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It’s much easier to find a job once you’re in Finland under the 90 day visitation rights. However, it’s not impossible to find employment in the country while you’re still located in the United States. There are many online resources that list job openings for all industries in the country. You can even enter programs for expats that will help you find jobs you are qualified for. Just make sure you take plenty of time to research and sort through all your options.
With a lower unemployment rate and plenty of jobs seeking employees, finding work after moving to Finland as an expat won’t be as hard as you may assume. Nevertheless, you’ll still have a harder time than the natives. As of 2017, there were 26,000 unemployed expats in Finland still seeking jobs. With that being said, be sure to start your job hunt well in advance and have a substantial amount of money in the bank for living expenses after your arrival.
Expectations Held By Employers for Foreigners Seeking Employment
Since the job market in Finland is competitive, it is important that you meet the expectations of the employers held for non-EU nationals. By meeting the qualifications and providing various forms of proof, you are likelier to find a job quicker. You must prove your ability to perform the responsibilities of the position better than the natives can.
Language is perhaps the number one thing you must have concern over. Obviously, working and residing in Finland will be much more difficult if you have no knowledge or education involving the Finnish language. Although many Finnish speaking employers seek English speaking employees for some of their positions, they will also anticipate that you speak Finnish. Take language courses prior to your move or search for employment.
The qualifications sought after by employers in Finland depend on the position open. However, there are strict and set qualifications that must be met for certain job titles. Various degrees, certifications, licenses and other verified documentation might be required if you wish to get hired within certain fields and areas of work. Have all important documents and paperwork collected before you submit any applications or move to the foreign nation.
Work Permission Granted through Residency Permits
Permanent Residence Permit– granted for an indefinite period of time as long as all conditions remain satisfied. The applicant must have resided in Finland for a minimum period of 4 years without disruption.
Fixed Term Permit – granted to the applicant according to their employment intent in Finland. If you are a holder of a fixed term permit your validity will always be for a specific amount of time. The initial validity of a fixed term permit is for a period of 1 year, which can be extended given the circumstances. If you are a holder of a ‘continuous’ permit you are eligible to extend it for up to 4 years, If you are a holder of a ‘temporary’ fixed term permit you can only extend the visa for a period of 1 year.
Job Hunting and Attending Interviews
While seeking employment, check out job listing websites, career boards and local publications. Networking with locals is another great way to hear and learn of jobs hiring. Make sure you read job ads thoroughly and assess all of the expected qualifications and requirements. To land a position you apply for, you must outshine the natives and other expats that apply. Therefore, you’ll need to ensure you’re qualified for the position before you apply.
Once you have several job interviews lined up whether they’re through virtual means or in person, prepare yourself for the meeting. Be well-dressed and groomed, prepared to answer questions, and have all pertinent documents ready for assessment. Here are some of the things you should have prepared for the interviewing process…
- Proof of residency
- Degree certifications
- Any special or further education certificates or licenses
- A resume including a cover letter and CV that showcase your educational and employment backgrounds, any skills you have and reasons why you feel you’re qualified for the position
Once you find work, make sure you have your residence permit changed accordingly. Otherwise, you will lose your rights to work and reside in the nation.