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Ideas/Leads for finding job

Back after 22 years abroad

Expatish
post 29.Mar.2019, 02:31 PM
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Hi Local members,
Having a hard time getting into the Swedish job market, even though I was born and raised here so speak fluent Swedish, which I know is a hurdle for many. After 22 years abroad, mostly in the US, it seems I'm either over- or underqualified for everything. I ran two small businesses in the US, working with dogs. Not looking for dog-related jobs in Sweden though. I thought my experience with running businesses, working with hundreds of clients for 15 years, and fluent English would count for something, but so far no interviews for any of the almost 40 jobs I've applied for.
I also have experience as an event-coordinator, so I'm applying for admin and customer service jobs that have an event component, and also jobs as project coordinator/random other ones where my skills fit the description. I have a degree in Film Production from about 20 years ago. I'm flexible and wouldn't mind a non 8-17 job, travel required, odd schedule etc. After being gone so long my network is small, so I'm working on building new relations by getting out there and attending networking events.
Also, I'm a US citizen as well, so could work for a US company even though I'm based here. Don't know where to start with that...
Any tips/ideas on what to try appreciated. What I'm doing is not working, but I will keep at it with the networking, I know that's important.
Thanks.
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Bsmith
post 30.Mar.2019, 02:47 PM
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The job situation in Sweden is difficult. You may have to create your own job. Best of luck.
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Svedallas
post 31.Mar.2019, 01:50 PM
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QUOTE (Expatish @ 29.Mar.2019, 03:31 PM) *
Hi Local members,Having a hard time getting into the Swedish job market, even though I was born and raised here so speak fluent Swedish, which I know is a hurdle for many. Aft ... (show full quote)


Are you a native Swede? Or 2nd generation Swedish with immigrant parents?
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Expatish
post 31.Mar.2019, 03:48 PM
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Born and raised in Sweden.
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wallace1837
post 31.Mar.2019, 04:18 PM
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QUOTE (Expatish @ 31.Mar.2019, 03:48 PM) *
Born and raised in Sweden.

Born and raised in Sweden does not mean anything. You need to be from Swedish descent (blood line) to be accepted in that closed minded society. Are you even citizen? Personal number? Blue eyes? Blond?

If you don't want to change your name to Sven Svensson, or Lars Nilsson, or the like, your CV will never be taken seriously. Swedes are the most discriminatory society of the Western world. Look at the employment gap for educated Swedes vs not Swedes: https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCo...G_EMP_EDUCATION

You moved to a dead end place. Deal with it. Your best bet is to run away as fast as you can. If you are Swedish citizen, you could move to a civilized country in Europe and be happy there. Germany comes to mind.
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intrepidfox
post 31.Mar.2019, 06:56 PM
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Ignore Wallace1837. He just hates Sweden
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Svedallas
post 31.Mar.2019, 07:07 PM
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QUOTE (Expatish @ 31.Mar.2019, 04:48 PM) *
Born and raised in Sweden.


So you are an immigrant.

Born and resident means nothing. You should already know that...

You can be born and raised in Sweden and called Muhammed. In Sweden, you are still Muhammed.

The only exception to this rule is if you have been adopted by a Swedish family.
Otherwise, you are an immigrant.

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wallace1837
post 31.Mar.2019, 09:16 PM
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QUOTE (intrepidfox @ 31.Mar.2019, 06:56 PM) *
Ignore Wallace1837. He just hates Sweden

Ignore me, but read the OECD statistics on employment gap...
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 31.Mar.2019, 10:51 PM
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In a lot/all other countries the "plum" jobs go to the natives also...

However it's only Sweden that is "punished" for it...

People prefer their own...Anywhere!!!
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wallace1837
post 1.Apr.2019, 01:48 AM
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QUOTE (Gamla Hälsingebock @ 31.Mar.2019, 10:51 PM) *
In a lot/all other countries the "plum" jobs go to the natives also.... However it's only Sweden that is "punished" for it.... People prefer their own...Anywhere!!!

Your prejudice can not even go away when you look at the data?

Swedes discriminate more than any other nation! Look at the data!
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intrepidfox
post 1.Apr.2019, 01:48 PM
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QUOTE (wallace1837 @ 31.Mar.2019, 09:16 PM) *
Ignore me, but read the OECD statistics on employment gap...



You have too much hatred against Sweden and the Swedes.
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DuneSunny
post 1.Apr.2019, 02:27 PM
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If you haven’t used your film production skills for some time, then I am afraid that your 20-year-old degree in Film Production will be of no use, even more so if it is not recognised in Sweden or the EU. If your two businesses involved working with dogs, then I imagine your clients (dog owners?) were more customers than clients.
I imagine that you are in your 40s, so without a track-record in Sweden / Europe it is going to be difficult. I think your best bet is looking to work for US or subsidiaries of US firms in Sweden.
Otherwise get yourself signed up with some job recruiting / temp agencies.
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nativeswedishengineer
post 1.Apr.2019, 03:00 PM
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QUOTE (Gamla Hälsingebock @ 31.Mar.2019, 11:51 PM) *
In a lot/all other countries the "plum" jobs go to the natives also.... However it's only Sweden that is "punished" for it.... People prefer their own...Anywhere!!!


The fact that swedes quitely accept the Indian takeover of the swedish it industry should disprove everything Wallace says.
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Svedallas
post 1.Apr.2019, 04:22 PM
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QUOTE (DuneSunny @ 1.Apr.2019, 03:27 PM) *
If you haven’t used your film production skills for some time, then I am afraid that your 20-year-old degree in Film Production will be of no use, even more so if it is not ... (show full quote)


Good point. Also, you do realize that by leaving Sweden you didnt pay into your pension... So unless you made a large amount and saved you kinda have lost out. Unless you get a very high paying job.

If it was in EU you would have been ok...
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Expatish
post 1.Apr.2019, 06:34 PM
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Thanks.
Yeah I know my degree is not of much use, I just added it as I knew people would ask what degree I have otherwise.
I did make a lot of money while self-employed and so have saved for my pension on my own.
Guess I hadn't thought of the difference between customers and clients... I just always called them clients.
Already signed up with most recruiting/temp agencies. Looking into a YH program of some sort, at least about 95% of people who do those get a job afterwards.
I will do some research about working for a US company here. Perhaps being a native Swede is useful for some.
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