Updated: 10. January 2023
Congratulations on finding this lovely little country and considering a career here. Hopefully by now you’ve had the chance to experience some of Estonia’s charms. We hope you’ll love it here!
Finding a job can be a challenge wherever you are in the world. The goal of this article is to help make the process of finding a job here in Estonia a little less daunting.
Start the search
A great place to start when looking for English-language jobs in Estonia would be to check out the postings on our website here Job Offers – Work in Estonia.
Some other websites you can check out when starting your search for work in Estonia are:
Go Work a Bit is a great option if searching for something more temporary. It may also be a great way for you to gain experience and expand your network.
You may find it helpful to research start-ups or local companies in your area of expertise and cold email them with a short message introducing yourself and inquiring about opportunities. Be sure to include your CV.
create a great CV
- Make it focused. Be sure you take the time to make your cv focused for the specific job you are interested in. Look into the requirements of the job you are applying for and be sure to highlight the transferable skills that make you a great fit.
- Tell the truth. Honestly represent your abilities on your CV. Avoid exaggerating your skills or abilities. Estonians prefer to hear things directly as they are. At the same time don’t leave out the details that can help you stand out. Varied job positions and international experience shows versatility and may give you an advantage. Remember it is important to list all your language skills even if you are unsure that they are relevant for that position.
- Keep it short. Recruiters often have limited time to review a lot of material so try your best to be concise. Best to keep your CV to 1-2 pages.
- Make it look good. Make sure that your CV is easy to read, and the layout is logical. To help create a great looking CV you can find examples or templates online. Double check the details of your CV. Be aware that even small errors on your CV will impact the first impression you make.
You won’t always be required to submit a cover letter, but it is best to be prepared to provide one. Make your cover letter concise and specifically targeted for each job you apply for.
Here is what you should include in the letter:
- Your contact information, including name, phone, email and LinkedIn address.
- When addressing the letter be as personal as possible. Use the name of the hiring manager or of the recruiter if you have it.
- In the first paragraph introduce yourself and state your interest in the job. Highlight some of your strengths as well as show your knowledge of the company.
- The middle paragraph(s) should describe in more detail your skills and experience that make you the right person for the job. Highlight how you can add value to the team and your motivation for this position.
- The final paragraph should be a summary. Reiterate your interest in the position, summarize your skills and suggest steps to connect.
- Lastly, to end your letter use a professional signature. You could use one of the following common ways to sign off like Best regards or Sincerely.
while you wait:
After applying, be patient. It usually takes time for things to be reviewed. You can use this time to network, prepare for an interview, apply for other positions, or take some courses online or in-person to expand your knowledge and skills.
These are a few of the websites where you can find high-quality online courses, or certifications on a wide variety of topics.
Networking is a great way to jumpstart your career search. Always grab the chance to introduce yourself, ask questions and listen carefully when meeting other professionals, even when they aren’t specifically working in your area of interest. Take each encounter as a chance to strengthen your professional network. These connections may give you access to the information and contacts that can help you land your dream job.