Guess how many people who speak English are interested in finding jobs in Sweden?
Google says 5,400 people per month search for that exact term — “Finding jobs in Sweden.”
So you’ve had it with your country! You’re sick and tired of two weeks of vacation or think the population is too obese. Or maybe you’ve fallen in love with a beautiful Swedish woman who’s promising you that you can easily find a job in Sweden. Or maybe you’re fleeing war or poverty. Or maybe you’re stuck living in Sweden and can’t find a job.
Or maybe you love Abba? Or maybe you love fish? Maybe you like Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy? I can go on and on, but won’t.
For those of you hoping on finding work in Sweden, you need to know it can be a jungle out there, but you can do it.
Attitude is the key.
Here are a few tips.
Job sites to help in finding jobs in Sweden
1. A direct link to the Public employment service’s website. Don’t fear, this is in Swedish, but there’s a window on the site that says “Platsbanken”. Throw your search word in there, in English, it’s ok, and you’ll be on your way. I usually start off with searching for “native English” or “English” in most of my job searches.
2. The Local, an English news website covering Sweden, has a pretty good job board to help you find a job in Sweden.
3. Jobbsafari is another Swedish language site for finding work in the country, but I think it’s worth checking out.
On the top of the page you’ll see “Söka jobb”, that’s where you put in your search term. Then the window on your right you can choose to search in “Hela Sverige”, which means all of Sweden, or choose a particular county — län means county.
I just threw in “Native English” and “Stockholm County” in the search bar and found hundreds of hits.
4. Indeed is another good site in Swedish…you can do it in Swedish, no worries. The box for “Vad” means what, put in your search term there, and the box for “Var” means where.
5. Stepstone.se is also an awesome job site and it’s in English!
6. Now if you can’t figure out how to find a job in Sweden, try to find a rich Swede to partner with. That way he or she can take care of you and you can hang out around town, look at the pretty people, listen to Swedish pop music, eat lots of fish and go cold bathing.
Information on working in Sweden
1. This is Sweden’s official site about work in Sweden. It’s an amazing resource with more tips on job sites and tons of other good stuff. Plus it’s a pretty radical website.
2. The Public Employment Service has a nice, easy-to-use pamphlet on working in Sweden and the details around moving here.
3. Here’s another good article from Göteborg Daily with tips on getting a job in Sweden.
Stay tuned for the Finding jobs in Sweden Master Guide Part 2, where we’ll hear from some real, live Swedes.
In the meantime, tell me about your successes or struggles in trying to find work in Sweden.