Having a part-time job gives you money as well as valuable work experience, no matter at which stage you are with your studies. It also gives you an opportunity to build networks alongside your studies. Non EU-students can work within the limits on a student residence permit.
Looking for a part-time job while studying can be challenging, but not impossible. It’s not always easy to find the right job for you, but hard work pays off in the end.
To help you, here are some good tips on how to get a part-time job in Finland.
1. Be active
Finding a part-time job takes the same amount of effort as any other job. The most important step is to be active. Especially in big cities, many companies offer part-time jobs to students. Students are very beneficial to companies because they can usually work during the evenings and weekends. Therefore, be active and search for jobs in different channels, such as Duunitori, Oikotie, and Y-makers.
Many students prefer to work part-time, so don’t hesitate to apply to many jobs. Also, university events, such as fairs are a good way of connecting with people
2. Put effort in your CV
The first impression is the key. Make sure your CV is updated and stands out from the crowd. Remember to be honest, demonstrate your strengths and explain your weaknesses. In case you need help, send it to your friend so they could have a look at it and review it for you. A good CV is informative, 1-1,5 pages, and well structured.
3. Believe in yourself
Have a good attitude. If you want it, you can do it. Be patient, many students apply for part-time jobs in Finland. Send applications to different companies, you are interested in. Do not get upset if you get denied, you might have better coming for you in the future. Don’t give up! Sometimes good things take time.
4. Timing is key
It’s good to start the process of getting a job already at the beginning of your studies. Many companies prefer to have a part-time employee for a longer period.
Also, what comes to the process, recruiters start the interviews usually quite soon after the job ad is released, so do not leave applying to the end. Applying for a job early can also demonstrate your high interest to the company.
5. Include references
Many employers request work references. The reason is that it is valuable to hear about you as an employee, from someone who has previously worked with you. If your work references are from another country, try to include them in your CV.
As long as they know English and are willing to refer you to your potential employer. Always remember to ask for permission to list them in your CV. References can improve your chances of getting a job.
If possible, try to choose someone who has supervised you or knows how you work well. A manager or supervisor is a good choice. It’s preferable that they can talk about your work habits and different skills. However, don’t worry if you don’t have work references. Academic and character references can also be beneficial.
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