6 dos and don’ts if you are looking for a student job in Denmark

A student job can be a great way of gaining experience and building up a network during your time at university, increasing your chances of landing your dream job after graduation, all while earning some extra cash.

Do:

  1. Write a targeted, short and to-the-point CV and application/cover letter – make sure to include your motivations for applying for the job, any relevant experience, education and a few words on your personality. Get more tips on how to write an application for a student job here.
  2. Apply in person. When sending unsolicited applications, hand in your application in person, preferably to the person in charge of the department you are applying for – this shows that you are motivated and makes a good first impression.
  3. Research. If you get the job, make sure to get a contract and that the salary is reasonable and comparable to what a Dane would be paid for the same job. There is no minimum wage in Denmark as a whole and standards vary from industry to industry, but you should aim for 110 DKK per hour as a minimum.
  4. Consider joining a trade union. They can help you understand the rules and provide support if you have a falling out with your employer.

Don’t:

  1. Forget to prepare. If you are invited to a job interview, make sure to prepare well and do some research about both the company and the position. This will help you come across as confident in the interview.
  2. Forget to pay taxes. If you have a legal contract, your employer will usually deduct taxes automatically. If you perform undeclared work, you risk hefty fines on up to triple the amount that you were supposed to pay in taxes. Go to the Danish Customs and Tax Administration’s website to read more about the rules and how to pay taxes.
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