This past weekend, The Spot was fortunate enough to host its first job search workshop. The purpose of the event was to help expats get the information they needed find a job in Prague. A big thanks must go out to Jobspin.cz for putting it together and making it all happen. They were able to bring together many companies who provided knowledge and expertise to the expats in attendance.
The workshop consisted of three main components. First, each company in attendance gave a presentation about topics related to the services they provided. They were more than happy to answer questions at any time.
The second part of the workshop happened in between presentations. Our guests were given time to take a break and grab some refreshments while the next presentation was prepared. In this time, people could speak with the experts one on one to get personalized advice. With quite a few companies present, it was easy to get answers to any questions that arose.
Finally, after every presentation was finished, all of the experts sat down in front of everyone to from a panel. They were there to answer any final questions that people may have had. One lucky person even won a free one on one career coaching session!
Listed below are the companies that came to the workshop.
Jobspin.cz is a job board dedicated to helping expats connect with companies that need people with specialized language and cultural skills. A great resource for those looking for a job.
Expat Care is a full relocation service that helps expats through the process of moving to Prague. They offer a wide range of services including visas, permits, employee cards, and home searches.
Amazon hardly needs an introduction. The multi-billion dollar, internet based retailer makes sure you can order almost anything and have it shipped just about anywhere. Their headquarters is in Seattle, Washington, but they have recently opened up an office in Prague.
This is another great relocation service. Move to Prague will be your first friend in Prague. They offer everything you need to relocate to Prague including visas, trade licenses, help finding a flat, and more!
Taxes are tricky business, but luckily Tax Vision has a team of accountants ready to handle them for you. They are a company specializing in helping foreign clients ensure their taxes are in order.
And of course, our very own PraguExpats was in attendance. PraguExpats provides clients with visa services in a personal and detail orientated manner. Their goal is to make your life easier so you can continue to enjoy your new home.
It is impossible to recount everything that was said at the workshop. However, for those of you that were unable to attend, we will try to provide some of the key points that came up in the presentations.
Purpose of Stay in the Czech Republic:
- There are 5 main reasons for staying in the Czech Republic. They are travel, study, work, business, family. These determine what kind of visas you may need.
- This is better for expats looking to work at one, fixed company. It guarantees certain rights such as minimum salary and working hours. The process can be a bit complicated, and it might be better for long term stays. The flexibility with this visa is fairly low. Employers will handle much of the paper work that goes along with taxes and insurance.
- These visas are good for people who are looking to work freelance or work for multiple employers. They have more flexibility, but do not offer the same guarantees of rights like an employee card would. The process of obtaining one is also less complicated. However, you must take care of tax returns, social insurance, and public health insurance on your own.
- Some find it easier to get visas than others just based on the passports they hold. The Czech Republic is part of the European Union, so citizens of other member countries have a very easy time working here. After that, it is easy for workers from countries such as the U.S., Canada, or Australia to obtain a visa. For most other countries the process is lengthier and more difficult. We tell you this not to discourage anyone from coming to the Czech Republic, but just so you are aware when going through the immigration process.
- A year and a half ago, Amazon opened up an office in Prague. They are still looking to hire many new employees with all different skill sets. It is definitely worth applying if you think that the company is a good fit for you.
- This is a good website for looking at companies who have posted job openings. Start your job search here!
All in all, it was a great and informative workshop. We had about 40 people come throughout the day to learn how to be better prepared in the job market.
If you have any questions related to finding a job, getting the right visa, or finding accommodations, we encourage you to contact a one of the companies above. They will be able to assist you with anything you need during your relocation process.
Stay up to date with all the events at The Spot as we plan to host more workshops such as this to help the expat community adjust to life in Prague.
-Your team at The Spot