Vacancy filling is an enduring challenge for many firms operating in the international market, with high logistical costs making recruitment from abroad difficult. But this may soon change. Your first EURES job (YfEj), the EU’s new mobility scheme for boosting mobility among young workers, is proving to be a major hit with SME recruiters.
A new tool on the EURES Portal allows jobseekers to specify which skills they have obtained where (within a specific sector), making it easier for employers to find exactly what they are looking for. The skills passport has just been launched for the hospitality and tourism sectors, with others to follow soon.
As Germany’s Saarland region loses more and more people from the workforce, companies are naturally looking across the border to France. But cross-border recruiting is easier said than done which is why EURES partnered with local companies on a project that offers workshops and job fairs to jobseekers.
Where else than the new EURES Portal could be a better place for European jobseekers and employers to meet? With a brand new look and feel, and a new tool for creating and searching for CVs, the EURES Portal is now more attractive and user-friendly. Soon to follow will be an improved job search engine and a skills passport application.
European Job Day events have huge potential for jobseekers, and with a bit of preparation they can be the springboard to landing your dream job abroad. Here we tell you how to best prepare for your event.
Last month, over a thousand jobseekers across Europe took part in a live Facebook EURESchat to find out more about living and working in Norway. EURES Norway Advisers Marlena Bråthen and Marisa Chefe Conde were online to answer jobseekers’ questions. Here, we recount the most frequently asked questions.
Adding an online dimension to an onsite event has been a strong trend in EURES in the last three years. Here we speak to a EURES Adviser involved in the recent Canary Islands Online Job Day, EURES Spain’s ambitious first venture into digital job fairing.
When the new owner of Estonian-based translating company Kayade.com formulated an ambitious growth strategy, a widespread recruitment drive spanning several European countries was required. This week we learned how EURES Estonia helped the company surpass all its recruitment targets.
French recruitment agency ANTEO specialises in helping hotels and restaurants find skilled staff for a wide variety of positions. Thanks to EURES Poland, 10 Polish jobseekers have found employment with ANTEO’s clients throughout France.
One year ago, we interviewed Pedro Pereira, a Portuguese engineer who had just taken the difficult decision to leave his home country in search of better opportunities in the Netherlands. This week we caught up with Pedro, and got an insight into the new life he is building for himself and his family.
When Spain hit an economic crisis, many healthcare professionals were left looking for jobs. Thanks to ongoing cooperation between EURES Spain and EURES Sweden, 22 Spanish doctors were able to help fill Sweden’s healthcare shortage.
When Tiago Cabral e Silva’s wife found a new job in Denmark, he took advantage of the country’s Spouse Programme to land himself a new opportunity as Senior Project Manager at dairy cooperative Arla Foods.
Starting a new job often brings with it a significant lifestyle shift, and at no time is that shift more pronounced than when the new job happens to be abroad. Here we offer some simple but effective advice to help ease the transition into a new working environment.
After working for a long time in his native Portugal, experienced software engineer João Duarte felt that it was time for a change. With the help of EURES, he managed to find work with engineering and consulting firm ALTEN in the Netherlands.
When deciding whether or not to include an image of yourself on your CV you’ll hear numerous reasons both for and against. In the end, the decision will likely come down to personal choice. To help you out, here we look at the pros and the cons.
The Loc People, a translation agency in Ireland, was looking to expand their in-house translation team with native Dutch speakers. They were stunned by the wealth of opportunities and advice EURES offers – and found a great match in young translator Roelof van IJken.
Jobseeking and vacancy filling can be slow and stressful. To ease that challenge EURES is expanding its Online Job Days initiative, a series of virtual career fairs across Europe that is redefining how jobseekers and employers interact. Ten Online Job Days will take place in the coming months, focused on a variety of EURES countries and sectors.
With its majestic Adriatic coastline and historic renaissance towns, tourism plays an increasingly important role in the economy of new EU Member State Croatia. The growth of the industry provides opportunities for jobseekers around Europe including three Swedes who found work in the country with entertainment firm Carpe Diem.
After mustering up the courage to make the move from her native Portugal to Norway, pharmacist Lara Gonçalves has not looked back. Here she offers an insight into her new life, and how a little help from EURES and a Norwegian recruiter made the move that little bit easier.
Ondrej Farbiak, a Slovakian technician had a dream to one day be able to buy his own house. A EURES Job Day in Nitra allowed him to take one step closer to his goal, by helping him to find a job in Germany.
EURES advisers are trained employment specialists, who provide information, guidance, and assistance with placement/recruitment to jobseekers and employers. A new Commission report provides them with handy new data to better map skills shortages.
Located at the top of the remote and rugged Telemark Mountains of Norway, recruiting the right talent should be a challenge for mountain resort Haukeliseter fjellstue. But thanks to a decade-long relationship with EURES Norway in Telemark that has seen the placement of over 200 employees, this is clearly not the case.
Malwina Sędzikowska, like many young Europeans, is highly qualified and interested in working abroad but her job searches were often hampered by her location in Poland. Thanks to the “Your first EURES job” scheme however, she was able to land a job without worrying about costs.
Job interviews are always call for excitement, but what if your skill set is best seen in action, rather than expressed in words? This is why EURES Sweden gives media and fine arts jobseekers the stage to dazzle European employers with their talent.
The new EURES “Ready to make the move?” guide gives advice for jobseekers looking for work abroad. Find out what the bureaucratic requirements are, what language levels you need, how your CV should look, and what you can expect in an interview when applying for a job in Germany.
Spontaneous applications can be a very effective approach in the Netherlands for getting invited for an initial interview, according to the new EURES guide “Ready to make the move?” which aims to provide important information for Europeans about living and working abroad.
What started as a friendly visit to Finland has led to over five years of ongoing cooperation between EURES Advisers in Poland and Finland, with 18 Polish workers pursuing careers in the meat industry as a result.
When applying for a job in Austria, it is important to highlight technical skills in CVs and interviews, address the application to the right person in the company, and learn German, according to the new “Ready to Make the Move?” EURES guide. The guide gives advice for jobseekers looking for work abroad.
Nadezda Koptjajeva is an Estonian doctor now working in a psychiatric hospital near Pori in Finland. Mother of two grown-up children, Nadezda started looking for work in another European country after she was made redundant from the ambulance service in Estonia.
Based in the small town of Wörgl, Austria, transport firm Transped Europe has been using EURES to help find new managers. So far, Transped has hired two Slovakians for their multinational team and are continuing to look for additional qualified candidates across Europe.
Until now, the job search tool on the EURES Portal has been limited to drop down lists providing options on occupations. To help improve it, a test version of a new improved “Find a job” Beta function has been put online and jobseekers are encouraged to try it out.
Every year in the Dutch city of Houten jobseekers are offered information on everything necessary for moving, living and working in a different country. The event has become one of the largest mobility fairs in Europe and EURES forms a central part of it.
Engineers and technical specialists are in high demand in most European countries, featuring heavily on lists of in-demand professionss in several countries. EURES provides some tips on tapping into this wealth of opportunities.
If you were searching for the heart of Europe, you might find it in the border region between Germany, France, Luxembourg, and Belgium – the location of a EURES cross-border partnership*. At a recent job day in this diverse region, held in Saarbrücken, Germany, a mix of German, French and English could be heard.
After being laid off in May 2012, Abel Barderas found getting a new job in his native Spain difficult. Through EURES he managed to find a role as an energy and building technology planner in the engineering office of Auerhammer & Weiland in Germany.
What if going to a job interview in a different EU Member State was paid for by your potential employer? An organisation of IT companies from the Aachen region has made this happen in order to provide quality personnel through EURES for its partners.
Over 100 employers and 8 000 jobseekers gathered recently in the Agrokomplex in Nitra, Slovakia, for one of the biggest job days in the country. Beyond the large numbers, testimonials from jobseekers and employers show that positions were being filled, jobs were being found and career dreams nurtured.
