WHERE TO LOOK FOR JOBS?

Nowadays you can find a job almost anywhere. You can meet your future employer at a recruitment events or through your friends and networks. The Internet and social media may offer great opportunities as well. Sometimes you may feel like having such an abundance of possibilities makes it hard to know where to start. This section includes tips that will help you to get started with looking for a summer job or other jobs. Here you can find the career services of your university, as well as the most useful job portals and social media channels.

University career services

WHAT ARE CAREER SERVICES?

The career services at your university offer support for job seeking and career planning. The services can vary slightly depending on the university. Services available include the following:

• Tips on how to write your CV and application letter
• Support material for career planning and job seeking
• Advice clinics for jobseekers
• Employer contacts
• Career guidance
• Information on internships, scholarships and funding
• Open internship placements in Finland and abroad
• Study counselling psychologist services
• Study planning and progress monitoring
• Information on where graduates have ended up working

WHAT DO GRADUATES FROM HIGHER EDUCATION DO?

Töissä.fi site contains information on the jobs that graduates of universities and universities of applied sciences have. The service is provided by institutions of higher education.

Recruitment events

Nearly all university campuses organise recruitment events during the best job seeking time, i.e. around the turn of the year. Events and fairs are a good and easy way of meeting interesting employers. Below, you can find a list of upcoming dates. Don’t forget to check the information channels of your own campus to learn more about the events.

UPCOMING RECRUITMENT EVENTS:

18.1.2018      Kesätöihin!, Otaniemi, Espoo

23.1.2018      DuuniDay, Lappeenranta

25.1.2018      Pesti-työmarkkinapäivä, Oulu

7-8.2.2018    Yrityspäivät, Tampere

Job portals

The Internet is full of different job portals, CV databases and recruitment companies that post adverts on job openings or are on the lookout for skilled young people or professionals. To make your job seeking easier, we have complied a list containing all the best recruitment services and companies and job portals for you. It also includes temporary staffing services. There are dozens of different recruitment service companies in Finland, as well as a few job portals. Some of the recruitment services are specifically targeted at young professionals.

Social media and networks

Different social media channels and communities offer good and useful ways to find jobs and hidden jobs. With social media, it is essential that you create a professional profile and start networking already at the beginning of your studies. The social media channels most often used for job seeking in Finland include LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, (Google+, WhatsApp, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and Snapchat).

LINKEDIN – easy and professional

If you want to be successful in using social media as a job seeker, your first choice of service should be LinkedIn. In addition, you should choose one or two other channels you are interested in. LinkedIn is currently the social media channel most widely used for job seeking – the service has more than a million users in Finland alone. LinkedIn can be used for networking, creating your own professional jobseeker profile, to find employers (companies) and get a picture of the various job descriptions of different people. The service also has a number of groups and employers from different industries which you can follow according to your interests.

Join and check TEK’s own LinkedIn group TEKrekry for any open positions.

FACEBOOK – activate your networks

Facebook contains several recruitment pages created by employers and various recruitment services. Many employers are targeting their job marketing on Facebook to students and recent graduates. Facebook offers a great way to find out more about the corporate culture of an interesting company. Following interesting companies is the best and fastest way to hear about job openings. In addition to company pages, Facebook has groups that post job openings from different industries and regions. Following job openings through the groups is easy.

TWITTER – find jobs through hashtags

Twitter is a handy channel for jobseekers. You can use hashtags to look for a job, for instance #hiring, #jobhunt, #careers or #jobs. You can also check combinations of hashtags, such as #jobs #finland, or different regions, such as #jobs #vaasa.

YOUR NETWORKS

Remember that all open positions are not publicly listed. When looking for a job, you should make use of your networks. Openly discuss your job seeking with your acquaintances, relatives and friends from hobbies – they are your network. Ask if they know about any openings. Don’t be shy to spread word about your search in your social media channels. Even your professors may be useful contacts when looking for a job. Be brave and contact different companies directly. Sometimes employers might not even realise what they are lacking before they are presented with the possibility.

OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media like Instagram or Pinterest are photo services that employers may use to provide information on their company and present an image of what working at the company is like. It is less common to find job openings in them. YouTube contains many company presentation videos. You can search for them with the company’s name. You can also make a video of yourself to aid your job seeking, upload it on YouTube and add a link to it in your LinkedIn profile or another service.

MONITOR THE MEDIA AND RUN GOOGLE SEARCHES ON EMPLOYERS

Different media and the news may also offer you tips for finding a job. Newspaper appointments sections, success stories featuring fast-growing businesses and start-ups, company mergers and changes in a company’s locations, as well as company investments and reforms are news that you should follow. Looking up the websites of employers is part of the basic job-seeking skillset. The vast majority of the largest employers have information on job openings on their website.

