking university...” much my Danish supervisor get around in Teheran is by car Soheil Abginehchi helped me. He came to my because of the infrastructure, office with new ideas, we had and because the city lies in a many meetings and we went through research valley, making it uphill wherever you want to go. together,” explains Soheil Abginehchi who has just When he lived there, Soheil Abginehchi was always submitted his thesis. busy, not least because he spent a lot of time in traffic jams. The rest of his hours were spent studying, Danish skills not paramount so exercise was not a familiar activity to him. The Ph.D. student from Teheran doesn’t speak “I do much more exercise here in Aarhus than I ever Danish, and it hasn’t been a problem while working did back home. Every day I ride my bicycle to work, at Aarhus University. E-mails are translated into and I go to the gym.” English, and his Danish colleagues switch to English But the thing he enjoys the most about Denmark is when he goes to lunch with them. If he wants to stay the system of equality, as he calls it. Danes do not and work, he doesn’t need to speak Danish in order want to show off, they are relaxed and informal – to work for large international companies, such as together with the fact that he is paid to work on his Novo Nordisk and Lego. Ph.D., this causes less stress for Soheil Abginehchi. “And the chance of employment here is higher for “I am relaxed, and I can focus a 100 percent on my me now, because people know Aarhus University as Ph.D. Although it is not easy to be a PhD student a high ranking university,” says Soheil Abginehchi. in general, I have enjoyed every moment of it. The But if he does get a job in one of the big companies, standard of life is great here in Denmark.” Photo: Anders Warrer Quality, equality – and plenty of exercise Blue Book Name: Education: Title: Nationality: Soheil Abginehchi Master in Industrial Engineering Ph.D. in logistics and Supply Chain Management Iranian 34 Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 Your career in Denmark 35 There has to be change Kristina Sedereviciute knew she wanted to study abroad, so she spent a semester in Lund, Sweden, during her Bachelor and came to Aarhus for her Master’s. She also knew that she wanted a high profile job with new challenges – so she went straight after a graduate position. Different work culture One of the things that she came to enjoy in Novo Kristina Sedereviciute searched for a company that Nordisk is the project and team based work apcould combine her interests in management consulproach – by contrast, the approach is more indiviting, project management, IT and communication, dualistic in Lithania. To this end, she started participating in different “I was used to doing things thoroughly on my own, company events, mentor programs and career fairs investing a lot of time, and coming up with a solu– and she moved to Copenhagen. tion in the end. It doesn’t work like Here, Kristina Sedereviciute started that at Novo Nordisk, because the ”I knew the company attending Danish classes. She cases you work on are more comwas a perfect match also applied, and was accepted to plex, and you are very likely to miss for me. I really liked Nykredit’s mentor program, which some aspects of the problem, you the people I met.” helped her expand her network. As are solving. You have to involve and Kristina Sedereviciute part of Nykredit’s mentor program, collaborate with many stakeholders she met people who introduced her because you are always aiming for a to Copenhagen as a place for internationally minded high quality result.” career people. “Copenhagen is the capital, but in Kristina Sedereviciute also appreciates the flat structerms of the number of global companies that opeture of the organisation and the approachability of rate from here, it’s still a small town,” says Kristina the senior management. Sedereviciute. “At first, it seemed strange to me to talk to seShe had Novo Nordisk, A.P. Møller Mærsk, and nior managers and call them by their first name. McKinsey & Company listed as her priorities. However, I believe it’s a very positive approach. The By Tina Lee, journalist, InterResource Photo: Anders Debel Blue Book Name: Kristina Sedereviciute Age:28 Education: MA, Corporate Communication Nationality:Lithuanian Position: Business IT-graduate at Novo Nordisk A/S “All companies were very good, but when I met Novo Nordisk at a career fair, I knew the company was a perfect match for me. I really liked the people I met,” she says. It turned out her profile was a perfect match for Novo Nordisk too. culture here is very friendly, and everyone is free to express their ideas and thoughts.” A fresh start every six months For Kristina Sedereviciute relocating to a new country or city is a bit like starting a new job. You have to start from scratch. “But I like that. It’s always exciting to start something new.” The two year graduate program consists of four rotations and she just had a fresh start with a new manager and a