Finding a job in Sweden may take time and patience. Networking and Linkedin are some of the key tools, as well as being active and exploring possibilities by Arbetsförmedlingen, EURES, ÖresundDirekt and other organisations.
There are plenty of opportunities for all types of jobseekers. And do keep in mind that a lot of people ended up in their current position thanks to networking!
The Swedish Public Employment Service, "Arbetsförmedlingen" is a national agency with the aim to provide services to both jobseekers and employers, prioritizing those most vulnerable on the labor market. On their website you will find useful advice and tools that may be helpful in your job search.
The aim of "Arbetsförmedlingen" is to provide plenty and relevant information how to find a suitable job and support; however, they do not supply the actual jobseeker with a job. It is up to the jobseeker to be proactive and make use of all the free sources available.
Arbetsförmedlingen: "Do you want to work in Sweden?"
"Platsbanken" is their job bank where you can find the latest vacancies. It is is Sweden's largest and most visited employment website.
There are many privately run job sites commonly used to find a job in Sweden. These websites usually include job listings (often in Swedish) and functions where you can upload your CV. Search for "lediga jobb", "jobbsajt" and find your favourite.
If you are looking for listing of English-language jobs in Sweden The Local is a good source:
Another good starting point for job seekers is the EURES database. It’s a collection of job listings from EU countries’ public employment agencies and run by the EU Public Employment Service. Citizens of EU countries can make use of the ‘Your first EURES job’ programme, designed to encourage European mobility. EURES is also very useful if you’re a non-EU citizen who needs a work permit.
Øresunddirekt's Information centre provides service for those looking to commute between Sweden and Denmark. The information centre is located in Malmö and staff from the following authorities are represented: Arbetsförmedlingen (Swedish Public Employment Service), Försäkringskassan (Swedish Social Insurance Agency), Länsstyrelsen Skåne (County Administrative Board of Skåne), Region Skåne and Skatteverket (Swedish Tax Agency). The center is open from Monday to Friday and citizens do not need to make an appointment.
Øresunddirekt organise free information meetings and staff can help with issues relating to looking for a job in the Öresund region, Danish apprenticeships, tax rules, social insurance when you commute between Sweden and Denmark, etc.
Networking is a key ingredient when it comes to finding a job in Sweden so try and grow your network in a variety of ways. International Citizen Hub Lund holds many events to facilitate networking and are constantly welcoming new people into the fold. Many organizations provide volunteers with the unique experience of being able to help others while helping themselves. Some firms offer internships that lead to new jobs or a wider network, and there are plenty of other networking events to be found throughout the region.
Networking in Lund, Malmö and the region
Social media offer platforms for users to advertise their skills, and for companies to attract new talent by posting open positions. We suggest that you search for example within your field / speciality or within a city / region. A lot of companies in Sweden use Linkedin to find and recruit new talent. So keep your profile updated, be active, comment, share and join groups!