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Working in Estonia

The Estonian labour market is interested in young and enthusiastic specialists to work here after graduating from international programmes in Estonian universities.  It could be difficult to find job if you don't speak Estonian or you are unfamiliar with Estonian customs and traditions , but certainly it's not impossible.

1. Work permit

Aliens, who are residing in Estonia on the basis of residence permit, are, in general, permitted to work in Estonia. Starting from 01.09.2013 separate work permits shall not be issued in Estonia any more. The work permits, which have been issued before 01.09.2013, shall lose their legal effect in respect of an alien’s right to be employed or lack of right to be employed in Estonia, and the employment right of such person shall further derive from the Aliens Act. 

In addition to the employment in Estonia on the basis of a residence permit, short-term employment in Estonia is also pemitted.

Additional information: Politsei- ja Piirivalveamet 

2. Job offers

Work in Estonia is a website that offers information about coming to Estonia, living here and working here. It has information and tips on how to find a job in Estonia. It also features a selection of available job offers that are suitable for English-speaking foreigners every month. Also keep an eye on Work in Estonia Facebook page to have the latest news and information!

You can also search the most recent vacancies from these databases. Most job offers are in Estonian, but you can find plenty of them in English (or other languages) also.

3. Be active

Besides searching the vacancy page and adverts, you should contact potential eployers directly. Only about 30% of vacancies are advertised; the rest of them are hidden vacancies - you just have to find them. To find a job it is very important to make yourself visible for employers; prepare you CV, put it on many different recruitment databases or send it directly to the employers, and talk about your job search to as many people as you can. While contacting the employers you should also express your value for the employer or the organisation and your motivation to work for them.

4. CV

CV is your personal profile and marketing statement – every time you read it you should feel proud. A CV accompanied with a cover letter should demonstrate your suitability for the job in question.

Some tips and samples from Europass CV page for making your own CV.

You can contact the career counsellor in our university to get a second opinion for your CV.

Additional resources 

How to move to Estonia Guide (for IT specialists....but for others also) (blog)

Working in Estonia - How to start? (blog)

Working in Estonia (www.studyinestonia.ee)