Five tips to land your dream job in Sweden

Kajsa Bengtsson, five tips to land your dream job in Sweden
Kajsa Bengtsson, talent advisor at International House Gothenburg

When starting a new career in a different country, it can be challenging to navigate the hiring process and understand the key factors that potential employers consider when evaluating a newcomer. To increase your chances of landing a job, it's important to optimize your CV and cover letter by following some best practises.

International House Gothenburg has a wealth of talented advisors who are committed to providing individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to land their dream job. We talked to Kajsa Bengtsson, talent advisor with several years of experience to hear her insights about how to craft a successful CV and cover letter.

Kajsa, what are your five best tips?

"First of all, "kill your darlings" by keeping your CV to two pages or less. This can be a challenging task for many people, especially those with extensive experience in their field. However, it is essential to focus on the most relevant information and prioritize it accordingly", says Kajsa.

"If your list of experience is particularly long I suggest that you cluster your experiences to save space on your CV. This technique involves grouping similar experiences together and presenting them in a more condensed format. This not only saves space but also allows for easier readability and understanding for recruters", she continues. 

"When it comes to the order in which you present your experience I advise against strictly adhering to a chronological format. Instead, it is crucial to prioritize what is most relevant to the position for which you are applying. This means that you may need to rearrange your experiences to showcase your most relevant skills and qualifications", she says.

"In terms of your cover letter, it is important to avoid simply listing your competencies and skills. Instead, use your previous experiences to demonstrate your abilities and how they relate to the job at hand. Keep your cover letter brief, with a maximum length of one page, and avoid repeating the information on your CV."

"Finally, I recommend ending your CV with the phrase "Reference will be given upon request". This will give you a good opportunity to present yourself to the employer and also time to prepare your references", finishes Kajsa.

If you want more information on optimizing your CV and cover letter or need some examples to guide you, read more here

By following these tips and tailoring your application to each specific job, you'll be well on your way to landing your dream job in your new country.


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