When Lidija Marjanovic from Croatia sent her CV to the EURES Adviser, she never dreamed things would happen so quickly. That was on Monday. On Tuesday she had a phone interview and by Friday she was on a train to Tirol, Austria to start a new job at a ski resort.
Europe’s ageing population and retiring workforce may lead to a potential shortage of around two million healthcare professionals including long-term care and ancillary workers by 2020, according to figures from the European Commission. EURES looks at some of the most important skills and advice for those interested in taking advantage of opportunities in the sector.
When 59-year-old Henk Marrink was unable to find suitable employment in his native Netherlands, he decided to look abroad for opportunities. With the help of his EURES Adviser, Henk managed to land a consultancy job as a Senior Finance and Accounting Process Specialist in Krakow, Poland.
The popular EURES Ready to make the move? guide brings together over 20 years of EURES experience on searching for and finding jobs in Europe. Having recently gone through a makeover, it is now available in 25 languages and as an eBook.
The new Ready to make the move? guide aims to provide important information for Europeans about living and working in other parts of Europe. Today we focus on Norway, where there is a labour demand in certain sectors.
In recent years, the county of Rogaland, Norway, has become increasingly popular as an employment destination. One of the most frequently asked questions at the Rogaland EURES helpdesk is: “Do I need Norwegian to work in Norway?”
There can be a range of cultural differences making finding employment in another country difficult for jobseekers. EURES Netherlands has been providing jobseekers with workshops for over a year, with the aim to explain the cultural differences between Germany and the Netherlands.
Where others may only see lemons, Valerie decided to make lemonade. Seizing on the opportunity to try something new, at 40 years of age she decided to switch careers – and countries – to pursue a lifelong passion: pastry.
Europa-Park, Europe’s second largest entertainment park, recruits personnel from across Europe thanks to strong cooperation with EURES Germany, plus the network of EURES Advisers across Europe. The cooperation is now in its third year, and in 2014, representatives from Europa-Park will travel to Varna (Bulgaria), Bucharest (Romania), and Tenerife (Gran Canaria).
Mobile EU workers have helped boost their host countries’ economies, contribute to government revenues, and address skills shortages and labour market bottlenecks, argued EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion László Andor during a lecture at the University of Bristol on 10 February.
Edyta Laszkiewicz from Poland, could follow her dreams of working in Italy thanks to Your first EURES job, a European mobility scheme. She is now working as a Computer Graphics Technician at Co.M.Mediain Lecce.
Starting small is sometimes a good strategy for a career. Swedish jobseeker Nicklas Antal was offered an internship in a Norwegian hotel, a placement provided through EURES Norway and EURES Sweden. After the internship, thanks to an open mind and eagerness to learn, Nicklas was offered a job at the hotel.
Rosa Corchero has always been keen to work in an international environment, so when the opportunity came up with the help of Your first EURES job, she left Spain to go and work as a computer professional at Plunet, Germany.
The EURES Portal will go through a makeover in early 2014: it will have a new "CV Online" application, improved search functions, a new look and feel, and be more user-friendly. EURES’ aim is to make it even easier for jobseekers and employers to find each other.
“We really encourage jobseekers to be active on social media” says EURES Adviser, Els Hollander in the Netherlands “we’re regularly putting announcements for interesting vacancies across Europe on Twitter – and this way it’s easy to stay informed!” Els gives you some hints and tips for how to be successful in a job search on Twitter.
EURES France is now using a “job dating” formula to offer niche recruitment events. The “1st ICT speed-recruiting” was held in Metz, France, for candidates willing to work in Luxembourg. Over 50 % of candidates are due to be contacted again by the employers at the recruitment event...
Elisabetta Giacchetta had plans to become a journalist in Germany – but was ready to work in a range of jobs to first improve her language skills. It turned out that her move was the start of an unexpected career change...
What do you think are the benefits of EURES? Why do more and more young people today consider working in another European country? We talk to Catarina Lucas, a young student from Portugal, who decided to create a video about EURES to help spread awareness of the service.
Celebrating three years of cooperation with EURES, Bravo Bemanning, a Norwegian recruitment agency, reflects on their fruitful cooperation – which has led to the placement of 200 industrial workers. This cooperation allowed them to double their turnover for four years in a row, awarding them with a Norwegian Gazelle prize for financial performance and strong revenue growth.
After Arno Daalder lost his job in Amsterdam, the former bank manager capitalised on his passion for Sweden. With help from EURES, he and his wife established their own domestic services company in a rural area 250 km north-west of Stockholm.
You have probably heard about the Europass CV, which allows you to create a CV that is understandable and easy-to-read for any employer across Europe. But did you know you can also create a European Skills passport? This is a collection of up to four documents that means all your skills and qualifications are also easily comprehensible to a potential European employer.
The Seven Seas Group is a recruitment agency that works with EURES to find employees for cruise ships. The cooperation has helped over 100 young sea-dogs find jobs on ships travelling anywhere from Sweden, Miami, and even Australia.
EURES is much more than the Job Mobility Portal; it is also a network of EURES Advisers and EURES countries cooperating in recruitment events. One example of this is the cooperation between EURES Germany and Bulgaria.
Cyprus is a popular holiday destination. Now, thanks to EURES collaboration with a recruitment agency on the island, large groups of young Swedes also spend each tourist season working there as waiters or behind the bar in top hotels.
On 4 October 2013, the EU’s newest Member State, Croatia, held its first Job Day. The day was extremely successful, and included many exchanges of CVs between jobseekers and employers, and even some on-the-spot interviews.
The SaarLorLux region is in many ways the heart of the European Union, with five regional authorities coming together from four different Member States. A recent job fair in Saarbrücken in the region, has brought together over 6 500 visitors and led to 500 new placements and contracts.
“I’m not anti-internet”, explains Swedish EURES Adviser Marie-Louise Chardet, “but there are certain advantages to a face-to-face meeting.” Here, Marie-Louise shares her top tips for how to arrange meetings with EURES Advisers and employers, what to expect, and how best to prepare.
Dancers are always nimble on their feet. Yet even Magnus Dovärn, a talented 26 year-old dancer from Stockholm, was surprised to end up performing in a famous theatre in northern Germany just eleven weeks after a European Job Day in Malmö.
In a job interview, it is usual for the interviewer to ask you if you have any questions. Being prepared and having some questions ready is a good idea. Remember, the interview is not just a chance for the employer to find out about you, but also for you to understand what your new working environment will be like.
Did you know that the first cover letter ever written is believed to have been Leonardo da Vinci’s back in 1482? Over 500 years later, the cover letter has become more important than ever – and it can really be what makes or breaks your job application. Here we give you hints and tips towards a winning cover letter.
Born in France, brought up in Germany and having completed his studies in the UK, Jan Lachner is certainly no stranger to living across the continent. Even for him though, 33 different European countries in the space of just a year and a half was a challenge. Still after completing a week in Italy in July, with a tiny bit of help from EURES along the way, he has done just that. The EURES News and Information Bureau (ENIB) caught up with him to talk about the experience.
When offered the opportunity to study and work for a few months in far-away Wales, Honorine Robert jumped at the chance. The young woman from Ile de la Réunion, a French overseas department in the Indian Ocean, set her sights on improving her English and gaining experience of the tourism sector. EURES played a key role in preparing her for this trip.
EURES UK has a successful partnership with Cosmo Animación, an entertainment provider, based in Mallorca, Spain. For the third year running, EURES hosted the company at a job centre in Birmingham auditioning creative and talented jobseekers. We speak to Connor Morris, who along with his brother Louis, spent five months working as a hotel and sports entertainer on the beautiful Spanish islands.
