The renewed Job Marketplace will be launched in September 2019. The most visible changes in the new version will be a new user interface designed in collaboration with the customers and many new customer-oriented data contents. The Job Marketplace will also get a new visual image.
New features of the Job Marketplace will include situation-based guidance to the provision of public services without a need to log in (e.g. the packages “Interested in self-employment” and “Unemployed or facing unemployment” for personal customers, and “Seeking a new employee” and “Seeking personnel development” for employer customers). Descriptions of different professions and professional fields, and interviews with professionals from various sectors assist people in choosing a career.
The functions being transferred from the existing Job Board will continue to require strong identification. The key functions for jobseekers include creation of a job applicant profile and vacancy suggestions given by the service. The key functions for employers are suggestions on employees best suited for a vacancy in terms of competence and the possibility to send messages to those who have published an interesting applicant profile.
The reform in September is primarily about gathering all existing Job Marketplace services on a new easy-to-use platform. The services will be further improved and expanded during autumn and winter 2019–2020. Services under development include job search for unregistered users, easier completion of the job applicant profile and improved accuracy of the vacancy suggestions made by the Job Marketplace. Other developments under way include an opportunity to join the Job Marketplace's cooperation partner network and the option provided to cooperation partners to bring their working life-related links to the Job Marketplace.
The primary objective of the Job Marketplace is to enhance matching of jobs and skills. For jobseekers this means finding a new job as quickly as possible, and for employers it means finding a competent person to a vacancy as soon as possible. In the future, matching of jobs and skills will be improved with the help of the vacancies and training opportunities brought to the service by partner companies.
In autumn, the name of the Job Marketplace will be changed to Job Market Finland. In the future, the service will function as one channel for attracting international talents to Finland.
Cooperation with the Talent Boost programme focused on attracting international talents to Finland, operating under the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, has been launched. We are now outlining concrete forms for how Job Market Finland could in the future make Finland better known on the international market of talents in the best possible way. In practice, the service could, for instance, showcase vacancies and career opportunities in Finland and tell about the best aspects of working in Finland.
Cooperation was accelerated by the networking event Talent Boost, where the participants had a chance to discuss their needs and wishes. Stakeholders had an opportunity to hear about the development of Job Market Finland and, more importantly, to ask questions about it.
The development of the Job Marketplace includes the renewal of the technical interfaces or the implementation of totally new ones. With the help of interfaces, the partner companies of the Job Marketplace may post their own vacancies and training information to the Job Marketplace and make use of the information already found in the Job Marketplace.
The interface work has first focused on developing the import interface, after which the focus will shift to the export interface. The interface work is being carried out in collaboration with the stakeholders and cooperation partners that will use them in the future to ensure that the interface will meet the needs of both the Job Marketplace and the employers, software houses and other stakeholders to as large extent as possible. In the work, the opportunities offered by modern technology and agile implementation based on feedback will be observed. A workshop on the development of interface work will be held for software house operators on Fri 17 May 2019.
New easy-to-use electronic services are currently being built for personal and corporate customers in the Job Marketplace. These services will replace the current E-services provided by te-palvelut.fi. For example, in the future registration as an unemployed jobseeker will take place via the Job Marketplace's electronic services.
The electronic services reform is part of the account management reform being implemented in the TE DIGI project. The new electronic services are expected to enter use by 2021.
The use of electronic services must be easy and clear for the customers, and own customer information must be readily available. In electronic services, a smooth user experience is of paramount importance, and, therefore, since the initial specification phase, new services have been prepared in collaboration with customer groups representing both personal and corporate customers.
Mikko Rantahalme, Development Manager, TE DIGI, email@example.com