Step three: Expand your network

Step three/شبكة الاتصال

Most jobs are found within a person’s own network. You know someone; who knows someone; who has a friend that is looking for someone just like you. The probability of finding a job through your network is significantly bigger than through work agencies. People in your network are people who know and trust you. They are […]

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Step two: Get visible on the work market

Step 2/العمل

How are employers going to find you if they don’t know that you exist? Making yourself visible on the Swedish work market is a crucial step in your job search. Register with the public employment agency – Arbetsförmedlingen Your first step should be to register with the national work agency – the so-called Arbetsförmedlingen, AMS. You will enter the whole official “job-seeking-process” by doing […]

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Step one: make yourself interesting for employers

step one for work / للإهتمام

There are some basics things that you can do to increase your attractiveness on the Swedish work market. Learn Swedish To work is to give, take and process information in spoken and written form. You must interact with Swedes – on their own terms  – in order to work here and that means speaking Swedish. Learn more about where and how […]

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Swedish work law

Work laws in Sweden are quite evolved and as a worker, you have many rights but there is a lot to keep in mind in order to get a good job situation. Minimum Wage Unlike most countries in the EU, Sweden doesn’t have minimum wage.  Wages are regulated by agreements – kollektivavtal – between employers and the […]

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Find a job

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start looking for work. Here are some tips to get you started. Register at the Employment office – Arbetsförmedlingen. This you must do at one of their offices. Look for jobs at Arbetsförmedlingen. (This section is in Swedish so you may need help from a friend). Read up about being new […]

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Overtime & public holidays

public holidays/ العمل الإضافي والعطلات الرسمية

Swedes have more days off in May and June (on a good year) than most Americans have in a whole year. Nice, right? But what do all these bizarre names like Röd dag, Klämdag, Halvdag, and Mellandagar actually mean? What is regular work time and what is qualified as overtime? On which day does Midsommar fall? And what hides behind the term Kompledigt?  This Newbie Holiday Guide clears the […]

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Checklist for signing a contract

Employment agreement/قائمة مرجعية لتوقيع العقد

When you receive your first job offer there are some things to think of before you start working. 1. Make sure you have a contract A verbal job offer is legally binding but it is hard to prove what has been promised without written proof. It is, therefore important to get a written contract as soon as possible. You […]

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Employment types

أنماط التوظيف

There are three types of employment in Sweden: tillsvidareanställning, tidsbegränsad anställning and provanställning.  It is important to know what kind of employment you have or are being offered, as regulations varies between them. Your employment contract should clearly state what kind of employment you have. 1. Tillsvidareanställning (employment until further notice) Tillsvidareanställning (colloquially called fast anställning) is a coveted employment form. This […]

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Unemployment insurance


It is common to have unemployment insurance in Sweden. About 80% of the working population in Sweden has one and Migrationsverket (the Swedish Migration Agency) recommends all Newbies to sign up for one. Loosing your employment is always stressful and having unemployment insurance can make it less nerve-wracking. Unemployment insurances are called arbetslöshetskassa (or simply […]

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