Find a job in Finland
Applying for a job in Finland
You can apply for jobs in Finland from abroad or, in some situations, after arriving in Finland. Please note that your right to work and your possible need for a residence permit depends on your nationality and on the country from which you are moving to Finland. Read more on the InfoFinland page Right to work in Finland.
Find out in advance whether you can find work in your field in Finland and what kind of certificates you need for the Finnish labour market. Finnish law states that you need a specific education, qualification or right to practise some professions, such as teacher, practical nurse or doctor. You should apply for the recognition of professional qualifications or a degree before applying for a job.
Open jobs in Finland
You can find information on vacancies on workplace websites, social media channels, other websites and the Employment and Economic Development Office, that is, TE-toimisto. To find job websites, write “avoimet työpaikat” in Finnish or “vacancies” in English in the search engine’s text field.
You can find information on the Finnish labour market and vacancies, for example, on the websites of Job Market Finland (työmarkkinatori) and Work in Finland as well as the EURES and Europassi portals.
- Työmarkkinatori.fi is an online service that brings together jobseekers, employers and public employment services in Finland.
- The Work in Finland website lists vacancies for international experts and offers general advice on the various stages of international recruitment.
- EURES (European Employment Services) is a comprehensive European cooperation network and a high-quality public service that connects employers and employees throughout Europe.
- The Europassi service provides information on work and study opportunities throughout Europe. The service is free of charge and intended for everyone. You can also create an Europassi account if you are from outside the EU/EEA.
You can find more information about the Finnish labour market and different sectors on the InfoFinland page Employment opportunities in Finland.
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Work in FinlandFor jobseekersLink redirects to another website
Labour Force BarometerEmployment outlooks in different professions in FinlandLink redirects to another website
How to search for work?
Finnish job sites are most often in Finnish, Swedish or English. In general, in Finland, a job is applied for with a job application, which must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae, or CV. Send the job application and CV through the website or by email directly to the employer.
Make sure you have the certificates and documents you need to attach to the job application. You may also need to have your documents translated if they are in a language other than Finnish, Swedish or English.
The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions SAKHow to search for workLink redirects to another website
Työelämään.fiJob searchLink redirects to another website
Other employment options
In Finland, there are labour hire agencies through which employers look for employees for short-term or long-term employment. Such work is called temporary agency work. This can be a good way to gain work experience in your field in Finland and build networks.
The labour hire agency is responsible for arranging employment, employer obligations and the employment relationship. There are several labour hire agencies in Finland. You can find them on the Internet, for example, by searching for “henkilöstövuokraus”.
You can also find seasonal work in Finland. You can apply for short-term seasonal work all year round. Major seasonal employers include the tourist resorts of Lapland in winter and the holiday destinations of the archipelago in summer. In summer, agricultural work is also available, such as picking berries at berry farms.
Cities and municipalities also usually offer many summer jobs. You can find seasonal jobs at job sites with the search words “kausityö” or “kesätyö”.
You can also start your own business. Find out more about starting a business on the InfoFinland page Starting a business in Finland.
If you are already living in Finland and have a valid residence permit, you can work as a freelancer or light entrepreneur. Being a freelancer means that you work for several clients without a permanent employment contract. As a freelancer, you must take care of tax matters and pension contributions yourself.
You can invoice your work though an invoicing service without establishing your own company. This is called light entrepreneurship. However, bear in mind that working as a freelancer or a light entrepreneur may affect your unemployment benefits.
Job search services
You need to be active in job search, but you do not have to do everything on your own. Various services can help you in your job search in different situations in life.
For example, advisors at International Houses all over Finland, TE-toimisto and municipal employment services help in finding work.
International House Helsinki
If you are considering moving to Finland, you can ask the experts at International House Helsinki for advice in advance. The advisors can provide you with information on living and working in Finland, as well as instructions on what to do before and after the move. You can even participate in employment coaching services (työnhakuneuvonta) remotely from your home country to improve your chances of finding a job and to gain more information about the Finnish labour market.