Guys, getting a job in Sweden as a foreigner is as difficult as going to heaven for those who still believe in God. The other day I was talking to a friend who told me that she first cleaned toilets despite having a masters degree prior her relocation here.
But I will share two secret tips that will help you get a job that befits you. Remember cleaning toilets does not mean that people are not educated. Sometimes they just lack connections and opportunities. Please be kind and less harsh when talking about these things. And don’t start discussing people’s reasons to move abroad with your myopic view of life.
Referrals Are The Most Effective Way To Get Hired
If looking for mutual connections was your first thought when looking for career opportunities, then you’re on the right track. Referrals are easily the most effective way to secure a job interview and land the offer:
- 40% of hires come from referrals, the next largest channel is via career sites at 21% (almost half as many!)
- Referrals get hired in an average of 3 weeks while other applicants take up to 7 weeks
- Referrals get paid more on average than cold applicants
Guys, you gotsa believe in yourself. Reach out to people on Linkedin. But not directly. Fish out their email adress and write to them. Now that you have your potential influencer and their contact info, it’s time to reach out. Not only is this one of the scarier parts of this process, it is also one of the most pivotal. To help you get past that hump, I’ve included the exact email script that I used to reach out to people.