Monday, April 14, 2008

Getting a job In Sweden

It is difficult finding jobs generally in Sweden. Sweden is not a haven for jobs. I would tell anyone coming to Sweden to prepare him or herself with a lot of pocket money for personal support before finding a job here. Sweden has one of the worst intergration policies in Europe when it comes to immigrants having jobs. The article can be read on Dagens nyheter in August 2003.

Work time is strictly 40 hrs a week and you must take vacation for four weeks every year.

Where to find jobs:

Government employment agency (Arbetsförmedlingen)Ams
Arbetsförmedlingen database link platsbanken Job service database(Platsbanken) , but note that there is always a requirement of the Swedish language (svenska) in the majority of cases.

Local and daily newspapers

Daily contacts with people

Ask people

Be open for anything from a start

If you cannot buy local and daily newspapers then go to the nearest public library (Stadsbiblioteket) and read them. You just have to locate it, get it and sit down and start reading.
You can also check on blocket.

Job recruiting sites or databases and register your CV for example manpower, proffice.
In bigger towns such as Stokholm and Göteborg you can be lucky to get English speaking related jobs. Some English related jobbs can be found on thelocal website.
If you can drive and you have a licence it can boost your chances of finding a job. To buy a second hand car you can visit Blocket website
Sweden is amongst the countries with the highest income tax of about 30%. For example if you earn 10000kr as monthly pre-tax income you will finally get about 6500 to7000kr as your income at the bank.

Easy jobs to get are unskilled jobs for example

Distributing newspapers (the local daily newspaper of where you are living)
Distributing advertisement papers or junk mails on weekends (Direkt Reklam)
Cleaning jobs
For Au Pair Work you can register on this site for Au pair service You can register on-line and they are really good and helpful in matching you to a suitable family.
For professional and skilled jobs you have to follow the same procedure and make your self a very good CV. For summer jobs you need to apply early enough as February and if you get a job you can start working between June and August if the company employs you.

You can get the addresses from the yellow pages (Gula sidorna).
For English Speaking jobs go:
Jobs in for those who speak english

19 comments:

flytoneverland said...

this may seem like an odd question, but how do you quit a job you don't like in Sweden? in the US, its standard to give a two weeks notice if you are not binded by a contract.

Ngala Talla said...

Ask your employer and they will tell you how.For my part i think you give them a couple of months notice and you have to resign from your position and from the company if you are binded by a contract.

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Nileema said...

Hi! May I know how much a student earns by doing part time job at a shop or restaurant per month?

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Shabbeer said...
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Ngala T. said...

Getting jobs in Sweden is tough as a student. I will advice you come well loaded with money and try to contact others from your home country living here already and share rents,food cost and experience with them.Sweden is not like England where u get job fast and you can also lose it fast.In Sweden its different .Once u get employed u are employed.It makes companies to take their time and employ when really in need.Swedes are skeptical of immigrants and as usual the issue of discrimination or racism can also be an issue

Chemist said...

how many koronor earn student who is studying in swedan

ADMIN said...

hi....
u can find some part time jobs here

www.swedenjobshub.blogspot.com

Tamara said...

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Billian said...
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Anonymous said...

Who ever said that in England you can get a job fast is completly wrong. It's easier in Sweden. In England it might take you years to find a job these days.

jo said...

Hey I am a student currently in England but I am looking into moving out to Sweden (G'berg) after I graduate next year. You say that you should come with lots of savings-how much approximately? Also, I am studying Occupational Therapy at uni, do you know if Occupational Therapists work in G'berg and what the job prospects of getting a job like that are? Also, how much would it be for renting a place in G'berg
Thanks, jo
email: spirit_flyer@hotmail.co.uk

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Stadguiden said...

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Anonymous said...

I have found one website which is recently launched and it helps expats and you can find out useful information ... http://livingsweden.blogspot.se/

Thanks

Billian Raj said...

Thanks man, sharing information with us. Really it's helpful to job seekers in Sweden.

It's difficult to get jobs, but there is possibility...

For English speaking jobs, Student part time jobs in Stockholm or other big cities you can find here, Part time jobs in Sweden

Pham Duy Tung said...

Hello,

We are a small IT company from Vietnam. Please tell me whether we can find outsourced jobs from Sweden.

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