Newly unemployed

As newly unemployed, you have to register as unemployed at and apply for unemployment benefits with us.

Akademikernes A-kasse is responsible for paying you your unemployment benefits. We also place great emphasis on giving you the best foundation for finding a job as soon as possible.

There are a number of things you need to do in order to receive benefits and get started on your job search. We have put together a guide to help you through your first couple of weeks as an unemployed academic.

We communicate via Mit AKA

All letters from Akademikernes A-kasse will be sent to your personal inbox in our self-service portal. When you get a message from us in your personal inbox, you get a notification email. It is therefore important that you keep your personal email address updated in the self-service portal.

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1.     Register as unemployed at

On the first day as unemployed, you have to register at, and you need to remain registered as unemployed in order to receive benefits. You must be registered as a "Dagpengemodtager" in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits.

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2.     Apply for unemployment benefits in our self-service section of (Mit AKA)

In order to be eligible for benefits, you must apply for unemployment benefits (ledighedserklæring) as soon as possible.

We will receive information about your income from the Danish income register.

Every month you must fill in a benefit card (ydelseskort) at Mit AKA. On the benefit card, you must state if you have been employed, been ill, on holiday, had an income, etc.

We open the benefit card one week before the end of the month. Your unemployment benefits will be paid once we have received your benefit card. If you have sent us the benefit card a week before the end of the month, we will pay your unemployment benefits on the last working day of the month.  

You have 1 month and 10 days after the end of the month to complete the benefit card. After that you cannot receive unemployment benefits for that month. 

Apply for unemployment benefits 

Read what it means to be available for work in our Guide for Unemployed Members of Akademikernes A-kasse

3.     Fill out “Min Plan” before the Intro Meeting

Within the first couple of days after you have registered as unemployed at, you will receive information about the time and location of your first meeting with us, the Intro Meeting. 

At the meeting, you will get an introduction to Akademikernes A-kasse. We will give you an understanding of how you can use us in your period of unemployment – and of course, also when you have started your new job. We will present our various membership offers, and we will answer any questions you have about the rules and regulations of being unemployed in Denmark. 

Please fill out Min Plan at Mit AKA with information about your job search before the meeting. This gives us the opportunity to guide you based on your wishes and plans.

Fill out Min Plan at Mit AKA

4.     Create your CV at

At you also have to create your own CV before the Intro Meeting with us. It is important to do no later than two weeks after registrering as unemployed. We will look at your CV and you will get a message from us when it is approved.

In order to get your CV approved, it is important that you describe:

  • Which jobs you are applying for
  • Your qualifications (you must fill out the field even though it is not a required field on
  • Your previous jobs
  • Your contact information, which should as a minimum include your postal code and your phone number, so that employers can see where you live and can contact you.

Remember to activate your CV (aktiver dit CV). 

5.     Follow the checklist at Mit AKA

When we have received notification from that you have registered as an unemployed at, you will be able to log on to Mit AKA and at the top of the page find a checklist that we have compiled with the most important information about what you need to remember as newly unemployed. 

You probably have many questions about the rules and job search as newly unemployed. You can find answers to many of your questions in our  Guide for unemployed members of Akademikernes A-kasse.   

You are of course also welcome to contact us. We are ready to help you - both on the chat here on the website and on the phone during opening hours. 

6.     Use our offers as a help to land your next job

You can book a one-on-one meeting (frivillig karrieresamtale) with one of our career counsellors. At the meeting, you can get feedback on your CV or an application, or you can get inspiration for your job search. You can book a meeting at Mit AKA.

Inspiration and tools to help you in your job search

As a member of Akademikernes A-kasse you have access to online courses in English with tips and inspiration you can use when applying for jobs. Some of our online courses are followed by workshops where you can practice the competencies you have learned in the courses. 

With our CV and Application Design Tool you can personalise your CV and application. It is easy and intuitive to use - with sections you can combine to best target the position you are applying for.

We regularly offer events in English where you can meet organisations and companys interested in hiring academics.