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Jobseeker's guide

On this page you will find frequently asked questions about the Jobportal job search site. 

If you can't find the answer to your question or would like more information,

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Registering and creating an account

You can register as a jobseeker on Jobportal here. We recommend to choosing your personal email address during registration. Creating an account is completely free and does not bind you to anything. If you already have an account, you can log in here.

After registration you can fill your own information to your applicant profile. We recommend to fill your own information carefully, so you can apply for jobs faster in the future using the information of your profile. You can also add your LinkedIn -profile to your applicant profile if you want to and use that as your resume or you can upload your resume as a separate file - which way suits you the best. In addition to this you can attach a portfolio to your job application.

I forgot my password, what do I do?

 

If you have forgotten your password you can get the new password by entering your email address on the login page under 'Lost your password? Reset it here'.

Applying for a job

There is two different ways to apply for a job:

 

  1. Pressing from the icon 'Apply for this job' a form opens on the site and your information has already been filled in according to your application profile. If needed, you can change your information matching up to the job you are applying for. If you have not already registered as a jobseeker, the form is empty and you have to fill your information manually. To the form you can add an attachment file and a link for example to your LinkedIn -profile or to your portfolio. If you have not already registered as a jobseeker, you have chance to do so after you have send the form. You will receive a notification about the creation of the ID in the email you provided.
  2. Pressing from the icon 'Apply for this job' you will be redirected to the different site and there you are able to fill the application.

Error when sending the application

 

If you receive an error notification when submitting the application you can try to reload the page (F5) or try to use the site on a different browser. If the problem continue, contact our customer service. When your application has been successfully submitted, the website will display a notification: "Your application has been submitted!" You can view the jobs you have applied for in your jobseeker profile.

Open application

Currently, it is not possible to submit an open application to the Jobportal

 

From your own profile, you can set up the job alert, which allows you to easily find out about jobs that interest you. We are constantly updating and developing the service to meet the needs of jobseekers.

Deleting a profile

As a registered jobseeker, you have the right to have your information deleted from the register immediately. The request should be submitted to: asiakaspalvelu@jobportal.fi.

Tips for a better job search on Jobportal

Write a good profile text as a basis for your job search!  A profile text is a short elevator speech at the beginning of a job application or resume. The purpose of a profile text is to get the reader interested in reading further and to summarize who you are, where you've been, what you can do and where you're going next. Good measurement for a profile text is around 300 words.

 

Good profile text consists of:

  • 200 to 400 words, 3 to 4 sentences
  • Your title or job description
  • Opening
  • Soft and hard skills
  • Impressive achievements and numbers
  • Short/long term goals
  • A professional example that demonstrates your suitability for the job you are applying for

In the job advertisement, there are usually a few words that are describing the job and the person suitable for it. Try to phrase your profile text in the way that it would naturally combine with the job advertisement. If you don't have that much experience in the field yet, you can write to your profile text about your career goals and transferable skills. Combining skills with numbers makes them even more impressive. Look examples below!

Good example: Experienced digital marketing manager with six years of senior management experience in a multinational company. Increased inbound leads by 300% and grew online sales from €300,000 a year to over €2.5 million in three years. I want to progress in my career and that's why I offer my skills to the X marketing team.

 

Short and to the point, with a focus on achievements.

Good example: Expert SEO copywriter with a decade of retail and wholesale experience in three industries. Adept at writing social media and website content, as well as long-form content that emphasizes a brand's own tone and message. Gained 20 new clients in two years and grew readership by 200%. I now want to deepen my expertise as an editor and content producer in the role of Marketing Director.

Good example: A content producer with three years’ experience in a company specializing in e-commerce. Produced content that increased the brand’s social media visibility to over 100,000 across three channels and improved email open rates by 58%. I want to progress in my career and am therefore applying for a position as V’s SEO Manager.

Weak example: I'm a content producer looking for a job as an SEO specialist. I have no experience in this field, but I am dedicated to my work and am a quick learner. My interest in search engines will help me to perform my duties excellently in your company.

 

The text does not grab the reader's attention or introduce transferable skills. 

Weak example: I have worked for five years as a digital marketing coordinator. I proved to be an important and hard-working member of the team, able to work under pressure to achieve the company's goals. I am looking for new challenges in digital marketing.

 

Generic, not about achievements. Too passive in tone.

Portfolio assures the employer

A portfolio is often a requirement in creative fields and it is an important part of the application processPortfolio assures the employer of your competence and it also shows your personality and style.

 

Here is a few good practices to keep in mind when creating a portfolio:

  • User-friendly navigation – make sure your portfolio is easy to navigate and understandable
  • Include detailed descriptions – mention the goals, challenges, techniques, results, things you have learned etc.
  • Start strong – match the content of your portfolio to the employer's criteria and make a good first impression with your best work 
  • Think about mobile use – remember to take into account the high-quality view of the portfolio also on a mobile device

You can read more about the portfolio and its benefits in the job search on the blog!

A good resume is clear, informative and readable. It contains the most relevant information for the job, such as work experience, system skills, the right educational background or any other relevant requirements for the job. The resume should be no more than 2 pages long and the most important information should be visible in seconds to the recruiter

 

The resume should be written using clear language so pay attention to sentence structures and for example breaking a long sentence into two easy-to-read sentences. You can stand out from the crowd by using different text fonts and formats in your resume. From Canva you'll find plenty of visual resume templates if you want to stand out visually with colors and layouts as well. However, remember to keep your resume clear and easy to read! You may lose some formatting when you save your resume in PDF format (in most cases PDF format is preferred). So be aware of that and remember to check your resume before submitting it. cv-pohja.com is also a great site where you can check out different examples of resumes and build your own. Take note that if the job announcement is in English you also have to write your resume in English. However, if the job advertisement is in Finnish, usually you can write your resume in English or Finnish, unless otherwise specifically stated.

 

What are the most important things on a resume?

 

The most essential things regarding the position you are applying for are that you have sufficient education for the position, your work experience/field of study correspond to the applied position and industry. The basic things must also be in order, such as spelling, grammar and contact information. Referees and their contact information or the mention of those ("Referrers' contact information will be provided upon request.") are also often recommended to put in your resume. Briefly open your work experience with a few sentences or a few bullet points; I worked as..., I coordinated..., I increased sales..., I was responsible for..., I developed..., I planned... etc. Without forgetting a good  profile text as well.
Tips for good profile text you will find above.

 

Is it worth adding a list of your strengths in the job to your resume?

 

Definitely worth it. Add the strengths that are most relevant to the job or the employer's needs. This also shows the recruiter that you understand what is required for the job.

Student or recent graduate resume

 

The students often have transferable skills or experience for example, from customer service work done alongside studiesThis experience is useful in many jobs. Highlight the skills that you think the job requires and that you have.

 

Things where you can find useful skills for a job application: playing a sport, volunteering, tutoring, student exchange/studying abroad, theatre or music, service work, student council, internships or a personal passion.

 

Showing about who you are and how you act in a role helps the employer to see who you might be as an employee.

 

Qualities, which are needed in working life and which you can have without work experience: initiative, critical thinking, organizational skills, expertise in the field x, leadership, customer focus, good communication skills, adaptability, creativity or nerves of steel.

 

An established resume

 

When you have already been longer in working life, you no longer need to mention your first summer job. Give enough information about your most recent jobs work tasks, duration and content. Remember also mention if you are still employed. Almost everyone of us have a gap in our work history at some point for one reason or another so it is valid to think about if you would like to give an answer to that, for example maternity leave, parental leave or unpaid leave.