Austria Information for Job Seekers

austria-location austria informationWorking abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. Job search in Austria requires more than just the obvious Austrian CV writing and translation. It requires thorough preparation. You will experience problems that did not even came to your mind when you decided to get an overseas employment. Do not underestimate the big impact they can have on the result of your adventure! For instance, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.

art_warning Austria InformationMost visits to Austria are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.

Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from fourth Sunday in March to fourth Sunday in October)

Telephone country code: 43

Internet country code: .at

Annual vacation: Majority of Austrians take annual vacations during school holidays.

  • Christmas holidays - between 24 Dec and 06 Jan of next year
  • Semester break - usually a few days in February. In Vienna 02 Feb - 07 Feb
  • Easter holidays - between 04 Apr and 14 Apr
  • Whitsun holidays - between 30 May and 02 Jun
  • Summer holidays - between 04 Jul and 12 Sep

Public Holidays:

  • 1 Jan - New Year's Day
  • 6 Jan - Epiphany
  • 10-13 - Apr Easter
  • 1 May - National Holiday
  • 21 May - Ascension Day
  • 1 June - Whit Monday
  • 11 Jun - Corpus Christi
  • 15 Aug - Assumption
  • 26 Oct - National Day - commemorates the passage of the law on permanent neutrality
  • 1 Nov - All Saints' Day
  • 8 Dec - Immaculate Conception
  • 25-26 Dec - Christmas

Business Hours:

  • Offices: Mon to Fri 09:00 - 18:00
  • Banks: 8:00 to 12:30 and 13:30 to 15:00 weekdays, apart from Thu 8:00 to 12:30 pm and 13:30 to 17:30. Closed Saturday and Sunday
  • Post offices: generally Mon to Fri 08:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00, and Sat various hours, but main post offices and those at major railway stations are open for 24 hours, seven days a week, including public holidays
  • Stores: 9:00 - 18:00 Mon to Fri, 9:00 - 17:00 Sat. Closed Sun.

Background: Once the center of power for the large Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria was reduced to a small republic after its defeat in World War I. Following annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938 and subsequent occupation by the victorious Allies in 1945, Austria's status remained unclear for a decade. A State Treaty signed in 1955 ended the occupation, recognized Austria's independence, and forbade unification with Germany. A constitutional law that same year declared the country's "perpetual neutrality" as a condition for Soviet military withdrawal. This neutrality, once ingrained as part of the Austrian cultural identity, has been called into question since the Soviet collapse of 1991 and Austria's entry into the European Union in 1995. A prosperous country, Austria entered the European Monetary Union in 1999

Capital: Vienna

Climate: temperate; continental, cloudy; cold winters with frequent rain in lowlands and snow in mountains; cool summers with occasional showers

Ethnic groups: Austrians 91.1%, former Yugoslavs 4% (includes Croatians, Slovenes, Serbs, and Bosniaks), Turks 1.6%, German 0.9%, other or unspecified 2.4% (2001 census)

Languages: German (official nationwide) 88.6%, Turkish 2.3%, Serbian 2.2%, Croatian (official in Burgenland) 1.6%, other (includes Slovene, official in Carinthia, and Hungarian, official in Burgenland) 5.3% (2001 census)

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We hope that your Austria job search has been successful and you will obtain your Austria visa too. So, if your Austria cover letter and Austria CV are ready, you may email them to your future employers & job recruiters and start preparing for Austria job interview.

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