• Sweden edition
 
Hundreds of great job opportunities for foreign professionals at Sweden's top employers - in cooperation with Monster, Experteer, Stepstone, and CareerBuilder.
What
Where
866
jobs available
Find English-speaking professionals with The Local.
Advertise a vacancy
JobTalk Sweden
Quick tips for writing the perfect Swedish CV

Quick tips for writing the perfect Swedish CV

Published: 05 Feb 2013 13:22 CET

Applying for a job in a foreign country can be daunting, particularly in uncertain economic times. But crafting a CV that makes an impression with potential Swedish employers can help you get your foot in the door.

For tips and advice on writing the perfect Swedish CV, The Local catches up with Frida Lindblom, previous head of Swedish career consultancy MinKarriär and now an HR specialist with one of Sweden's hottest tech companies, e-payments firm Klarna AB.

How should I approach my CV?

You should think of it as the document that gets you the interview - nothing more. This means that you should ensure that the competencies or qualifications that are relevant for the job are really visible. Think of it as though you are selling your competence and that your CV is your sales letter. Try to spark the reader's interest - don't let it be a dry document that nobody wants to read.

Think about how your international experience can help the company and try to think of other duties you have carried out during your career. These are the things that can make a difference.

How is a Swedish CV different from an American resumé, for example? How much should you show off?

I wouldn't say that CVs are very different in Sweden to in the US. A good CV generally contains the same kind of thing. Stereotypically, an American CV is more of a list of achievements while we in Sweden try to encourage applicants to give more information about exactly what they've done in each job.

SEE ALSO: Click here for the latest listings for jobs in Sweden

It's never wrong to boast but make sure that it's about situations that are relevant to your potential employer. If you've led a big project, write it on your CV, even if it wasn't viewed as such a big project in the company you did it for. As long as you give concrete examples and you can show a clear benefit to an employer, boast away - people don't do this nearly enough in Sweden.

If you're looking for a job in Sweden, when should a CV be written in Swedish and when should it be in English?

You should do what it says in the ad or what you have agreed with the person you have spoken with regarding the recruitment. As a rule of thumb, write the CV in the same language in which the ad is written.

How much personal information should be included? Should you write your date of birth and marital status? Should you include leisure activities, like singing in a church choir, for example?

You should only include information in your CV what is relevant for the job concerned. It's also important that you are prepared to discuss the information you include on your CV. Your main focus should be to angle your CV for the position and the company in question.

As an addition to the above information, one of our recruiters said "please mention that it is important that you read the ad carefully when it comes to what is required in your application such as grades, recommendation letters, portfolio, etc."

How should foreign qualifications be handled - should they be 'translated' to Swedish equivalents (e.g. Bachelors = kandidat)

Translate them if you like, but the fact is that most large Swedish companies have English as their working language and therefore they also use English titles and qualifications. If you think it might be a problem, call the employer and ask. Don't be afraid of contacting them before sending your application - you might get very useful information that you can use to your advantage.

Should you include a picture of yourself?

No, a picture's not necessary.

Finally, what are three quick tips for CV writing?

1. Make it selling

2. Don't pack it - make it easy to read

3. Target it as much as possible to the job you're applying for.

Do you have a question related to employment in Sweden? Send an email with your question to news@thelocal.se with "JobTalk Sweden" in the subject line.

The Local

Follow The Local on Twitter


Your Swedish Career
For this week's My Swedish Career we meet a Canadian who came to Sweden for love and now works in Lidköping, custom-making guitars.
Surf's up with The Local's Swedish Career chat this week. We've taken a turn from the norm and talked to John Brodie who's kicking off what looks like a promising career in surf writing.
American Scarlet Vikarby owns a home theatre installation business. She talks to The Local about owning a company, how being a woman can be a game changer, and how to overcome reserved Swedes.
So you're looking for a job, but you don't know where to start. Well don't fret, we've talked to a career expert who explained role-playing, selling yourself, and playing by the Swedish rules.
Sometimes the key to advancing your Swedish career is latching onto a mentor. A career expert talks us through exactly what a mentor does, how you can get one for yourself, and why you might need one.
The dreaded job application - but with a twist. For this month's JobTalk, we chat with a marketing manager at CareerBuilder about how to write the perfect application for a job in Sweden.
Swedish Employment News
For this week's My Swedish Career we meet a Canadian who came to Sweden for love and now works in Lidköping, custom-making guitars.
Surf's up with The Local's Swedish Career chat this week. We've taken a turn from the norm and talked to John Brodie who's kicking off what looks like a promising career in surf writing.
Social Democrat party leader Stefan Löfven announced on Friday his "most important election promise", a 90-day job guarantee programme for young Swedes.
American Scarlet Vikarby owns a home theatre installation business. She talks to The Local about owning a company, how being a woman can be a game changer, and how to overcome reserved Swedes.
So you're looking for a job, but you don't know where to start. Well don't fret, we've talked to a career expert who explained role-playing, selling yourself, and playing by the Swedish rules.
Sometimes the key to advancing your Swedish career is latching onto a mentor. A career expert talks us through exactly what a mentor does, how you can get one for yourself, and why you might need one.

Director of Publications
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) seeks a Director of Publications who will be responsible for the production of the Institute’s print and online publications.
FULL JOB AD »

International Sales - Stockholm based
Marcus Evans is looking for International Sales Executives
FULL JOB AD »

Research Editor
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is recruiting an in-house editor to join its publications and editorial team.
FULL JOB AD »

Reporter
The Local in Spain is seeking a reporter to join our growing team of internationally-minded, ambitious, and clued-up journalists. You will be based in our Madrid office covering news and events in Spain for thelocal.es and building this young site's audience.
FULL JOB AD »

THG is hiring for the Stockholm office!
THG is looking for International Sports Sales Executives to sell their VIP hospitality facilities at major sports events.
FULL JOB AD »

VIA Egencia (Expedia Europe)
Stockholm
Stepstone
Added 10/01/14

Alfa Laval
Lund
Stepstone
Added 10/01/14

Maquire Sverige AB
Stockholm/Göteborg/Oslo/Köpenhamn
Stepstone
Added 10/01/14

FindersFee AB
Malmö
Stepstone
Added 10/01/14

Michael Page
Göteborg
Careerbuilder
Added 10/01/14

Michael Page
Göteborg
Careerbuilder
Added 10/01/14

Michael Page
Göteborg
Careerbuilder
Added 10/01/14

Ericsson
Stockholm
Careerbuilder
Added 10/01/14

Academic Work
Göteborg
Careerbuilder
Added 10/01/14

Michael Page
Göteborg
Careerbuilder
Added 10/01/14