Support for your job search

Finding work does not always depend solely on how active you are. The threshold for finding employment may be high for different reasons. Perhaps you have stayed at home with small children for a long time, the length of your unemployment has been prolonged, or it is more difficult to find work due to your illness or disability. 

Job search training

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

During the training, you will learn 

  • to evaluate your skills and express them in your job applications and CV, 
  • how companies recruit staff, 
  • to use the job search channels that are best suited to you. 

After taking part in the training, you will also know where to find information on the job market, companies and jobs. 

The job search training can include 

  • independent information gathering activities and guidance on finding the best sources of information 
  • discussions with your instructor about your skills 
  • preparing your job application and CV in a guided manner 

The job search training process usually lasts between 1 to 10 days. 


Career coaching 

In career coaching, you will receive information, advice, guidance and support to clarify your career options, apply for training and develop your working life skills. During the coaching, you will create a feasible career and employment plan for yourself.

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Job coaching 

A job coach will help you personally when you are looking for a job that suits you. With the support of your coach, you will discover and highlight your skills and strengths in the labour market. You can participate in 50 hours of job coaching annually. All job coaching arrangements are made on an individual basis and you cannot apply for the coaching online. When you contact a TE Office expert, you can inform them of your interest in the job coaching process. 

The job coach can support you when you are 

  • looking for a job 
  • preparing a job application 
  • getting ready for an interview 
  • about to sign an employment contract 

If a contact or application does not lead to employment, your coach can help you analyse the situation. 

The job coach can help you find training opportunities that are related to the job   

The job coach can help you when you are applying for and participating in training that strengthens your professional skills. 

Your coach can support you if 

  • you receive an apprenticeship spot during which your employer receives a pay subsidy, or 
  • you are studying in accordance with the TOPPIS model 
  • In the TOPPIS model, you will perform work that is supported with a pay subsidy, and during your employment relationship, you will participate in the labour market training provided by your TE Office 

When you have found a suitable job, the job coach can help you get started at your new workplace. 

You will receive the same benefits during the job coaching process as you would when you are unemployed. 

Instructions for customers in local government trials on employment 

The local government pilots on employment began on 1 March 2021. Since then, in the 25 pilot areas, some customers have moved from the TE Office to employment services of municipals. If you are a customer of the local government pilot on employment, contact your municipality of residence if you are interested in work coaching. An expert from your municipality of residence will direct you to a suitable service.


Discovering a new career with a work try-out 

With the help of a work try-out that is conducted at a workplace, you can get your foot in the door when you return to the labour market. You can try to find a work try-out place by yourself, but your local TE Office can also provide you with a list of employers who would be ready to provide you with a work try-out opportunity. 

The work try-out process allows you to demonstrate your skills and motivation to employers. While you are trying out work tasks, you can also assess what other types of support you will need to return back to the labour market together with the arranger of the work try-out and your TE Office. 

What about after the work try-out is over?  

Your personal evaluation on the success of your work try-out is an important part of planning your future arrangements with the TE Office. The arranger of the work try-out will also give their feedback and recommendations for further actions.   

After the work try-out, your return to the labour market can be supported with for example pay-subsidised work, training, or the services of a job coach. 

Benefits and compensations 

You will receive the same benefits during the work try-out as you would when you are unemployed.  If you have agreed to a work try-out in your employment plan or a similar plan, you are eligible for an increase in your unemployment benefits. The decision on the payment of the increase is made by the party paying the unemployment benefit, i.e. your unemployment fund or Kela. 

You are entitled to an expense allowance for the expenses that you incur during the days that your participate in the service.  If the party that pays your unemployment benefit will not grant it to you, you may receive a discretionary expense allowance from your TE Office. 

Instructions for customers in local government trials on employment 

If you are a customer of a local government trial on employment, you agree to participate in the employment trial with your municipality of residence. Your municipality of residence gives you information about employers who could employ you for a work try-out if you cannot find a work try-out yourself. Your municipality of residence also agrees with you on plans after the work trial.  

If you do not receive an expense allowance from the payer for the days that you participate in the work try-out, your municipality of residence may pay a discretionary expense allowance. 


Partial work capacity 

A disability or illness often does not affect getting work or selection of a professional field. However, it can sometimes reduce your possibilities for getting work or keeping your job. When you are choosing a vocation or education, in addition to your interests or predispositions you must also take into consideration possible limitations caused by your disabilities or illnesses.   

An illness or disability can reduce your ability to work or function, but it does not necessarily make you unfit to work. Your possibilities on the labour market are improved by 

  • a correctly chosen and proportioned job, 
  • tailored work tasks and environment,
  • adequate skills and training,
  • support from the TE office for the job search. 

Instructions for customers in local government trials on employment 

If you are a customer of the local government trial on employment, contact your municipality of residence to determine if a disability or illness can have an impact on your employment. Your municipality of residence makes an assessment of your work ability and functional capacity and their impacts on offered services that promote employment. Your municipality of residence also tells you about rehabilitation opportunities. 

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Pay subsidy

A pay subsidy is an economic benefit that the TE Office may grant an employer to cover the costs of hiring an unemployed jobseeker and the time spent for guiding the new employee.

For you, the pay subsidy provides an opportunity to find a job for which your education is not completely sufficient or to find a job even if you suffer from a disability or an illness that affects the performance of your duties at work.

A TE Office can grant a pay subsidy for your pay costs if  

  • it helps you find employment
  • it has been agreed upon in your employment plan
  • the employer and your job meet the conditions required for the granting of a pay subsidy
  • the TE Office has the necessary funding available.

Instructions for customers in local government trials on employment 

If you are a customer of a local government trial on employment, talk to your municipality of residence about the possibility to receive pay subsidy. The possibility to receive pay subsidy is recorded in your plan if your municipality of residence estimates that you need pay subsidy to find employment.  

When you agree with the employer on work that is covered by pay subsidy, tell the employer that you are a customer of the local government trial on employment in your municipality of residence. The employer needs this information when submitting an application for a pay subsidy because the decision to grant a pay subsidy is made by your municipality of residence.  

However, 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 must be applied for well in advance before the start of the work and work covered by the pay subsidy must not be started before an affirmative decision on pay subsidy has been made. 


The Abilitator

The Abilitator is a method enabling self-assessment of work ability and functioning. It is in the form of a questionnaire, which can be completed either on paper or online. The Abilitator is free of charge.