How to find a job in Sweden? A quick guide for foreigners and Swedish residents

If you have already a work permit, or you are Swedish, or you are an EU citizen, or you are from a Nordic country, you can just go down to see how to find a job in Sweden.
If you don’t have a work permit, the first thing you need to do is anyways to find a job. So go down to see how to find a job in Sweden.

How to find a job in Sweden?

You can start looking around at some useful job listing websites.

  • Google: when you start job hunting, a simple google search can be a good start. Look for the kind of job you would like to do, for example, “Arabic tutor in Stockholm” or “Delivery driver in Malmo”. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.
  • Facebook Jobs: can be also an option to start to see what’s around you. You can also ask around in the Facebook groups that are relevant to your profession, or your language or nationality, or just relevant to your wider interests.
  • Arbetsformedlingen is the official Swedish Employment Service Platform. It is probably the most popular job site in Sweden.
  • Indeed: the Swedish version of the big US job website.
  • Jooble Sweden has many vacancies all over Sweden.
  • EURES is the European job mobility portal. A very useful site for searching for jobs in Sweden.
  • CareerJet: You must have heard about CareerJet. They have a search option for Sweden also.
  • Learn 4 Good: The website for teaching opportunities in Sweden.
  • Swedish Yellow Pages: a search engine for Swedish companies and organisations, it can be useful to understand where to ask for work near you.

How to get a job in Sweden?

Swedish people can get a you a job in Sweden without a job permit. Citizen of European Union countries or Nordic countries also don’t need a work permit to work in Sweden. They can just find a job in Sweden.

If you don’t have a work permit, the first thing you need to do is to find a job and then get a work permit with the help of your employer. 

How to get a work permit In Sweden?

In general, a work visa, or work permit, should be with you before you arrive to Sweden to start your work. You can apply from Sweden as well but if you are on a tourist visa you might need to leave and come back on your new work visa.
Below is short outline of what you need to do to get a work permit. You can see this and this official source for more details, they are available in multiple languages or you can use Google translate.

The application process

1 Offer of work, you need to find a job first and then receive an offer of employment.

2 Your employer starts the appli­ca­tion

3 You will receive an email

4 Attach necessary docu­ments

5 Pay and submit your appli­ca­tion

In most situations, you’ll have to pay a charge. See here for fees for work permits 

If you do not submit your application online

If you’re unable to apply online for a work permit, send your Application form, if you are outside of Sweden, to your closest Swedish consulate. If you are in Sweden, Application send your application   to the following address:
The Swedish Migration Agency / Migrationsverket
Box 3100
903 03 Umea

It is specified in the application form which papers should get enclosed. 

6 The Migra­tion Agency will process your appli­ca­tion

7 More infor­ma­tion might be needed for your resi­dence permit card

8 You will receive the deci­sion

Family members who want to live in Sweden must file their own applications. 

Can you work in Sweden without knowing Swedish?

So in one word, YES! To study or work in Sweden, you don’t need to know Swedish at all. But you should take this chance to learn the language. And, enhance your communication skills.

If an employer is interested in hiring you from abroad, your knowledge of Swedish will probably not be important. So try to find a job and then worry about becoming fluent in Swedish later.

Jobs in Sweden you can do

Part-time work 

Part-time work is available throughout Sweden, especially in tourism. You won’t be well paid for this kind of job and it might be better for those young people who don’t want to save. For example, if you’re working in a bar, you might get paid just enough for your rent.

Note also that many part-time jobs pay in cash and employers will not be sponsoring work visas. Although this might be not an issue for you, you should avoid exploitation. Also, you should seek protection from dishonest employers.

Teaching English in Sweden

If you are not able to secure a teaching job before you arrive in Sweden, then you will need to visit schools in person to ask about openings. You must have advanced degrees and certifications for teaching to get the best jobs.

Try visiting some private schools if you feel your qualifications may be lacking. Make sure you have your passport, a copy of your degree, a teaching certificate, and a resume.
Also, many schools may recruit teachers without formal teaching certifications.

If you are looking for English teacher jobs online then use a website like Dave’s ESL Cafe that offers updated listings of open positions.