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3 steps to find a job in Finland

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

Most foreigners moving to Finland find it challenging to get a job without the necessary Finnish language skills. Employers in Finland can be pretty strict in hiring because of rigid law regulations for employers when hiring an employee and the high costs that come with it.

But being employed in Finland, like in most countries, can be different. You can work as a regular employee, a freelancer who works for multiple employers, or become an entrepreneur, get your own clients, and build your business.

Step 1: Public employment offices and associations

Most immigrants will have to enter the TE-toimisto, the Public Employment and Business Service office. There they will direct you to an official who will register you as an unemployed person to get the necessary benefits and help you find suitable work, training, and the needed Finnish language studies. These officials will help you write a cover letter and build a curriculum vitae.

If you are an immigrant who just moved to Finland, you must bring your work and study certificates from your own country, preferably translated into English. If you are under 30 years old, you will be forwarded to Navigator (Ohjaamo), a One-Stop Guidance Center, to assist you in employment, studying, housing, and everything else for free.

Starting your own business is also another type of employment. You can be a private trader in Finland, own a limited liability company, or have general or limited partnerships. Building your business by your skills is worth considering. Multiple associations are willing to teach you about entrepreneurship.

Step 2: Online job platforms

Popular online platforms for general jobs are Tyomarkkinatori, Duunitori, and you can always join groups on LinkedIn, Monster, and Oikotie are for skilled labor and managerial positions.

Linkedin is the most popular platform to get found without actively seeking employment. Suppose you want to get found through LinkedIn by local employers. All you need to do is update your location to Finland. Employers and recruitment agents also use these platforms to look for the right employees.

Step 3: Direct contact

Most Finnish companies are SMEs, meaning the CEOs are easy to contact. At the same time, with the help of other networking sites, i.e., LinkedIn, getting hold of most people isn't that difficult anymore compared to the old days.

Now, let's start with the basics- learn the Finnish language.



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