Find a job (pre-arrival)
West Sweden is home to global companies such as Volvo, AstraZeneca, SKF and Nudie Jeans, world-class universities and innovative start-ups. Key business areas include the automotive, transport, life sciences, IT, renewable energy, creative and textile industries.
Where to look
A good place to start your job search is the EURES portal. The site is run by the EU Public Employment Service and includes a large job bank, where you can search for jobs in Gothenburg and elsewhere in the region. All jobs listed with the Swedish Public Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) appear on EURES. The portal also contains information about the labour market and living and working conditions in Sweden.
For non-EU citizens, in order for a work permit to be approved, the job you accept must have been advertised through EURES for at least 10 days. If you are interested in a job that is not listed on EURES, you can contact the company and ask them to list it through the Swedish Public Employment Agency as well.
If you are an EU citizen, 18-35 years old, there is a European mobility scheme called Your first EURES job where you can apply for different forms of financial support.
Other employment websites
You will find that many of the job ads in Sweden are in Swedish, so web translation tools can be helpful. You should also learn key Swedish words for various positions and occupations you are interested in. Another tip is to search for jobs using English terms as well as the term “English”.
Temp agencies and recruiting companies such as Academic Work, Proffice, Manpower, Randstad and Adecco can also be a good way to find employment. Their sites also have job listings and allow you to register your CV.
Another good option is the social networking site LinkedIn, where you can follow the companies that interest you and join groups relevant to your profession. The site is regularly used by recruiters, so put a lot of effort into your profile and keep it updated. It also has many job advertisements.
Good to know
Contact employers directly
It’s estimated that more than half of all jobs in Sweden are filled in other ways than via an advertisement. So don’t hesitate to contact employers directly and market your skills. This method is frequently used in Sweden.
As an international student in Sweden you have the right to work as much as you like during your studies. However, it is often difficult to find a part-time job without speaking Swedish. Once you have finished your studies, you can also extend your stay and launch your career here.
Most universities have a careers service which provides free support and advice, organise seminars and workshops, and often have listings for job/thesis project opportunities. Don’t wait until the end of your studies to speak to them. Do it early and start planning your career. Here are 10 tips for finding work in Sweden.
Labour shortage list
Sweden has a shortage of workers in many professions. Here you can see if your skills are in demand: Work in Sweden – Labour shortage list. If you are offered a job in a profession on this list, you can apply for a work permit from Sweden instead of having to return to your home country to apply.
Local labour market
Each quarter Business Region Göteborg publishes an economic outlook report for the Gothenburg region. The reports include up-to-date information about the local labour market.
Other useful resources for jobs seekers
Work in Sweden has comprehensive information about working in Sweden. The site is produced by government agency the Swedish Institute.
Omstart is a portal for newly arrived professionals in Sweden. It contains, among other things, information about the labour market and salaries for various professions as well as how to apply for jobs in Sweden. It’s produced by Saco, one of Sweden’s main trade union confederations.
Information om Sverige has information about things such as how to look for work, employment contracts and employer tips. Behind the site is Sweden’s County Administrative Boards.