How to get a job in Finland? A quick guide for everyone

To get a job in Finland, you can start with Monster and Oikotie. You can look for recruitment agencies or employment agencies in Finland. And you can look for jobs also on Facebook groups in Finland. Everyone who wants to get a job in Finland needs first to look for a job in Finland.

Once you find a job, you may need a work permit. You can do this from abroad or in Finland. Finnish citizens, and residents, don’t need a work permit to get a job. European Union citizens don’t need a work permit either. That’s true also for citizens of Norway, Liechsten, Iceland, and Switzerland.

In most cases, every other nationality needs to 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 so you can come to Finland without a job offer first. Read more below on how to find a job in Finland and on how to get a work permit for Finland.

You should begin your job hunt as soon as possible after arriving in Finland. If you are already in the nation, go to your nearest employment office and register as a job seeker.

Some job opportunities in Finland are filled before they are even announced, which is unfortunate for newcomers. Because the majority of these positions are spread by word of mouth, having contacts is essential when seeking work in Finland.

Most of the following websites or apps are in English or Finnish, or Swedish. If you need, use Google Translate, or any other translation service, to browse them.

How to get a job in Finland?

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

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

Once you have a job offer, you may need to apply for a work permit, or a work visa, together with your employer or on your own. You will not likely need any permit if you are a resident of Finland. European Union citizens don’t need a work permit either. That’s true also for citizens of Norway, Liechsten, Iceland, and Switzerland.

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 are not in Finland already.

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

You can also find a work visa scheme so you can come to Finland without a job offer first.

First, find a job, and after you’ll worry about a work permit if you need it.

How to find a job in Finland?

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

Job websites in Finland

Many job websites can help you find work in Finland. Some focus on certain professions and industries. A good start is to search for a job on these popular job websites.

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 Tampere’ or ‘Babysitter in Helsinki’. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.

Google MapsBaidu MapsNaver Maps2GIS, or any other map app, can help you find employers near you or abroad. Look for the kind of organization that might have job opportunities for you. You can look for “Retail in Turku” or “Mall in Oulu” for example.

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

Monster Finland is a popular job website in Finland. It is a good place to start looking for employment in any industry.

Oikotie is another popular job website in Finland. It talks about salaries and careers as well.

Indeed Finland is a job website in Finland.

Academic Work is another job website in Finland.

Rekrytointi is another job website in Finland

Jobs in Helsinki is a job website in Helsinki, Finland.

Eures European job mobility portal informs you about job openings in Finland and in the European Union. It talks about the general living and working conditions in Finland. You can also post your resume on this site in the hopes of being discovered by employers.

More useful websites to get a job in Finland

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

Tori is a popular website for classifieds in Finland.

Craigslist Helsinki is classifieds in Finland. It has job listings.

Tyomarkkinatori information and services about working in Finland.

Expat Finland is a guide for foreigners in Finland.

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

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

is a Facebook group about jobs in Finland. it’s a public group with thousands of members.

is another Facebook group about jobs in Finland.

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is another group about jobs in Finland.

You can use your favorite social media to look for groups talking about jobs or Finland.

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

Any social media or communication platform can help you to find a job in Finland. It can be for example Instagram or any WhatsApp group of people in Finland.

Recruitment agencies in Finland

A recruitment agency receives a description for a job 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 role. Examples can be a nurse, an accountant, a chef, a construction worker, or a truck driver.

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

These are some recruitment agencies that are popular in Finland.

Adecco Finland assists thousands of people each year in finding work. They have seasoned advisors and recruiters that are familiar with the Finnish employment market and have assisted qualified individuals in landing decent positions.

Kuntarekry provides staffing and recruitment services. You can apply for positions, substitutes, and gig jobs, as well as learn more about working in the municipal sector.

You can look up a recruitment agency that can help you to find a job that matches your skills. You can type ‘recruitment agency near Tampere’ on Google Maps or any other map app. There you can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in Finland, you can search your area for local recruitment agencies. They can help you find a job in Finland.

Employment agencies, temp agencies, temporary job agencies, staffing agencies in Finland

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.

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

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

Barona is Finland’s largest private employment agency. It also has offices in Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Poland, Spain, and Russia. It is renowned as the top Nordic HR firm that is always striving to improve working conditions.

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

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 Finland

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

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

You can email local businesses and companies for jobs in Finland

You can search for companies and local businesses in Finland. An easy tool for doing that can be any map app or map website. Below is, for example, a Google Maps search for ‘factory near Oulu’.

Walk around anywhere in Finland for possible jobs

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

Search for employment schemes

You can apply for an employment scheme or an employment support program that can help you to find a job. Those programs can be local or national. They can be open only to Finnish residents but they can be open 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 ‘Finland employment scheme’ or ‘Finland employment program’.

What jobs are in demand in Finland?

These are some jobs that are in demand in Finland:

  • Application Programmers
  • Software Developers
  • Nursing Associate Professionals
  • Social Work and Counselling Professionals
  • Audiologists and Speech Therapists
  • Generalist Medical Practitioners
  • Early Childhood Educators
  • Health Care Assistants
  • Specialist Medical Practitioners
  • Psychologists
  • Special Needs Teachers
  • Dentists
  • Medical and Pathology Laboratory Technicians

The above image shows somewhere in Tuusula, Finland. Photo by Nick Night on Unsplash