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How to find the jobs and how to write your application/CV

Claus Bang Mller

Workindenmark

Governmental organisation - international recruitment and


retention
International network - EURES
Key customers: Danish companies and job seekers from abroad.
Job database, CV bank and information
Welcome to Denmark courses
Job search courses
Spouse/partner programme
Personal guidance

Why recruiting someone from abroad


Demographic reasons
Relative low unemployment rate in Central Denmark Region 5,1 %
- 31.318
persons unemployed.
Bottle neck problems (e.g. electricians, concrete workers, CNC
turners, cleaning,
shops, newspapers etc.)
Special skills engineers, IT sector and health sector (e.g.
experienced engineers
within oil & gas, language, export market, culture, national/local
network)

Work during your study rules and


regulations

Nordic citizens are allowed to work full time without permit


EU Citizens are allowed to work as much as you like (you might
have to change you status from student to worker if you work more
than 15-20 hours/week ask the Regional State Administration)
Non EU citizens
- You are allowedto work 20 hours a week (arrival after January 1 st
2015)
- Full time work during the months of June, July and August
- Sticker in your passport

Tips
Remember it is mandatory for Danish employers to sign a contract
There is no minimum salary in Denmark you can always ask a
Danish union
Don't work illegally in Denmark e.g. without contract or more than
20 hours (non-EU Citizens) - you risk deportation, and you and your
employer risk fine or imprisonment

How to find the jobs


Internet (job offers and CV banks)
Newspapers (job adds and articles about successful companies)
Bulletin boards in supermarkets/libraries/sports clubs etc.
Unsolicited applications (personal appearance, mail, e-mail)
Networks (Facebook, LinkedIn, personal networks etc.)
More than 800.000 job openings each year
Approx. 60% of all job vacancies are not published

Web sites with job offers

www.go.dk (jobs and projects for students and graduates)

http://studenterguiden.dk/ (part time jobs- Danish

www.jobjunction.dk/ (part time jobs - Danish

www.karriereportalen.dk (jobs and projects for students and graduates Danish

www.jobnet.dk (all professions, geographical search - Danish

www.workindenmark.dk (jobs and CV-bank for foreigners - English)

www.jobbank.dk ( different sectors English)

www.careerguide2denmark.dk (different sectors English)

www.jobsincopenhagen.dk (only Copenhagen English)

www.toplanguagejobs.dk (language jobs English)

www.top1000.dk (job offers from the 1000 biggest Danish companies Danish)

www.jobindex.dk (all professions public and private Danish)

www.job-guide.dk (Temp agencies e.g. DK)

www.stepstone.dk (all professions public and private Danish)

www.jobzonen.dk (all professions public and private Danish)

www.it-jobbank.dk (IT Danish)

Google: vikarbureau

The perfect candidate profile


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Qualifications/Competences

Professional competences:
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Social competences
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computer skills
language skills
technical skills
economic skills
etc.

communication skills
negotiation skills
teaching skills
handling conflicts
team working skills
etc.

Personal competences
-

ambitious
creative
smiling
patient
focus on results
etc.

CV

Starting to Write your CV

15 seconds

Is your own personal marketing tool, as it provides the frst impression that a prospective
employer has of you.

Simplicity is always best. No fluffy language and simple lay out. - unless you are applying for a
graphic design position. Avoid using too fancy and complicated decorative fonts and colors.
Make it easy for the employer to read and fnd the relevant information he or she requires.

A good CV is clear, concise and easy to read. Make use of bullet points and headings to provide
a clear framework and make the information easy to follow.

A CV should be a presentation of you skills and competences not a history book.

Max. two pages.

English or Danish ?

Make sure any breaks in your CV are explained (e.g. 2005-2006 Traveling in the States), to give
a full account of both your career history and what you were doing when you were not
employed.

It might sound obvious, but be honest. Never try to play with dates and jobs to hide periods of
unemployment. The most basic of checks will expose your deceit and ruin any chance of getting
the job.

Documentation: do not send documentation (unless mentioned in the job ad).

How to structure your CV


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3.
4.
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6.
7.

Personal details
Personal profle
Work experience
Education
Language
Extra curricular activities/Interests
References

Focus on your qualifcations/competences.


Use your employment , your study history and other
activities to describe your qualifcations.

Name, address, e-mail, phone,


nationality, date of birth

Software skills

Program

Average

Autodesk AutoCAD
Autodesk Revit
SketchUp Pro & Layout
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe InDesign
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Flash
Microsoft Word
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Project
3DS Max
Rhino

Good

Excellent

It may sound obvious but


Have someone read over your CV!
Do a spell check! You would be surprised to
know how many silly spelling mistakes we see. I
speak fluent Englesh, Inglish, Eniglish, does not
really instill confdence.
Save your CV as a Pdf-fle and print it. Even if
you are going to send it by e-mail, the company
will always print it out and you need to check
that the format is still the same.

Cover letter
Based on a job add

Preparing your Letter of Motivation


Start by

Researching the company well

Reading over the job description thoroughly

Preparing your letter by thinking about the following points;

1. Why do you think you are specifically suitable for the role?
2. What are the competences you possess that match the role?
3. Why would you want to work for that particular company?

Letter of Motivation
Your letter of motivation should be no longer than one A4 page and
should have a clear structure
1. Address the letter to the person responsible for recruiting the role.
Make sure you detail the title of the role you are applying for and
include any information ie. job reference number that you have
been asked to supply.
2. State that you are both interested in the job and confident that you
have the skills and experience that they are looking for. Tell them
where they will find the evidence of that (your enclosed CV).
3. Pick the top 5 essential requirements from the advertisement and
answer them carefully.
5. Make sure you close positively - "I look forward to meeting you at
interview to discuss further"

Motivation
for applying
for this job?
Why is my
profile
relevant?

Previous
experience
and tasks

Conclude
on a
positive
note

How my
personalit
y fits the
company
s culture

Cover letter
Unsolicited application

Recommendations
Learn the Danish language OBS NEW regulations max. 1,5
year
CV and cover letter
Network LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, friends, sports etc.
Check relevant job databases (job agent CV bank) Workindenmark, Jobindex,
relevant companies etc.
Participate in relevant blogs
Read the newspapers and other medias look for companies
with success, with
business links to your home country etc.
Consider voluntary work
Education / continuous training
On-the-job training
Recognition of qualifications
Start own business

Claus Bang Mller


Workindenmark
Nordhavnsgade 4-6
DK - 8000 Aarhus C
Tlf. 72 22 33 71
Mobil 72 22 33 81
cba@workindenmark.dk

Thank you for your attention