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Understanding the Swedish job market
Firstly, it is important to understand a few aspects about the Swedish job scenario. It is not all great news for foreigners or people of other communities living in Sweden. Many employers prefer to hire their own locals instead of skilled people from other countries. Urbalife.se is determined to change this as this is a sad price to pay and the loss is for the Swedish economy. Most of these immigrants have highly skilled expertise in various domains and not tapping into their talent is a waste. However, for those of you giving up hope on landing a job just yet, take hope in the fact that even local Swedes who are highly qualified are finding it tough to get their dream jobs. People having degrees in molecular medicine were being handed down door-to-door salesperson’s jobs (as of last year!). Sadly, this year the scenario seems to be worse as the number of vacancies have decreased.
Working customsOne of the staples of work culture in Sweden is the large-scale presence of Trade Unions. Every worker here will usually belong to one or the other Union. Through mutual agreement the employer and the unions decide on the condition of employment. As per Swedish law, in a week only 40 hours of work is allowed and not more. They also have at least 25 paid holidays in a calendar year.
Tips to finding a job in Sweden
It is important that you know and understand Swedish, at least to carry on basic conversations. Even though most people here know English, it is difficult to get a job if you do not know the national language.
Swedish people are extremely punctual and if you are even 5 minutes late, it counts as unprofessionalism. So make sure to arrive 10-15 minutes earlier.
It is important that you furnish business cards, diploma or degree photocopies, reference letters and identification photographs during initial interviews.
Answering in just no or yes will make you seem rude. Provide detailed answers and maintain eye contact at all times. Address the person/s as Mr. or Miss last name as appropriate.
In every Swedish job interview you should dress formally. Wear a tie and a conservative jacket if you are a man or wear formal suits or dresses if a woman.