Excerpted from the Finland Career Guide
Job Search Overview
Networking and personal contacts have become increasingly important for finding a job in Finland. Referrals and leads have become one of the most successful ways to locate open positions. In Finland, only a small number of job openings are filled using traditional, open advertising. Instead, around two-thirds of new employment opportunities are so-called ’hidden vacancies.’ These positions are filled by candidates who have shown initiative and contacted the hiring organization or company themselves.
Online Job Sites
Oikotie.fi is a nationwide website for classified sections published in ten different regional Finnish newspapers, including the nation’s largest newspaper, Helsingin Sanomat. Job openings in the newspapers are also listed on the website. On the main site, one can search openings by location or by job type. Industry areas of jobs listed include IT, sales/marketing, banking/finance/insurance, culture/arts, teaching/research and health care/social work. Jobseekers may register to upload their CVs for potential employers and be alerted by email to interesting job opportunities.
Government Employment Resources
In Finland, government-supported employment services provide assistance through 15 regional centers and around 200 local employment offices (TE-toimistot). These offices provide employment services to all citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) and general information services to everyone regardless of their citizenship.
A list of job vacancies in Finland can be accessed through a database maintained by the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy (available in Finnish, although some job advertisements are in English). There are more than 15,000 open positions listed on this site, and jobseekers can upload CVs onto the site’s database for employers to view. The ministry publishes useful general information in English for international jobseekers on its website, which also lists all the regional and local employment offices, where more information is available for jobseekers.
The student organization AIESEC Finland is part of the global AIESEC network of university students in more than 113 countries. AIESEC’s aim is to develop socially responsible leaders with global perspective. The organization facilitates the development of young professionals through learning experiences based around international traineeship exchanges. In addition to its national office in Helsinki, AIESEC Finland operates local committees in nine universities in Finland.
Staffing Agencies and Temporary Help Firms
Academic Work Oy
http://www.academicwork.fi/ (Finnish, English)
Academic Work is a recruiting company focusing on young professionals in the Nordic region. The company also has offices in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany. It is specialized in providing other companies with temporary and part-time employees.
Academic Work Oy
Siltasaarenkatu 16 A
Tel: +358 9 876 3927
Executive Recruiters and Search firms
Airola & Luokkamäki (Korn/Ferry International)
http://www.airolaluokkamaki.fi/ (Finnish, English)
Airola & Luokkamäki is a Finnish executive search company concentrating in senior-level and board member searches. Founded and led by two well-known figures in recruitment, Vesa Airola and Pekka Luokkamäki, it is a representative of Korn/Ferry International in Finland. CVs may be sent by email for consideration.
Airola & Luokkamäki
Mannerheimintie 12 B, 5th Floor
Tel: +358 9 2516 6243
Fax: +358 9 2516 6100
Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements
Helsingin Sanomat is Finland’s leading national newspaper, read by more than three-quarters of residents of the Helsinki metropolitan area and in total by approximately 1 million Finns. Traditionally, most job advertisements are published in the Sunday edition. Oikotie.fi is a nationwide website for classified sections published in seven different regional Finnish newspapers, including Helsingin Sanomat. All the job openings in the newspapers are also listed on the Oikotie website. Under Työpaikat (‘Job Vacancies’) one can search openings by location or by job type. The job categories include IT, sales/marketing, banking/finance/insurance, culture/arts, teaching/research and health care/social work. After registration, one can fill out an online résumé/CV and sign up for a job alert service called Päivystäjä (‘Assistant On Duty’) that will email openings matching certain criteria. While this website is available in Finnish only, many of the openings are published in English.
Tel: +358 10 808 850
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete Finland Guide.