Getting a Job in Denmark

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Denmark has diverse job opportunities for its citizens and foreigners. Depending on your level of expertise, you can get either professional or non-professional job in Denmark as long as you are willing to remain committed to it. Interestingly, Denmark offers comparatively favourable hourly rates and jobs that are flexible. Whether in professional or non-professional employment, you can still take multiple jobs as long as they do not have conflicting schedules. 

Danish Job Market 

As a foreigner in Denmark it is good to know forthwith that no employer entertain non-performance or lateness at work. Again, you have to showcase your best abilities and win the employers’ trust. With this in mind, you can always be sure to get jobs. 

Depending on the nature of job you want to take in Denmark, ability to communicate in Danish may or may not be a necessity. Jobs that require regular contacts with clients obviously would require you to have at least ability in conversational Danish. The only disadvantage you may face if you do not know Danish is that most jobs are actually advertised in Danish and only a few in English. Probably to overcome this language  barrier, you have to get guidance from a Danish speaking person or always resort to making translations which can be a surely cumbersome process.

What to expect 

As a job seeker in Denmark, you may be interested in knowing how the labour market is operated and what the expectations on you are. To answer this concern, you will realize that each employer has specific job descriptions and details contained in contract documents. Denmark does not have minimum labour market legislation which means that there are no clearly set minimum wages. However, the Danish Holidays Act, the Danish Employment Contract Act, the Danish Act on Equal Treatment, and  the Danish Act on Allowance for Illness or Parental Leave provides for regulations in certain aspects. 

Sectors facing skill shortages in Denmark.

While you stand a chance to get a job at any one time in Denmark as a foreigner, it is always good to know whether your competency is within the sectors that are in dire need. This will mean you have a high chance of getting a good job and that you can choose from a variety of employers depending on the employment package that they offer. Some sectors in Denmark grapple with specialist shortages which makes you a hot cake if able to provide the best in those sectors.  

Some of the sectors in Denmark which highly require employees include; 

  • IT
  • Life science
  • Medical and health services
  • Engineering

You must be comforted by the fact that the Danish job market, though competeteive, is very attractive for people with skills in to engineering, IT and natural sciences. Such jobs come with kucrative salaries,  attractive benefit packages and good opportunities for career advancement. But to get these, you must rigorously prove that you are the right condicate for the job at any one time.  

Tips for getting a job in Denmark

  • There are various approved websites where you can build a profile, attach all the documents that support it and use it to make applications which suit you. You always need to be on the lookout for such portals and apply for jobs which you are confident matches your passion and skills.
  • You can at any given time just make a blind application to an organization which you have passion working in. A blind application in this sense means you just send a short note to introduce yourself and interest in the company then accompany it with your C.V. You never know maybe you are right in time when the employee was almost looking for someone like you. 
  • You must make applications precise, brief and tailored. Nobody has the time privilege to read through a pamphlet of information about you. Make your C.V speak volumes about you but be very economical on how much space you use. Junks in your applications only increases you chances of missing an opportunity which was otherwise yours if you remained brief in the application. 
  • When you are invited for an interview, it obviously means you are only inches away from getting your dream job and you cannot miss to prepare for it.  The companies in Denmark always take multiple rounds of interview before they finally settle on you. This means that you must have certain things at your fingertips. For instance, be ready to answer some technical questions and your general professional know-how, talk about yourself as a person. Have examples and be ready to retell your success stories.  

Job listing Websites in Denmark 

As a foreigner seeking jobs in Denmark, you need to always check for openings at job ads on databases like Jobindex.dk and WorkinDenmark.dk

The Job centres in Denmark are also crucial resources you can use to get employment in Denmark. The main work of job centre is to help you find your job search through offering important things such as helping with;

  • Upgrading your skills.
  • Expanding your network.
  • Gettting relevant work experience.
  • Improving your applications and your CV.

Hope you found this article useful. Please share it with others. You also might find our article about residence permit in Denmark useful.

Ludvig Hoel
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