Business in Finland is on an upward trajectory of profits, employment numbers, and satisfied employees.
In 2019, Finland was named the happiest country in the world to live and work in. It is an attractive country with many positive aspects for businesses and employees alike.
Searching for a new job in a foreign country isn’t easier. Unfortunately, Finland isn’t the exception to that rule. In fact, only 30-percent of available jobs are ever published and advertised in Finland. Knowing where to look for jobs and how to go about that is where you’ll find this article most helpful.
The first thing you need to do in order to find employment in Finland is to conduct vast research into the Finnish job market. Investigate the jobs, industries, and roles you are capably skilled to work in and see which jobs are in demand. Study job market trends and try to find a niche in which your skills will be most valued and most in demand. Start highlighting and noting the key players in your industry and follow them closely.
With that information, you should update and optimize your CV and all other assets you may have for landing those roles with one of the key industry players you like. Update your LinkedIn profile and your Facebook Jobs searches, and join all the job boards and employment recruitment platforms used by your industry and recruitment agencies.
Networking is key to corporate growth in Finland. If you want to get your foot into the door of the company you want to work at, you need to know someone on the inside. Your skills as a networker will be tested to the full in Finland. The thing is to not give up, stay positive, be patient, and always be on the lookout for opportunities for jobs in your field.
By joining groups on LinkedIn, Facebook, and other online portals, you can interact and engage with key staff members, build your credit with these individuals and they may ask you to interview for a position at their firm. By networking, you’ll also gain insights into the Finnish industry of your field, and meet the decision-makers – the people that will likely hire you.
Be humble, too. If you are offered an internship or trainee position, don’t be too quick to decline it. These positions will boost your knowledge about the said company and industry. You’ll also gain first-hand experience of Finnish processes and procedures. And, of course, these opportunities may lead to permanent roles in those companies.
Don’t wait for a job offer to arrive in your inbox. You have to work hard to find a job. Finland is a highly competitive workplace. Research the job boards, introduce yourself via email to Human Resource personnel, meet with recruitment agencies and headhunting staffing firms face-to-face. By promoting yourself to them, you will most likely be first in their mind for a possible work opportunity. They might even assist you in creating a position in a company that the business never knew they needed until your skills were introduced to the equation.
Work smart and work hard. That’s the Finnish way.