FOUNDER OF THE CAREER ATELIER
HEAD OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT AT THE SHORTCUT
I'M ON A MISSION TO...
INSPIRE & RENEW
I'm an experienced creative entrepreneur and coach who has helped already over 100 people reach their career and business goals.
Over the past 10 years, I have worked as HR and business developer in both big corporations and small startups, building great places to work, developing and caring for people and culture and providing top-notch HR & recruitment support for employees and leaders around the world.
I'm enthusiastic about #TheFutureOfWork and how that is affecting people's careers and enjoy working in agile environments where I can help businesses and the people around me grow. I'm also a puzzle gamer, efficient organizer and hobby artist.
The best part of my work: those moments when people take their brave steps forward towards something new and succeed!
Would be nice to meet you - let's connect in LinkedIn!
Things I've picked up over the years
Modern ways to get your dream job. +200 coaching clients. +1000 coaching hours. +30 online workshops. +100 clients employed during the first 1,5 years working for The Shortcut! Creating, ramping up, leading and implementing The Shortcut's Career Coaching program. Certified assessor for few of the world's leading personality and behavioural assessment tools Occupational Personality Questionnaire OPQ & Everything DiSC. Ready to help you take your next career move!
Partnering & constant development, building the best possible work experience, driving people strategy. Living and breathing the business. Being present. Listening.
Setting a vision, engaging the team and getting results. Transparency, servant leadership, effective communication, structure, reporting, good work-life balance and well-being belong to my leading toolkit. I also think it's important to have fun and build a positive culture together.
international talent acquisition
Thousands of CVs, hundreds of recruitments, 5 ramp ups of offices and games studios around the world (Finland, China, Sweden & Spain).
Employer branding, self-branding, utilizing social media and networking in building your personal brand.
sales & marketing
Prospecting, B2C and B2B sales, business development. Social media marketing.
languages & tools & METHODS
English & Spanish & Finnish.
Chat GPT. Talentadore. Claned. Trello. Slack. Wordpress. Mailchimp. Google analytics. Preview. Holded. Teachable. Pipedrive. Wrike. Slack. Kanban. Lean canvas. Pretty post-its + back in my corporate days Success Factor & SAP R/3.
Career coach |head of career development| Program lead
Apr 2021 – Present
Helping The Shortcut's community members to achieve their career goals! Supporting especially international and long term unemployed talents in Finland Capital area through the Työ-SIB program. Nominated as the Program Lead for The Shortcut's Työ-SIB coaching program and as of Dec 2022 also handling the overall career development. +200 coaching clients. +1000 coaching hours. +30 online workshops.
modern career coach | founder | hr freelancer
May 2018 - present, Online Globally
The Career Atelier offers modern career coaching for those who want their dream job. Whether you need all-inclusive personal career support or a new awesome CV already for today, we'll help with every step.
Check out our ONLINE CAREER COURSES and boost your career to a whole new level!
C.E.O. | C.O.O. | renewal strategist
April 2019 - present
At Nestholma we help new entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into success. Together with HR departments and outplacement companies, we help laid-off employees start a new chapter through their own business. We drive cultural transformation forward and coach employees and leaders to become more entrepreneurial and engage corporations and startups to collaborate worldwide. We organize renewal accelerators for new innovations and learnings. We are particularly good at helping the corporations become more agile and resilient and in making the collaboration actually happen.I started at Nestholma as Renewal Strategist and was after a year nominated to handle our operations and then to lead the Spain operations as CEO. After leaving the active role, I'm continuing as a board member and mentoring our startups.
hr business partner
HR partner for Rovio's Business unit Hatch, providing full HR support to both the BU management team and employees.
On maternity & childcare leave Dec 2015 - Jan 2019.
team leader, global recruitment
Ensuring and developing a world-class recruitment and induction process for Rovio globally. Building the new recruitment team setup and cooperation with Business Unit HR managers. Leading and coaching Rovio's recruitment team. Headcount planning. Creating recruitment reporting system. Recruitment contact for Games Stockholm & Games Tampere. Partnership and vendor cooperation. Employer Branding. Cooperation with schools and universities. Orientation and Induction development.
On maternity leave April 2013 - February 2015.
Finding the best talent to work in Rovio and building up the whole HR services! Recruitment and sourcing, talent mining, employer branding, campus and university relations, recruitment training, HRD, relocation, ramping up new sites and games studios (Espoo & Tampere, Finland, Shanghai China, Stockholm Sweden). Coordinating the merge of Futuremark employees as part of Rovio Games unit and providing support for the employees during the transfer.