You’ve passed the initial CV screening and you’ve been invited for a phone interview, great! But just because this interview is not face-to-face doesn’t mean it’ll be easier, in fact, some might argue that it’s actually more difficult. Here are some top tips to help you prepare and get through the interview.
LinkedIn is the Facebook of the professional world, and is a brilliant opportunity for you to show your passion and proactive attitude in a particular job sector. Yet, get it wrong and you could be missing out on great networking opportunities. Here are a few things to correct now on your LinkedIn.
Sagius Uitzenders is a specialist in recruiting technical personnel from Slovakia and Poland, and has established a healthy partnership with EURES Slovakia in particular. Since the collaboration began, 114 Slovaks have received permanent jobs in the Netherlands. Now in its fifth year, the partnership is growing strong.
Four million temporary agency workers across Europe are entitled to the same rights and protection as their directly employed counterparts. A new video* takes viewers through the key benefits of the European Union Directive on Temporary Agency Work**.
Perhaps you become nervous before interviews and worry exactly what to say (especially if you are also speaking a foreign language). Here EURES suggests that you worry a bit less about what you’re saying with your mouth, and more about what you’re saying with your body language!
As part of the shared activities between EURES Spain and EURES Germany, the Public Employment Services of both countries have held information events in Spain about the German labour market. Here are a few highlights taken from EURES Canary Islands’ workshop aimed at engineers and IT specialists - yet with useful advice for all sectors!
Communication, problem solving, judgment, professionalism, leadership, flexibility, team work... - just a handful of ‘soft skills’ highly valued by employers. “Without demonstrating these qualities it’s unlikely you’ll get the job you want.” explains Louise Bushill, EURES Manager in the UK. For the first step on the road to a job in Europe, EURES gives you a few tips to present your soft skills well!
“Professional, supportive and expedite” are the three words Qmatec Group uses to describe their EURES experience. Over the past two years, the engineering group from Norway has employed eight engineers via EURES services, and one of those people was Jorge Domingues, from Portugal...
With the rise of social media, it is now easier than ever for an employer to search for you online. Facebook is meant to be a social platform, however be aware that employers could be looking at your profile to verify the content of your CV, or to get a ‘true’ insight into your personality and behaviour. Here are a few things to consider about your Facebook profile.
In an otherwise Latin-influenced Romania, Sibiu - a city in the heart of Transylvania, has a strong German heritage and a German-speaking minority that traces back to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Not so strange that German employers looking for staff come to this region.
Let’s face it - if you want to get a job in another EU country, speaking a foreign language will help you. Improving your language skills undoubtedly gives you a better experience if moving in Europe, and with the resources available online there’s no excuse!
On 1 July 2013 the EU welcomed its 28th Member State and EURES its 32nd country joining up to the network. Consequently Croatian jobseekers will have access to the EU labour market and Croatian vacancies will soon be available on the EURES Portal.
Cross-border workers are people who work in one EU Member State but live in another. Although a relatively novel concept for most people, it is in fact quite common in border areas and is likely to become more so with improved communication and transport links. With different labour and taxation laws across the EU, EURES has an important role in advising and supporting people who are thinking of working in another Member State. We look at the example of a Belgian job seeker who found a position in Aachen, just across the German border, to highlight how EURES’ expertise can help.
Are you under 30 years of age and unemployed? Would you like to work gain work experience in another European country? MCZ Group is a specialist in fireplaces and stoves who kindly decided, in collaboration with the Province of Pordenone, to transform the whole budget for Christmas presents into scholarships, in order to help young people get their foot on the employment ladder. Apply before the 31 October to be in with a chance of winning one of ten grants of EUR 2 500.
When one door closes, another opens... This famous phrase proved true for one Portuguese graduate engineer recently made redundant in his home country. He quickly landed a challenging new job in the Netherlands, with a little help from EURES and a dynamic recruitment agency.
Engineers remain one of the most sought after group of professionals in Europe. However there are large discrepancies between where the engineers are based and where the jobs are. This is where EURES can help; a job fair in Lisbon has helped put highly qualified engineers in touch with the employers who need their expertise.
The entertainment sector is an exciting option for people seeking first-time work experience with a dash of fun. A fruitful annual collaboration in northern Italy between EURES and an industry employer delivers many varied jobs in other parts of Europe and the world.
EURES in the Flanders region of Belgium has been inviting employers to attend recruitment events around Europe, helping them to find candidates that suit their specific needs. One company, construction firm Jan De Nul Group, has been “on tour” with EURES four times and will be coming back for more.
After his native Greek and English, Alexandros Giannoulakis didn’t think that Finnish would be his next language. However, now that he is one of eight Greek nurses moving to Tampere, Finnish language courses are the next item on his agenda.
By hosting a recruitment fair in Amersfoort in the heart of the Netherlands, EURES attracted jobseekers from across the country – linking them up with prospective employers eager to snap up new talent. One such jobseeker landed a post in Belfast only one month after the event.
Seasonal work is an excellent opportunity for jobseekers to find employment while experiencing another country and its culture. One Finnish jobseeker certainly did not hesitate when the chance presented itself to spend a summer in Italy as a children’s entertainer.
Although the responsibilities nurses hold may differ among countries, the key concept of providing care remains the same across Europe. Being able to communicate well with patients is vital and therefore learning the local language is important for nurses wanting to move to another EU country. “Your first EURES job” (YfEj) can help by providing financial support for language lessons and relocation costs.
After a successful first year, the “Your first EURES job” scheme is being extended to four new countries. If you are a young European looking for a job in another EU country, it may be able to help you to get the job and even to get set-up in a new country.
The First European Job Days to be held in Cyprus attracted 650 jobseekers and participants from eight other countries. Held over two consecutive days in May 2013, they were evaluated as “very positive” by the majority of participants.
One of the things you, perhaps, didn’t know about Germany is that it is home to half of the world’s opera houses. The German music scene employs as many as 38 000 singers and finding fresh European talent is always high on the agenda. This is where EURES comes in.
EURES Sweden organises five recruitment events for jobseekers in the arts sector each year. One event was organised specifically for actors in musical theatre, and EURES was successful in placing a young actress in a starring role.
On many occasions throughout the history of mankind, culture has mirrored society and has given us an indication of where the future is headed. If a recent audition for lyric singers in Paris is anything to go by then this could mean exciting times ahead for European mobility.
SMEs make a vital contribution to the EU economy, notably to job creation. EURES and the ‘Your first EURES job’ (YfEj) scheme provide support for young jobseekers to find work abroad. Here we focus on Vivat, a German SME, to see how YfEj can help jobseekers and SMEs alike.
European Job Days are a great opportunity to find out more about working and living abroad. They give you the chance to connect directly with employers and EURES Advisers are on hand to offer advice on what is available. However with a mountain of information on offer and thousands of people in attendance they can sometimes seem daunting, so we asked our EURES Advisers for their five top tips on how to take the most from the day:
In 2006 Sigitas Damulis from Lithuania found a job in Norway through EURES. He was only planning to stay for a few months but now, seven years on, he is still there and now even his two sons have joined him.
Offered the chance to move from chilly Norway to sunny Malta last autumn, Ole André Andersen was quick to say yes. The young man had little work experience, but is now a key member of an international business support centre that relies on skilled and multilingual teams for online content management.
Working a short stint as an au pair abroad has long been a popular way for young Swedes to experience life and culture in another country. Marie Gelibter has been recruiting au pairs for families in the UK for 15 years. Through her cooperation with EURES, she has helped provide employment and valuable experience abroad for many young Swedes.
In order to meet the increased demand in the Swedish healthcare sector, three Swedish employers went to Valencia, Spain, in order to recruit what is among Europe’s most sought after resource: medical doctors.
Under a clear blue sky and in a pleasant 20 degrees Celsius, the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia, Spain, gathered employers and EURES Advisers for an outdoor Job Day. The aim was to offer its students crucial help with taking that difficult first step into the labour market. The 42 employers collected more than 13 000 CVs.
