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Hungary: working as an expat

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Most foreign workers must obtain a work visa to work in Hungary. With an unemployment rate of 11% in the economy, Hungary prefers to fill jobs with citizens. The most popular job for immigrants is teaching English. IT, software development, power generation, land reclamation, marketing and advertising, computer graphics, technical writing (in English); Any technology industry is also a popular industry for foreigners to work in.

How to find work in Hungary for an ex-pat?

The best way to find work in Hungary is by talking to people. Send out CVs and letter covers to businesses that operate overseas. Arrange a meeting with a person who has worked in Hungary or has connections abroad. Another tip is to find out if businesses in your country have a subsidiary or branch in Hungary. Hungarian employers generally prefer resumes, but international companies may accept American-style resumes.

The resume should contain

Contact Information: Relevant personal contact information at the top of the page, including name, telephone number, fax number, address, and email address.

Professional Experience

This information is usually listed in chronological order. List your experience with your title the name of the company you worked for, the dates of your employment, and a brief description of your achievements in that job.


This section should precede work experience if you are in school or have not attended school for one to three years, depending on your level of work experience and how well your education matches your career.

Certificates and Diplomas

Courses, seminars, congresses, and conferences that are relevant to the position. Please note if you have received any special awards.


This is extremely important for international work. Indicate which languages ​​you speak and your level: advanced, intermediate, or beginner. Indicate if you can translate, speak or write in each language and list all related degrees. If you are submitting your resume in English and it is not your first language, be sure to read it first by a native speaker. Punctuation and grammar are extremely important.

Computer Skills

Programs, Applications, Word Processing, Databases, Internet Experience, etc.


You can include personal interests such as hobbies, sports, and activities.

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Resume tips for Hungary

  • The style should be simple. Use standard paper and plain font.
  • Print original copies on high-quality paper – do not send photocopies.
  • Be careful. Take care of the presentation, design, spaces, and writing of your resume. Don’t use abbreviations. Underline sections and things that are important with underlining or bold type.
  • Make sure your resume is organized as much as possible so the information can be easily found.
  • You don’t need to meet or sign your resume.
  • Have a basic resume that you can customize for every job you are applying for.

Job Listing in Budapest

Connect online and do a lot of research to help find the job you are looking for.

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Within the EU, job seekers can access the European job mobility portal EURES. This resource provides information on vacancies and the labor market. It also provides information on living and working conditions and resume posting services.


EURAXESS is an international initiative that supports European and non-European Researchers looking to find research careers in Europe. Available research positions are posted on the Internet.


Expat and social forums are another resource for job seekers. Easy Expat Hungary forums are a great resource. Search by industry and view the latest vacancies.


Several articles have useful headings sections. There are job offers for executives and professionals, as well as sections dedicated to specific professions such as teaching, computers, and media.

These include:

  • Budapest Times
  • Daily Hungary

Recruitment agencies

Most agencies specialize in a specific area such as computers, nursing, secretarial, accounting, catering, or construction. There are also major hunting agencies that are hired by large companies to hire executives, managers, or specialists. To find a suitable agency, search the yellow pages for “employment agencies” or go to the agency directory.

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Job fair

Job fairs in Hungary are a great way to find out about the vacancies and opportunities available. There are usually a variety of employers that you can visit in one day and apply to. Entry is usually free, but online registration can be encouraged. Bring your resume and dress to impress, as there may be onsite interviews. You can also try attending job fairs in your country that specialize in working abroad.


One of the best ways to find work abroad is through networking. Talk to friends, family, and business contacts to see if they have connections in the area you’d like to work with.

Expat Events can also be a great way to find out how other ex-pats are doing and see if there are any vacancies in their company. Use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, or ex-pat forums.

Teaching English in Hungary

English teaching jobs are very common in Hungary and readily available. English-speaking ex-pats are in high demand for teaching English. Language schools usually require TOEFL applicants for course certificates and higher education. You must have proper visa processing and registration Most schools will provide you with an intent to hire so you can obtain a visa.

It is also an opportunity to give private lessons. This is usually more profitable per hour but requires much more work in finding clients. The best way to attract private students is to advertise in business newspapers, on message boards, or offer your resume in the workplace.


  • An interview is a chance for a company to get to know you before hiring you. Research the company ahead of the interview to find out their missions and directions. Often there is a series of interviews, the first of which is 30-60 minutes long, and then the meetings may take up an entire day.
  • Dress neatly and conservatively.
  • Arrive on time.

Please bring your resume, business card, and copies of certificates.

  • To ask questions. Demonstrate your knowledge and interest.
  • Thanks to the interviewer for your time.

Temporary agencies

If you need any kind of short-term work, some agencies will find you a job with another company. The job can consist of office work, babysitting, gardening, security, or any other type of work. They will try to match professions that match your skillset. As a bonus, sometimes short-term work can lead to a longer contract.

Work visas and permits

Expatriates looking for work in Hungary need to obtain a work visa or permit depending on the length of their stay.

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