Rovio Excellence Award 2012 from Mikael Hed, CEO "Award for demonstrating great Rovio attitude and spirit, excellent results in performance and quality and fantastic cooperation with colleagues and partners."
Recruitment, re-employment and internal reorganizing in Nokia's Mobile Phones, Services, Finance & Control and HR units in Finland Region (Scandinavia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe). Recruitment fairs, campus cooperation with universities and students. Coordinating Finland's summer trainee recruitment and support in organizing a virtual induction program for the summer trainees globally. Coaching the Finland Region recruitment team and giving induction for the colleagues.Achievements
Daily HR support for Finland's managers and employees via resource mailbox and HR call centre. Data administration and training of SAP R/3 and other tools. Ensuring strong support and cooperation with India HR team during and after the transfer. In the consultant role also developing ways of working and global mobility development project, recruitment.
HR freelancer Projects
A selection of projects I've worked on during 2018-2019
helping +50 startups & the government of Spain
4 month project for www.sptcv.net
Guidance and support for over 50 startups in their application process for Distrito Digital, Alicante, Spain. A project of Generalitat Valenciana. Check out more info of the project from the local newspaper!
Ramping up alicante and business landing
9 months project for www.businesslanding.fi
Setting up the partners and business networks in Alicante, sales and ramp-ups, supporting startups in their expansion and recruitments to Spain.
6 months project for www.wisar.co
Career coaching, interviewing the Wisar professionals, talent matching & implementing a video interview process for the award-winning talent matching startup in Sant Cugat del Vallés, Barcelona, Spain.
Continuos learning is the only way to renew yourself.
Helsinki University, Finland
Basic studies of psychology
haaga-helia university of applied sciences, Helsinki, Finland
B.B.A in Economics, Human Resource Management (2001-2005)
Main studies included development of personnel, work psychology, resourcing, recruiting, rewarding and planning of personnel, HR strategy, payroll, labour laws etc.Subject of the final thesis: Repatriation - The Challenges of Adjusting to Work and Utilizing the Experience
hochschule harz, Wernigerode, Germany
Exchange student program (2004)
Exchange student program of 4,5 months. Work psychology, economics, business administration.
WHAT MY CLIENTS, BOSSES AND TEAM MATES SAY
Career Coaching Client at The Shortcut
"Virpi is a person of great empathy, detailed advice, and action. Her skill in mentoring, matching talent to the firms looking for it, and in careful listening give her an ability to spot competencies, opportunities, and chances for development that mentees may be completely unaware of. I was so impressed by her warmth, professionalism, and carefully laid out method to mentoring unemployed and underemployed professionals. During our sessions in a season where I was lacking new contract work, she helped me to spot skills and abilities from my CV, put them forward more boldly to employers, and to make connections that helped me to land a new role with a great startup."
CEO at The Shortcut
"Virpi is super kind, empathetic and brings with her both corporate and startup experience. She has a real HR vibe and is completely invested in helping people. And while her passion is on helping people she also has ensured the commercial side of the work is well managed. She has built the coaching program, nearly from scratch, delivering over 30% of our total 6 year cumulative impact in less than one year. Virpi's ability to always see the good, the potential and a sunny future is such a part of who she is that it is hard not to feel better when around her."
Your Online Business Growth Partner at Rainforest Digital
"Working with Virpi was an absolute pleasure. Her years of experience in HR shine through her work. Her attention to detail, flexibility and insights all made a perfect combination for a seamless collaboration. I would absolutely recommend teaming up with Virpi no matter what career stage you might be at, her expert advice will be well worth it!
Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder at Seriously
"I worked with Virpi a few years while we were building up Rovio's Games Unit and scaling up fast. She was excellent and reliable in building process, structure and managing HR functions in an environment that was in a constant state of change."
Making sure the Supercellians have the best possible work experience
"Outstandingly effective is how I would describe Virpi! I had the pleasure of working with her at Rovio during a rapid growth period of the company. Not only was Virpi a part of building the global recruitment team from scratch, she was also able to continuously come up with improvement ideas for the whole HR field. Virpi can juggle a wide variety of projects and still always manages to have a great, positive attitude. Any team would be lucky to have Virpi as their team member and leader!"
CEO at Pasafin Oy
"I worked with Virpi for over two years. She was an incredibly valuable member of our recruitment team. Her HR generalist background gave a strong starting point for her recruitment career. She was able to handle large volumes and made sure her work was top quality as well. It is a pleasure to work with Virpi; she spreads positive energy around her and she is always willing to help and teach. Virpi can work at all levels; she is at home when planning at strategic level and she can handle all practical details as well. I wish her all the best in her future career. "
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