Finding a job

If you are in Prague as a student, you may be in need for some sort of income. After finishing your studies, you will need a job and it’s only up to you whether you want to be employed or you’d rather be a freelancer. Currently, there is a larger demand for workforce than the market is able to provide, therefore now is an ideal time to change your unsatisfying job or to try out different jobs.

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Employment

If you are looking for a job, you can let yourself be employed. Right now, the unemployment rate in Czechia is very low, thus there are plenty of job offers you can choose from.

Before you start looking for an employment, try to answer these important questions:

  • Am I looking for a full-time job or a part-time job?  A part-time job is usually more suitable for students and mothers on maternity leave. Employers however are often searching for full-time workers, where you are a full-pledged employee.
  • Do I want to work from home? Many types of jobs can be done from home. In addition, studies also show, that the number of such jobs are increasing. It has its pros and cons, so make sure to put some thought into it.
  • How much salary/wage do I expect? Typically, it’s one of the first questions people ask themselves when looking for a job. Salaries and wages depend on a sector, in which you are going to be employed.
  • Am I able to do this job? Everyone is good at something, it’s necessary to find and develop this something. Also look from the employer’s perspective and honestly ask yourself “Will I be able to contribute something to the employer?”
  • For how long am I looking for a job? This is also important to consider, because if you are leaving the city or country in a couple of months, then the employer won’t be happy about it. Think about that before you apply for a job.

Where and how to look for a job?

www.prace.cz
An intuitive Czech web, where you simply choose criteria for filtration and then the system will show you a large list of job offers. After clicking on an advertisement, a detailed information about the employer, the type of job, the requirements, salary/wage… You can also fill in a contact form to be able to directly contact the employer. On the websites, you will also find many advice on how to correctly prepare for a job interview, how to create a CV and so on.

www.inwork.cz
This site displays thousands of job offers across the whole Czech Republic. After clicking on the advertisement, you will find all the necessary information, including the contact form. You also have an option of opting for emails, which will send you job offers with the frequency that you select. In addition, it is also possible to find numerous foreign job offers.

www.easy-prace.cz
A website with incredibly large number of job opportunities. Because this Portal functions for so long, it is a frequently searched site. As many other websites, here you also have an option of filtering many requirements and then the searching engine will display you a long list of job offers. After clicking on the ad, more information about the offer and the prerequisites will pop up, along with the option to contact the employer. It is possible to create an “offer watcher”, which will email you a job offer immediately after posting in. You can also easily create a CV.

There are many more websites available, these were just the most used ones. If you had a bad luck with these, you may try out the ones below:              

www.monster.cz
www.profesia.cz
www.dobraprace.cz
www.jobdnes.cz
www.jobs.cz           

Sending an application

If any of these offers catch your eye, you can respond to it right away. Follow the guidelines and keep in mind, that you will often have to attach a CV. Creating a CV can be done on these websites: www.zivotopisy.cz, www.cvapp.cz or www.zivotopis-snadno.cz. You are also able to attach a motivation letter, which may impress the employers. 

An interview for a job

Among applicants, an interview is generally not so popular however for employers, it’s a necessity because he needs to verify whether you are the right person for the job or not. During an interview, the people responsible for recruiting new people will ask numerous questions, usually ones like “with what do you think you can contribute to the company?”, “why did you change jobs?”, “what wage do you expect?” or “Do you have any specific questions regarding your job?”. Answer these questions calmly and confidently. If you are not sure about something, don’t be afraid to ask. Remember to be right on time and wear appropriate clothing. First impression matters a lot.

Signing an employment contract

If you have successfully passed an interview, then before you start working, you have to sign an employment contract. Before you sign a contract, make sure to read it thoroughly and ask about unclear things. The contract must contain at least the start date, a place where you work and a type of job you will do. When signing a contract, have an ID, a health insurance card and a number to your bank account with you. The bank account number is for wages.

If you are looking for a part-time job, for example during your studies, then the whole process is a lot simpler. Both sides are aware that as part-time employee, you will work less time, therefore there is no need for an interview. You can work up to 300 hours per year, the employer pays minimal taxes for you, therefore the difference between the dirty wage and the clean wage will be minimal. The contract can be terminated at any time and without stating a reason. A part time job can be done by people above 15 years old.

We hope that you will be able to find a job, where you will truly be happy and that will fulfill you. Keep in mind, that thanks to the current number of job offers, it is the right time to change your current occupation, which does not suit you. Companies are in need for new employees so they will be more than happy if you join their ranks.

Entrepreneurship

Do you have an idea for your own business? Are you good at something and wish to share your experiences with others? Do you not want to work for someone but rather create something on your own? Wait no more and start a business! There are two possible options: sole trading or founding a company. Each option has its pros and cons.

Self-employment (OSVČ)

In this option, you act as a natural person and you will need a sole trading permission. This can easily be done in a matter of while. The simplest method would be visiting a Trade Licensing Office, where you fill in a united registration form. This form will save you lots of time, because suddenly you are able to make all the necessary registrations, including social and health insurances.

In reality, the process looks like this:

  1. You visit any of the Trade Licensing Offices
  2. You fill in a united registration form, or you ask the officer for help with filling the form
  3. It is obligatory to select a type of sole trading. It would be easiest to tell them what you wish to do, and they will lend you a hand
  4. There are 3 (4) types of sole trading: free, bound, handicraft and concessed. With free sole trading, you don’t have any requirements. As for the rest, you have to prove that you are competent enough (usually the free one is enough)
  5. Pay the fee of 1000 Kč for registering for the first time. Additional ones cost 500 Kč

And it’s done, simple wasn’t it? Thanks to the united registration form the offices know about your registration and they will send on your address more information regarding the down payment of social and health insurance within a couple of days. You will also obtain a document about creating a sole trading license. In case there are any errors, seek the Trade Licensing Office’s help. Creating a license is simple. As for the accounting, it’s also simpler than with legal entity. The main con of this self-employment is the fact, that you guarantee with all your property. If you can’t pay off all your obligations, then it will be a big issue, therefore think twice before starting a business with this option. With a natural person, there are more options on how to calculate taxes, so we recommend you asking a tax advisor for advice for the most convenient result.

LTD (S.R.O. in Czech)

With this option, you will act as a legal entity, which is basically your company. There are more types of legal entities, but the LTD is the most popular one. The main pro of the LTD is the fact, that you guarantee only with the property of the company, therefore your private property is protected. The whole process of founding a company is a bit more complicated, therefore you should contact companies, which specialize in this area and they will solve it for you. They will help you especially in legal matters, which shall be clearly defined, such as property and equity issues. Basically, for creating a company, you need to have a registered capital of 1 Kč, which is a minimal permitted amount. As for the accounting, it is relatively complicated if you don’t have any experience or knowledge in this area, therefore you ought to find accounting experts.

To sum it up, administration wise, tax wise…it’s more complicated than with the license. On the other hand, as a legal entity, you have more options on how to influence the equity. The process however is very complex, therefore don’t be afraid to ask the specialists for help.

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