A shortage of healthcare staff prompted Finland's Satakunta Region to start recruiting nurses in Spain’s Basque Country. While separated by over 2 600 km, the two regions now have a unique collaboration – with help from EURES and intensive language lessons.
From the little steps to the great leaps on the career ladder, it is important for jobseekers to have the right mindset. Those who get the job not only have the right tools, such as a quality CV, but also good psychological skills. Here are some tips to help prepare you psychologically for the search ahead.
When Skyline Communications had difficulty recruiting software and telecoms engineers, it did what many companies in Belgium have been doing and turned to EURES for help in seeking out the best qualified candidates at jobs fairs in Europe. Outcome in 2012: 79 engineers recruited in Portugal by Belgian employers.
Lego, a name familiar to creative children, has faced many challenges over the last eight decades. But plans laid by the world’s third-largest manufacturer of play materials to quickly hire 100 additional engineers and technicians looked overambitious. Within months though, four-fifths of this skilled personnel were found.
EURES Spain has had considerable success in the past two years at helping engineers find work in other Member States, particularly Germany. The initiative reached the height of success in March when the ‘Engineers to Germany’ jobs fair in Barcelona saw six contracts signed at the event and many more candidates beginning the recruitment process with companies.
A recent study of 500 000 job ads reveals the most common “buzzwords” that employers say they are looking for when recruiting – and organisation, communication, and motivation top the list of desired characteristics.
By joining forces with EURES, the Swedish Medical Association (Sveriges läkarförbund) hopes to maximise its membership by attracting foreign doctors newly arrived in the country. A recent exploratory mission to a recruitment event in Greece highlighted this new collaboration’s great potential.
It’s not always easy to recruit jobseekers from the comfort and familiarity of their own country to go and work in the chilly climate of the Arctic Circle. But EURES rose to the challenge when a Finnish company needed chambermaids to work the ski season in Lapland, Finland.
The experience of QSpin, a consulting company with offices in Louvain-La-Neuve and Ghent, Belgium, is a good example of how EURES can help small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) meet their recruitment needs.
When German IT administrator Florian Götzl decided to sample working life in a different EU Member State he turned to EURES for help. Florian ended up landing a dream job with Volvo IT in Gothenburg, Sweden after receiving solid advice from a local EURES Adviser.
When it came to getting a job in neighbouring Austria, Hungarian waitress Valéria Rácz had all the skills and experience necessary. But it took a little friendly persuasion from her EURES Adviser to convince her that her language abilities were also good enough for the move.
The first Franco-German job placement service is now open. The cross-border service (Service de Placement Transfrontalier/ Service für Grenzüberschreitende Arbeitsvermittlung Strasbourg-Ortenau) aims to address the needs of jobseekers and employers on both sides of the River Rhine.
EURES Advisers do not normally work alongside pop stars, however EURES Hungary took advantage of the opportunity to take part in the Sziget multicultural festival to reach out to a large number of young people from across Europe.
To put your creativity to test and unveil your personality, employers may no longer just be interested in posing standard interview questions. According to a survey carried out by the recruitment consultancy Michael Page International, two out of five jobseekers were asked a “weird” question during an interview.
Face-to-face interviews will not come to an end soon, but video chat is carving out a lasting position in the recruitment process and you need to think how you come across on camera in order to land your dream job. Whilst you may be used to Skype with your family and friends, video interviews can be more tricky than they seem.
Hundreds of Spanish nurses, physiotherapists and doctors find new jobs in France every year through Seleccion Emploi Europe. To ensure a smooth process, this specialist recruitment agency prides itself on attention to detail. Support includes document checking, help with travel and accommodation, and even assistance at the destination.
Swedish soprano Ann-Marie Backlund was on the lookout for a new role yet having little success. After being told about a chance to audition at a EURES European Job Days (EJD) event she readily seized the opportunity to land her next part in Germany.
The Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel in Germany knows who to contact when there is a shortage of skilled jobseekers. Cooperating regularly with EURES, in October 2012 the hotel chain successfully recruited three qualified jobseekers from Romania and one from Greece.
Luxembourg attracts many jobseekers from its bordering regions and countries due, in part at least, to its high salary levels. Not least is this the case in Trier, a small German city south-east of Luxembourg, from which around 28 000 workers commute to Luxembourg everyday.
Faced with a lack of work experience, many jobseekers wonder how they can make their CV stand out from the pile. Before applying, it is important that you take time to tailor your CV. Make the most of your personal skills, present examples of your achievements and don’t be afraid to show enthusiasm and creativity.
The Austrian region of Vorarlberg is very busy during the winter as thousands of visitors flock to the mountains to enjoy the snow and glamour of the ski slopes. The influx of tourists means that the local hotels and restaurants need more staff – and EURES is on hand to help out!
The decision to invite a candidate to interview may no longer only be in “human hands”. A computer programme can often be behind the reason your CV is picked out from the pile, with software scanning the candidate profiles for a series of job-specific keywords.
Sébastien Langui, from France, was looking for a job and had a clear plan in mind as to where he wanted to head next: anywhere in eastern Europe! With an MBA in Business Intelligence under his belt, he turned to EURES and managed to secure a job at a biotechnology company in Estonia.
Your first EURES job (YfEj) is celebrating its first year of implementation. Launched in 2012, YfEj is based on the concept of a customised job mobility scheme, combined with financial support to help young people find work in other Member States. Among other support, the scheme finances language courses and travel expenses for young job applicants (for job interviews and job relocation) and a contribution to an integration programme in the case of recruitment by a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME). The target is to help fill some 5 000 job vacancies by 2014.
If you live and work abroad, you now have the chance to help shape EU legislation on social security. With a view to a future revision of EU rules on the coordination of social security systems, particularly in cross-border situations, the European Commission has launched a public consultation open until 5 March.
While studying computer engineering in Lithuania, Šarūnas Kaunelis never imagined that his educational and professional path would one day change course so markedly. But that is what happened and embracing a new challenge, he took the plunge, flew to Denmark and became a gardener.
While facing unemployment or earning the minimum wage, more than 1 200 Bulgarian women decided to take up a new challenge and turned to the public employment services (PES) and EURES to find seasonal work in Spain. During last year’s selection process, more than 4 000 people were interviewed and 1 273 women were selected to pick raspberries on Spanish fruit farms.
Adrienn Szalai from Miskolc, Hungary, was surfing the Internet to look for seasonal work in Austria when she found out what EURES could offer. Before long she was over 700 kilometres away in Salzburg taking up a job as a hotel chambermaid.
The third edition of ‘Pas de frontières pour les métiers technologiques de demain’ (‘No borders for tomorrow’s business technology’), held in October 2012 in Saint-Julien-en-Genevois, France, attracted over 1 500 visitors and high technology companies on site offered 160 engineering jobs.
When Japanese consumer electronics company Nintendo requires testers for a new video game it has produced, they contact the German company Fitarbeiten in Frankfurt, Germany, which in turn asks EURES to provide suitable recruits.
An interview can be a stressful experience for many candidates. For the interviewer, however, it is fairly routine and all part of a day’s work. In order to ace that interview, think like the employer and come prepared.
An Austrian ski resort knows who to contact when they need staff for the tourism season: EURES in Finland. Thanks to this cooperation between two EURES Advisers, between four and 10 jobseekers have been hired every year.
Middle-aged workers have recently found themselves applying for jobs again. An increasingly ageing population coupled with the financial crisis, has led to more people who are over 50 finding themselves out of work. These so-called ‘baby-boomers’, those born in the post-World War II years, make up a significant percentage of the working population.
One international recruitment agency has cooperated with EURES UK for several years. However, in the past 12 months the partnership has grown even stronger. In total, 11 jobseekers were recruited as a direct result of the cooperation.
