Finding a Job
Where do you find a job?
There are several different strategies you can follow when looking for a job. Try to use a combination of these methods rather than solely relying on one way to do it.
Hand out your CV in stores and cafes/bars/restaurants
Many international students choose to print out their CV and pass it out in stores and bars/cafes in the city in which they live. However, before you hand a random staff member your CV, make sure to ask them how to apply for a job. Many brand stores or cafés have an online system for job applications, and a CV on paper handed to the staff might not reach the people in charge of hiring.
Ask people you know
Many jobs are never posted as a job ad. Often times, people find jobs through their own personal network, so ask your friends, your classmates, or other students if they know of any places that are hiring.
Let people know what kind of experience you have, so that they will keep you in mind if something opens up.
You can also let your network know through social media that you are looking for a job.
Check the companies’ websites
Positions in retail, bars and hotels are not always posted in online job banks, but might be posted on the company website. Larger chains in particular will usually have postings listed on their websites as well as be open to unsolicited applications.
You can also send unsolicited applications to smaller companies. Include a short description of how you could help the company if hired.
Online job banks
Universities often has a job bank where they usually post campus jobs. If you speak Danish, use the Danish sites first because they will have more openings.
Moment.dk is one of several job-pages that post student jobs and short time employment opportunities, often as temps or for event work.
LinkedIn is very popular in Denmark. Make sure that you have an updated profile to provide potential employers with a good sense of your background and skills. Make sure to check for spelling mistakes and typos.
You can find many groups for internationals looking for jobs on Facebook. These will often have job postings from smaller places.
Jobportals in English:
For all kinds of job applications:
You need a CV (aka a résumé) and a cover letter.
Whatever job you apply to, remember to read and supply the info they want, in the form they want it.
If they request that you send your application to a specific email address, do this and only this. If there’s an online form, use that one, and don’t send an email.
This is the first step to ensure that your application actually gets considered.
It is common to add a photo to your CV in Denmark. Choose one that’s neutral, recognisable and not a blurry Facebook selfie.
Keep the CV short and relevant – 2 pages is plenty. Organise your CV in chronological order, with the most recent work experience at the top.
You can separate school achievements, work experience and other credentials to make it easier to read.
Modify your CV so that it is relevant to the job that you are applying for. For example, rather than mention your first prize in a high school math competition in your application for a job at a café, highlight your past experience as a barista for a non-profit café.
Keep this targeted, relevant and easy to read. Try to keep it to one page if possible.
This is where you contextualize your CV experiences in relation to the criteria mentioned in the job posting.
Explain why you would be a good match for the job and how the company could benefit from hiring you.
Stay away from clichés and standard phrases, but keep it easy to understand by using short sentences and straightforward wording.
- Figure out how the workplace could benefit from hiring you – Focus on that!
- Remember to do a spell check or get someone to read and correct your CV and cover letter for you.
- Make it personal enough so that they remember you.
- Send out the same letter to everyone.
- Talk about how awesome you are without relating it to the job you’re applying for.
- Write several pages.
- Write about your personal life too much.
- Forget to put in contact details