Swedish CV Writing Guide
Working abroad sounds like an adventure to many people. However, work in Sweden needs more than just the obvious Swedish cover letter and Swedish CV writing and translation – it requires methodical preparation. You will be confronted with issues that probably did not even cross your mind when you become interested in Swedish jobs.
Do not underestimate the influence they can have on your adventure! For instance, you will experience the different immigration rules and practices, job application procedures, the selection trends and the management culture.
A CV is similar to a resume in that it provides more details about one’s professional qualifications, experience and education. However, the term "Curriculum Vitae" most often called CV, typically carries a different meaning depending on whether one distribute the CV within the US, Canada or internationally (external to the US or Canada) or is seeking a faculty, academic, research, clinical or scientific position.
You can turn your current resume into a Swedish CV. A CV is similar to a resume in that it outlines your professional qualifications and history, but it does so with more detail by adding to the resume the detailed descriptions of your educational and/or professional experiences and personal information that may include nationality, date of birth, marital status, etc.
When applying for a position in Sweden, you may use either Swedish or English language, depending on the company and your fluency. In many large and/or international companies, the language used internally is often English. Very often applicants are required to submit applications in English. Stick to one language once chosen. However, you need to accept that not knowing the Swedish language will put you at real disadvantage from the local job seekers.
Prepare yourself - before writing your Swedish CV research the company you want to work for. Such information will help you to adapt your CV more effectively to each specific job and use of proper examples illustrating your achievements.
The aim of your Swedish CV should be to persuade the employer to invite you for a job interview. Therefore, your CV is a marketing tool, which should be adapted to the market in which you intend to use it. Write an introduction that contains many power keywords and action verbs. Scanners that are programmed to select specific words notice these keywords.
Typewrite your Swedish CV on one to two pages in A4 format, depending on the length of your work experience, in chronological order - ending with the most recent job or in reverse chronological order - beginning with the most recent job.
Make your Swedish CV more effective and emphasize what you have to offer to the employer. Provide examples that fit the job, to illustrate your achievements. Use power words and action verbs to describe them, such as contributed, organized, trained, managed, developed, coordinated, etc. Bullet point these at the start of a sentence for maximum impact.
Start your Swedish CV with “Personal Details” listing your name, date of birth in YYMMDD format without spaces between digits, place of birth, address and phone number. Often CVs in Sweden are kept on file for lengthy periods, so any contact details you give have to remain accurate in the long term. A daytime phone number, with the international access code and e-mail are most important.
Next, mention the position applied for and your qualifications.
Follow with “Education” including results. Start with high school, include study emphases, dates, diplomas, degrees, internships, apprenticeships, study or travel abroad, honors and extracurricular activities.
Subsequently under “Work History”, list name and location of employers, your title and responsibilities. Make your CV more effective by providing examples to illustrate your achievements. Use power words and action verbs such as contributed, organized, demonstrated, trained, managed, developed, coordinated etc. Bullet point these at the start of a sentence for maximum impact.
Under “Further Information” mention your military and volunteer service (if applicable). Detail your language skills. Mention your native tongue and describe level of fluency for the other languages. Reveal your computer skills and other personal information like your civil status or whether or not you have a driving license.
Carefully consider what to leave out of your CV and exclude anything that might give prospective employers a chance to discriminate against you.
Finally close your Swedish CV with “References available on request”. It is best to avoid putting references on your CV unless you have been specifically asked to provide them. Employers usually ask for references when they actually need them. This is strong indication that an employer is interested in you.
Your CV and any other official documents should be "attested" (verified and signed) by someone who can vouch for their validity.
It is more common in Sweden to apply for a job through the Internet. However, you should be aware that an electronic CV does not look the same as a standard one. Employers often scan CVs, so make your Swedish CV scannable by avoiding for example lines or italic fonts etc.
Send your CV together with a cover letter.
Check the spelling and grammar of your Swedish CV. Use the word processor's spell and grammar checker. If you are not confident of your ability to detect grammatical, punctuation and English or Swedish language usage errors or if you need help in organizing your CV, send it to a professional for assistance.
We recommend that you send your CV together with a cover letter. If you have a difficulty with your cover letter writing use:
- "fill in the blanks" computer software or
- cover letter builder or
- human cover letter writing services.
Other Swedish CV Info
If your Swedish cover letter and Swedish CV are ready, distribute them through the job search services to your prospective employers. When your Swedish job search have been successful apply for the Swedish visa with Swedish work permit and start preparing for the Swedish job interview using Swedish dress code.
Good luck with your Swedish CV!