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Job application and CV

Charting your competence

Before applying for a job it is important to chart your own competence. Think about what skills and strengths you have. Go over your education, work history and hobbies and think about what skills they have taught you. It is easier to write a job application when you have a clear picture of your competence.

linkkiSamalleviivalle.fi:
Education and work life guide for young people(pdf, 26 MB)Finnish | Swedish | English | Russian | Estonian | Somali

Are your certificates up to date?

It is important that you have references from previous jobs and certificates of your studies. It would be good if all your references and certificates obtained abroad were translated into Finnish or Swedish. Employers usually want to see such documents when they interview you.

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

linkkiExpat Finland website:
Information in English about job hunting in FinlandEnglish

Recognition of foreign diplomas and degrees

Job hunting is easier if you know how a degree or diploma gained abroad corresponds to a Finnish one. You can apply to the Finnish National Board of Education for recognition of your diploma or degree which has been completed abroad.

To find out more go to Infopankki web page Equation and recognition of foreign diplomas and degrees.

linkkiFinnish National Board of Education:
Recognition of a degreeFinnish | Swedish | English

Read job advertisements carefully

Before you write a job application read the job advertisement carefully and think about the kinds of skills and competence the employer is looking for. Make sure that you meet most of the requirements presented in the job advertisement – this will be enough to apply for the job. It is important to write a new application for each job.

If the advertisement lacks some information that interests you, contact the employer and ask. Contacting the employer also shows that you are actively interested.

Job application

Take time to write your job application. The purpose of an application is to arouse the employer’s interest so that they will invite you to an interview.

There are several ways to make an application, but it should not give incorrect information and it should be clear and easy to read. A job application should be no more than a page long.

The most important thing is to give the employer an idea of what your skills are and why you would be the right person for the task.

linkkiMinistry of Economic Affairs and Employment:
How to write a job application and a resumeFinnish | Swedish | English

Curriculum vitae or CV

The purpose of a CV is to give the employer a general idea of your work history, qualifications and competence. Curriculum vitae is Latin and means the progression of life.

At minimum, your CV should include your name, contact information, education and work history. It can also contain other information, such as language proficiency, computer skills, positions of trust, hobbies, publications and special skills. A CV should be no more than three pages long. Remember to revise your CV for each new application.

Europass CV

The Europass is a pan-European CV. It consists of five documents whose purpose is to help employees and students to prove their competence in Europe.

The documents are used in all EU/EEA countries. You can use the Europass in job hunting. It is especially useful for persons who are seeking employment in another European state or applying for inclusion in a foreign training programme.

linkkiEuropass.eu:
Information about CVsFinnish | Swedish | English | Estonian | French | Spanish | Turkish | German | Portuguese | Polish | Norwegian | Dutch | Romanian | Hungarian | Italian | Latvian | Lithuanian | Danish | Icelandic | Bulgarian | Slovak | Slovene | Maltese | Greek | Czech

linkkiEuropass.eu:
CV modelsFinnish | Swedish | English | Estonian | French | Spanish | Turkish | German | Portuguese | Polish | Norwegian | Dutch | Croatian | Romanian | Hungarian | Italian | Latvian | Lithuanian | Danish | Icelandic | Bulgarian | Slovak | Slovene | Maltese | Greek | Czech

Job interview

If you are invited to a job interview, remember to prepare for it carefully. Find out beforehand about the employer’s organisation, for example, through their website. Think beforehand about possible questions the employer may ask you. Think also about what you would like to ask the employer.

Arrive at the job interview on time and neatly dressed. Be polite and friendly to everyone you meet. Answer questions clearly, illustrate your answers and give reasons for them. It is important that you describe your competence and suitability for the task. Let the employer see that you have familiarised yourself with their organisation and the task beforehand and that you are genuinely interested in this particular job.

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