Preparing for a job in Sweden

Last updated: 3 5 2018

​​There are many different ways you can prepare for getting a job in Sweden.

Show what you know on jobskills.se!

Jobskills.se is a digital tool developed by Arbetsförmedlingen, where you can provide information about what jobs you have had before and what other skills and experience you have.

You can provide your information in Swedish, Arabic, English, Persian, Somali or Tigrinya.

The tool will create a profile for you based on the information you have provided. You can then choose to send your profile to various employers. The profile will be automatically translated into Swedish.

​​On jobskills.se you can:

  • Show your experience and skills
  • Get tips for what you can do to find a job, based on your background
  • Have your profile translated into Swedish
  • Send your profile to employers

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The information you provide on jobskills.se will not influence the Migration Agency's assessment of your asylum application. ​​​

Professions in Sweden

Yrkesguiden (the professions guide) can help you if you're uncertain about what job would suit you, or what the possibilities for your profession are in Sweden. Yrkesguiden is a digital tool developed by Arbetsförmedlingen.

Yrkesguiden has information about:

  • What different professions involve.
  • What the chances are of getting a job in a certain profession.
  • What training and experience you should have in order to get a job in various professions.

There are also films that describe several of the professions.

Yrkesguiden has been translated into English, Arabic, Persian, Somali and Tigrinya.

If you have qualifications from another country

You can have your diplomas translated or your training in another country assessed while you're seeking asylum. That is a good way to prepare for finding a job in Sweden.

Translation of foreign education certificates

If you have an education from another country you need to have the certificates from it translated, unless they are in English, French, Spanish, German or one of the Nordic languages.

The translation must be carried out by an authorised translator into Swedish or one of the languages listed above.

Assessment of foreign qualifications

You can also have your foreign qualification assessed. This means that the Swedish Council for Higher Education (Universitets- och högskolerådet) issues a statement about what your qualifications correspond to within the Swedish education system.

You can apply for this assessment before you have been granted a residence permit. You just need to have applied for a residence permit and have an asylum seeker card (LMA-kort).

You have to include a copy of your passport and a copy of your asylum seeker card with your application.