Jobseeker’s quick guide

Do the following if you become unemployed.

Register as an unemployed jobseeker

Apply for unemployment benefit

  1. Notify that you are applying for unemployment benefit. This is part of registering as unemployed.
  2. The TE Office will determine if you are entitled to unemployment benefit(external link) and draw up a statement. The TE Office will send the statement to Kela(external link) or the unemployment fund(external link), depending on which you are a client of.
  3. Kela or the unemployment fund examines the other conditions for unemployment benefit, for example, the waiting period.
  4. Kela or the unemployment fund makes a decision on the unemployment benefit. If you are dissatisfied with the decision, you can request an amendment and provide further explanations.
  5. Fill in an unemployment period notification, i.e. indicate the dates on which you have been unemployed. File the notification with Kela(external link) or your unemployment fund.
  6. Kela or the unemployment fund will pay you unemployment benefit.

More information about unemployment benefit(external link). Do you need advice? Call the TE Office’s unemployment security helpline, tel. +358 29 5020701, Mon–Fri 9:00–16:15.

Write a CV and job application

Think about what you can do, what you would like to do and what kind of work your skills are suitable for. Next, write a CV and job application.

  • A CV is a document in which you record your contact information and information about your education and training, work experience and competence.
  • A job application is a letter in which you tell the employer why they should invite you to a job interview.

There is no one correct way to write a CV and job application. Their content depends on the sector, job and you. Write one comprehensive CV and job application, which you can then edit according to the jobs you are applying for.

If you need help, we can help you write a CV and job application. We organise CV workshops and CV photo sessions regularly.

Now is a good time to see what jobs are available and start an active job search!

Use the Oma asiointi e-service

The electronic service channel for job search is the Oma asiointi e-service(external link). It is located on the TE Office website. You can take care of almost all job search matters in the Oma asiointi e-service, for example:

  • send a message or contact request to your personal coach
  • draw up an employment plan
  • mark tasks as completed
  • respond to a request for clarification
  • send appendices
  • notify of a change, for example if you
  • get a job
  • stop looking for a job
  • are planning to study
  • want to study with unemployment benefit
  • want to participate in a service.

Your personal coach will help you

As a client of Employment Espoo, you will receive a personal coach who will

  • chart and know your situation
  • help in job seeking
  • advise on official matters
  • guide you to services.

The personal coach keeps in touch with you regularly. You can contact your coach by sending a contact request in the Oma asiointi e-service(external link) or by e-mail

As an unemployed jobseeker, you can receive

Are you familiar with the rights and obligations of an unemployed job seeker(external link)? Check the TE Office website.

When you get a job

Great! We wish the best of luck and success in your future. Report the end of your job search in the Oma asiointi e-service(external link).

Frequently asked questions


  • Keep your contact information up to date.
  • Handle matters via e-services, email or telephone. Thank you for social distancing during #COVID19.
  • If your job search does not progress, you can get help, advice and services from your personal coach – do not hesitate to ask.
  • Your job search will remain valid if you
    • complete the tasks of the employment plan and respond to requests for clarification by the deadline
    • reply to messages from your personal coach
    • are actively looking for work.