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Where to find work?

Job advertisements on the Internet and in newspapers

You can look for jobs on the Internet and in newspapers. To find web pages for jobs on the Internet, write “avoimet työpaikat” (vacancies) in the search engine’s text field. Many web pages for jobs allow you to fill in and send a job application and to enclose your CV.

linkkiMinistry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
VacanciesFinnish | Swedish

linkkiMinistry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
Links to recruitment sitesFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiEures Portal:
Information about jobs in EuropeFinnish | Swedish | English | Estonian | French | Spanish | German | Portuguese | Polish | Norwegian | Dutch | Romanian | Hungarian | Italian | Latvian | Lithuanian | Danish | Icelandic | Bulgarian | Slovak | Slovene | Maltese | Greek | Czech | Gaelic

linkkiMinistry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
Tips for job huntingFinnish | Swedish | English

The Employment and Economic Development Office gives help when job hunting

The Employment and Economic Development Office (Työ- ja elinkeinotoimisto), i.e. TE Office, provides help in your job hunting. Read more on the Infopankki web page Services provided by the Employment and Economic Development Office.

linkkiMinistry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
Assistance in job searching via the telephoneFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiMinistry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
TE Offices' contact informationFinnish | Swedish

The majority of vacancies are hidden jobs

Only a small part of vacancies in Finland are advertised publicly. It takes time to find an employee in the open market, which is why employers often prefer to hire an employee they already know, or a person who has actively contacted the employer themselves.

This is why it is very important to create your own network. Friends, relatives and neighbours can be good sources for information on vacancies. Even short-term employment and part-time work should not be disregarded, because they will provide you with new contacts.

Open job application

It is also a good idea to send an avoin hakemus (an open job application) on your own initiative to an employer who interests you, even if they are not advertising vacancies at the time. In an open job application, it is important to state clearly your skills and the kinds of tasks you would be interested in doing in the service of the employer.

Working as a temporary employee through an agency

You can also find employment through an agency that hires out temporary workers. An employee enters into a contract of employment with the agency and the agency hires out the employee to work for another employer. You can seek employment services on the Internet with the search word “työnvälityspalvelu” (employment services).

linkkiMinistry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
Guide to Temporary WorkFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiPrivate Employment Agencies Association:
Rules for HR on recruiting foreign workersFinnish | English

Employment as a freelancer or entrepreneur

You can also find employment as a freelancer or entrepreneur.

Freelance work means that a person works for several clients without permanent employment based on a contract. A freelancer shall look after their own matters concerning, for example, taxation and pension funds. If you are working as a freelancer, the TE Office will normally not consider you unemployed.

You can also start your own business. Find out more about starting a business on the Infopankki web page Starting a business.

linkkiFreelanceri website:
Links for freelancersFinnish