If you’re a foreigner, finding a job in Denmark is not easy, but it can be done. It depends a lot on what you can do. And what you can do better than a Dane. Because, let’s be frank here, if all things are equal between you and a Danish person, they’re going to hire the Danish person.
Anyway, the Danish workplace is about teams, and working together, and getting along as a group, and there’s an automatic suspicion that a foreigner might not fit into that. Back to my original point – to overcome this, you have to show what you can do better than your Danish rivals.
There are several websites for job seekers in English. Finding a job may be easier with at least a basic knowledge of the Danish language, but it is also possible to find a job with only English. Several websites have job advertisements in English. These websites also allow users to create a profile for possible employers to browse when looking for employees.
- Job databases Jobindex.dk or WorkinDenmark.dk.
- Facebook page. Students jobs in Copenhagen.
- University of Copenhagen newspaper University Post
- Salaried positions, advertised in English Stepstore
- Some tips and useful links from the expat network AngloINFO
- Seasonal work in Denmark is very popular. Picking Jobs
- Summer, seasonal and short term jobs in Copenhagen
If you are a student, you do not have to settle for a bar job or some other low paid work that has nothing to do with your studies. Incidentally, there is absolutely no stigma attached to those jobs either. A large proportion of Danish students find part-time jobs in institutions and companies that enhance their CVs because they complement their studies. Employers note and like this. Whatever job you take, whether it is in a bar, restaurant, museum or an office make sure you can present it to a future employer as a position where you learned a particular set of skills that is/will be useful to you and to them.
Remember networking is the name of the game in Denmark whatever industry you work in. Put yourself out there and make connections wherever and whenever you can. I leave you now with some more tips on job searching and links to different job banks and portals.
Good luck with your job search!