Finding a job in Hungary
Before looking for a job, it’s important to know whether you’ll need a working permit or not.
If you are an EU citizen or you’re married to a Hungarian, it’s not necessary.
Non-EU members have a longer and more complicated procedure. You’ll need to have a job offer, but there is a catch, since the company you’re going to work for will most probably need to advertise your job position for 15 days to allow Hungarians to apply for it. This process is a part of a larger application you would make for a work-based combined residence permit.
You’ll also need suitable proof of your education or professional training, officially translated into Hungarian for the application. This combined permit application with the purpose of employment needs to be applied for in your home-country consulate (or current country of legal residence), or at the immigration authority in Hungary, if you’re already here and don’t need a visa to enter the country. For this longer application you will then need the contract, passport and two portrait photos, proof of accommodation, proof of living funds and health insurance, and an application form found here.
Now that’s out of the way, how does one find a job in Budapest? Most job listings will unfortunately be in Hungarian, but you can always find places advertising in English. Expat sites like Xpatloop have job classifieds for English speakers, and in the era of social media, Facebook is also a useful source, where you even have a group dedicated to Jobs in Budapest, not to mention most expat communities on Facebook advertise positions.
The job application process is pretty much like what you’d do at home, so it’ll be pretty straightforward. Remember, contacts are a great way to find a job, so try to find some networking events in your industry or expat events to try to meet new people in your field.
Should you need any assistance in finding a job in Hungary or in submitting your working permit application, please do not hesitate to contact Smile Relocation & Concierge for more details.