TEEKKARIN TYÖKIRJA FACEBOOK GROUP

Our Facebook group, you can find information on the best summer jobs, internships, traineeships and thesis jobs in the field of technology.  Join the Facebook group and check it regularly. Summer job ads are posted to the group from December to May.  The group is active round the year.

Hidden jobs

These days most jobs getting filled are not even advertised to the general public. Instead, they are typically part of the hidden job market. According to researchers at least 70 – 80 % of all hiring is done through this veiled market. It means that three out of four jobs are not formally posted on the internet, job portals or published in newspapers.

HIDDEN JOBS – WHERE CAN I FIND THEM?

It is easier to access the hidden job market if you are focused. Clarify your goals. Be clear about what you want and what kind of employers you are interested in. Express your competence clearly. Then look for the employers that might need your skills.

FOLLOW THE MEDIA

One way to tap into the hidden job market is to follow the media. Read local and international news and journals and watch the television for the latest news on the employers in your vicinity. Pay attention to the success stories of growing companies, news about reorganizations in companies, establishment of new business premises, offices and projects. There are hidden signals that can be read as notifications of job openings to come.

CONTACT EMPLOYERS DIRECTLY

One of the best strategies for accessing the hidden job market is to contact employers directly even if they do not have advertised job openings. Determine the types of employers for which you would like to work and find the ones that interest you the most. Find out the name and title of the person who would have hiring authority for the position you are targeting. Email this person to introduce yourself and explain how your background and experience would be useful to them.

If the employer currently cannot hire you, make sure that you will be top of their mind, when positions will open up!

NETWORKING

Do not be afraid to talk to people and mention that you are looking for a new job. To network you do not need to be super social person. There are many ways to do it nowadays. Be active in social media and keep your LinkedIn and other social media profiles updated. Attend events in your industry or field. Look at your existing network as former co-workers, friends and family to see who may be able to point you in the right direction.

Networking is reciprocal – always thank people, and try to return the favor. Give back and provide something of value to your network; don’t overemphasize your own needs at the expense of others. People in your network will be more willing to help you if you’re willing to help them. Make networking a habit, not something you do only when you need a job. By including this practice in your normal routine, you’ll automatically increase your chances of hearing about job opportunities.

SOCIAL MEDIA

It may also be useful to be active on a professional networking site as LinkedIn. The majority of recruiters are on LinkedIn today, so be sure to fully complete your profile. Keep it updated at all times. It is also a good idea to join the on-line conversations on LinkedIn and demonstrate a passion for and awareness of your field. Whether it is a professional blog or simply an active and relevant Twitter account, linking to these may pique a recruiter’s interest.

JOB PORTALS AND ONLINE CVS

If you have posted your CV and profile on job portals of recruitment companies and those employers that you would like to work for, keep your information updated. Recruiters and HR professionals do go through the CVs in their job portals and online CV when searching for new employees.

Entrepreneurship

COULD I MAKE IT AS AN ENTREPRENEUR?

Have you considered setting up your own business or working for a friend’s start-up company? Entrepreneurship offers a possibility of either creating a full-time job for yourself or earning some extra income on the side of your job or studies.

Establishing your own sole proprietorship is also an easy option. There are several online services that provide information on how to start your sole proprietorship such as:

perustayritys.fi
ukko.fi

WHAT SHOULD I KEEP IN  MIND WHEN SETTING UP A BUSINESS?

Setting up a business itself is fairly simple, but it is advisable to clarify some matters to yourself before you begin. Is there demand for your business idea? If not, how should you adjust it to better meet the needs of your potential customers? To become an entrepreneur, you must go through the following phases, normally simultaneously:

• What and how? What is your target group?
• Business plan, calculations of sales, profitability and finances
• Clarifying whether there are any licensing requirements for your line of business
• Arranging funding
• Selecting the form of your business: a sole proprietorship, a general partnership, a limited partnership, a limited liability company or a cooperative
• Submitting a start-up notification to the Business Information System and notifications to the Trade Register and the Tax Administration
• Insurance, including the YEL pension insurance for the self-employed
• Unemployment benefits (www.ayt.fi/en)
• Arranging accounting

WHERE CAN I GET HELP FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP?

The TEK lawyers help members free of charge with questions concerning the establishment of an enterprise and related contracts. For example, a partnership agreement should be signed before any problems arise.

If you already have a business, as a TEK member you can purchase the extensive service package offered by the Federation of Finnish Enterprises for a reduced price without joining the Federation.

If you occasionally do temporary work that requires invoicing but you don’t want to set up an enterprise, you can make use of invoicing services. All TEK members can use the UKKO.fi invoicing service at a reduced price by notifying the UKKO.fi customer service of their membership.

You can find more information about services and membership benefits for TEK’s entrepreneur members here.

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