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Career counselling

Djøf offers free career counselling and you can find advice on job search, applications, CV and the annual performance and development review (MUS).

Job search

Tips for finding advertised positions  

When you are looking for a job, it is important to understand how the job search process works in Denmark:  

  • Many positions are only advertised online, and most job databases offer an option to create a job agent, so you receive notice of relevant jobs in your inbox on a regular basis.
  • There are several CV banks, where you can post your CV so potential employers can find you. 
  • Jobunivers.dk is Djøf’s own job database, where you will find jobs aimed specifically at university graduates. Here, you will also find positions that are not posted on other sites. 
  • Many small and medium-sized businesses go straight to Akademikerbasen.dk when they are looking to hire a university graduate. These are generally positions that are not posted on other sites. If you post your CV on Akademikerbasen.dk, it will be shown to companies who are interested in someone with your profile.  

Companies also announce vacant positions on their own websites. It can be a good idea to sign up for their newsletter, as vacant positions are often announced there. Many jobs are also announced or shared by employees on LinkedIn. So make sure to follow companies you could see yourself working for, and while you’re there, have a look at LinkedIn’s own jobs section.   

Tips for finding positions that haven’t been announced 

Are you having trouble finding the right job to apply for? Or are there too many applicants to the positions you have applied for? If so, then you may benefit from sending out unsolicited applications.

There are several ways to find suitable companies.Here are a few ideas: 

  • You’ve seen a job ad for a company looking for a person to handle a specific challenge. In addition to applying for that position, you can find the company’s competitors and contact them, as there is a good chance that they are grappling with the same challenge as the company with the job ad. 
  • If you want to gain a foothold in a specific industry, you can sign up for newsletters from that sector and attend after-hours meetings and trade fairs. This will give you insights into industry trends and which companies are growing and might be interested in hiring you. Many industry associations and organisations even provide lists of member companies on their websites.
  • Through LinkedIn, you can also search through companies and groups and see if you know anyone (or if you have a connection who is connected to an employee) who works at a company you’re interested in, and reach out to them.  

Use your network  

In Denmark, a part of the job search process is about using your network actively – attending career fairs and using LinkedIn as a way in. It is a unique opportunity to call attention to yourself – both professionally and personally.   

If you don’t have the right people in your network, then it’s time to start developing it. You can do this by attending relevant events and being visible and active in relevant groups and discussions online, for instance on LinkedIn. Think of networking as a long-term strategy, which requires that you regularly cultivate new contacts. Be active and contribute to your network, for instance by forwarding job advertisements, informing about interesting events, sharing articles etc.  

Good advice on searching for a job   

  • Part-time positions give you skills and can create new job openings
  • Apply for a wide range of jobs – both in terms of geography and tasks
  • Remain open to jobs and sectors that may not have featured in the first draft of your career plan  

How to write a LinkedIn Profile that stands out clearly and opens career doors

Photos

Your photo will work best if it is professional and trimmed close to your face. Your background photo should support and reflect your qualifications and professional identity.

Headline

You have 120 characters to summarise your skills in key words or describe what you can offer a prospective employer, e.g.:

  • Controller at Batruam A/S | Accounting | Controlling | Financial control | Project management | Financial systems
  • Result-driven controller who creates business calm through project management and financial control.

Summary

Explain what your work experience and education can contribute to a company, and which positions you can occupy. The first two lines are particularly central, as they are always visible on your profile. Be concise, precise and personal – as you would when presenting yourself to a new relation.

Experience and education

Describe work tasks for each of your previous jobs. By all means use bullets, and upload sample projects, presentations or videos that demonstrate your professional talents. Add courses that are most important for the jobs you would like to seek.

Skills

Add your ten most important skills. These are what will inspire companies searching on LinkedIn to contact you.

Recommendations

Invite managers, colleagues and lecturers to write short recommendations based on your jobs, internships and courses.

