Jobs and Job Search Channels

What kind of jobs are there? Where do you find those jobs? What kind of expert are they looking for my dream job?

Going through one’s own networks, regularly browsing job adver­tise­ments and getting in touch with inter­esting work places will take you step by step towards the goal i.e. employment. Remember, your own attitude matters a lot!

Task 1. Watch the webinar Motivation in Job Hunting. You need to register with your email address to be able to join the webinar (Momentum project 2021)

What drives you in your life and career? Recog­nizing your personal motives helps you to make better decisions and plan a career path that suits you the best. You can also structure more efficient and enjoyable every day habits for your job hunting by under­standing your motives.

This webinar concen­trates on exploring different motives, and identi­fying your own motives and the best ways for utilizing them. You will also get some advice on keeping up the motivation when facing challenges as a job hunter.

The jobs I’m inter­ested in

What kind of career and job do you want? What’s the job you want to work in your line of business? Do you want to work in customer service or do you like working alone in the middle of nature? Do you appre­ciate flexible working hours or do you like fixed working hours from 8am to 4pm? What are the tasks that motivate you or what kind of work environment you want to work in? What kind of qualities and know-how are required from a profes­sional in your field?

Task 1:

1. Think about what kind of jobs you could work in the future. What is your target job and what are your ideal job tasks? What is the working climate and working environment like in your future workplace? Who are the customers and what kind of services/products the company offers?

2. Explore and find out:

3. companies that you are inter­ested in and would like to/could be employed in the future. There should be at least 3 companies.

4. Find out if there are duties/jobs you can apply for in companies of interest.

5. Report what skills do you need to complete the job? What personal qualities do you need at work?

6. Judge how you would fit for the job in question.

Different channels and new ways of doing and providing work

Some employers still report vacancies, for example in local press, but the internet has made job search consid­erably easier and changed it signif­i­cantly. People may no longer neces­sarily work their entire working life for the same employer, but are increas­ingly seeking to work in new sectors. The ways of working have also changed. They also impose new require­ments on employment services. It is no longer enough to look for jobs in the daily newspaper, but there are many channels and ways to advertise and apply for a job.

Job vacancies, projects and job oppor­tu­nities can be found in many different channels. Job browsing has become easier and faster through mobil­i­sation. Various job search appli­ca­tions and services allow you to browse and search for vacancies regardless of time and place.

Platform work or Crowd work

Jobs are offered and searched through various online services, online meeting places, i.e. digital platforms.

The employee declares on the platform that he/she is looking for a job or taking/seeking for a job already available there. The contractor will report on the platform about the work, task or project.

Thus, there is a digital platform between the employee and the employer the mainte­nance of which is a business for the operator of the platform. The platform operator may be respon­sible for the payment of wages, taxes and employer contri­bu­tions (e.g. employment pension insurance contri­bution, social security contri­bution, health insurance premium, method of work insurance contri­bution) or the work can also be done as a self-employed person, in which case the person takes care of the above mentioned contributions. 

Check out various job websites, recruitment and HR companies. There are a few examples below.

Bolt Works
The European Job Mobility Portal

TE services for unemployed jobseekers

TE services can be found on the TE services website. Here you will find help, infor­mation and advice on, for example, job search, unemployment, the Youth Guarantee, studies and the services offered by the TE Office. Videos of the services are also available to you.

Human Resources and Recruitment Companies

Personnel Service

The Personnel Service provides companies with assis­tance in hiring personnel, recruiting permanent staff, assessing suitability or outsourcing. Through them, companies receive labour for both temporary and fixed term needs. The employee enters into an employment relationship with a staff leasing agency and works through them for another company. This is a way to build up work experience and get acquainted with jobs in different fields. Temporary leasing agency work is suitable for someone looking for short-time jobs, for example.

Recruitment companies

Recruitment companies offer recruitment services to other companies and a way to work life for the jobseekers. Recruitment companies are inter­me­di­aries who get to know the appli­cants on behalf of the company. They also provide appli­cants with additional infor­mation about the companies, vacancies and prepare them for inter­views. Recruitment companies facil­itate the recruitment process of employers, as they pick only a fraction of the number of appli­cants to the final interview with the actual employer. Recruitment companies also actively advertise jobs on their own website and social media channels.

Task 2. Could you get employed through a recruitment company?

Find out which recruitment companies offer jobs in your sector.

List the name of the recruitment company and what kind of job vacancy you found there.

Find the following items in the job advertisement:

• What training is required for the job

• What sector-specific skills are required for the job

• What kind of work experience is required for the job

• What other skills are considered to be an advantage in the job

Task 3. Watch the webinar The Hidden Job Market. You need to register with your email address to be able to join the webinar (Momentum project 2021)

It is estimated that up to 70-80% of job oppor­tu­nities never end up in an open job search or job adver­tisement (Sitra’s research). How and where to find these hidden jobs and how you should apply for them?

This webinar will go through the concrete steps:

  •     How to find hidden jobs and the right one for you
  •     How to describe your compe­tences and target your skills on work that may not yet even exist
  •     How to stand out from the crowd and show your added value to potential employers.

All these are important skills that will help you along your career in a changing work life.