In one of my previous blog posts, I wrote about how to easily save money when you are a student. One of the tips I gave was to try and get a job. However, I understand that ok – maybe it’s not the easiest thing to just go out and do.
That’s why I decided to write this entry with 10 helpful tips to help get a job in Denmark. This post was originally intended for students, but I actually think a lot of these tips apply to any job seeker!
Know the rules
First and foremost, you must know the rules and figure out if, or to what extent, you are eligible to work here. Generally, if you are from within the EU, all you need is a registration certificate. However, people from outside the EU will need a work permit and – if you’re not a student – a residence permit as well. That might be a little extra work before you can get started, but it’s far from impossible!
Consider your job seeking methods
It’s not always about writing job applications and going through the “official” channels. A lot of jobs in Denmark – especially the ones for students – are filled through networking and word-of-mouth. Why is that? Well, I guess there’s nothing like making a nice personal impression!
Work on your CV and job applications
With that being said, there is still a lot to be said for a traditional and well written job application. I found a lot of good tips for improving your applications and CV on this Danish site called Jobline.dk – sadly they don’t have an English session, but I think it’ll be invaluable for people who do understand at least some Danish.
As basic as this tip sounds, you will be amazed at how many people see obstacles in their path rather than opportunities. It’s all about attitude! You just never know which situations can lead to employment down the line. The same goes for voluntary work.
Temping might be for the short term, but it’s a good option when you need money quickly. Lots of students and internationals are doing temp work. And while the work itself might be a little boring, at least most of it does not require a huge commitment, long hours or overtime.
Upgrade your skills
A friend of mine who was out of a job was able to apply for a 6 week course at Kursusfabrikken and upgrade her skills in marketing and making websites. It was really perfect for her, as she had a dream of making her own webshop. Even if that’s not your goal, I think the idea is really good – learn to do something you love and put it on your CV!
Write down your skills
If you’re searching for a job, you could be limiting yourself to what you’ve already done. So my advice is to take some time and write down the skills that you have. Not just in a job related way, but generally. It could open your eyes to new opportunities.
You don’t have to wait for a company to put out an ad for a job opening– you can apply there even if they’re not looking for employees. Of course, with this tactic your chances of getting a no are higher – but look at it this way. If you apply at the perfect moment, you’re the only candidate for the job!
If you applied to something and didn’t get the job, don’t be afraid to ask them why. Not in an aggressive way of course, but even if it can feel weird, you can get a lot of feedback for things you can do differently or improve.
And finally: Once you have that job, get some job security
If you plan to keep your job for more than a year, you can get job security in the form of paying money to an A-kasse, which is kind of like an insurance policy in case you lose your job. The rules are more or less the same for Danes as they are for internationals, so check out the rules to see if it’s something for you! For more information take a look here.
Good luck with the job hunting!