AAU Career

Where can I look for jobs?

There are many places you can look for jobs and, for example, create job agents, so you get the relevant jobs sent when they look up.

But what if there is nothing to look for right now? There are also many places you can find inspiration to find your potential future workplace.

How to use jobsites

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    How do I use jobsites to find employers and jobfunctions?

    You can find employers and relevant jobfunctions by using job and project sites.

    Being international and not fluent in Danish, it can be difficult to figure out how to find relevant employers and companies in Denmark. Many employers advertise projects, internships and jobs in jobsites, such as AAU Jobbank.

    Try searching for jobs that match your educational background – search in broader categories as many of the AAU programmes are interdisciplinary and thereby fall within several categories. If a company employs people with your educational background, it can be relevant for you to make contact.

    Be open to various project collaborations and types of employment. Broaden your areas of interest and keep your perspectives open, so that you do not preclude any opportunity. Do not only focus on full time work, look into temporary positions as well, and send unsolicited applications. All this could open doors to further opportunities.

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    What if I have an idea about job function and/or company?

    If you already have an idea about which type of job, you are looking for, you need to find out which companies offer such jobs – and how you can use jobsites and job agents.

    Perhaps you already know which employers you are interested in, which makes it easy to keep an eye on relevant vacancies.

    Sending unsolicited job applications is also a good idea since especially the private sector often uses this way of recruiting.

    The public sector also sometimes uses unsolicited applications for jobs of a duration of less than 12 months. Be aware that public sector vacancies must always be advertised if it is jobs with a duration over 12 months. The possibility of getting an employment for less than 12 months vary very much across the country – in Copenhagen there is quite good opportunities.

    Large workplaces often allow you to create a job agent, which will automatically alert you to new positions being advertised, and sometimes you can also upload your CV in their CV bank.

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    What if I am unsure what I am looking for?

    Once you have put your competences into words, you can match them and your interests with the right job by taking a systematic look at jobsites. 

    Job ads in jobsites reflect the current jobs on offer, as well as it shows how employers describe the competencies that are important in the various jobs. It gives you an idea of the competences that are in demand – just keep in mind that job ads always are wish lists and you do not have to match them 100 %.

     

     

    Follow these 4 steps when looking for inspiration on jobsites:

    1. Select relevant jobsites

    Select the jobsites you wish to work with. Find inspiration in the list of job sites below.

     

     2. Save job ads that you find interesting

    For a limited period of time, frequently check (or receive alerts) jobs through job agents.

    Save a copy of every job you find interesting, e.g. jobs that contain some interesting elements relevant to your profile and where you feel motivated reading about it. Try not to be too critical or strategic or to focus too much on geography in your search – the focus is on you getting information and ideas.

     

    3. Categorise the job ads according to relevant subjects

    Having completed your search, now sort through the jobs you have found. Depending on the content of the job ads you have collected, sort them according to a number of different categories. This is of course individual, but it can make sense to organise them according to:

    • Skills asked for (you can further divide it into professional, personal and academic/general)
    • Sector
    • Main tasks in the job

    By doing this, you form an overview of any repeated elements in the jobs you are interested in.

     

    4. Match your overview of job search subjects with your profile

    The purpose of this step is to provide you with a better overview of the skills required in order to be able to apply for the jobs that you find most interesting.

    This will help you analyse whether you already possess the basic skills asked for in the jobs you find interesting - or whether you need to consider how you close the possible gaps between your current profile and the interesting jobs. The last thing can help you plan strategically how you, through your study programme (choosing specific subjects and collaboration partners for your project based work etc.), student job, volunteer work etc., can turn your profile into a specific path.

    For implementing step 3 and 4, you can use the job match exercise

     

How to find workplaces

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    How can I use company databases?

    In Denmark, there are several databases containing information on all companies (including public and private workplaces, organisations, etc.). You need to pay a fee to access some of them, while others are free. However as a student at AAU you have access to some of them through Aalborg University Library (AUB).

