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.
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Where to look
Before moving to West Sweden, you can contact the EURES advisers in Gothenburg (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit the EURES portal for information about the labour market and living and working conditions in Sweden. 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.
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.
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
Finding a job without speaking Swedish is possible as many international companies use English as the working language, and if you are a specialist in your field a company may be willing to hire you based on your skills. At the same time, knowing Swedish will greatly improve your employment prospects.
Contact employers directly
It’s estimated that more than half of all jobs in Sweden are filled in other ways than via an advertisement. Don’t hesitate to contact employers directly and market your skills. This method is frequently used in Sweden. Even if there is nothing immediately, it may lead to something in the future.
Build your network
Network, both in person and online, and not only with other internationals, but with Swedes as well. Market your skills and let people know you are looking for work. Head along to job fairs and social meetups, join a club or group and chat with your neighbours or classmates. Again, even if it’s not fruitful immediately, it may lead to something in the future.
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, organises seminars and workshops, and often has 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.
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. Behind the site is the government agency the Swedish Institute.
Omstart is a helpful information 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. The site is operated by Sweden’s County Administrative Boards.
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