new project as a result of her second rotation. Her current project entails rolling out a CRM application for iPad for Novo Nordisk’s sales representatives around the world. Kristina Sedereviciute will be responsible for the localization of the application and the training. She will also serve as a key figure for the roll out in Russia and Mexico. The third rotation will be abroad which suits the Lithuanian graduate perfectly – traveling is important to Kristina Sedereviciute who first went to Sweden, and then to Denmark to study. But despite all the moving about, she still manages to feel at home in Copenhagen where she is currently located. “I like meeting new people and discovering new places. Moving about is a natural state for me. I like change – in order for me to thrive, there has to be change.” 36 Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 Top grades not enough Oleksandr Gerasymovych was 18 years old when he came to Denmark. He learned the language, gained relevant work experience and finished his Master’s with the highest grade point average in his class. But it wasn’t enough to get him a job with a Danish company. By Tina Lee, journalist, InterResource “In this job market and with the competition from Danish graduates I never got an interview, which is where I could have proven to a future employer that I could do the job,” says Oleksandr Gerasymovych. In the end, he had to use his network to get a chance to prove himself. Job in a small town The chance he got was with a small Danish company that engineers and manufactures high-end light weight armour solutions, but it meant he had to leave Herning, where he had lived for six years, and move to Hjørring, a town with a population of 25,000 in northern Jutland. “Only very few young people live in Hjørring, so it was a big change, but in a good way. I am more focused and structured now, than when I was a student,” says Oleksandr Gerasymovych. His friends joke about his new home town and ask him, what life in Hjørring is like. “I tell them I am happy! I am the youngest employee depends on my decisions for the future.” in the company, the second youngest is maybe 40 Decisions which are based on Oleksandr Gerasyyears old – but everybody accepts and supports me, movych’s great knowledge of Eastern Europe and his and that gives me a lot of energy. international perspective due to There is a positive culture here, a multicultural background. As “I want to learn which I really enjoy,” says a smian added bonus for the company, something new every ling Oleksandr Gerasymovych. day, and I do in this job.” he speaks Russian, Ukranian, English, Polish and Danish. Oleksandr Gerasymovych Big responsibility “You should be able to speak the Even though the job is in a relatilanguage of the country you live vely small company in a small town, it has everyin. For me it shows respect.” thing Oleksandr Gerasymovych was looking for in his first position. He says: Prefers Denmark over Ukraine “I want to learn something new every day, and I do Oleksandr Gerasymovych has lived a quarter of his in this job. I have a lot of responsibility and freedom life in Denmark. His brother lives here too, and to develop ideas and do projects that I find interealmost all of his friends. He only goes back home to sting. I work in a perfect place where I am not just visit his parents and a few old friends. a little fish in a big sea; I make a difference, a lot “I would say right now I prefer living in Denmark instead of Ukraine. I have got used to it. I like that if you want to do something and make an effort, you Blue Book are able to accomplish it.” The ability to have fun and at the same time do a Name:Oleksandr Gerasymovych good job is also something Oleksandr Gerasymovych Age:24 Education: Master of Science in Economics appreciates. and Management “When I talk to people back home, they say that I am Nationality:Ukrainian different. That I think differently. My basic values Position: Area Sales Manager, Eastern and will never change, but it’s true – I do have a different Central European markets at view now on how life should be. And I prefer the Scanfiber Composites A/S Scandinavian balanced lifestyle.” Photo: Anders Warrer Your career in Denmark 37 join us for a life-changing career at novo nordisk Let your talent benefit you, and millions of others Join the fight against diabetes Novo Nordisk is a world leader in diabetes care and employs more than 32.000 people in some 80 countries. We offer great opportunities for people who want more than just a job. We empower our employees to deliver ambitious results and innovative solutions. In return we encourage and support both professional and personal development. Join Novo Nordisk and use your skills in an international environment where you can change the lives of millions of people around the world for the better. We call it life-changing careers. Ready for a career climb? Base Camp is Novo Nordisk’s graduate programme. As the name indicates, it is a platform for steep career climbing, and