It can be hard for an international student to find a student job in Denmark. Very hard actually. This article gives you four easy and useful tips on how to be more competitive as an international student – and how to get a job in Denmark.
To do so we talked to a number of internationals that actually managed to enter the danish job market. They all agreed on one thing: finding a job in Denmark is a hard and demanding task, but it is definitely not impossible – all it takes is a lot of time, patience and commitment.
According to the results of our survey, there are four basic things to consider while looking for a job in Denmark: patience, language, CV and networking.
The first advice is to remain patient and prepared to constantly be rejected while applying for a student job. In average it takes from 2 to 3 month of active search to find a job, so never let yourself down and keep on trying and applying.
[infobox]Some useful links to help you in the search:
- The best website to start with
- How to write your CV in perfect Danish style 1
- How to write your CV in perfect Danish style 2
- SDU’s Job-Bank[/infobox]
The second, and most important recommendation is to invest time and energy in learning the language. More than 90 procent of the interviewed ranked “speaking Danish” as the most important feature to possess in order to find a job. This is due to the fact that the Danish working environment is very relaxed and friendly, therefore every employer will look for people able to fully integrate in it; learning at least the basics of the language can be a hard task, but it can make the difference between a rejection and actually being offered a job, so it is definitely worth the effort!
The third suggestion is to update your CV to the Danish standards. A CV in the regular Europass format will not even be taken into any consideration! Restyling your CV can definitely be a time demanding task, but it needs to be performed in order to have an accurate and perfectly adjusted CV that will be fully evaluated.
The last area to cover is the one that involves networking and which channels are more likely to result in a job. According to our survey the majority of the interviewed listed “networking” both through SDU Networks and private channels and “applying for unsolicited jobs” as the best ways to find a job; very close in third position was the informal channel, so friends and leisure clubs.
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