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Posted by: Expatish 29.Mar.2019, 02:31 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. 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.

Posted by: Bsmith 30.Mar.2019, 02:47 PM

The job situation in Sweden is difficult. You may have to create your own job. Best of luck.

Posted by: Svedallas 31.Mar.2019, 01:50 PM

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. 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.


Are you a native Swede? Or 2nd generation Swedish with immigrant parents?

Posted by: Expatish 31.Mar.2019, 03:48 PM

Born and raised in Sweden.

Posted by: wallace1837 31.Mar.2019, 04:18 PM

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?DataSetCode=MIG_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.

Posted by: intrepidfox 31.Mar.2019, 06:56 PM

Ignore Wallace1837. He just hates Sweden

Posted by: Svedallas 31.Mar.2019, 07:07 PM

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.


Posted by: wallace1837 31.Mar.2019, 09:16 PM

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

Ignore me, but read the OECD statistics on employment gap...

Posted by: 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!!!

Posted by: wallace1837 1.Apr.2019, 01:48 AM

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!

Posted by: intrepidfox 1.Apr.2019, 01:48 PM

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.

Posted by: DuneSunny 1.Apr.2019, 02:27 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 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.

Posted by: nativeswedishengineer 1.Apr.2019, 03:00 PM

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.

Posted by: Svedallas 1.Apr.2019, 04:22 PM

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 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.


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...

Posted by: Expatish 1.Apr.2019, 06:34 PM

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.

Posted by: Gamla Hälsingebock 1.Apr.2019, 11:55 PM

Swedes discriminate more than any other nation! Look at the data!

Who cares, except people like you!!! laugh.gif

Posted by: wallace1837 2.Apr.2019, 01:26 AM

QUOTE (Gamla Hälsingebock @ 1.Apr.2019, 11:55 PM) *
Who cares, except people like you!!! laugh.gif

The OP came here to ask question about the possibility to integrate the Swedish job market. The OECD stats are useful to him!

Posted by: Gamla Hälsingebock 2.Apr.2019, 01:43 AM

Alleging that a job seeker will not be employed because a negative statistic that you chose to be relevant to his request of help is far from helpful!!!

There are many people of all situations working in Sweden to which your "statistical" record means nothing because they are WORKING...

Just give the OP some real help...OK???

Posted by: wallace1837 2.Apr.2019, 03:08 AM

QUOTE (Gamla Hälsingebock @ 2.Apr.2019, 01:43 AM) *
There are many people of all situations working in Sweden to which your "statistical" record means nothing because they are WORKING...

You don't understand statistics! Maybe the OP does.

Posted by: Gamla Hälsingebock 2.Apr.2019, 06:00 AM

The OP does not need your statistics!!!

He is here asking for help to get employment...

He does not need your idiocy and ignorance!!!

Either give him help or STFU angry.gif

Posted by: DuneSunny 2.Apr.2019, 07:45 AM

To Expatish: You should also know that if you are applying for a job online and uploading your cover letter and CV and filling in an online form, then many job recruitment firms and HR departments use computer programs to sift through all of the applications and only select those that tick all of the boxes and use the correct keywords. There are online courses as to how you fill in these forms so as to have the correct amount of keywords in your online application. You just need to google it. In the end it is much easier applying for a job if you are already in employment. It can be a real Catch 22.

Posted by: wallace1837 3.Apr.2019, 01:33 AM

QUOTE (Gamla Hälsingebock @ 2.Apr.2019, 07:00 AM) *
The OP does not need your statistics!!!

He is here asking for help to get employment...

He does not need your idiocy and ignorance!!!

Either give him help or STFU angry.gif

I am helping him understand the Swedish society using impartial information collected by third party (OECD). If that does not help him, I don think the biases of an American who never lived in Sweden is of any help.

Posted by: Gamla Hälsingebock 3.Apr.2019, 02:13 AM

You are truly twisted...

Posted by: wallace1837 3.Apr.2019, 02:42 AM

QUOTE (Gamla Hälsingebock @ 3.Apr.2019, 03:13 AM) *
You are truly twisted...

At least I am not an American who never lived in Sweden who hang out on a Swedish expat forum.

Posted by: Gamla Hälsingebock 3.Apr.2019, 10:22 AM

You have no idea who I am!!!

And if that's all you got, you are not only twisted, but a fool too!!!

Posted by: Bsmith 3.Apr.2019, 11:27 AM

Statistics can help paint an accurate picture so the OP can have an idea what he/she is up against...but they can also become a ready-made excuse to fail.

To the OP, the job market in Sweden was much, much more difficult than anything I had ever experienced, but it is possible to find a job. So give it your best shot. I would advise that you have a good sized bankroll to tide you over for at least a year or perhaps two as that is what it can take. Also, have an exit strategy so you don't become trapped in a bad situation.

Good luck.

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