Each year the Swedish Migration Agency together with other governmental offices publish a list of occupations that are in high demand in Sweden, “The Labour Shortage List (in Swedish: bristyrkeslistan). If your occupation is on this list, you have a higher chance of getting a faster decision on your application. Also, you can apply for a work permit from within Sweden instead of having to return to your home country to apply.
Writing a CV
A curriculum vitae, or CV (also known as a résumé), is a summary of your professional background. Your CV should be one to two pages long and include an overview of your work experience, studies, achievements or awards, special skills and references. Your contact information should always be included at the top of the first page.
What to include in your cover letter
No more than one page long, your cover letter (personligt brev) should outline why you are the right person for the position. Rather than simply listing your CV merits, try to make connections between what the company asks for in the job listing and your own skills and experience. This is your chance to show the employer why you are the best person for the job.
Other documents required?
Some fields may require other types of documents or samples of work, such as a portfolio or certification. If you are not sure what is being asked for, you can either contact the employer directly to ask for a clarification or contact the relevant union for advice.