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    the main thing to learn is how to sell yourself to employers, and get them to realise that finnish is only a language used in finland, "example" i went for interviews with a lot of companys and language was a problem, Im a driver and mechanic by trade, so now after been told i need finnish to drive a truck or fix a car i got a little annoyed so i adopted a new attitude, so the next 4 job interviews i went to as a driver i was hit with the same question, "do you speak finnish" immeditally i answered NO! WHY, does the truck talk to me, by using this method i was not only offered all 4 jobs, but the companys involved started offering me better benifits to work for them, the main thing that needs to be done is that in the nicest possible way tell employers, your good at what you do and the language barrier is not going to hold you back, as its a challenge and that you love challenges,,,, employers love people who see "problems as a solution waiting to happen"

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    QuoteOriginally Posted by Phil6204 View Post
    the main thing to learn is how to sell yourself to employers, and get them to realise that finnish is only a language used in finland, "example" i went for interviews with a lot of companys and language was a problem, Im a driver and mechanic by trade, so now after been told i need finnish to drive a truck or fix a car i got a little annoyed so i adopted a new attitude, so the next 4 job interviews i went to as a driver i was hit with the same question, "do you speak finnish" immeditally i answered NO! WHY, does the truck talk to me, by using this method i was not only offered all 4 jobs, but the companys involved started offering me better benifits to work for them, the main thing that needs to be done is that in the nicest possible way tell employers, your good at what you do and the language barrier is not going to hold you back, as its a challenge and that you love challenges,,,, employers love people who see "problems as a solution waiting to happen"
    So you are working now?

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    I totally agree with you Phil, employers don't hire the best applicant, but the one who sells himself the best.

    Unfortunately in my case language skills (any language) are a key factor to succeed, my area is marketing communications, and yes I have tried several tactics to sell myself, making the language matter just a "small detail" that is actually being fixed.

    Maybe I should insist on that "challenge approach", thanks for the idea!

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    yes im working driving a truck, i had to prove that the language is only a small problem, when i adapted the new approch i was offered all 4 jobs i went for, so i took the one that paid more.... that was 8 months ago, and i still dont speak a word of finnish.

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    QuoteOriginally Posted by Phil6204 View Post
    yes im working driving a truck, i had to prove that the language is only a small problem, when i adapted the new approch i was offered all 4 jobs i went for, so i took the one that paid more.... that was 8 months ago, and i still dont speak a word of finnish.
    Wow, that's quite something isn't it? And it gives hope to us non-Finnish speakers.

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    QuoteOriginally Posted by Phil6204 View Post
    yes im working driving a truck, i had to prove that the language is only a small problem, when i adapted the new approch i was offered all 4 jobs i went for, so i took the one that paid more.... that was 8 months ago, and i still dont speak a word of finnish.
    But will you continue like that?
    Personally I think one person should know, at least, the basics of the language from the country you are living in. It is part of the country's culture and helps you in your social life, otherwise you'll feel quite isolated at some point, even more helps to improve your networking, the more contacts you have the better opportunities on long term to get a better job than actual....

    I am already taking some Finnish lessons and it is not that complicated, as it seems at the first glance with those kilometric words...

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    Default Everyone who wants to go to Finland, raise your hands

    A nice website, and here is a piece of news about immigration from the Philippines, for the jobs of nurse...

    Helsingin Sanomat - International Edition - Foreign

    about tens of thousands immigration into Finland,

    what are Finns opinions?

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    Sounds good Will , I think they begin learning Finnis now in Phillipinn,
    but hope they could do somthing here .

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    Dear T-bag,
    Actually, I think many Finns would be good and kind about this news. And, SOME would have very different opinions about this, and these voice ain't easy to find. Some told me I can find from Suomi24 - Suomen suurin verkkoyhteisö, but it's all in Finnish. ... ....

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    There are many jobs in Finland. Government need people to come in finland. its just finnish people are shy and they hestitate to hire foriegn people.May be cuz they are afraid of making mistakes when they speak english,,lol.The way i see it, its not about finnish language its just the hestitation. I can see they wanna communicate but usually shy.Well im still trying to figure out how to approach them so they will feel comfortable. Cuz when some foriegn guy go for job the first thing they think is like oh its not gona be same easy as before.im currently in Raahe its a small town in nortehren finland. I did get a small job at a car showroom. i deliver cars from helsinki or tampere.The guy was extremly social so he offered this work.
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