How employers look for employees

As a jobseeker, you come into contact with the different practices and expectations of employers. Employers often choose the easiest and safest way to find an employee.

The majority of new jobs are hidden jobs. This means they are filled without any public job advertisement.

In recent years, companies have done most of their recruitment in the following ways:

  • direct contacts with former employees
  • direct contacts with persons who have previously applied for work in the company
  • notification of an open position only to their own staff.

Explore the different recruitment channels

TE services are most commonly used to fill jobs in the health, social and public services sectors. Companies providing public and business services often use their own websites for recruitment.

Sometimes it is easiest to give another company the task of finding a suitable employee.

Temporary agency work

  • a job agency rents out its employees to another employer, the contractor
  • the employee works under the management and supervision of the contracting employer.

If you are interested in temporary agency work, register with the job agencies' own customer databases.

There are a large number of private recruitment services in the labour market. They can also help you find short employment relationships that will increase your work experience.

Do employers need your professional skills

Finns in general appreciate good education, and so do employers.

The most important reason why employers do not find suitable employees is the inadequate training or specialist skills of those applying for work.

Studying as an adult is worth it

  • Training helps you to access new job tasks in the workplace.
  • Professional training also affects your level of pay because it helps you move up to more demanding tasks which receive better pay.

One way to find a new job is to participate in recruitment training provided by TE Services and particular employers.

Pay subsidies increase your chances of finding employment

You can also increase your professional skills by doing subsidised work. The TE Office can grant an employer a pay subsidy to support them in employing an unemployed jobseeker. Before granting the subsidy, the TE Office assesses whether the subsidy will promote employment.

Instructions for customers in local government pilots on employment

If you are a customer in a local government pilots on employment, your municipality of residence will assess whether a pay subsidy would promote your employment. Your home municipality may grant a pay subsidy to an employer if this helps to employ an unemployed jobseeker.


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