    Below are some examples of free databases also in English:

    • CVR: CVR is the Danish state’s master register of information about businesses. Navigation and headings are in English, but you will meet a lot of Danish content.
    • Bisnode Market Profile: You can find it through your access to AUB or your local library (find it by searching for Bisnode and the name of your library). When logging on, you will find the advanced search field (“avanceret firmasøgning”). Here you can search for companies based on various criteria – you probably need to spend some time figuring out how it works. You can search for a relevant company by selecting the industry in which it operates together with, e.g., region and number of employees.
    • Navne & Numre Erhverv: You can find it through your access to AUB. It is a company database containing information on all Danish VAT-registered companies, branches, and public bodies. Though it, you have access to key indicators and annual accounts for the past 5 years, ownership and organizational information, subsidiaries, ratings, industries, and decision-makers.
    • Børsens Gazelle-liste: find the Gazelle list from 2018 here: or google it. NB: Unfortunately only in Danish. This is a list of companies that the newspaper Børsen every year produce. A gazelle company is a company that, during 4 financial years, each year has had positive growth and, overall, at least doubled its turnover over the 4 years. This means they are often expanding and hiring new people.
    • Jobindex’ archived ads function: You can find old job advertisements from companies in order to see which kind of jobtitles the company employs. 

    Sometimes, you can also gain access to various company databases through Danish trade unions and unemployment insurance funds if you are a member.

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    How can I use a business sector overview?

    Besides the company databases, you can also find various business sector overviews. These can give you an idea about which companies you can contact to do a project collaboration with, get a student job or a graduate job. Many of the sites are unfortunately only in Danish and the list is not extensive:

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    How can I use LinkedIn to find workplaces?

    LinkedIn is very popular in Denmark within many sectors when it comes to professional network and finding jobs or recruiting new employees.

    You can follow relevant companies as well as link up with relevant people. Make it a habit to link up with people, you meet in real life, that are professionally relevant. Always remember to add a personal note, when sending an invitation to link as this will make people understand why you wish to link - besides being the most polite thing to do and to ensure that a higher number of people actually link with you. 

    Furthermore, LinkedIn has a brilliant alumni function, where you can get inspiration and contact alumni with the same educational background as yourself and their career.

Jobsites

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    Jobs in Denmark - what jobsites can I use?

    There are many jobsites to check out for your specific profile and interest.

    We have gathered some of the most valuable when having an academic degree:

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    Jobs abroad - what jobsites can I use?

    If you want to work abroad you can find different job sites in the various countries:

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    What other places can I find inspiration?

    • Workindenmark: The official Danish website for international recruitment
    • Career events: strengthen your possibilities in your job search, meet companies and organisations and learn how to apply for jobs
    • Ask student secretaries, teachers, and professors. Be polite and energetic in order to show that you want to work and use your academic skills.
    • AIESEC: A student organisation that helps international students network etc.
    • Student associations: Some of these have a close collaboration with companies and organise career events
    • Your embassy or consulate: Ask if the embassy knows of companies in the region of your choice that work together with companies from your home country.
    • Career fairs: A good place to meet different companies and talk about collaboration possibilities as a student as well as graduate jobs.
    • Use the news to find information about relevant companies. Use e.g. Infomedia, the leading Danish provider of full text electronic articles from all Danish newspapers.

     

    For students in Aalborg:

    • Erhverv Norddanmark (in Danish) and Væksthus Nordjylland (in Danish): find inspiration about what goes on in Northern Jutland in terms of businesses.
    • Business partners at Aalborg University: These partners are very much eager to get in close contact with all students from AAU. Some of these are placed in or around Aalborg
    • My Aalborg: Website where you can read about new businesses, activities, concerts, etc.

     

    For students in Copenhagen:

    • State of Denmark: An organisation that helps Danish companies find international employees. You can be accepted in different programs and meet companies.

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