EURES Advisers from Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Finland, Sweden, and the UK got together to provide Latvian jobseekers with career opportunities in Europe on two job days in Riga in the beginning of December.
It is not the first time around that Portuguese workers have sought to pursue a career abroad. But as opposed to the often haphazard migration of the 1960s, EURES is now on hand to give workers a good start to their European career before they make the move, bringing together both employers and crucial mobility information under one roof: The European Job Days in Lisbon.
Not everyone dreams about being a mobile worker. Some take the decision based on necessity rather than as a lifestyle choice. This was certainly the case for Daniela Tsvetanova, who left her native Bulgaria for Germany. But once there, she realised that the grass can sometimes be greener on the other side.
Beautifully situated on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, Burgas recently played host to a European Job Day for seasonal jobs within the hospitality sector. EURES Advisers from all corners of Europe brought no less than 220 vacancies that needed to be filled to the event.
This year’s edition of ‘Forum Paris pour l’Emploi’ (‘Paris Forum for Employment’) attracted over 45 000 visitors and several hundred companies on 4 and 5 October 2012. France’s largest employment fair also proved popular with people seeking jobs abroad, with a dedicated space for them plus employers and EURES Advisers from across Europe.
A German small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) was struggling to find workers inside its own country. Recently they took on new members of staff from the Czech Republic – as a direct result of attending a EURES Job Fair.
As computers malfunction and printers jam, technicians are often on hand to come to the aid of their co-workers. Indeed, with more technology in day-to-day use than ever before, IT support is required in almost every business and organisation in Europe today. Many of them contact EURES to help solve their recruitment needs.
When Rafael Calvo Díaz took a break from his regular job, he never imagined ending up 2 700 km north-east of his home in Gijón, Spain. Today he teaches classical guitar in Estonia, thanks partly to the CV-checking skills of an Estonian EURES Adviser.
The Warsaw branch of EURES Poland was recently asked to partner with Lionbridge, a provider of translation, development and testing solutions, to help them recruit employees from abroad. The collaboration is a first for both EURES and the company, with the partnership set to continue for several years ahead.
Cross-border work offers tremendous opportunities, but can sometimes throw up tricky legal issues. The Centre de Ressources (CRD) EURES Lorraine offers employees and companies extensive support in this field, including legal advice and handy publications.
The weekend is a time to relax and reassess. However, some jobseekers know a little bit of prep over the weekend can make all the difference. So if you are currently looking for a job, why not make some time this weekend to get a head start in your job search.
Each year, EURES Netherlands organises a job fair aimed specifically at securing work for jobseekers looking to make the move to Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Finland and Sweden. This year’s event, however, had an innovative twist – it was organised solely online.
Your CV is your ‘sales tool’ in which to market yourself to potential employers. With job openings today at a premium, it is now therefore more important than ever to fill out CVs clearly and fully, to ensure that all-important competitive edge over other candidates.
Mother of two Amelia Morra Cidriain from Zaragoza in Spain decided to take a three-month work placement in the UK to improve her rusty English language skills. Little did she know at the time that her other language skills would come in handy when EURES introduced Amelia to her perfect placement.
After two years of struggling with unemployment and short-term contracts, an Italian jobseeker contacted her local EURES Adviser for advice. Just two weeks later, she got a job and has now launched a career as a baker in Germany.
A cover letter is the real meat of your application, and is the perfect accompaniment to a CV. It should also state the answer to the imperative question every employer asks: what makes you so special?
Every year thousands of jobseekers line up for one of the biggest job fairs in Europe, the European Job Day (EJD) in Brussels. This year saw more people than ever taking part in the event. However, one thing was notably different: the queues were substantially shorter. Why? Because, for the first time, jobseekers could also take part in the event online.
A brand-new application (app) brings simplified yet extensive access to the EURES Job Mobility Portal for owners of a modern mobile phone. With a few finger swipes, they can seek out jobs Europe-wide, track down their nearest EURES Adviser for more personalised assistance or look up future EURES events.
Understanding your rights as a mobile worker in Europe is not always easy. That is why the EURES network of Public Employment Services (PES) also includes trade unions and business organisations, in order to bring further expertise to the EURES network.
Your first EURES Job, the EU action to help young jobseekers to explore the possibilities on the European job market, is now being rolled out across Europe. While waiting for recent testimonials we can go back to 2004, when a similar programme changed the life of Swedish jobseeker.
Skype is one of the fastest growing enterprises in Europe at the moment and is looking to add talented members to their team. The European Job Days caught up with Tiit Paananen, the Skype Engineering People Operations Director, and Tallinn Site Leader, to get the lowdown on Skype’s participation in the event with EURES Estonia.
Adecco Group is the world's leading provider of human resources solutions, with a network of 5 500 agencies in more than 60 countries worldwide. It has seven branches in Luxembourg and first linked up with EURES in 2010, following a European Job Days event. Today the Group’s hospitality branch works closely with the EURES network to find recruits mainly for the Grand Duchy's numerous hotels and restaurants.
Have you ever thought about living or working abroad but were too afraid to do so because you didn’t know the native language? If you go to Finland, EURES Advisers can help you overcome this obstacle by setting you up with language courses.
Portuguese engineers often struggle to find employment in their home nation. But expectations are high that many of those who attended a two-day EURES job fair in May 2012 – featuring around 40 companies from five European countries – will soon find their dream job.
Pilar Perez Mañogil is a Spanish jobseeker who has been out of work for two months. With the European Job Day (EJD), Brussels set to take place on 6 October, Pilar explains why she has decided to attend and explore how she can take advantage of European mobility.
With hundreds of regulated professions across the EU, the standing of qualifications in different Member States can be confusing. Thankfully, a network of National Contact Points for the recognition of professional qualifications is on-hand to help the mobile professional.
As one of the United Kingdom’s leading healthcare recruitment agencies, HCL Nursing has high standards when it comes to the nurses it recruits. Perhaps this is why the agency’s work with EURES has been so successful. EURES has helped HCL Nursing recruit and place 150 qualified nurses all over the UK so far this year.
The European Job Day (EJD), Brussels takes place on 6 October and, in addition to being one of the most popular EURES recruitment events, this year’s edition will feature a special focus on three types of job highlighted by the European Commission for their potential to kick-start the economy.
Concentrix has previously taken part in European Job Days (EJD) events and recruited a number of new employees. Building on the successes of previous years, the company plans to participate in both the online and onsite event in Brussels on 6 October.
The European Job Day (EJD), Brussels will take place on 6 October in the Belgian capital. One of the largest recruitment events in Europe, this European Commission/EURES organised Job Day will bring together jobseekers, employers, and employment professionals from all over Europe.
French multinational corporation Sodexo is one of the largest services and facilities management companies in the world, employing almost 400 000 people in 80 countries. Its Luxembourg branch recruits extensively from neighbouring countries. Most of its external recruits are found via the services of EURES in Luxembourg, Belgium and France.
Due to a high demand and a shortage of qualified staff in Germany, some German hospitals are using the EURES network to find doctors, nurses and care staff in other European countries. In cooperation with EURES, recruitment fairs specifically tailored for the medical profession have been held recently in Greece, Portugal, and Spain.
More than 600 people attended the Malta Jobs and Training Fair 2012, which was held in the island’s capital, Valletta, on 25 and 26 May. EURES Advisers from the host country were joined by colleagues from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Sweden. The advisers used the event to promote vacancies in their own countries.
Thanks to EURES, a number of out-of-work Irish plumbers have been able to find rewarding and interesting jobs in Norway. Working closely with a Norwegian firm, since December 2011 some 30 Irish plumbers have found full-time work in the country.
