Finding a Job

How to find a job in Sweden

There are many different ways of finding a job in Sweden. Here are some useful tips to get you started before and when you arrive in the country.

Internet

The Internet is one of the most common ways to look for a job in Sweden. There are many sites where you can enter an online CV and receive job offers. Just type Jobs in Sweden into a search engine to find them.

Newspapers and magazines

The main Swedish newspapers have detailed classified sections, with a list of current job offers. The most important Swedish newspapers are Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet and Dagens Industri. Most classified sections are also available on their internet site. Dagens Nyheter even has a job portal on its website. Also try The Local, a Swedish newspaper in English. The magazine Platsbanken also has a very complete job section, the downside is that it is only available locally in its printed version (pick on up at an Employment agency office).

Employment agencies

One of the first places to search for a job in Sweden is the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen). If already in Sweden, register as a jobseeker in one of the local offices. Otherwise use the webpage  which is the largest job vacancy site in the country. The most important information is available in various languages. However, the job offers are only available in Swedish, which shows the importance of speaking the language. The English version of the website offers practical guides providing all the necessary information for job hunting and working in Sweden.

Spontaneous applications

A commonly used method for finding a job in Sweden is to contact companies and potential employers directly, even if they have not advertised any vacancies. For contact details of companies have a look at the Swedish Yellow Pages .

Immigration Office

The migrationsverket web page offers very useful general information on what needs to be considered when planning to work in Sweden. All information is available in English .

EURES

The EURES network is joint venture of state employment services in the EEA to support the free movement of workers. It facilitates the circulation of vacancies and enables online access to up-to-date information on living and working conditions in each EEA member state. EURES staff specializes in the practical issues surrounding employment in member states. They assist people who wish to work abroad and help employers find suitable candidates from other EEA countries. They can be contacted via the Arbetsförmedlingen, of which some centres are linked to the EURES network or you can access vacancies in Sweden from your national employment agency if you live in an EU/EEA country - for more information go to www.europa.eu.int/eures .

Career fairs

Another good place to start is a career fair. They usually bring together a range of employers and concentrate on a specific sector. In general you apply by sending in your CV and employers decide in advance who they want to meet. It is also possible to arrange interviews beforehand and to learn more about specific companies.


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