Finding a job in Umeå
Whether it's your first time looking for a job here, or you need a refresher, let's give you a quick rundown on how to find and apply for available jobs in Umeå. This also applies to most other cities in northern Sweden!
1. Getting yourself ready
To apply for jobs you need you're going to need a few things. First and foremost, you need an updated resumé (CV) as well as references from previous jobs, if you have previous experience. This might be difficult if you're not originally from Sweden but try to secure what you can in terms of either contacts, letters of recommendation or work samples for a portfolio. The goal here is to put your experiences and your strengths on display for employers. Having your resumé available in both English and Swedish is also useful, depending on the position.
2. Registering on job platforms
In Sweden most jobs are uploaded to Platsbanken which is run by the Swedish Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen/SPES). The SPES:s mission is to assist unemployed people in Sweden. However, the SPES works primarily in Swedish, which is why we highly recommend LinkedIn. Some companies also avoid posting on Platsbanken because it can result in numerous unqualified applicants, which is good to keep in mind. You should also register with our partners over at MindDig. They specialize in the northern Swedish labor market, and the green revolution which is sparking new companies and innovation all over the north!
After signing up, it's time to start browsing.
3. Daring to be different
Once you find a job or an organization you're interested in, read up on the requirements for the job, check out the organization's webpage to learn a little bit more about them, and start writing a cover letter. This is your opportunity to talk more in-depth about why you're interested in the job, and show the potential employer who you are as a person. Employers are not only looking for someone who can perform the tasks that come with the job but also someone who is a good fit for their workplace culture. And Umeå thrives on innovative, creative people who dare to be different. A memorable cover letter can make a real difference here.
4. Getting in touch with employers
While you're waiting for answers to your applications, a good idea is to get in touch with employers you find interesting. We at Gateway Umeå are working on making this easier - but in the meantime, heading over to a company or organization webpage is a good start. Some companies have open applications where you can always upload a resumé, but you can also keep your eyes peeled for company or industry events open to the public. Getting to know people in your professional sector is always good for your chances of landing the job you're looking for!
5. Prepare yourself for interviews
Job interviews can be intimidating, especially if you're new in your field or new in town. Prepare yourself by reading up on the role, reading up on the employer and checking out salary comparisons on the web. If you've joined a labor union you can contact them both for professional advice and salary information. Maybe you have a friend in the industry you're looking to join who you can ask for advice. Landing an interview in itself is a victory, so remember to celebrate your hard work for getting there, even if you don't end up landing the job! See every interview as an opportunity to get more comfortable in an interview situation, and a way to grow your network of contacts in Umeå.
And remember to take a break!
Searching for and applying for jobs takes a lot of effort, especially if you're not landing interviews for some time. Take a step back, take a break and evaluate.
Don't lose heart - success involves both skill and a good bit of luck. Keep at it, and you will succeed.