Have you ever faced any difficulties when exercising your rights as a mobile worker? The European Commission is asking all EU citizens to share the problems they have experienced when moving around the EU, whether it was for work, study, or a holiday. Citizens are also invited to describe the kind of European Union they would like to see by 2020.
When the car rental company Hertz needed to recruit Spanish-speaking employees for their customer service team in Ireland, they asked EURES to help out. Over the years the company has enjoyed long-term cooperation with EURES which has led to a total of 87 people being employed.
As Spain’s unemployment rate continues to rise, new ideas for boosting recruitment nationwide are being tested. One of the most successful is bilateral employment cooperation with other EU Member States and in the case of Spain and Germany, 565 Spanish jobseekers have found employment with German companies over the past 12 months.
Local roads were jammed with jobseekers as more than 6 000 people visited a job fair in Saarbrücken in south-west Germany on 10 May. About 100 employers from Germany, Luxemburg and France were present to welcome jobseekers to the event. EURES helped organise proceedings and advisers were on hand to provide information about living and working conditions in this cross-border region.
The city of Joensuu in Finland celebrated Europe Day (9 May) with a series of events and activities. European films were shown for free at the local cinema and the European Movement in Finland launched a Facebook campaign asking for people’s views on the EU. Meanwhile, EURES was on hand to give advice to potential jobseekers on working in another European country.
Why not give your chances of securing a job a boost at one of the many ‘European Job Days’ – the perfect place to recruit, to meet employers, to discuss your plans with a EURES Adviser or to find out more about how EURES can help you.
About 600 people from the artistic professions received advice, support and inspiration regarding their career options in Europe at an “Art and Work” information day, which took place in Brussels on 3 May 2012.
Struggling to find a job in your home country and thinking about starting your career in another part of Europe but feel you need more help? Or are you an employer who can’t find the staff you need in your home country? ‘Your First EURES Job’ could be the solution for you.
As neighbouring countries where language is not the biggest hurdle there is considerable labour market mobility between Sweden and Norway. In fact around 80 000 Swedes works officially in Norway and are registered with the Norwegian tax authority. For EURES in Sweden, Norway is the number one destination for mobile jobseekers.
Ever realised you had just been in the right place at the right time? A visit to a European Job Days (EJD) event in Mondorf les Bains, Luxembourg – really paid off for jobseeker Fernandes Miguel, who was offered a position at Adecco – on the spot.
EURES in Slovenia together with EURES in Austria organised two Job Days events in April 2012, aimed at raising awareness among Slovenian jobseekers of the opportunities that exist just over the border in the German-speaking sphere.
The economic crisis which began in 2008 has had an especially severe impact on the economies of several southern European countries such as Portugal. With an unemployment rate of 15 % in February 2012, the services provided by EURES are more vital than ever.
Longstanding cooperation between EURES and the multinational, Infosys BPO, has led to a number of successful placements for European jobseekers. With recruitment needs continuing to grow, the company is also expanding its involvement with the EURES network.
Compared to some other EU Member States, Sweden has proved less vulnerable in the global financial crisis. In the past two years, an increasingly healthy economy has meant that certain sectors are struggling to fill job vacancies with qualified workers from their own country. Trefort AB, a construction company based in Stockholm, has found the ideal solution through a chance meeting at a EURES job fair in Hungary.
René Bartels, owner of RBC Engineering Support, a Dutch company located in the Netherlands and in Germany that manufactures construction machines and equipment, is looking for highly-qualified candidates. His search for the right profiles was easier said than done – that is, until he discovered EURES.
Strengthening Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) is a key element of the EU’s strategy for climbing out of the economic crisis. And within this context, citizens who are self-employed can play an important role, taking advantage of job mobility opportunities in the EU’s 27 Member States.
The Erasmus programme celebrated 25 years of promoting student mobility this year. We take a look back at the programme, its successes, and hear from some of those who have benefitted from Erasmus participation over the years.
Rising unemployment and a dearth of job vacancies in Slovak towns bordering Hungary prompted EURES-T Danubius, a Slovak-Hungarian cross-border partnership, to organise its first seminar promoting the creation of small businesses.
Workindenmark’s newest concept is called “Company Dating” and is targeted mainly at European students at Danish universities. To find out more, we talked to one of the organisers and one of the participants in this innovative internship programme.
In the Aragon region of northern Spain, the unemployment level has reached 17 % and is rising. Although the engineering sector has proved robust until now, a recent increase in job losses has led to a collaboration between EURES Spain and the Association of Engineers of Zaragoza, who are working together successfully to prevent more of the sector’s workers from losing their jobs.
When leading global oil services company, Aker Solutions, was approached by EURES Norway in early 2011 with an offer to help in recruiting engineers, little did the company realise just how fruitful the cooperation would be.
EURES offers a range of services to those interested in taking advantage of European mobility. Perhaps among the most useful of these is the “Living and Working” section on the EURES Job Mobility Portal.
EURES, together with Ghent University, Belgium, recently held an informative event for young students and graduates. Those attending were able to listen to presentations and consult with EURES Advisers.
In most EEA countries EURES Advisers are part of the Public Employment Services (PES). However, in Germany some work through non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Sabina Hoffmann, EURES Adviser with the catholic relief agency, Raphaels-Werk, explains how this unique relationship works.
Capgemini is a world-leading provider of consulting, technology, and outsourcing solutions. When the firm’s Polish branch was looking to recruit in Europe, they turned to EURES for expert help and advice.
EURES has teamed up with Universita’ Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona, Italy and Strathmore & Southend Care in the United Kingdom (UK) to help Italian student nurses gain valuable experience in the UK national health system (NHS).
Two young Europeans recently embarked on the adventure of a lifetime. Over the course of five weeks, the pair sampled some of the most diverse jobs that EURES could find and shared their experiences with the world.
When British graduate, Karina Stephenson, got her first job in Spain through the Public Employment Service in the UK and urgently needed advice on living and working conditions, she was adviced to turn to EURES for help.
The historic city of Lecce in southern Italy hosted its first European Job Day in January 2012, attracting over 500 jobseekers looking for opportunities in sectors such as aerospace, engineering and IT.
To meet the growing demands of the cruise ship industry, the specialist recruitment agency, Seven Seas Group, turned to EURES for help in sourcing the right candidates for a wide variety of vacancies. In 2011, over 200 people found jobs thanks to this ongoing cooperation.
Fancy living for up to nine months with a Spanish family and helping out in a local school – with all expenses paid? Over 100 young people from the UK have already signed up to the scheme in Spain, now in its second year, in the hope of reaping rewards from total immersion in a new environment.
Jobseekers from across Latvia visited the recent European Job Days event in Riga, where they could investigate opportunities for living and working abroad. Many attended seminars or workshops promoting entrepreneurship.
Saint-Julien-en-Genevois in the Ain/Haute-Savoie départéments of France played host to its first European Job Day end of last year. Over
2 000 jobseekers mainly from France and Switzerland turned up to the event, in search of job opportunities.
Bulgarian based company, Euroccor, is currently expanding its services and has a number of positions to fill. They turned to EURES to help them find the best candidates to serve their international customers.
The picturesque town of Arvika, nestled on the shores of Sweden’s only inland fjord and best known for its international music festival, played host to the first Job Fair to be held in the town’s Public Employment Centre.
Thanks to EURES, young Swedish jobseeker, Robin Ahumada, had his first experience of working life at a four star hotel in Volterra, Italy. As one of the few selected for this internship opportunity, he hopes this will boost his future career chances.
Finnish student, Henna Jalkanen, had been searching for a job in Helsinki when she came across the EURES portal and saw a job advert for catering staff at the Stubaier glacier ski resort in Austria. She immediately got in contact with her local EURES Adviser in Finland.
Though large numbers of Estonians regularly commute to work in Finland, few of them are aware of the help a EURES Adviser can give them about working in another EEA country.So many people travel on the Tallinn-Helsinki ferry each morning that it has come to be known as the “Workers’ Boat” – so what better place for EURES Advisers to hold an information seminar.
