Job Coconut’s Guide to Living and Working in Romania
Thinking of living and working in Romania? Our team at Job Coconut have complied some helpful advice to help you on your journey!
Romania – Basic Info
- Population: 20 million people
- Member of the EU since 2007
- Currency: Romanian Leu (RON)
- Official language: Romanian
- People: 89.5% Romanian, 6.6% Hungarian, 2.5% Roma plus a small number of German, Ukrainian, Russian and Turkish.
- Type of government: republic
- Major religion: Eastern Orthodox Christianity
- Climate: temperate with four distinctive seasons.
Living in Romania
Bucharest: Bucharest is one of Eastern Europe’s most prosperous cities. It landmarks include – Palace of the Parliament (which is the world’s second largest building next to the Pentagon), the National Art Museum and the National History Museum.
Black Sea Coast: This is a popular tourist resort for travellers. The coastline has long been known for its healing effect on people with arthritic and rheumatic conditions.
Transylvania: Transylvania is home to some of Europe’s best-preserved medieval towns such as Brasov, Sibiu and Sighisoara. Visitors will also encounter stunning castles such as Bran, a Gothic fairy-tale structure, which was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Working in Romania
The Romanian economy is still recovering from the economic downturn so competition for jobs is high. With the increase in multinational firms operating in Romania, there’s a demand for fluency in certain languages, including English, French and German.
Applying for jobs
It is possible to apply for jobs when you arrive in Romania. However, due to high competition we suggest you secure a job before you go. The application process in Romania is generally a CV and a cover letter. Make sure you check the language requirements for the job. Only apply in English if it’s the accepted language for the job. Most companies will conduct interviews.
For advice on how to construct a good CV and how to handle interviews click here.
Where to work?
There has been a recent growth in the IT and service industries, so there is potential here. In addition, Romania has a shortage of skilled workers. Vacancies that appear most often include statistical and office clerks, buyers, business professionals, directors and chief executives. Many of the world’s largest companies are now expanding into Romania. Recent examples include Carrefour Romania SA, Nokia Romania SRL and Vodafone Romania SA.
EU citizens do not require a visa to enter Romania and are able to stay in the country for a period of up to three months. If you wish to stay longer than this period of time and want to work, you need to apply for a registration certificate from the Romanian Inspectorate for Immigration. If you are intending to work you will need to present an employment contract or certificate form your employer in order to get the registration certificate.
If you are not from the EU you should contact the Romanian embassy in the country where you are currently residing about how to obtain visas and work permits.
EU citizens who have been living in Romania for a continuous period of five years or more can apply for a permanent residency certificate from the Romanian Inspectorate for Immigration. You will normally need your passport and registration certificate and proof that you have lived continuously in Romania for a five-year period.
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