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Keep in mind that many job listings are posted in Swedish. Use a web translation tool to translate listings and contact employers to see if they will consider an international candidate. It may also be helpful to search for jobs using the Swedish job title in order to find more results. Work in Sweden lists a majority of the job listings that are specifically for international candidates.
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The application process for jobs in Sweden can vary greatly between industries. Common to the majority of fields is to submit your CV and cover letter; the company will then contact a few selected applicants to be interviewed.
Some fields may require other types of documents or samples of work, such as a portfolio. If you are not sure what is being asked for, you can either contact the employer directly to ask for a clarification or contact the relevant union for advice.
A CV, also known as a résumé, is a summary of your professional background. Your CV should be one to two pages long and include an overview of your work experience, studies, achievements or awards, special skills, and references. Your contact information should always be included at the top of the first page.
No more than one page long, your cover letter (personligt brev) should outline why you are the right person for the position. Rather than simply listing your CV merits, try to make connections between what the company asks for in the job listing and your own skills and experience. This is your chance to show the hiring manager why you are the best person for the job.
The company will review your documents and contact you if you have gone forward to the interview (intervju) stage of the recruitment process. The employer already knows your basic qualifications; during the interview, you have the chance to show your enthusiasm for the job at hand and give the employer a sense of who you are as a person. Don’t be surprised if some of the questions asked are not directly work-related – be prepared to talk about your family and what you do in your free time.
If you are applying for a job in Sweden from abroad, your first interview may take place via phone or video-conference (e.g., Skype). If you are invited to come to Sweden for an interview, bear in mind that citizens of certain countries may need a visa. See the Migration Board’s website for details.
During the interview, the employer should let you know how the rest of the recruitment process will look. Depending on the field and type of position, you may attend several interviews or complete a test.
What happens next?
After your interview, the employer will contact you to let you know if you have been selected for the job. Once you have a job offer, your country of citizenship will determine your next steps. See Work permits to learn about the process for citizens of your country.