Services to support job seeking

Job seeking requires personal intiative, but you don't have to do everything on your own. Various services help you in your job search in different life situations.

If you need help with considering education and career options or clarifying your future plans, you should participate in career and career choice guidance, education and training guidance, or career coaching. At the beginning of your job search, you may need to develop your job search skills, in which case you can participate in group job search training or individual job search training. Through a work try-out, you can get to know a new field, or it can support your return to working life after a long absence. If you need to update your skills or are planning to train in a new field, labour market training or RekryKoulutus Recruitment Training can be a good option.

Career choice, career guidance, and education advisory services help you to reflect on your educational and career options and to clarify your plans.

In career coaching, you will get information, counselling, guidance, and support for clarifying your vocational guidance and career options, applying for education, and developing working life competencies.

Career coaching

The job search training process will teach you the skills that you need to look for work independently and in a goal-oriented manner.

Job search training

A job coach will help you personally when you are looking for a job that suits you. With the guidance of the coach, you can highlight your competence and strengths in the labour market. When you have found a suitable job, the job coach can help you get started at your new workplace.

Job coaching

To help figure out your options in choosing a profession and career path, you can use the work try-out to familiarise yourself with working life. A work try-out can also be used to support your return to working life after a long absence.

Work try-out

Labour market training is training acquired by TE Services that is planned and implemented in cooperation with educational institutions. In addition to labour market training, you can apply for recruitment, targeted or change training. They are organised as cooperation between TE Services and employers.

Labour market training offers education and training that promotes your employment and vocational qualification. It can be to complete vocational qualification, or a further or a specialist vocational qualification, a vocational qualification module, further or continuing education, entrepreneur training, or integration training for immigrants.

Are you looking for a job, but you do not have a suitable education and you do not want to complete a degree that requires years of study? In RekryKoulutus Recruitment Training, you will acquire skills that suit the employer's needs and will be employed by the organization at the end of the training. The trainings are implemented in cooperation between TE Services and employers. They combine theoretical studies completed at the educational institution and learning on the job in the company that organizes the training.

Recruitment Training is implemented in several different fields. The trainings are aimed at job seekers who are suitable for the job they are applying for and are motivated to train in the field. Some trainings require previous skills. However, in the majority of trainings, students are trained in a new field from the basics, and you are not required to have previous skills. If you have just graduated or are returning to work after, for example, parental leave, Recruitment Training may be just the right option for you.

See what kind of Recruitment Trainings are currently accepting students.

If you are aged under 30, a visit to a One-Stop Guidance Center can help you get started. The One-Stop Guidance Center provides information and guidance according to your needs, for example on matters related to studying, finding employment, and the smoothness of everyday life. 

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The Abilitator is a free self-assessment method of work ability and functioning for all people of working age. With the Abilitator quiz you can find out about your situation, strengths, and development needs. 


Financial assistance for job search and employment

If you are an unemployed job seeker at a TE Office or local government pilot, the employer can be granted a pay subsidy for your hiring costs. If you are over 55 years old and unemployed as a job seeker in a TE Office or local government pilot, the employer can be granted employment subsidy for job seekers aged 55 or over. When you apply for a job or accept a job as an unemployed person in a location that is far from where you live, you can receive compensation or assistance for travel and accommodation costs or commuting and moving costs.

A pay subsidy is a form of financial support that the TE Office or local government pilot can grant to an employer to cover the salary costs of an unemployed job seeker and as compensation for the time spent on work supervision. Your employer may also be granted a pay subsidy if you have a disability or illness that affects your ability to cope with your work tasks. 

Discuss with a TE Office or local government pilot specialist whether your employer could receive a pay subsidy for hiring you. If the subsidy can be granted, you should mention it to the employer when you are applying for a job. 

When agreeing on work covered by a pay subsidy with your employer, explain whether you are a TE Office or a local government pilot customer. The employer needs this information for submitting an application for a pay subsidy. 

If you find employment supported by a pay subsidy in your municipality of residence, i.e. the municipality is the applicant for the pay subsidy or the pay subsidy is funded by the European Social Fund, the pay subsidy is granted by the TE Office.

Pay subsidy to support job seeking

The purpose of the subsidy is to promote the employment of those aged 55 or over by improving their professional or entrepreneurial skills. The subsidy is granted and paid to the employer, but the essential part of granting it is the service needs of the unemployed job seeker.

The employment subsidy requires that the unemployed job seeker to be employed has reached the age of 55 and has been unemployed for at least 24 months during the 28 months immediately preceding the granting of the employment subsidy.

Discuss with a TE Office or local government pilot specialist whether your employer could receive a employment subsidy for hiring you. If the subsidy can be granted, you should mention it to the employer when you are applying for a job. 

Employment subsidy for those aged 55 or over

Read what kind of compensation and subsidies you can get for travel and accommodation costs caused by looking for a job, as well as commuting and moving costs when you accept a job far from your current place of residence as an unemployed person.

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