Excerpted from the Denmark Career Guide
Job Search Overview
While it is not impossible for a foreigner to find a job in Denmark, it is difficult and takes time. Non-Danish speakers are at a disadvantage when applying for jobs as Danish is the working language of most companies. The majority of job listings are also in Danish; however, large Danish and international companies sometimes advertise in English. Biogen, Dell, DaimlerChrysler, IBM, Nokia and many other multinational companies are present in Denmark and use English as their corporate language. In recent years, some Danish companies such as Carlsberg, Danisco, Danfoss, Lundbeck, Novo and Nordea have even adopted English as their corporate language, making it a bit easier for foreigners who speak English to come work in Denmark.
Online Job Sites
http://www.jobindex.dk/ (Danish, English)
JobIndex has thousands of listings in all job categories and for all areas in Denmark. It is updated daily, and searches more than 500 other job portals and corporate websites. Among its other features are a special executive search page, internship listings, career advice and salary comparisons.
Government Employment Resources
http://www.workindenmark.dk/ (Danish, English and many other languages)
Workindenmark.dk is the official public employment service for highly qualified international candidates looking for a job in Denmark, and Danish companies searching for talented foreign employees. The website provides information, guidance and tools to bring together Danish employers and foreign candidates. Workindenmark has three main offices across Denmark.
In 1948, ten European countries, including Denmark, founded IAESTE, the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience. Its purpose is to promote international understanding through the exchange of students in technical and scientific education programs for study-related traineeships abroad. Today, IAESTE has grown to include 87 countries in its programs. The peak season for job offers is in February, with a second round of applications in March. IAESTE also offers a jobs bank on its website.
c/o Danmarks Tekniske Universitet
Anker Engelundsvej 1
Tel: +45 7742 4390
Fax: +7742 4399
While job fairs are not common in Denmark, many Danish companies do recruit at career events outside Denmark. Jobseekers attending these events have the opportunity to meet with recruiters, hiring managers and employers who want to fill positions quickly. These events, often free of charge, are a convenient way to interact with employer representatives and ask questions about specific openings, benefits and compensation in settings that are less formal than the typical job interview. Most job fairs are advertised in newspapers, but many are now listed online. They usually are held in hotels or convention centers. The atmosphere generally is less stressful, but still professional and conducive to interviewing. Bring copies of your résumé/CV and dress professionally.
Staffing Agencies and Temporary Help Firms
Proffice is a specialized flexible staffing company in the Nordic region. It provides temporary staffing, recruitment services, and career and development programs. You can search their database, create a job agent to send notifications for matching vacancies and register your CV.
Sjæleboderne 2, 3 sal th
1122 København K
Tel: +45 7010 9100
Executive Recruiters and Search firms
http://www.taplow.dk/ (Danish, English)
Taplow Denmark is a part of the international Taplow group. It specializes in headhunting top and middle managers with staff responsibility, specialists in many fields and industries, and outside directors and board members.
Slotsmarken 14, 1. tv
Tel: +45 33154206
Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements
OFIR is the online service of the newspaper Søndagsavisen, and offers a searchable bank of job listings covering many employment sectors. The database is easy to use and can be searched by any combination of job function, region, company name or free text. From this website there is a link to the ‘Jobguide’ website that contains Danish, Norwegian and Swedish job- and education-related links. Internships also are listed.
Tel: +45 3957 7766
Email: contact form
This is just a sample of what you'll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Denmark guide.