Looking for a job? This guide will walk you through ten tips regarding your job search in Sweden, that we have collected over the years. Enjoy!
LinkedIn is a very important job search tool in Sweden. It will be a good place to start making connections, so update your profile and boost your chances to attract attention. Remember to include a picture or update it if necessary.
Also follow International Citizen Hub Lund and companies that you are interested in finding a position at or leads to your next job. Some LinkedIn groups allow you to join and share your CV or profile there, so try to find groups within your profession.
It’s a good idea to register at the Swedish Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) online registration which can be done by using a BankID or Freja eID. Here you can get information about the different kinds of support and programs you can be eligible for.
Update your CV and make sure you put a picture on it. In Sweden, a picture is favorable than some other countries and make it concise by reducing your CV to 2 pages but not more than 3. You should have your name and contact information on every page as well as numbering the pages. You can put bullet points at the top to summarize your experience and skills at the beginning of your CV. Remember to tailor this summary according to the job vacancy that you are applying for and highlight skills and experience according to the job advertisement.
If a cover letter or personal letter is needed, try to keep it short and not more than three quarters of a page. You need to express why this particular company interests you and why you are the person they need for the position. Always tailor the letter for every vacancy and make sure to check spelling as well as having the correct company name on it. Let someone else read it and ask them if the letter sounds like “you”.
Networking is very important and Facebook offers many networking opportunities and information. You can probably think of mentorship activities. Many people who are working and established in a job market in Sweden are willing to offer their time to help others to understand more about the Swedish job market and become a mentor.
You can check some organizations which arrange these kinds of activities, for example MINE (Malmö) and Mitt Liv (online activity). They start and end their programs at certain times of the year so you need to contact them to know more about their respective opportunities.
Volunteering can be a good way to network as well. Check out Volontärbyrån for volunteering opportunities in your city. The search will give you wider range if you don’t limit the search to activities in English. You can always contact the organization and ask about the language needed.
If you have services or skills to offer companies or organizations then maybe you start your own business as a consultant is the way to approach your job search.
Here in Sweden you can get support from Nyföretagarcentrum to start your own business. You can book a meeting with one of their consultants and discuss your ideas or business plan. Many cities have this organization. Their services are free of charge.
If you want to start or run your own business you will find a lot of useful information and services on the website Verksamt.se.
Check our neighboring country Denmark as they have many job opportunities for you within particular professions. Work in Denmark is a good website to start with:
Remember to also contact Øresunddirekt if you find a job opportunity in Denmark as they support commuters with many services that can be helpful when working on the other side of the bridge.
You are also welcome to join the drop-in on Thursday mornings to get general answers and advice.
Have you left your job at home to follow your spouse/partner to southern Sweden? Then the Kick-Start Program is for you! This program is based on 10 informative sessions on how to optimize your job search as an international talent in Sweden.