5 Steps for Skilled Internationals

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5 Steps to Help You on Your Way to Employment in the Tampere Region!

These five steps are designed to support skilled international job-seekers. This content is for both Talents in the Tampere region, as well as those wanting to make a move to the region.

They include tips for creating a professional profile and networking, as well as  information on employment services and financial support, to boost your career in the Tampere region.

Plan Career Options

Successful job seeking is based on understanding your personal competence, strengths and motivation. A clear set of job goals is a good basis for your job search plan. Review your work history and qualifications to identify the underlying skills, values, and then the work environments that are for you.

The more focused your goals, the easier it is to develop a good plan. This will help you in planning your career direction and creating your CV and online profiles.

Once you have defined your career goals then you can explore opportunities in the areas you are interested in. The Occupational Barometer can support this with estimated demand for workforce in key occupations in the Tampere region. You can also explore regional business demographics to better understand what types of businesses are active in the Tampere region.

For students, Töissä.fi/ contains information on work placements for university graduates and descriptions of their work done by the graduates themselves.

If you’re interested in becoming an entrepreneur, see our Tampere Startup Kit.


Define Your Professional Profile Online 

Create your LinkedIn profile based on your career interests. Be active within your profile, for example posting articles and following groups and companies of interest. Create a job alert for your interests – see here how.


Update Your CV and Cover Letters and Adapt them to the Opportunity You are Applying for

A good CV format will get the recruiter’s attention immediately through a maximum of 2 pages, emphasizing aspects of your career and your skills that are most relevant to a specific role. Here are some samples and tips for effective CV’s.

A cover letter should be one page at maximum. It’s an opportunity to communicate that you are a strong match for the employer’s job requirements and describe why a job is of particular interest to you. See further tips on writing cover letters.

For All Talents

Find relevant private employment agencies on your field. Look for agencies that will suit your needs and skills and register with one or more agencies, such as:






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For Talents In Finland

Tampere University or Tampere University of Applied Sciences Students


Talent CV Gallery
Upload your cv to Talent CV Gallery to gain visibility among the Tampere based businesses (for persons resident in Tampere region)

Many jobs never make it to the job boards, so networking becomes critical in finding those “hidden” job opportunities. Hidden jobs are opportunities which are not advertised, but a job may be created when a capable person offers their expertise at a suitable time.

Networking is not just taking part in recruitment events. By expanding your network of professional connections, you increase the chances of discovering that job opportunity.

Taking part in business events, as well as actively engaging with persons and companies, helps understand what’s happening in the local job market. Voluntary work, e.g supporting startup events, is a proven way to create employment opportunities. Read more about voluntary work in Finland. Additionally, consider contacting Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SME’s) in addition to contacting larger businesses. 

The following tool can support your networking opportunities in understanding specific businesses in your areas of interest: explore industry clusters and business ecosystems.

Create a plan listing employers you are interested in and build networks and contacts towards understanding potential job opportunities with them. As well as this, follow those companies in LinkedIn so you are notified of changes or employment opportunities that you can follow up on.


For Talents In Finland

TAMK has developed a networking model to help the international talents for effective networking. You can find out more about entering this programme here.

Networking leads for the Tampere region

Familiarize yourself with financial assistance that can improve your employment opportunities.


For All Talents

Business Finland Talent Explorer Funding For International Talents
Financial support for companies to hire an expert for gaining new knowledge and expertise to help advance in a new global market. As a job seeker its good to familiarize yourself with this and be able to highlight this as an opportunity to a prospective employer. For more information, click here.


For Talents In Finland

Pay subsidies for unemployed persons
Contact TE Office to ask your eligibility for a pay subsidy. Pay subsidy means that you will be paid according to the applicable collective
agreement (or, if no applicable collective agreement exists, a prevalent and reasonable wage for the job in question), but your employer can receive pay subsidies for up to 30%, 40%, or 50% of your pay costs. More information about pay subsidy: click here

See also TE Office Support for Education and Training: click here

City of Tampere funding for company’s when hiring an unemployed international jobseeker.
For persons resident in city of Tampere only.

  • Financial support for a company is 600 €/month for a 6 months period
  • The jobseeker has to meet certain criteria. For more information contact The City of Tampere by email tukityollistetyt@tampere.fi or by phone 040 806 4332
  • More information about “Rekrytointilisä” (in Finnish): click here

For All Talents

Free employment search support for international talents
International House Tampere provides FREE online advice through a one-time consultation in English, supporting you to identify opportunities that will accelerate your plans. This service is provided for all Talents in the Tampere region, as well as those wanting to make a move to the region. Read more about the International Talent Advisory Service by clicking here.

For  Talents In Finland

Higher education (universities) studies
The SIMHE services offer higher education guidance, counselling and support for immigrants living in Finland. You can make an appointment for a guidance discussion or ask questions related to university studies by email to simhe@tuni.fi. Read more about the Simhe services www.tuni.fi/en/study-with-us/simhe

Career Counselling by Vocational College Tredu
Career Counselling provides advice and support when you are planning to start vocational training for your future career. Counselling is offered to internationals planning to study in vocational education or an international student already studying at Tredu. Contact the service by email tredu.oske@tampere.fi. More information (in Finnish) www.tredu.fi/hae-opiskelemaan/uraohjausjapalveluttyonhakijalle


For Unemployed Talents In Finland

Support and  guidance for unemployed job seekers

The International Tampere Skills Centre offers services for unemployed international job seekers in the Tampere region. The Skills Centre provides support and guidance for work and study for immigrants residing in Tampere. You can become a customer of the International Tampere Skills Centre by sending an e-mail to osaamiskeskus@tampere.fi or by calling Employment Services on +358 40 801 6581 (Mon-Fri 9: 00-15: 45). Finnish nationality, residence permit or EU-registration is required. 

TE Office Services offers a wide range of support in finding jobs or trainings: work try-out, pay subsidy, vocational labour market training, jobseeker’s independent study, apprenticeship training and integration training. Click here

A work try-out at a workplace support you entering the Finnish job market. You receive at least the same benefits during the work try-out as if you were unemployed and it can be your stepping stone to the job market: Click here

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