This year has been a tough year for a lot of people. Many jobs in Sweden have been directly or indirectly affected by the coronavirus crisis. A lot of people lost their jobs and finding new job became harder.
If you are planning to work here, you don't want to waste time job-hunting in the wrong way.
Many jobs here are filled through network or referrals. People want to know who you are before they interview you.
One of the major reasons that networking is such an effective way to get a job is that there is something of a hidden job market out there. Some estimate that as much as 80% percent of new jobs are never listed but are instead filled internally or via networking.
Here are our tips for reaching your job-hunting goal
Expanding your network: Ask amongst your own network - you might know professional mentors and recruitment agents, they mostly have wide connections with companies.
Seek and join professional groups online (Facebook and LinkedIn or an unemployment programme) to expand your job search and network. During this downtime, it’s the perfect opportunity to make new connections and revive old ones.
Mentorship Programmes: A mentor programme is an answer to several different aspects of job-hunting, from personal support to tapping into the programme’s own network, which are often large.
Apprenticeships: They are a great way of handling the handover between generations and of working in an efficient and cost-conscious way while developing competence in the role.
Get a Mentor or Coach: Mentors and coaches are usually individuals who have some experience in their fields and can give advice to help you advance in your career. Mentors and coaches can offer unique perspectives and have often been through similar experiences that they can share to help push you closer towards your goals. Mentors or coaches can be within your networks; a former manager, teacher, or a co-worker can all be people to consider to help mentor you.
Recruitment Agencies: Such as Undutchables Recruitment Agency the international business recruitment pioneer helps both starters and executive candidates, fluent in languages, advance their careers in Sweden and the Netherlands. If you want to further your career in Sweden, Undutchables can help you find the perfect match. Below you can find the link to the Recruitment Agency: https://undutchables.se/
Learning new skills is one of the best ways to become more successful in your career. Whether you are looking for a new career opportunity or would like to move into a more senior role, upgrading your skills can increase your chances of reaching your career goals.
Professional development training: This kind of training can range from short (a few hours or a couple of days) to longer training that may be ongoing. Professional development training can be specific to your industry or may focus on the development of soft skills, such as communication, leadership, or working with others.
The benefits of upgrading your skills include: Increased self-confidence, Improved marketability and competitiveness, Greater resourcefulness, Better career opportunities
A great place to start is to look at current job postings to assess the specific job tasks and qualifications that are required of the kind of jobs you want. Also, expand your search to include roles you may not yet be qualified for but you could pursue with additional training. This involves exploring the possibilities and keeping an open mind. Look for the most available opportunities.
Most importantly, keep yourself positive and motivated. Good luck!
Improve your Swedish at our workshops! Take one or all, book only the sessions that suit you and get better at Swedish fast.
Our workshops are designed to teach you lots, whether you come to one or come to all.
Here is the schedule for January and February 2020:
Daytime workshops Beginners (A level): 9:00 - 10:30 and Intermediate (B and C level): 11:00 - 12:30
21st Jan - Word order and the education system
28th Jan - Verbs and Swedish community
4th Feb - Practice your speaking!
11th Feb - Word formation and a bit about politics
18th Feb - Adjectives and describing things
Come and learn Swedish with us!
Click below to find out more about our daytime and evening workshops running in November.
Learn how to join in and start conversations in Swedish, from basic greetings and questions to more complex topics. Click here to book.
During this workshop, we will have the opportunity to become familiar with frequently used vocabulary and phrases as part of conversations that we encounter on a daily basis in writing, on the phone, and in face-to-face meetings. In terms of pronunciation, we pay extra attention to consonants. We also look at how certain word structures are related and how to use phrases and questions to develop the interaction.
This workshop will be held mostly in Swedish with some support in English.
Under denna workshop går vi in på några skillnader mellan tal- och skriftspråk. Det handlar om hur vi kommunicerar i sms, email och på telefon, vilket kommer att studeras närmare genom diverse scenarier. Vilka olika typer av samtal möter vi och hur kan vi utveckla dessa? Vi ser lite närmare på ordbildning och vidareutvecklar ordförrådet genom att ta upp synonymer till några vanliga verb. Gällande uttalet står ett antal svenska konsonanter i fokus.
