The typical Dane sets his or her own work ours, gets five weeks of vacation a year and enjoys a healthy work-life balance, according to the Official Website of Denmark. Well-educated professionals, such as engineers and doctors, are in demand there; but others can find a job by taking advantage of Internet resources and learning about the Nordic land’s culture and traditions.
You’ll have an easier time getting a job in Denmark if your field is on the country’s positive list, a list of Danish jobs in demand. The list, as of July 2014, included engineers, doctors, teachers and pharmacists. If you seek a job on the positive list you need an offer in hand before you can come to Denmark for work, and the offer must include salary information. In some cases, such as doctors, you’ll need permission from a government board before you can start your job. You need a residence and work permit before you can take any job in Denmark.
The Danish government set up Work in Denmark, a database of open positions for job seekers. The site listed 1,338 jobs in December 2014. Even if you can’t find any jobs worth applying for, you can create a profile accessible by employers, so they can find you when an appropriate position opens. You can also set up a subscription to receive emails as jobs in your field appear on the site. The site advises you to check frequently because you never know when a new job will be listed or how long it will stay on the board. Other job websites such as LinkedIn and Indeed also operate in Denmark.
The site Expat in Denmark allows you to network with other non-native professionals in Denmark. You can learn about events on the site, such as a job search seminar, a Pilates class for internationals or even a potluck dinner. All of them allow you to meet with other internationals and pool your job-search knowledge. You can sign up for newsletters and post on forums that offer tips on how to break into the Danish job market. The site also lists other popular job-search websites, such as Jobs in Copenhagen or Jobs in the State Sector.
Dare to Be Danish
Integrating into the culture can give you a leg up on other job candidates; so can learning the language. Most municipalities provide free language instruction classes. Volunteering can make you an attractive job candidate. The government website reported in 2014 that 43 percent of Danes volunteer in some way. Seventeen hours a month is a typical volunteer workload, and only one in 10 Danes claimed they were unlikely to ever volunteer. The volunteer tradition is bolstered by the country’s welfare state philosophy. The country is the most trustworthy and least corrupt in the world, according to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 published by Transparency International.
- New to Denmark: The Positive List
- New to Denmark: The Positive List, Overview
- New to Denmark: Work
- Work in Denmark
- Indeed.com: Denmark
- Expat in Denmark
- Expat in Denmark: Finding a Job
- The Official Website of Denmark: Nine Essential Tips if You are New to Denmark
- The Official Website of Denmark: Volunteer Work in Denmark
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