you will need all your skills, talent and experience to get there. But once you are part of the expedition, you will have a unique opportunity to bring your Master’s degree to life in a global landscape. With a Master’s degree in e.g. Marketing, IT, Finance or Science and an international mindset, you could very well be exactly the person we are looking for. As a graduate you will explore Novo Nordisk in at least three job rotations in Denmark as well as internationally. Learn more about Novo Nordisk and Base Camp at: novonordisk.com/careers Scan the QR code with your smartphone and visit our website. Student jobs Internships Study projects Graduate jobs Ph.D. and research - and jobs abroad jobbank.au.dk og AU projobjekt bank AU job and project bank Find or post jobs and projects on jobbank.au.dk, Read company profiles, career related articles and create a job alert. 40 Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 Learning Danish will get you a job If you can add Danish to your language skills you will greatly increase your chances of getting a job both in Denmark and abroad. By Antoniya Doneva, Career Counsellor, Career Steps employed in Denmark, I have experienced that humour is important in the coffee breaks at work, and that the salsa club is a place where contacts and useful information are exchanged. Your first mission in Denmark is completed – you have passed all your exams and received your AU diploma. Today is the day when you close the university door and you are standing at a new and exciting door – the door leading to your professional life. Every graduation speech has some advice, and so will mine. My piece of advice to all of you who have started your job hunt, and are not sure which way to go – learn Danish. It’s worth the effort. 2) You increase your chances of finding a job in Denmark Even if your Danish is not perfect, having some knowledge gives you a competitive advance. Even if the job does not require fluent Danish, the employer will always be more willing to hire a person who is able to understand a little of the written material, and who is able to small talk with colleagues in Danish. My experience: When I found my internship, the position was for an international student and Danish skills were not a must. However, by Three reasons why My three reasons why you should learn Danish in order to land a job are: 1) You can network yourself to a job More than 80 percent of the jobs in Denmark are never advertised. Organizations in Denmark find new employees through the company’s network. There is the “who-you-know” culture where trust and connections are paramount. As a foreign professional, you need to expand your network among Danes in order to access job opportunities that are not advertised on JobIndex. Speaking Danish is obviously important for networking: you will be able to communicate and interact con- Blue Book fidently with the locals. As Nelson Mandela put it: If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. My experience: During the years I have been Name: Antoniya Doneva Age:25 Education: Master of Arts in Corporate Communication (Danish line), AUBSS Nationality:Bulgarian Position: Career Counselor at AU Herning Learn Danish knowing some Danish, I had an advance over other internationals, as I was also able to solve work assignments in Danish. classes, however, is not enough; you also need to work on your own. Here are some more tips on how to make your language learning more effective and fun: 3) You increase your “During the years I have • Join a society or associachances of finding a job been employed in Denmark, tion or sports club: There abroad you will meet people from If you decide to leave DK I have experienced that different walks of life and and work elsewhere within, humour is important in the of all ages. They will not for example, leisure and toucoffee breaks at work, and necessarily all be good at rism, or in the EU, knowing that the salsa club is a place speaking English, and will Danish can be your unique where contacts and useful give you more chances to selling point. Danish can also be your key for finding a information are exchanged.” practice speaking Danish. job with a better salary. Antoniya Doneva • Use every opportunity to My experience: When I was speak Danish and answer in investigating the job opportunities in my home country, Bulgaria, I found Danish, even when the locals switch to English. out that if I were to get a customer service job in • Watch Danish films with Danish subtitles – can Danish, I would receive twice the average salary, be hard in the beginning, but you will learn SO only because there are very few candidates who MUCH. Plus, Denmark is a country with a long are able to speak Danish. and internationally recognized cinema tradition. Plenty of good films are in store for you. The fastest way to learn Danish I was almost fluent, and started my Master’s • Read the free newspapers: the language there degree in Danish after studying the language for is relatively simple, and