FAQs

Below you will find frequently asked questions about the Valtiolle.fi search functions and the job application system.

Can I search for positions by Ministry/branch of administration?

To search for vacant positions it is worth using the search criterion Area of Responsibility, which enables a certain type of search or  one for positions in a certain field, for example:

  • Police work and protection services,
  • Finance, taxation, insurance
  • Communications.

As an office or department, you may apply for positions in ministries using your Agency Search Box name.

What is the easiest way to find the office or agency I want?  

Enter the start of your agency name in the search box and you will see the departments, agencies and offices that start with those letters, and so the one you are looking for will come up more quickly (e.g. 'Sta' gives State Treasury, State school codes, etc.)

How do I search for an advertised post using the ID number?

Enter the Keyword or ID number in the search box. Write the number only (e.g. 35-47-2017),   and not ID at the beginning.

How do I find the latest vacancies?

The latest advertised vacancies will be visible on the homepage and by pressing the Latest Vacancies button on the Vacancies page.

How do I find the vacancies whose application period is about to expire?

On the homepage, press the 'Not too late to apply' link to see the vacancies whose application period will soon expire. Closing application periods are listed in such a way that those with the least time left for applying appear first.   The button 'Not too late to apply' can also be found on the Vacancies page.

How can I see all current vacancies?

On the homepage you can access job vacancies

  • by clicking on the Vacancies tab
  • by clicking on the link 'Show all current vacancies'

When you go into the search page you can filter your search results.

How can I have a job advertisement emailed to me?

You can share a job advertisement by email or using social media using the buttons at the top of the advertisement.

Why does the website appear in English or Swedish on my screen?

You can change the language selection of the Valtiolle.fi website on the upper right-hand corner on the homepage. The languages available are Finnish, Swedish and English. The contents of the Swedish and English pages are not completely identical to the Finnish version.

Why do job alerts not get sent to my email?

Make sure that you have specified the delivery method as 'Send alert by email' when setting up the alert. If you still feel that you do not receive news of the vacancies you are interested in when using the job alert facility, submit your feedback through the 'Give feedback' link (in the lower right-hand corner).

Who can I contact in case of problems?

Contact the recruiting agency directly for any questions relating to the recruitment of individuals.  You can find the details of the recruitment contact person in the job advertisement.
You can send a message relating to the Valtiolle.fi service and website using the 'Give feedback' link (bottom of the page).

I have tried to enter my password a few times, but the system rejects it. Now I have received the message 'your account may be locked'.

If you have entered an incorrect user ID or password five times, the system will lock your account for ten minutes. This is for information security reasons.
If you are unsure what your password is, you can order a new one to be emailed to you on the login page.

Below you can also read FAQs about working for the Government and our answers to them.

Is it difficult to get a job with the Government?

While it is no more difficult to get a job with the Government than with any other employer, it is true that Government employees have a significantly higher level of education than workers in other labour market sectors. This is because the majority of Government positions are for experts and a higher education degree is required for them. Although there is a need to reduce staff, the Government will also have to recruit a good number of new employees over the next few years.

What is a good public servant like?

A good public servant has a wide interest in what is going on in our society and in general trends. In addition to specialists in various sectors, we need increasing  numbers of general purpose public servants who are willing and able to follow global events on a broad front. An analytical mindset, a willingness to make a difference, an ability to understand complex issues and efficiency - including cost-effectiveness - are of prime importance. Showing initiative and good interaction skills are naturally also important. A willingness to be mobile within the organisation will be important in the future.

What are the Government's functions?

The functions of the various branches of administration add up to a wide range of different tasks and jobs; such sectors as national defence and border control, police and rescue services, transport and communications, the legal system, science, the  ministries and environmental services are important providers of employment. A typical feature of Government jobs is their significance for society.

What does the Government do for the well-being of its employees?

A skilled and healthy staff is a key success factor for the Government. Government HR management has been developed in many ways to improve state competitiveness and employee well-being, and these efforts will continue. The Government takes a favourable view of family leave and staff mobility. The Government will also keep encouraging its employees to take training courses.

How does the Government feel about open applications?

It is a positive view in principle. The processing of open applications may nevertheless be a rather unsystematic option because they can only be made use of for short, temporary positions.   Before submitting an open application it is worth calling a unit first and enquiring whether it is a good idea to send in an open application and, if so, asking to whom it should be addressed.   The new Valtiolle.fi recruitment tool will make the processing and use of open applications a more systematic exercise.  (All positions for a longer duration must be advertised, and only applications sent in with reference to a particular job can be considered in such cases.)

Published 2014-11-10 at 16:24, updated 2018-01-05 at 14:52

How do I apply for a Government job?

Government vacancies are announced in the Government's online recruitment system. The agencies also advertise their vacancies on their websites, in newspapers, at Employment and Economic Development (TE) Offices and through their online web service at www.te-palvelut.fi.

When looking for vacancies in the TE Office's web service, type in Government (valtio) in the search screen. The results returned are not 100% accurate, but they will be helpful. You can also set up vacancy alerts for yourself in the TE service.

Applying for a post

If you are applying for a post, you must refer to the specific post that interests you in your application. You can submit your application in electronic format, or you can deliver it to the Registry Office of the agency in question. For more information and the Registry Office's contact details, see the job advertisement. Please make sure that you include your contact details.

Based on the applications, the agency will invite some of the applicants to an interview and, potentially, for suitability assessments. The agency's choice of a candidate will be determined by the results of the interviews and assessments.

More information about the post and the recruitment process (pay, timeline, trial period etc.) will be available from the contact person or person providing further details cited in the advertisement.

Open applications

The Government offers a certain number of short-term employment relationships, including positions as substitutes and fixed-term tasks. They often are a good way of getting your foot in the door. Open applications may be used for selecting candidates for these opportunities.

However, there are important differences in the practices of using open applications between the various agencies. Some agencies welcome them, some are unable to use them. Before submitting an open application, it is a good idea to contact the agency in which you are interested. If you submit an open application, you should indicate the type of tasks that interest you and describe your skills and work experience. You can use the online recruitment system to submit an open application.