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Job and career

In general Danish workplaces offer good working conditions, an attractive work-life balance, informal and low hiearchy management style, and good opportunities for professional and personal development.

However, finding a job in Denmark as an international might be time-consuming and competetitive. To get you started, we have gathered some useful info about the job search process below.

Job in Aarhus is a collaboration between the major stakeholders for job seeking internationals, which provides you with an overview of your opportunities when searching for a new job.

At talentattractiondenmark.dk/en you can find articles, videoes, and more about Danish work place culture.
 

Workindenmark

Workindenmark is a public employment service for highly qualified international candidates looking for a job in Denmark - and for Danish companies searching for talented foreign employees.

The three Workindenmark centres are placed in Aarhus, Odense and Copenhagen and offer a series of recruitment services to employers and information and guidance to jobseekers living and working in Denmark.

For inspiration we suggest that you visit workindenmark.dk and for instance take a look at their publications, in which you will find tips for job search, settling in, your rights when working, and much more.
 

Jobcenter Aarhus 

If you are a foreign jobseeker living in Aarhus Municipality and are not currently receiving benefits, Jobcenter Aarhus offers you guidance in your job search. This includes advice and practical support for company internship programs and wage subsidies in private or public companies.
 
Open Job Counselling
You are welcome to attend a free job counselling session at Jobcenter Aarhus. Here you can ask any questions you may have regarding your job search. As it is not possible to book an appointment in advance, please allow for some waiting time. Find the Open Counselling at:
 
Jobcenter Aarhus
Integration & Fleksjob
Værkmestergade 15b, 3th floor room 3504
8000 Aarhus C.
 
E-mail: jobogintegration@aarhus.dk
 
Opening hours: Wednesday from 11:00 – 14:00
 

How-to guide

Moreover, visit the page How to get a career in Denmark for tips on networking, job goal areas, and much more.

CV

A general suggestion is that you adapt your CV according to the Danish requirements. This is the first step in getting through to the interview and being considered for a job. It is thus very important that you make a special effort to write a good CV that reflects your competences and skills. An employer will typically scan your CV to see if you fulfil the minimum criteria for the job. If you do, he/she will read your application to assess if you are qualified to take on the job. That is why your application should elaborate on your qualifications and show their relevance for the specific job.

You can find principles of how to write a good CV as well as templates and examples here.

Another thing you can do to build your CV is to join the job search seminars organized by WorkInDenmark.

LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn has become a very useful tool for job seekers in Denmark. Therefore, we advise you to create a profile with full background information and to start following the companies that you are interested in. Discover how to build your profile and promote yourself on LinkedIn here.

Assessment of your qualifications

In order to help the employer understand your non-Danish qualifications, you can get an assessment from the Danish Agency for Higher Education. It is a brief statement saying what your foreign qualification corresponds to in Denmark. You can include a copy of the assessment with your job application. For more information visit ufm.dk/recognition.


Job search websites

You can find an overview of job search websites here

Jobindex - among other things - offers free career guidance and an "Application Engine", which can help you write an application.

The news site The Local Denmark also has a job database where you can search for jobs by type and location.


Submitting your application

Solicited
The most common way to apply for a job is through a job ad. These days, job-seeking activities usually take place online. If you are applying for a position within a large company, they will often provide an online application form for you to fill out and submit. If this is not the case, you will typically have to send your application via email before the deadline. In most cases, companies also accept applications sent by regular post.
 
Unsolicited
The unsolicited job application is characterized by being the type of a job application where you are the one to take the initiative and contact a certain company of your interest in order to offer your skills and competences. It is worth considering that option, especially because lately employers have found unsolicited applications more and more attractive and consider them to be the 3rd most popular medium used for recruiting new employees. If you are sending an unsolicited application to a smaller company, it might be an advantage to hand in your application personally. Ask for the manager and explain why you’ve come. If you can not get to talk to the right person, ask for his/her contact details. Hand in your application and then call the person responsible or turn up again a week after your first visit.

The interview

Depending on the position, company, and whether or not tests are involved you can expect two, maybe three job interviews. The first interview is the one where the employer gets an overall idea of you. The second and third are the ones, where they go even more into details, and which might involve test of various kind. Be aware that you should prepare yourself for all kinds of questions even in the first interview. Danish recruiters will ask about your professional competences, career ambitions, personality, and most importantly – your motivation. Prepare examples where you describe yourself in terms of your experience, etc. It is not enough to state that you have good logistic skills – an example will underline your statements!

Further inspiration:

Good luck with you job search and career in Denmark!

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