The Federal Employment Agency in Ravensburg, Germany teamed up with EURES to offer jobseekers interested in cross-border work a European Job Day with a difference. This one was on board a boat on Lake Constance.
When Elisabetta Marigliano from Naples, Italy was accepted to study for a Masters at the Paris-Sorbonne University in France she knew she would have to find a job to supplement her income. That is when she turned to EURES in Italy for help. Thirteen years on she is still working for the same organisation: Disneyland Paris.
October in Ljubljana, Slovenia: start of the academic year and the annual Student Arena – a freshers’ fair introducing all the free time options for students in the Slovenian capital. Amid gym classes, Chinese university reps, make up brands and religious associations, EURES were on hand to inform students about the possibilities of finding a job elsewhere in Europe after graduation.
Swedish designer Ebba Eriksson could not believe her luck when she landed a five-month internship in northern Italy – the heart of Europe’s design scene. And it was all thanks to assistance and advice provided by EURES.
Following on from a successful calendar of European Job Days in 2010, the 2011 Job Days were held all over Europe. The events, organised by EURES, aim to bring together jobseekers and employers in a productive setting.
“Can you send us 100, 200 or even 500 employees?” That was the question the American multinational online store Amazon.com recently asked a EURES Adviser in Sweden. Amazon.com needed to recruit workers for their European central warehouse in Bad-Hersfeld, Germany, to cope with the inevitable end year rush towards the festive period.
Around 6 000 jobseekers visited the Employment Forum in Thessaloniki, Greece, in October 2011. EURES Advisers from the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, together with the Greek public employment services (PES), were on hand to provide advice. Over 30 employers conducted interviews and collected CVs from potential candidates.
Just graduated and you’re scouring the job ads for that first step towards a fulfilling career? Concerned that you may not have the right experience to get started? An internship abroad could be the solution.
Elisabeth and Thomas Johnsen moved from Norway to Ireland in August 2010 after answering a EURES SMS text alert about job opportunities. After more than a year living and working in a foreign country, how are they getting on?
Europe is waiting for you. That was the message conveyed to students, young graduates, researchers and professors at the Università Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona, Italy, when EURES – together with the University, the Centro Alti Studi Europei, and the European Commission’s representation in Italy – organised an European careers day in the area.
FridayEuroTech, a Dutch professional specialised service company, has enjoyed close and successful cooperation in recruitment with the EURES network over the past five years, after experiencing recruitment shortages on their home labour market.
When Christos Mouzeviris from Greece started to get wanderlust and dream of broadening his horizons he turned to EURES to help him find a job in another European country. Within a month he was in Ireland in what was to become a life-changing experience.
Ever been looking for a job and realised that describing your foreign languages as being “intermediate” or “advanced” level is too vague? A new tool will now help you to better estimate your language level and thereby boost your job opportunities.
Europe Wants You! That’s the name of a new game, developed by EURES in the Netherlands to introduce EURES to young jobseekers in Europe. If you ever wondered what EURES is really all about but didn’t have the time or energy to find out, Europe Wants You! is the perfect introduction to EURES services.
Imagine being able to attend an event where you can meet and talk face-to-face with the HR manager holding the key to your dream job – that’s exactly what thousands of expectant jobseekers were able to do at the recent European Job Days event in Brussels.
In the German city of Aachen, neighbouring the Netherlands, a pilot project has been launched offering lathe turners the possibility to do their apprenticeships in the Netherlands. This way students can learn new skills while enjoying a new cultural experience.
Calling all wannabe entrepreneurs! Ever fancied starting your own business? Already got a good idea but need advice on how to get it up and running? What about shadowing an entrepreneur who has already done what you want to do? If you’re interested, then the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs programme could be for you.
For nearly two decades, EURES has been helping Disneyland Paris recruit the right candidates from across the EU to fill vacancies at the theme park on the outskirts of the French capital. In 2011, EURES helped to fill 2 500 vacancies according to Jean-Noël Thiollier, Human Resources Director for Talent & Reward at Disneyland Paris.
Did you know that through Eurodesk you can access over 200 programmes, 350 organisations and over 1 800 resources both in Europe and internationally? So if you have a question relating to work, travel, study or volunteering, try asking Eurodesk.
Are you a researcher, full of ideas, but lacking the financial means to implement them all? Or maybe you represent a research organisation or foundation looking for partners? Whoever you are, if you’re in research the EU Commission’s Marie Curie Actions are an invaluable resource.
For jobseekers looking for experiences – either studying, training or working – in other European countries, there are lots of schemes out there to help. Two programmes in particular, Eurodyssée and European Mobility, are working towards facilitating European internships, vocational training and apprenticeships.
While some countries in Europe are struggling with high unemployment, others are finding it difficult to recruit skilled workers to fill vacancies in a number of sectors. This is certainly the case for Germany, which is bouncing back from recession and currently on a recruitment drive.
“SME’s are not sufficiently aware of the tools available for them,” says Maritta Mikkola, EURES Line Manager in Turku, Finland. Maritta represented EURES on an event aimed at promoting and encourage entrepreneurs to go international.
Thanks to the ongoing cooperation between EURES Advisers in Austria and Spain, Juan Pedro Garcia de Dios left his native Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands to work the winter season in a hotel nestled in the Austrian mountains.
EURES Advisers organise a series of events throughout the year bringing jobseekers and companies together. EURES Portugal has taken this one step further. Since 2007, EURES Advisers there have been working closely with partners in other countries to organise a series of “country days”.
Dr Stefano Gelati, a psychiatrist, was newly married and and was looking forward to a stable career in his native Italy. Instead, he found himself constantly moving from one temporary contract to another. Faced with such a situation, his dream of moving to the UK grew ever stronger.
More than 213 000 European students received Erasmus grants to study or train abroad during the 2009/10 academic year, according to statistics published by the European Commission in June 2011. That represents a 7.4 % increase on the previous year and a new record for the programme.
It’s no longer only doctors that are highly sought after in the health sector across the EU. Nurses are now increasingly in demand on the European labour market. In Germany, the demand is so high that hospitals are willing to pay for the necessary language training in order to successfully integrate non-native German speaking nurses.
Job coach and owner of MyLifeAcademy, Claudiu Moldovan works with EURES in Malmö, Sweden coaching the country’s unemployed youth to find work in Europe. In a country where unemployment among the under 25s currently stands at 25 %*, job coaching can provide a lifeline for vulnerable youngsters trying to get that elusive first job.
Ruud Minnebraueker can’t stop looking for new business ideas. After 22 years working in local government as an IT technician in the Netherlands, he is now showing his true entrepreneurial spirit – in Sweden. What started with a dream of owning a holiday home to escape the city is set to grow into a nationwide franchise business.
Grundtvig helps adults to undertake new learning experiences in another European country. In this way, a jobseeker can increase its attractiveness to employers and continue to gain new skills throughout their professional life.
Just finished your studies and looking for a job elsewhere in Europe? Or perhaps you’ve been working for a while and want to move to another European country? But how do you ensure that your academic qualifications are recognised in another country? That’s when NARIC can help.
So your bags are packed and you’re ready to move abroad for studies, tourism or a posted work assignment. But what about your health insurance? Make sure you don’t leave home without your European Health Insurance Card.
Chef and entrepreneur Cees Snijders had begun to question how he could hire enough seasonal staff for the busy summer months at his pizza restaurant and hotel in Zeeland, Holland. After a recommendation from his local employment agency, EURES provided the answer.
A request sent to her local EURES Adviser in Hungary gave Dalma Ditroi the experience of a lifetime. Dalma had just finished a Bachelor’s degree in Horticultural Studies in her native Hungary, and had set her sights on a Master’s degree in the art of making wine – oenology.
