Marianne Nilsson, Co-founder and Recruitment Manager at Incluso, speaks about the opportunities for those who want to integrate in the Swedish labour market.
The majority of Swedish people support the country’s immigration policy. The idea of moving to Sweden and developing a career seems promising in the beginning, but after facing the reality, things seem harder to accomplish without help. Companies who focus on the individuals make things easier, especially for those who have an academic background. Incluso is a recruiting company that has seen the potential and invested their time in helping professional immigrants integrate and find jobs in their own professions. With an open-minded view, Incluso sees the international talents as a good opportunity for Sweden, where both sides benefit from each other.
What is Incluso and why was this company created?
Incluso is a recruitment and staffing company that helps foreign professionals in Sweden to integrate within the Swedish job market. We recruit both for regular and internship positions. We created Incluso because we saw a need for international talents to be presented and matched with Swedish employers’ needs, it is really difficult to find your way into a qualified position within your industry when you are new in Sweden. We want to connect with as many international talents as possible in order to be able to match them with possible openings on the Swedish and Scandinavian markets. We believe that the bigger pool we can gather, the more impact we can have on employers and decision makers in order to change attitudes and make Scandinavian employers more open-minded.
How do you, as a recruitment manager see the markets developing?
Organizations become more and more aware of the importance of diversity and inclusion on both strategic and operational levels. There is also an increasing number of companies interested in a staffing solution, as an alternative for internships or direct employment.
What skills and experiences would make an ideal candidate?
Incluso recruits international talents with academic background and experience from all sectors. The ideal candidate is someone who speaks Swedish and/or English in addition to any other native language.
What have you enjoyed most about working at Incluso?
To create a company that contributes to a more inclusive labor market and helps newly-arrived professionals to build and start their careers in Sweden at a qualified level. I enjoy the daily contact with skilled and talented people from around the world, and being a part of a global community.
What constitutes success at this position and this firm?
Endurance, creativity and passion! It’s important to successfully balance the huge needs and expectations from our candidates while working hard to create opportunities for them.
What are the company’s strengths and weaknesses compared to its competition?
Our strength is that we have over 10 years of experience of coaching and matching international talents with the needs of Swedish employers. We have a deep network of foreign-born graduates. Our biggest challenge right now is to build a strong niche position in the recruiting and staffing industry.
What do you enjoy most about your work in the company?
Contributing and making a difference in people’s lives!
What are some of the skills and abilities necessary for someone to make an impression at Incluso?
An Incluso candidate has a positive attitude and good communication skills combined with a clear presentation of core skills and experience. We are interested in all sorts of different backgrounds and experience. Our candidate pool consists of people with different reasons behind moving and living here. Some are studying, some are love immigrants, some have refugee status, some have already started their career in Sweden. What they all have in common is that they are talented and skilled individuals with qualifications highly needed at different levels on the Swedish market.
What is the organization’s policy on providing seminars, workshops, and training so employees can maintain their skills or acquire new ones?
Incluso offers tailor-made workshops in diversity management as well as coaching and career guidance on a consultant basis.
Can you tell us more about how and what you do? How much guidance or assistance is made available to individuals in developing career goals?
We try to communicate and give tips and feed-back to candidates in our talent pool as much as possible. From time to time we offer pop-ups with free coaching. This is on a first-come-first-served basis and is offered primarily to the candidates in our database.
Are there many opportunities for professional development within your recruitment company?
Absolutely! When we take new people on board, we consider their full potential and encourage personal and professional growth.
What is your company’s philosophy on recruiting?
To find skilled international talents that Swedish employers have difficulties reaching and understanding.
How do you check the qualifications of prospective candidates?
In-depth interviews and checking references thoroughly.
Tell us why you chose to work as a recruitment manager at Incluso and not at another competitive company?
Together with my fellow co-founders we wanted to create a company with a vision we believe in and could not find anywhere else.
Is there anything you could add that would be interesting for the readers?
If you or anyone you know are an international talent with a university degree please make sure to register your profile in our database at www.incluso.se. We will contact you if we get any assignment that fits with your profile. Thank you!