How to write a "Swedish style" CV
One of the most important aspects to your job hunt is preparing your CV for the Swedish job market. To help you adapt your resume to your new environment, we offer you tips on Swedish CV writing.
Finding work in Sweden can be intimidating and frustrating for a foreigner. Not all people move to Sweden with work lined up – some are accompanying a partner and hope that they will find a job that is suitable for them. This is made even more difficult when you are still learning the language and adjusting to a new culture. One of the most important aspects to your job hunt is preparing your CV for the Swedish job market. To help you adapt your resume to your new environment, we offer you tips on Swedish CV writing.
Stick to what is relevant. It is not necessary to include all studies and jobs held. Only include what is interesting and applicable to the job you are applying for. Lagom is a Swedish word meaning “moderate” or “just right”. The term is also used to sum up the common Swedish tendency to avoid exaggeration when describing your skills. Keep this in mind as you construct your CV for a Swedish company.
The following is a run-down of what should be included in your CV. Remember to list this information in chronological order with most recent experience at the top of each title.
Your name, contact details and date of birth.
Indicate the name of your school, the city in which it is located and what degree you have or plan to receive. List the courses that are relevant to the job, with the most important first.
Any work experience, including internships and voluntary work, should be briefly mentioned. Emphasise positions that are relevant to the position you seek and briefly describe your duties, your responsibilities and results.
Include computer skills, language competencies, travel, special achievements, awards and community organisations you belong to.
Interests and hobbies can be listed here, as well as a listing of your experience and skills that are not directly relevant to the job, but that might describe you as a person. It is up to you to decide whether listing your personal interests will be of any help to you getting a job.
1-2 professional references and maybe 1 personal reference that can vouch for your personality, work ethic, and achievements over a long period of time. Some sources suggest offering these references only if the job ad requests it. Otherwise they recommend writing “References available upon request”.
Swedish Style Covering letter
When applying for a job in Sweden, you will need to send in a covering letter with your CV stating why you want the job. It should be no longer than a couple of paragraphs explaining who you are, what experience you have and why you are the right person for the job.
CV and Covering letter in Swedish or English?
Most businesses will accept a CV and covering letter in English, although writing it in Swedish will certainly help, if you have the language skills. It may be helpful to send a Swedish and English version of your CV. However, you should clearly indicate what your language competencies are to avoid any confusion.
A photo is usually not required. So it is up to you to decide whether you wish to include one.
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