Denna workshop kommer till största del att hållas på svenska.
Under denna workshop kommer vi att gå in på olika sorters samtal som vi kan möta under en dag i Sverige. Vilka ljud, ord och fraser kan vi använda för att få en dialog att kännas (ännu) mer levande? Vi tar även upp några skillnader mellan tal- och skriftspråk och ser på ett antal exempel gällande språkets användning i ett informellt respektive ett formellt sammanhang utifrån diverse tänkbara scenarier. Ett visst fokus kommer att läggas på de svenska hjälpverben.
Denna workshop kommer att hållas på svenska.
Click here to book.
Emma has a teaching degree in Swedish language from the University of Umeå and 10+ years experience teaching Swedish. She has taught Swedish in Germany, Sweden, and the United States to individuals and groups comprised of a wide range of ages, abilities, and life experiences. She has even taught high-school kids so can manage a classroom full!
Having been an expat in the US and Germany, Emma has first-hand knowledge about language-learning and cultural needs of foreign professionals.
"For each and every student I have encountered, my mission has been to first meet them where they are at and then encourage and challenge them to reach higher by paying careful attention to their language objectives, expectations, and individual learning preferences."
Emma's workshops here at New in Sweden are all about one specific topic so that each one gives as much language learning as possible. As well as being about a topic such as food or travel, each workshop will have some grammar focus areas to help us get to grips with it too.
"As a teacher, I use a variety of language exercises in the target language to develop production, reception, and interaction strategies. I provide feedback during lessons and remain available for questions after the workshops. Repetition is the key until a skill is internalized. Then, it is time for us to move forward on a clear path to the next objective."
You can also book individual lessons with Emma. Please use the chat function to get in touch to find out more.
"Depending on the student’s background and proficiency level, I create individualized lesson plans to help the student achieve their goals, whether it is about basic survival communication (elementary proficiency) or reading between the lines (advanced professional proficiency)."
Emma's next workshop with us is All About Conversations which will be held on Tuesday 15th October 2019 in Danderyd, north side of Stockholm. It, like all our language workshops, will be held at three separate levels to help you get the most out of them.
During this workshop, we will become familiar with frequently used vocabulary and phrases as part of conversations that we encounter on a daily basis in writing, on the phone and in face-to-face meetings. In terms of pronunciation, we pay extra attention to consonants. We also look at how certain word structures are related and how to use phrases and questions to develop the interaction.
At the more advanced levels, we will look at sending texts in Sweden and how to differentiate between formal and informal language - especially important for work situations!
Find out more and book the next two workshops below:
Word order and the Swedish education system - Swedish language workshop
21st January 2020
Learn how to get your words in the right order while getting to grips with how education operates in Sweden.
Verbs and Swedish community - Swedish language workshop
28th January 2020
Learn how to use verbs and a bit about community life in Sweden.
Practice your speaking! - Swedish language workshop
4th February 2020
Spend this workshop speaking and speaking, getting a lot of practice and improving both what you say and how you say it. This is a great workshop for improving your confidence in using Swedish when talking with Swedes.
Word formation and a bit about politics - Swedish language workshop
11th February 2020
Understand how to form your words while getting an idea of the basics of Swedish politics in this workshop.
Adjectives and describing things - Swedish language workshop
18th February 2020
Learn how to use adjectives to help you describe things and explain events.
We are running language, culture and professional career advice workshops in October at our offices in Danderyd, north side of Stockholm. Dates and subjects of the workshops are almost ready.
Would you like to get all the info about them? Please click here to fill in a short form and we'll be in touch in the next few days with all the details.
Folkuniversitet is one of our very favourite places for Swedish classes. We've done six courses there between us and they have all been very good. They now have conversation classes via Skype, so you can be anywhere in the world and take part.
This spring term 2017, they have 20 Swedish courses running via Skype, including three conversation courses to help you get it grips with everyday chattering.
The conversation classes are at three levels:
Click here for more information on the Skype courses run by Follkuniversitet:
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