4 Important Danish Job Search Tips From An Expat

If you are looking for a job, it can be helpful to get advice from someone who has been through the process before. In this blog post, I will share my favourite tips for a job search in Denmark. I will share three job search tips that I found helpful during my job search when I arrived in Denmark 7 years ago. Whether you are looking for a job in your home country or abroad, these tips will help you put your best foot forward!

1. Start your job search early

The job search process can be long and challenging, so it’s essential to start early. This gives you plenty of time to research different companies and positions, identify your strengths and weaknesses, and perfect your applications. It also allows you to take your time in making a decision so that you can be sure you’re choosing the right job for you. Starting your job search early gives you the best chance of success. So if you’re thinking about making a career change, start planning your job search today.

Job seekers who start looking for a job early can also use their extra time to network with professionals in their field and make valuable connections.

2. Network, network, network

Job search is often a matter of who you know. Many job postings are never advertised, but instead filled through word-of-mouth or personal recommendation.

As a result, networking is a critical part of the job search process. By building relationships with individuals in your field, you can increase your visibility and make it more likely that you will be considered for job openings. In addition, networking can also provide valuable information and insights into the job market.

By talking to people who are already employed, you can learn about upcoming job openings, company culture, and what employers are looking for in candidates. However, networking is not just about finding a job; it is also about building relationships and developing your professional network. By taking the time to connect with others in your field, you can create long-term connections that will benefit you throughout your career.

To start your networking journey, I recommend using LinkedIn, it is widely used in Denmark, and it’s a great way to connect with professionals in your field.

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You can network both online and offline – start your network journey on LinkedIn!

I strongly believe a good LinkedIn profile can bring your job search quite far. Take a few minutes and fill out our free assessment form and include your LinkedIn profile – from there, we can see how Career Denmark can help you in your job search.

3. Polish up your resume and make sure it’s tailored to the Danish market

Job search in Denmark can be very different from job search in other countries. For one thing, it’s important to have a polished and professional resume that is tailored to the Danish job market.

This means highlighting your skills and experience relevant to the jobs you’re applying for, as well as making sure your resume is easy to read and understand for Danish employers.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the Danish job market and job search process before you start applying for jobs. There are many resources available online, and our blog as well as Career Denmark services, can help you learn more about what to expect during your job search in Denmark. By taking the time to prepare your resume and familiarise yourself with the job market, you’ll increase your chances of landing a great job in Denmark.

4. Create and optimise your LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn will help you find a job faster because most hiring managers and recruiters are already using it. A whopping 87% of recruiters find LinkedIn to be the most effective when vetting candidates during the hiring process – especially those under 45 (90%). LinkedIn is quite popular and widely used in Denmark. 70% of big corporations in Denmark use LinkedIn for recruiting and 49% of small companies in Denmark also use LinkedIn in their recruitment practices. More than half of the decision makers also check the candidate’s LinkedIn profile in addition to the CV.

Having an active and well-put-together LinkedIn profile will, thus, significantly increase the chances of your discovery by various companies looking to hire people based on your skills and experience. In other words, potential employers will contact you if they think you will be a good fit for their organisation, instead of you having to look at and contact each company actively. Also, 75% of people who recently changed jobs used LinkedIn to inform their career decision.

Lastly, a well written LinkedIn profile will give you credibility and will establish you as a trustworthy potential employee. Every time a recruiter contacts you, you can be sure that they’ve looked at your profile. Your LinkedIn profile will act as a validator in that you are a real person, and not someone who’s CV or resume is too good to be true.

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Kate Dahl

Career Consultant for Internationals in Denmark. Founder of Career Denmark since 2018. Expat living in Denmark