Where to find work?

In the past, people used to start working directly after graduation but nowadays work, unemployment and studying phases are often alternating. You might find yourself in a situation in which you want to or have to look for a new job.

Job search has several phases that all play a role in finding a job.

Job search is data collection

The more you know, the better you can look for a job with confidence.

Find information about

  • the labour market on the sectors that interest you
  • what the tasks you apply for entail
  • suitable job search channels
  • potential employers.

However, it’s not enough to just gather information about the employer and the job. Think about what you know and what your strengths are. Job search means marketing your own competence.

You should be able to tell the employer about

  • your competence
  •  your suitability
  • your motivation.

Get started!

Most unemployed people find a new job in three months. Experience has shown that after three months, finding work will become more difficult.

Get started as soon as you know your current job will end. Network with people who can help you maintain and create new relationships in working life. Don’t hesitate to also accept short-term work.

Compile all of your previous applications and resumes as well as other resources such as your notes. If necessary, you can easily tailor these materials to create an application for your new potential employer for any job search.

Are you ready to look for work?

Answer the questions on My job-seeking skills and assess how well the statements fit you.

The more statements apply to you, the more ready you are for independent job search. If you feel that many statements don’t describe you at all, be prepared to learn something new. When looking for work, you need skills that you can learn in e.g. job search training.

Questions (in Finnish):My job-seeking skills (pdf, 185 kt)