you will be updated with two and a half years at Lær Dansk. Taking the Your career in Denmark 41 the latest news. And hey - those newspapers are free of charge! The best part about learning Danish • It is not hard! The pronunciation is unique, but after you develop some special muscle groups, you will be able to talk and be understood. • Afterwards, you can easily learn Swedish and Norwegian. Free language courses LærDansk offers Danish language courses. These courses are provided for free by the Danish government and they take place during the academic year. Read more on www.laerdansk.dk To improve your Danish skills or simply learn the basics, you may join one of the various classes. LærDansk also offer language exchanges. Online language resources www.netdansk.asb.dk www.dansk.nu Workindenmark.dk/ students Finding a relevant student job Workindenmark connects Danish enterprises and international job seekers. This site presents all online job ads in English posted by Danish organisations and companies. Check out workindenmark.dk/students On this site, you can: • post your CV and present your qualifications to Danish companies • search for relevant student jobs, etc. • get advice on how to apply for jobs in Denmark • find information on rules on residence and work for students Personal support You are always welcome to contact your local Workindenmark centre if you need support or advice on how to find a student job in Denmark. Workindenmark West Nordhavnsgade 4-6 8000 Aarhus C Ph. +45 72 22 33 60 Mail: [email protected] West East South Small and medium-sized enterprises - SMEs – make up the majority of all businesses in Denmark. There is a huge and untapped job potential in many of these companies. By Ann Cathrine Lebech Hoe, Business Consultant and Contact Intermediary (Kontaktmægler) A large number of small and medium- sized enterprises are not used to recruiting graduates, and unfortunately there are even fewer SMEs with experience in recruiting international scholars with a Danish education. Some companies are sceptical about what an academic can offer, and what you can offer them as an international academic. As a newly qualified graduate you can make a huge effort to inform businesses about which skills they can gain by hiring you in particular. With your international background, you have both many professional as well as cultural skills to offer the company. It is also important that you emphasise your language skills. Workindenmark South Dannebrogsgade 3, 1. 5000 Odense C Ph. +45 72 22 33 30 Mail: [email protected] Workindenmark East Nyropsgade 1,1. 1602 København K Ph. +45 72 22 33 00 Mail: [email protected] Create your job in a small or medium-sized enterprise Examples of tasks in SMEs: Many small businesses have a website. But often it is in Danish only. One possibility could be to inform them how they could benefit from a company website in several languages – and of course help them accomplish the task. Does the company export, or are they considering a start-up? Offer to explore market opportunities in the country where you come from. You know the language, and you have cultural insight and knowledge of the country. In your research, you can spot several possible ways to create your own job. Be aware that small businesses may require you to perform many different tasks, as they inherently have limited resources in terms of staff. Tips on how to get a job Useful knowledge about SMEs In a job interview, you will find that small businesses focus more on personal chemistry and job motivation – whereas bigger companies tend to focus more on relevant work experience. • Research, research and research! • Learn Danish and immerse yourself in Danish culture • Contact the company by phone or in person prior to applying for a position • Be respectful of the history and culture of the company • Be humble, but also curious about the company • Ask about the company and determine their needs More than 50 percent of SMEs fill vacancies through their network. It is usually a good idea to contact a SME before you send an unsolicited application. Most SMEs think it is a really good idea for candidates to call, before they apply for an advertised job - provided you have relevant questions. 44 Your career in Denmark InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 InterResource Graduate Guide 2012 Danish companies miss out on global talent Every year a large number of international graduates leave Denmark after completion of their degrees. Danish companies thus miss out on the competitive edge that comes from recruiting global talent. AU is supporting a new research project that looks into how universities and companies can facilitate the integration of international talent in the Danish labour market. Every year global talent leave Denmark Over the last decade, the international Master study programmes have attracted an increasing number of international students to Danish uni¬versities. However, according to figures from the Agency for Universities and