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Have you moved to Denmark or are you thinking about moving to Denmark to start looking for a job? Then it is time to prepare for the big adventure and get ready to invest a lot of time and hard work. You may encounter competition among candidates (the average number of applications per vacancy is 52!) and you will have to do your best to stand out from the crowd. How do you do that? By offering an employer what others cannot – and by targeting your application every single time. Show the employer what you can accomplish by researching the company thoroughly and pointing out the match between you and the job! Keep your reader in mind and provide the information he or she needs to know.
Research your options
Before you start writing applications or start approaching companies to hear of possibilities, it is vital that you spend some time on researching your options on the labour market.
If you are looking for jobs in sectors facing skills shortages, you will often be exposed to a large pool of vacancies via the main job sites. After preparing your application and researching the company, you send your application directly to the company.
If your work experience lies within other sectors or areas, you may not find a lot of advertised jobs. This does not mean that it is impossible to get a job within your area of expertise, but it may be worth considering:
- How long do you intend to stay in Denmark? Employers will invest time and money on getting you introduced to the job and the company, so most employers will look for candidates who are able to stay in the job for a minimum of 2-3 years
- Are you willing to commute to work? Consider how far you are able and willing to spend on commuting and start searching for interesting companies/jobs within this geographical area (see “Finding relevant companies you can apply for”)
- Do you wish to work within your field or are you willing to explore other possibilities? Do you look for a job within your profession or would you consider a less demanding job? It is important that you do a mapping of your competences for every job in order to target the required qualifications (see “your application”).
- Be ready to adjust your goals along the way.
Is Danish a requirement?
Some jobs require a good command of Danish. Generally speaking the more client/person contact you have in your job, the better your Danish needs to be. However, quite a few jobs are advertised in English. This is an indication that you will be able to cope with English in the workplace, but it is an advantage if you are willing to learn Danish. Knowledge of and fluency in other languages may be considered an extra plus.
Our recommendations for job search
- Job search is time consuming; consider it a full time job. Respond to job ads where you match most of the qualifications and Danish is not a requirement. Read more about how to find relevant companies you can apply for.
- Tailor your CV and application/cover letter to the position you apply for. Fewer but well written applications will result in more successes than sending out a large number of applications. Read more about how to build a CV that grabs Danish employers’ attention.
- Focus on the company’s needs and what it will gain from hiring you – not what you get out of being hired. Read more about how to compose an application/cover letter that appeals to Danish employers.
- Start learning Danish as soon as possible. Read more about possibilities to learn Danish.
- Take initiative, network and contact companies whenever possible and relevant. Read more about different ways to expand your network in Denmark. Read more about how to succeed in making a call to your possible future employers.
- Participate in our job search seminar to learn the basics of job search in Denmark and get an insight into a Danish-style CV and cover letter. Read more about job search seminars.