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Job Hunting: “Jobbsökande”


The search has officially begun. For the last year I have applied online to a couple of jobs here and there, but I haven’t put too much emphasis on working since I was still learning basic Swedish. Today, that changed.

I decided to finally get going and make it happen for myself – after all, my word for 2013 isSuccess.” Let’s start by getting my foot in the door, training my Swedish, and networking.

Going around and handing out resume’s has never been my strong suit,  as I had the same job for 8 years and found all side jobs online.  So, not only have I only done it once in my life, now I had to do it in Swedish. 

After tinkering with my CV to make it as Swedified as possible –  including a photo, my date and city of birth, my personnummer (SS#), and my hobbies  – I headed out to town. If you read a lot of forums or expat articles/blogs like I do, such as The Local, you’ll know it is hard to get a job in Sweden if you are new here and still learning the language. The  amount of negativity and horror stories overshadows the successful ones; so, naturally I was terrified and expecting the worst.

I practiced what I would say, repeating it every step along the way. It’s only an opening sentence, but it helps. I went into my first target, a book store, walked around, and left too scared to talk. I’ll come back, I promised myself – it was too crowded anyway. Second store – same thing. Third store – success! I introduced myself, gave my resume, and told her to call me if they need anyone. Short and simple. I can do that! Next up is another book store – short and sweet again! This is getting easy!

I handed out 10 resume’s today and spoke to everyone (but one fellow American) in 100% Swedish! Not only that, the resume drop off’s started getting longer and longer – like 5 minute mini interviews – as I got more comfortable! I started “revealing” that I am new to Sweden and would  like to get a Praktik (similar to a paid internship) to train my Swedish more and the responses were completely positive with many complements to my Swedish! I even went back to the stores I was too scared to go into at first!

It’s only a first step, but I couldn’t have asked for it to go better. Maybe I will find something sooner than I thought? What a great day, and perfect way to start the year.

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Potluck dinner (Knytkalas) with some friends last night – was delish and a blast! Pasta, pasta, noodles, rice, and salad. Next time we’ll plan a bit better!


18 thoughts on “Job Hunting: “Jobbsökande”

  1. huge congrats, nothing like a bit of confidence-building to help you feel more positive! Good luck in your search 🙂

  2. Lycka till dig!
    Jag tycker mycket om läsa din blogg! Jag studerar i Sverige nu och läsa svenska här också.
    Hej då, Jasmn

  3. Congratulations. I’ve been in Sweden myself for 7 months have been learning Swedish for around 4 of those months. The idea of job hunting terrifies me!! It’s nice to know it’s not just me who find this experience daunting! Good luck, I hope you find your success! 🙂

    • Jenny, once you are comfortable with the Swedish, especially speaking (You’ll feel it), everything becomes a little less petrifying. Just do it at your own pace and keep your chin up, even if it doesn’t work out for a while – don’t listen to the horror stories! You aren’t alone 🙂

  4. Hej Meghan!
    I love reading your blog. As an expat from England, I too am finding gainful employment difficult to come by. Lets hope 2013 will be our year!

  5. Fantastic! Your much needed success is just around the corner!

  6. Good luck, SuperWoman! I hope to hear the good news soon . . .

  7. From an expat to another, I wish you the best of luck! It’s never easy to find your first job abroad but it’s often a matter of getting your foot in the door. And it’s so rewarding to start working in your new country, you finally feel accepted and learn tons of new cultural stuff!

  8. I have no doubt that you will land a job. Your young, beautiful and most of all smart!Good luck and when you land that job, I expect a surprise swedish gift!

  9. Va skönt att höra att någon annan är i min sits och att det gick så bra! Jag bor själv i Italien och måste ut den här veckan med mina CV’n. På italienska. Det känns inte helt lätt men faktiskt lite lättare efter att ha läst ditt inlägg – tack! Och lycka till med jobbsökandet!

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  11. Hey Meghan.

    Very nice to read your story. Would you mind sharing what kind of online job sites you used to find a job in sweden? What are the best sites to find jobs?

    Kind regards

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