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Western 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, IT, life science, construction, business services and retail sectors.

Where to START

A good place to start your job search is Move to Gothenburg’s careers page where you will find postings for jobs, working in English, across a range of sectors including automotive, healthcare, ICT and life science. The jobs are presented by our partners, which include many of the region's largest employers of international professionals. In addition, you can learn more about the key areas of opportunity for international professionals and researchers on our opportunities page

Your next stop should be the Swedish Public Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) website, Sweden’s largest and most visited employment site. Now that you are in Sweden, you should also visit your local office where you can get free advice and support from an employment officer. They can guide you through the recruitment process and help you find jobs that match your skills, education and experience. The agency also organises recruitment meetings and information seminars, and has programmes (such as Instegsjobb and Nystartsjobb) to help new arrivals gain employment. Learn more at: Swedish Public Employment Agency.


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 Safari, Step Stone, MonsterCareer 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 and names of professions, and event search the term “English”.


Staffing companies & Social media

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. 

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.

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.


Work experience and internships 

Whether it’s via your university, another education provider or your own private initiative, participating in some form of work experience or internship can be a good way to get into the Swedish workforce. It can provide you with relevant experience and contacts that can help you land a job.

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 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 8 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.

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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