Good advice when applying for jobs in Sweden
This information is for EU/EEA citizens only
Looking for a job in Sweden
- You can find vacant posts in Sweden through our website (we work together with the Swedish job database Jobsafari). We have limited the jobs visible on this site to being only jobs to which you can easily commute from Zealand - that is to say jobs in Skåne.
- Keep an eye on interesting companies/organisations by reading newspapers and searching on the internet. Which companies are planning to employ new staff soon?
- Check company websites where you can often find current vacancies in the "Work with us" section.
- Send unsolicited applications - a so called "spontanansökan". Applications are sometimes saved for future needs.
- "Knock on doors." In some sectors (e.g. sectors with a lot of customer contact), it can be a good idea to show up at the workplace with a CV and cover letter.
- Register with some recruitment agencies.
- Use different online job banks where you can add your CV.
Job Centre (Arbetsförmedlingen)
If you are looking for a job in Sweden, it is a good idea to start with Arbetsförmedlingens website. There you will find the largest job bank in Sweden, where you can search among thousands of public and private positions. Here you will find useful information on the state of the labour market in various industries. You will also find concrete tips on how to behave and act when applying for a job in Sweden, and a useful list of descriptions of different professions.
Other ways to find job vacancies
- Social media: Social media like LinkedIn and Facebook are used more and more in job search contexts - particularly in the areas of business, marketing, communications and new media.
- Your own network: If you have a large and well-functioning network, it increases your chances to finding a job. Try to find out if there are friends, family, acquaintances or perhaps old colleagues who have connections to Sweden if you want to find the job on the other side of the Sound.
- Unsolicited applications: Many companies post job vacancies on their website, but you can also send an unsolicited application if you have found a job position that you find interesting.
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How to write a good application when applying for a job in Sweden
A good application consists of a personal letter and a CV. A good CV gives the reader a quick overview of your experience and skills. In the letter you describe why you are applying for the job and highlight some of the skills you have described in detail in your CV.