Seven tips for snagging a job at Sweden’s most attractive companies

When it comes to finding a job at one of Sweden's most attractive companies, you need to be on your game, explains Claes Peyron of employer branding experts Universum. He offers seven tips for beating out the competition.

Seven tips for snagging a job at Sweden's most attractive companies

Universum carries out the annual Swedish Student Survey (FöretagsBarometern) on which are the most attractive employers for Swedish graduates.

And of course, attractive employers aren’t only attractive for Swedish students, with foreigners and students from abroad who have come to Sweden often equally keen to get their own foot in the door at some of the top rated companies, which this year included Google, Ikea and H&M (See the full list here.)

“From a foreign perspective, this list should be the first thing a job-seeker looks at,” Claes Peyron, Global Head of Insight at Universum, tells The Local.

IN PICTURES: See the top seven tips here

Universum carries out the 20 minute-long surveys with 20,000 students, focusing on each student’s long-term career goals, the importance of a work/life balance, and the need for good job security. Interviewees are grilled on other factors such as the environments of the companies, their cultural innovation, and hard factors such as salary.

The result is a list of the most desirable companies to work at, a list Peyron believes should be the first port of call for any foreigner in Sweden looking for a job.

“It helps factor in which companies should be the first to approach, which are the most advanced, which are further ahead when it comes to talent managing and sourcing. And this makes for a good indicator of which companies won’t only be looking at Swedish students,” he explains.

And global expansion is good news for foreigners in Sweden, he adds.

“We’re seeing that people with interesting backgrounds are more important for companies nowadays. The world is getting more global and companies are well of it. Diversity is at the top of the agenda, Sweden has gone beyond gender diversity now…it’s all about ethnic diversity,” he tells The Local.

“Companies want to have a great mix of people to represent them, and when it comes to many of the big companies on this list, English is often the language spoken at the offices as well. Knowing your stuff can be more important than knowing the language.”

See Claes’s top seven job search tips here

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Obama reveals he wants to work for… Spotify?

Barack Obama may be leaving the White House, but it looks like he's got his future all planned out.

Obama reveals he wants to work for... Spotify?
Barack Obama on a visit to Sweden in 2013. Photo: AP Photo/Frank Augstein

One of Obama's favourite trips abroad was his 2013 visit to Sweden, US tech entrepreneur, podcast editor and former The Local blogger Natalia Brzezinski has revealed the president told her.

She and her husband Mark Brzezinski, who was the US ambassador to Sweden 2011-2015, were invited to the White House on Wednesday evening along with other diplomats appointed by Obama.

“I finally got the chance to thank him for the life-changing appointment to Sweden,” she wrote in a post on Instagram.

“He said word for word: 'I loved visiting you in Stockholm, it was my favourite trip. I plan to go back there really soon'.”

Obama went to Stockholm on an official state visit in 2013. And Brzezinski, the CEO of creative tech festival Symposium Stockholm, revealed she tried to tempt him back to attend its Brilliant Minds conference in June.

He did not promise anything, but did at least urge Brzezinski to “send him the details”.

Obama leaves his post on January 20th, handing over the reins to Republican president-elect Donald Trump. As for the outgoing president's future, it looks like he's got his heart set on a certain Swedish music streaming giant.

“I'm still waiting for my job at Spotify… 'cause I know y'all loved my playlist,” Brzezinski quoted him as saying.

We are pretty sure he was joking, but it is not the first time Obama has praised Sweden.

Former prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt revealed in an interview last year that the US president had told him on his visit to Stockholm that he would love to return again with his family.

“Shortly thereafter I met Michelle and Barack Obama again in New York and Michelle confirmed that Barack talked to her about it after his visit to Stockholm. I said I hoped they would find time to return after his presidency,” Reinfeldt told the Aftonbladet tabloid in September.