Finding work in West Sweden

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The Gothenburg region, West Sweden, has a thriving business environment and is Sweden’s leading hub for business R&D. The region is home to global companies such as Volvo, AstraZeneca, SKF, CEVT, Polestar and Mölnlycke; world-class universities and innovative start-ups. Key industries include automotive, life science, ICT, space, gaming and textiles.

Where to start

If you are an EU/EEA-citizen, you don’t need a work-permit to work in Sweden. In order to help you look for work in Sweden, Arbetsförmedlingen, Swedish Public Services, has compiled practical information at: Do you want to work in Sweden

 

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OTHER EMPLOYMENT SITES

There are many employment websites in Sweden, and it can be a good idea to register your CV with a few of them. Some of the bigger ones include Jobb SafariStepStoneMonsterCareer Builder and Jobbland.

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”.

 

STAFFING COMPANIES & SOCIAL MEDIA 

Temp agencies and recruiting companies such as Academic WorkManpowerRandstad 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. 

English language news websites such as The Local have listings for jobs in Sweden in English, as does Jobs in Gothenburg and the blog English Jobs in Sweden.

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 and broaden 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 - particularly smaller organisations - 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.

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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 offer 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.

You can also find opportunities for students on platforms such as Meet a student and Manpower Student.

8 tips (from an international student) for finding work in Sweden

 

LOCAL LABOUR MARKET & BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

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. They also produce many other reports that can provide you with a very good understanding of the region's business environment. Invest in Gothenburg - Publications

 

OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES FOR JOBS SEEKERS

Sweden.se - work and business has information about working in Sweden. Behind the site is the government agency the Swedish Institute.

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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