Know what you want

If you have just become unemployed, give yourself time to examine the new situation and relax. However, do not allow yourself to become inactive – you should create a new daily routine. Think about what you could do with your expertise. Do you want to continue with the same type of work you’ve done before, or jump to a completely new field? Is there a clear pattern in your work history, or could the next move determine a certain direction for your career? List your own strengths, areas of expertise and interests. What skills do you have, what are your interests and what are you passionate about? If this topic seems difficult, think about what kind of feedback you have received from your previous supervisors or study place. What are your hopes and goals for the future?

Update your CV


If it’s been a while since your last job application, now is the right time to fix your CV. Check that your educational background and work experience are up to date. You should group work experience that is relevant to your job search together, especially if you have a lot of experience. Be concise about what your tasks included – this gives the recruiter a clear picture of your skills, and the search engine bots will find the right keywords effectively. If you have limited work experience, write about your strengths, hobbies or other activities.

Have you participated in some training or received any certifications and qualifications that should be mentioned? Have you gained new knowledge through the use of new IT software and tools, for example? Add them to your résumé and lastly, check that your contact information is correct.

Remember that you will be more successful when you customise your CV to the job you are applying for.

Update your social media and jobseeker profiles


Letting your networks and social media know that you are looking for work is one of the first steps in the job-hunting process. Once you have updated your CV, it is easy to update your LinkedIn profile. Ensure that recruiters can find you by enabling the “open to new job opportunities” function.

You should also create job-hunting profiles for the CV banks of staffing businesses (such as Eilakaisla’s community of professionals) and upload your resume to Oikotie, Monster and Be sure to keep your résumé updated so your profile is prioritised in the search results for recruiters.

Hunting for job vacancies


Monitor the job vacancies on websites that list them (such as Oikotie, Monster, Duunitori and and subscribe to email alerts of vacancies in your field.

Look for job-seeking social media groups in your field and follow interesting companies. You can also submit an open application to a company that interests you.

In addition to social media and staffing businesses, you should look at different channels where you can apply for work – check out recruitment events and fairs and activate your network, and let them know that you are available for new tasks.
Maintaining a good attitude, motivation and self-confidence are the most important advice when starting job-hunting. When you seek a new direction, rely on your own expertise. Good luck finding a job.

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