If you do not have a job lined up immediately after completing your service, register as a jobseeker at the TE Office. You can register as a jobseeker already before your service ends and inform us of your first day of unemployment in advance. If you register as a jobseeker only after your service ends, your right to unemployment security begins at the earliest from the date of registration.
Register as a jobseeker
The easiest way to register as a jobseeker is via the TE Services’ E-services. You will need online banking codes or a smart ID card for identification purposes.
Report all your employment relationships from the last two years, as well as other employment relationships and education information relevant to your job search. Your job search will start as soon as you have answered the questions in the online service and submitted the information. After submitting your reply, you will receive instructions on how to continue. Be prepared to present your diplomas and employment certificates, as well as a certificate specifying the length of your service.
If you do not have online banking codes or a smart ID card, please contact your local TE Office as soon as possible.
Your service needs will be assessed on the basis of information submitted by you. If your situation requires one-on-one service, we will contact you by phone or mail within two weeks of the start of your job search. If you do not need expert services, we will not contact you. In this case, your job search will be valid for the duration of time specified in the online service.
We will send a statement to Kela or an unemployment fund for the payment of your allowance as soon as we have determined your entitlement to unemployment security.
Apply for unemployment security
You can apply for unemployment benefits either from your own unemployment fund or from Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland. In order to be entitled to unemployment security, your job search has to be valid. The waiting period begins only after you have started your job search. You will not receive unemployment allowance for the duration of the waiting period.
- Kela Quick guide for conscripts (kela.fi)
- Kela Labour market subsidy (kela.fi)
- How to apply for labour market subsidy from Kela (kela.fi)
- How to apply for earnings-related allowance from the unemployment fund (tyj.fi)
Look for employment independently
After registering as a jobseeker, you will be included when we look for suitable candidates for open positions advertised at the TE Office. However, having been registered as a jobseeker is no replacement for your own active efforts to find employment. In other words, start applying for jobs before your service ends or immediately thereafter
As an unemployed jobseeker, follow the agreement you made with the TE Office
We will prepare an employment plan together in which we agree on the goals of your job search, your own duties and the required services. By acting as agreed in the plan and reporting any changes in your job search situation, you will ensure that you will receive unemployment allowance and find a job as quickly as possible.