Be active

Your activity is as important as your profile itself. Post updates, comment on articles, and ‘like’ news items in your professional area. This shows people you are enthusiastic and keep up-to-date in your area.

Writing applications

Most Danish employers receive hundreds of applications when they announce a vacant position. The trick, therefore, is to pique an employer’s interest in your profile and competences, so they want to invite you to an interview.

It is therefore important to make it easy for an employer to read your material. Do you meet the job requirements? Can you see yourself doing the tasks that come with the job? Do you fit in the culture at the workplace, and do you do a good enough job “selling” yourself?  

Application

Tips on your application:

  • Keep it short and sweet. The best application fills only one page
  • Choose a layout that is easy to read with sections and headings
  • Write in the present tense and use active rather than passive voice   
  • Avoid long, complex sentences and filler words Explain your motivation for the job and for working for the company
  • Analyse the company’s website and culture and communicate in the same style  
  • Show how your competences match the requirements and expectations for the job
  • Tell the employer what you can contribute, so they can visualise you in the position
  • Conclude your application with a few personal words about yourself and how you work with others

See example here 

CV

A good CV contains

  • Your professional profile at the top of the CV
  • A professional photo
  • Relevant work experience and education
  • Relevant courses and further education programmes
  • Positions of trust and volunteer work
  • Language and IT skills

CV example

Receive feedback on your application and CV

As a member of Djøf, you can receive feedback on your application and CV. You will be given good advice on what to emphasise in your application and how to spotlight your competences in your CV.

Book a session to receive feedback on your material before you send it to an employer (the booking system is currently in Danish only). Our service is intended to help you help yourself, so that you learn to write better and more targeted applications. The aim is to prepare you for your further job search process. Book a session This service is for members only. If you are not a member of Djøf, we would be happy to contact you and tell you more about how you can benefit from a Djøf membership.

The annual performance and development review MUS

In Denmark, it is standard to be invited once a year to an interview with your immediate manager to talk about your performance and development. This is called a MUS interview. The aim of this interview is to ensure that you have the opportunity for personal and professional development that matches the company’s needs.

The annual interview is an opportunity for you to influence your career or your work tasks so they continue to move in the direction you want.

To benefit fully from the MUS interview, it is a good idea to come prepared. Think about what you want to get out of the interview, and what your wishes and goals are. For example, regarding any assignments or projects you want to be part of, or competences you want to develop.

Most workplaces use a form for this process, which serves nicely as a check list during the interview and to take notes on solution proposals and conclusions. It is also a good idea to consider whether there are conditions that the MUS form does not touch on, which you want to add. 

A MUS interview generally comprises three phases:

  • A look back on the previous year and how things have gone since the last interview
  • A look at how things are going right now
  • A look to the future to discuss which wishes and needs there are moving forward, and which specific steps that can be taken to support them.

When you present your wishes, be forward-thinking. For instance, talk about how the company will benefit from you developing your competences and taking on new assignments. Write down the conclusions. For example, if you are to perform new tasks or develop new competences. And draw up a plan for how best to follow up on the agreements you have made. Finally, remember that if the MUS interview also includes salary negotiations, it is important to be well prepared to talk about that as well. 

 

Free career counselling

As a member of Djøf, you have access to a free career counselling session with a qualified professional consultant who understands the Danish labour market. You will be given an individual targeted dialogue, which often results in new angles, inspiration, specific information and energy to develop your career. The counselling session is personal and can take place in person, over the phone or via Skype – it’s your choice.

Popular topics:

  • What employment options does my education give me in Denmark?
  • What is expected of me with regard to performance, responsibility, social competence?
  • How can I plan my career to improve my chances of advancement? How can I call attention to my qualifications/competences?
  • How do I become a manager?
  • What can I do to thrive in my work life?
  • How should I tackle the culture at my workplace (in relation to my immediate manager/a colleague)?
  • How do I change industries or job roles?
  • How do I achieve a good balance between work life and personal life?
  • Gaining an overview in a stressful situation – how do I avoid stress?

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