Finding job vacancies
Citizens of non-EU countries must apply for jobs that have been advertised through the EURES portal in order to be eligible for a work permit. Citizens of EU/EEA/Nordic countries can apply for any job, though the EURES database is a good place to start.
If you are a citizen of a non-EU country and you are interested in a job that is listed in a private database or on a company website, but not through EURES, you can contact the company and ask them to list it through the Swedish Public Employment Agency as well. This will mean that if you are offered and accept the job, you will be eligible for a work permit.
Keep in mind that many job listings will be posted in Swedish. Use a web translation tool to translate listings and contact an employer if you are interested in a job that has been listed in Swedish to see if they can consider an international candidate. It may also be helpful to search for jobs using the Swedish job title in order to find more results. The labour shortage list includes the Swedish term for each job title; for other professions, a Swedish-English dictionary like tyda.se can help you find the right Swedish term.
Find a job through EURES
A good starting point for all job-seekers is the EURES database, run by the EU Public Employment Service. EURES is a collection of job listings from EU countries’ public employment agencies, meaning that all listings from the Swedish Public Employment Agency appear here. Through EURES you can search for jobs by profession or location and post your CV.
Citizens of EU countries can also make use of the Your First EURES Job programme, designed to encourage European mobility.
In order for non-EU citizens’ work permits to be approved, the job you accept must have been advertised through EURES for at least 10 days.
Find a job through online job portals
There are several privately-run online job portals commonly used to find jobs in Sweden. These portals usually include job listings (often in Swedish) and functions where you can upload your CV. Some common job portals include:
Many recruitment agencies also operate job portals, including:
For job listings in English, try Thelocal.se/jobs or LinkedIn’s job search function.
Find a job through direct contact with a company
If you are interested in working at a specific company, it can be a good idea to apply for a job with them directly. Many companies include information on available positions on their official websites, and larger companies tend to offer more extensive search functions. If you don’t find career information on a company’s website, you can contact them directly to ask if they can accept an open application.