Internalisation (Styrelsen for International Uddannelse) only 50 per cent remain in Denmark one year after their graduation. After two years, this number drops to 44 per cent, and after three years, only 39 per cent remain in Denmark. It is safe to assume that some of the international graduates who leave Denmark never intended to stay after completing their Master’s degree. Still, the figures indicate that there is a much greater Your career in Denmark Learn to do potential for integration of international graduates in the Danish labour market. How can universities and companies help facilitate the integration of international graduates into the labour market? A new research project looks into how the integration of international graduates can be strengthened. The point of departure is that companies Did you know? 18 of the largest Danish and international companies based in Denmark have joined forces in The Consortium for Global Talent. The task of the Consortium is to attract and retain skilled global professionals in Denmark and to contribute to making Denmark one of the best places to live in, work and study. www. http://consortiumforglobaltalent.dk/ and universities play an important role in ensuring a better and more sustainable integration, and that companies, educational institutions, the international graduates, and society as a whole can benefit greatly from this. Universities especially have a close interaction with the international graduates during their studies, and have the unique opportunity to initiate the integration of the young talents into the social sphere of the Danish society on the one hand, and act as a bridge between the graduates and the Danish business arena on the other hand. The project is undertaken by Danish/Norwegian research consultancy DAMVAD and Management Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and is funded by the Danish Industry Foundation. The project is based on a survey and qualitative interviews with international alumni from the former Aarhus School of Business (now AU) and DTU, and will examine barriers and opportunities related to the integration into the Danish labour market, and gain insight into what motivates international graduates to work for a Danish company. The project also looks into what barriers and opportunities international graduates experience in relation to their integration into the Danish labour market. Chief consultant Niels M. Søndergaard from DAMVAD, says: “There is great interest from some of the biggest Danish companies in attracting and retaining global talent. The project will give us insight into how companies and the university can improve the way they approach international graduates, and will suggest new ways of organising the meeting between international graduates, companies and the university, for the benefit of everybody”. As part of the project a survey is carried out among international alumni from AU from the years 2005 – 2010. Please help the researchers help future international alumni by filling out the survey, if you belong to this group. What should I do when I graduate? Contact CA-A-kasse within 14 days of your graduation http://www.ca.dk Start looking for a job Work in Denmark www.workindenmark.dk Find an apartment, as student accomodation is no longer an option for you: BoligPortalen: www.boligportal.dk Join AU Alumni http://bss.au.dk/da/videnudveksling/ aualumni/ For more information, check the links below: The Danish State Information Service www.denmark.dk The Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs www.um.dk The official portal for foreigners and integration www.newtodenmark.dk Life in Denmark www.lifein.dk Akademikernes A-kasse www.aak.dk Tryg www.tryg.dk 45 WELCOME TO INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY International Community is a network for international graduates and employees, their families and internationally minded companies and Danes in East Jutland. Our aim is to give you the best possible experience of living in Denmark and make you feel at home. International Community is a great place to meet new people and enlarge both your social and profes¬sional network and possibly increase your career opportunities in Denmark. Most of our activities are free of charge We offer our members: • Events and seminars: Visit companies, associations and cultural institutions in the Aarhus area, learn about Danish culture and society, how to write a CV and cover letter and much more. • A weekly newsletter with news from Inter- national Community and information about upcoming events in and around Aarhus. • An online community, InterCom – connecting you with internationals and Danes. • Practical assistance through our website www.internationalcommunity.dk, workshops and personal support. R FREE! O F P U N G SI • Information on living and working in Aarhus and Denmark. Visit us at the International Citizen Service in Aarhus. Check www.icitizens.dk for location and opening hours.
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