Searching for work and jobseeking skills
When you're searching for a new job:
- assess your competence
- utilise your contacts
- look through job vacancy ads in various media.
Assess your own competence: what are your skills and what could you do. Think about where your job could be located. Determine whether your primary goal is full-time or part-time work. Could you work as an independent professional or entrepreneur? Would you like to have one employer or could you have numerous employers or clients?
Compile a CV on your education and work experience thus far. There are courses and a multitude of guides on how to compile a CV. Additionally, if you so wish, you could make an introductory video or a digital portfolio.
Prepare to give an introductory presentation on yourself and your competence. An employer who is interested in you may also look through your social media profiles. Consider what they look like from their perspective. In some industries it is viewed as a strength if you are present in social media's working and employment networks, such as LinkedIn.
- All the job vacancies that employers have notified to the TE Offices can be viewed on the te-services.fi website. You can order notifications on jobs that interest you to your mobile phone or email.
- Look through job vacancy ads in newspapers and online. Remember that a large share of job vacancies are not publicly advertised—employers will invite people who they are familiar with from different contexts for interviews.
- Use your own networks: tell your friends and acquaintances that you are looking for work and ask them to tell you of any vacancies they hear about.
- Contact different employers that you are interested in and tell them you are looking for work. If you have been invited for an interview by an employer previously when looking for work, you can contact them and ask whether there are any new positions open.
- Many companies accept applications even when they do not have job vacancies, which they view at a time when they need a new employee.
Experts at the TE Office can provide information on jobs that are suitable for you. They also help you plan your jobseeking, recognise your own strengths and help you apply for training. If you would like to discuss changes in your career, you may book a telephone or video conference with career counselling.
If you end up unemployed, you can seek the services of the TE Office, which support you in applying for jobs and planning your career. For example, jobseeking training will also help you get started in independent jobseeking. Similarly, career coaching will help you get a clearer idea of your choice of profession and career alternatives, applying for education and developing transferable skills.
If you are unable to find a job on your own or get job interviews, ask for a job coach at a TE Office. The coach will help you find work, draw up job applications, prepare for an interview and form an employment relationship. If you find a suitable job, the job coach can help you get started at your workplace. Your home municipality can also provide job coaching.
If you are an unemployed jobseeker, the TE Office may reimburse your travel and accommodation costs if you need to travel when looking for a job. A precondition for this is that the reimbursement is seen as necessary in order for you to find a job and appropriate from the perspective of labour availability.
You can be granted reimbursement for travel and accommodation costs if you must travel to a job interview in Finland or another EU/EEA country. The job must last at least two weeks and you must work at least 18 hours per week. Apply for the reimbursement from a TE Office within a month since the end of the trip. You can also get this allowance completely or partially in advance.
You can apply for commuting and relocation allowance for the journeys to work for an employment relationship with the duration of more than two months. You can receive the allowance when your daily commute is over three hours for a full-time job, and over two hours for a part-time job. The allowance is equal in amount to a basic unemployment allowance.
A commuting and relocation allowance can be paid when you move to a different location for employment. In this case, you may be granted the commuting and relocation allowance even if your daily commute is reduced to less than three hours for a full-time job and less than two hours for a part-time job.
Before your job starts, find out your rights concerning the commuting and relocation allowance from your unemployment fund or Kela. Apply for the allowance within three months since the beginning of your employment relationship.