How to find a job in Estonia?

How to find a job in Estonia?

Everyone who wants to get a job in Estonia must first look for a job in Estonia. To get a job in Estonia, you can start with CV-Keskus and CV Online. You can look for recruitment agencies in Estonia. And you can look for jobs also on Facebook groups in Estonia.

Once you find a job, you may need a work permit. You can do this from abroad or in Estonia. Estonian citizens and residents don’t need work permits to get jobs. In most cases, every other nationality must apply for a work permit. You can do this together with your new employer or employment agency. Or you can find a work visa scheme to come to Estonia first without a job offer. Read more below on finding a job in Estonia and getting a work permit for Estonia.

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How to get a job in Estonia?

The first step in getting a job in Estonia is to look for a job in Estonia. Find out where to look for work in Estonia in the sections below.

Estonian citizens, and residents, don’t need a work permit to get a job. In most cases, every other nationality must apply for a work permit.

Once you have a job offer, you may need to apply for a work permit or a work visa with your employer or on your own. You will not likely need any permit if you are a resident of Estonia.

In most cases, you apply for a work permit with your new employer, a company, or an employment agency. They will get you a visa to enter the country if you still need to be in Estonia.

Once you have an employer who can sponsor you, you will need to handle all the paperwork to get a work permit or a work visa.

You can also find a work visa scheme to come to Estonia without a job offer first.

How to find a job in Estonia?

You can find a job in Estonia by searching online for job opportunities in Estonia. You can find a job either with a company, with a recruitment agency, or through an employment agency.

Job websites in Estonia

Many job websites can help you find work in Estonia. Some focus on specific professions and industries. Searching for a job on these popular job websites is a good start.

BaiduGoogleNaverSogouYandex, or any other search engine, can be a good start for a job search. You can search for a job that you want. That can be, for example, ‘Construction worker in Tallinn’ or ‘Babysitter in Tartu.’ Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll immediately feel what’s around and which job websites best suit your needs.

Google MapsBaidu MapsNaver Maps2GIS, or any other map app, can help you find employers near you or abroad. Look for an organization that might have job opportunities for you. For example, you can look for “Retail in Narva” or “Mall in Varga.”

Facebook groups can also be an option to start to see what’s around you. You can search for Facebook groups that talk about Estonia or jobs.

Linkedin is a trendy job website in Estonia. It is an excellent place to start looking for employment in any industry.

CV Online is another trendy job website in Estonia. It talks about salaries and careers as well.

Gigajob is a job website in Estonia.

CV-Keskus is another job website in Estonia.

More useful websites to get a job in Estonia

These are more websites that can be useful when looking for a job.

Linkedin is a popular website for classifieds in Estonia.

CV Online is classifieds in Estonia. It has job listings in many cities.

 Facebook groups and other social media to get a job in Estonia

Facebook groups help you to connect with people about jobs in Estonia. I found these groups about jobs in Estonia. You can look for more.

Estonian World groups is a Facebook group about jobs in Estonia. It’s a public group with over a hundred thousand members.

Jobs in Estonia is another Facebook group about jobs in Estonia.

You can use your favorite social media to look for groups talking about jobs in Estonia.

LinkedIn Estonia is also a popular choice when networking for jobs in Estonia.

Any social media or communication platform can help you to find a job in Estonia. For example, Instagram or any WhatsApp group of people in Estonia.

Recruitment agencies in Estonia

A recruitment agency receives a job description from an employer who needs someone. Then the recruitment agency looks for a person to do that job.

Recruitment agencies look for skilled workers to suit the job role available. A skilled worker has some experience, and certifications, to work in a particular position. Examples can be a nurse, an accountant, a chef, a construction worker, or a truck driver.

Recruitment agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those include care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, and other sectors. Sometimes an agency can contact you first if they struggle to find people.

You can look up a recruitment agency to help you find a job matching your skills. You can type “recruitment agency near Tartu” on Google Maps or any other map app. There you can find a list of suitable agencies that you can contact. You can search your area for local recruitment agencies if you are not in Estonia. They can help you find a job in Estonia.

Employment agencies, temp agencies, temporary job agencies, and staffing agencies in Estonia

Employment agencies hire people to do jobs. The agency employs you to work for another company. Employment agencies can be temp agencies (temporary job agencies) or staffing agencies. An employment agency registers someone who’s looking for work, a job seeker. The agency then contacts employers who have positions available for the new person.

An employment agency will assist any job seeker. These agencies can hire new workers for new jobs. Agencies contract those new jobs from other companies. Unskilled workers are more likely to find an appointment with an employment agency. An unskilled worker has no qualifications or experience in the job they want. They have finished school recently, are changing industries, or are new to the region.

These agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those include care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, and other sectors. Agencies offer full-time jobs, part-time jobs, temporary jobs, seasonal jobs, or freelance jobs.

You can search your area for local employment agencies if you are not in Estonia. If you, for example, type’ employment agency near Tallinn’ on Google Maps, Baidu Maps, or any other map website. You can find a list of relevant agencies that you can contact. They can help you find a job in Estonia.

Be aware that you should not pay an agency when they find a job for you. So be careful when an agency asks you for money.

Ask around you for jobs in Estonia.

Form connections, ask around, and find opportunities among your contacts. Speak with friends or friends of people who may have traveled or worked in Estonia. You will see that some of your friends or family know someone who knows someone.

To find a job in Estonia, look at local newspapers, bulletin boards, radio, and word of mouth. Local radio and newspapers are good sources of information about jobs in Estonia.

You can email local businesses and companies for jobs in Estonia.

You can search for companies and local businesses in Estonia. An easy tool for doing that can be any map app or website. Below is, for example, a Google Maps search for ‘factory near Kurna, Harju County.”

Walk around anywhere in Estonia for possible jobs.

If you are somewhere in Estonia, you can explore the area and see what job opportunities you are around. You can look for organizations and businesses around you and visit them. For example, below is a search on Google Maps for ‘market near Viljandi.’ You can visit these places to ask for job opportunities.

Search for employment schemes

You can apply for an employment scheme or an employment support program to help you find a job. Those programs can be local or national. They can be open only to Finnish residents, but they can be available to foreigners as well. You need to look for a program that fits your profile. You can search for employment schemes at your local government or embassy. You can search for ‘Estonia employment scheme’ or ‘Estonia employment program.’


The above image shows somewhere in Estonia. Photo by Maria Geller on Pexeles

How to find a job in Estonia?