Are you about to move to another country in Europe and wondering which country would be responsible for your social security benefits? The European Commission launched a video in June 2011 on “Moving within Europe”, which it hopes will make it easier to understand your social security rights.
Orthopaedics, anaesthesiology, trauma emergency surgery and gastroenterology… the lack of medical doctors with specialist knowledge seems to be chronic in Sweden. Indeed, the country has been actively recruiting medical personnel with these expertises from other European countries since 1999. To help ease the pain, EURES Sweden has helped to recruit over 700 doctors during this time.
The European Union’s 23 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) constitute 99 % of the EU’s businesses. Entrepreneurs who are looking to recruit, move or expand their activities in other European countries could benefit from the services of EURES.
A job at first sight or perhaps an instant rejection – the concept of speed dating has made it into the realms of job recruitment. Although it is unlikely to replace more conventional recruitment methods, job speed dating is catching on as a first step in the process. It can be an effective way for jobseekers to present themselves and for employers to screen a larger number of candidates in a tight timeframe.
“Space”, “culture” and “a dream coming true” – those were the three most common reasons from those asked at the Nordic Working information fair why they were thinking of moving to Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway or Sweden.
With the emphasis on promoting entrepreneurship and self-employment to aid economic recovery, the number of European citizens looking to start up their own SMEs either at home or in another European country is set to rise. Many may want to take advantage of EURES services to this end.
Economic recovery in Germany is going well. So well, in fact, that there are already staff shortages in a number of areas. Thanks to the combined efforts of agencies and companies in the Netherlands and Germany, approximately 200 long-term Dutch jobseekers have found work at a German factory
Several times a year, staff of the public employment services throughout Europe are selected to attend week-long training sessions to become EURES Advisers. As a EURES Adviser they are expected to have a European instead of a national perspective on recruitment.
The European Parliament employs around 7 000 staff, including the 736 Members of Parliament. The personnel come from all European Member States often bringing with them husbands, wives or partners who have given up their careers in their home country to move to Belgium.
According to the latest Eurobarometer survey, 53 % of young people in Europe want to work in another European country. However, less than 3 % of Europe's working population currently lives outside their home country.
Looking for a research job? Or perhaps you’re a researcher considering a move within the European Union and need practical advice on how to get started? With over 4 000 research jobs and a plethora of information, EURAXESS could be just the resource you’re looking for.
Jobseekers and job changers flocked to Tallaght, Ireland on 19 and 20 May for a European Job Day. With representatives coming from 16 countries, including Irish and European employers, the event attracted over 6 000 attendees.
Dental Zorg in Amsterdam, established in 1988, is a family-owned dental centre employing around 100 people. Some of these employees come from outside of the Netherlands. Dental Zorg’s Deputy Director, Naziem Adalat, has been successfully recruiting employees with the help of EURES since 2000.
Over 80 Irish and Polish nationals attended a one-day seminar and workshop for budding entrepreneurs interested in starting a business in either Ireland or Poland. The workshop, held in Dublin in May 2011, was the first in a series of business start-up workshops for mobile workers and Irish citizens organised by EURES Ireland together with the Dublin City Enterprise Board.
Thanks to EURES, Dutchman Danny Kooijman, 23, found a job with the Northern Irish firm, gem. Based in Belfast, gem provides its clients, including household names such as Microsoft and Cisco Systems, with customer contacts by e-mail and telephone in 29 languages.
So you want to work in another European country? The Europass Curriculum Vitae (CV) is just what you need to get started in your job search. With this CV you can promote your skills and competences in a standardised style and format. And what’s more, it’s completely free to use and recognised in 32 countries in Europe.
The International Citizen Service (ICS) provides help to people arriving in Denmark for work. Established at the beginning of 2011, it provides a “one-stop-shop” for registering with the Danish Tax and Customs Administration, the regional state administration and the local municipal administration.
Flore Thewis from Belgium graduated as a social worker in 2004. After six years of working in different branches of social work she wanted to specialise. Her passion was to work with children, an area in which vacancies are scarce in Belgium and where temporary contracts are the norm. She was also looking for a new challenge that would enable her to build on the skills and experience she had already developed.
On 9 May 1950 the first steps were taken towards the creation of what is now the European Union. To mark this event, people all over Europe celebrate the fundamental values of peace and solidarity that constitutes the EU, on 9 May each year. Being a European network, EURES takes part in the festivities.
Looking for a work placement to boost your experience? Or wondering whether to study in another European country? A period abroad can improve your chances of finding a job in the future. It shows potential employers that you are able to work with diverse teams, motivated to learn a new language and it broadens your awareness of different cultures.
Youth@Work was launched on 29 April 2011, during the European Job Day for Youth in Budapest, Hungary. The Youth@Work action will bring young people together with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Both have an important role to play in driving Europe’s economic recovery.
Germany and Austria are the last two countries to lift their restrictions on workers from Eastern and Central Europe, joining the EU in 2004. The end of the transitional rules on labour mobility creates new opportunities for workers to find a job abroad and for employers to recruit without asking for a work permit.
Czech company B:TECH is currently on a recruitment drive. In April 2011 they opened up a number of vacancies to candidates from other countries in Europe. They have also enlisted the help of their local EURES Adviser in Jihlava.
Ask Andersen, a Danish politician who strives to improve the rights of people with disabilities through his work in the European Economic and Social Committee, is visually impaired. This has not prevented him from having an international career, studying in Ireland and working as a policy officer in Belgium.
European Job Days provide the perfect occasion for jobseekers to meet employers and find out what opportunities are available in other European countries. For EURES Advisers, the ultimate aim of a Job Day is to match mobile European citizens with jobs.
Every year Hannover, Germany, plays host to the largest trade show in Europe. Around 6 500 companies from the fields of innovation, development and industry gather under one roof. In April 2011, EURES Germany went along to promote its services to companies and jobseekers.
Over 4 000 construction workers from all over Spain gathered in Madrid in March 2011 for the EURES Job Days recruitment event. They were hoping to land one of the hundreds of vacancies offered by the four major recruitment companies present.
An ongoing cooperation between EURES in the Swedish-speaking Åland Islands and a Germany-based language school is allowing skilled, unemployed German jobseekers to gain practical experience in a beautiful location.
Each year, European Job Days attract hundreds of thousands of participants interested in working or hiring from abroad. Whether you are a jobseeker, an employer, or simply interested in having a look, there’s bound to be an event happening near you.
The Brussels European Job Day is the EURES flagship event attended by thousands of jobseekers and employers every year – including the European Personnel Selection Office who recruits people from all backgrounds to work in the European institutions.
On the Italian island of Sicily a project is underway aimed at providing opportunities for young doctors. Italian EURES Adviser Gianfranco Badami and his colleagues have, to date, helped two Sicilian doctors find new opportunities in the United Kingdom.
Nordjobb is a Nordic exchange programme operating in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Åland. Together, EURES and Nordjobb work to promote youth mobility and raise awareness of Nordic language and culture.
Sarah Rutherford-Bryant of the United Kingdom was looking for an opportunity to move to Germany, in order to gain international experience, improve her German, and immerse herself in German culture. As a result of the cooperation between EURES and a private German employment agency, Sarah is now doing just that.
Post-graduation is the perfect time to explore options and take advantage of opportunities abroad. EURES can show new jobseekers how to fully explore their opportunities in another European country. For a young Lithuanian couple, seeking advice from EURES led them to start a new adventure in Norway.
EURES has helped many multinational organisations in their search for the perfect employee. gem in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is one such employer that continues to benefit from a lasting relationship with EURES.
Dominique Amodeo and Carmen Torres founded CD Publicité Lux in 2002, and began the search for employees. Seven years later and they employ between 50 and 100 people - 85% of which were found through EURES.
With an excellent academic background and an interest in gaining experience abroad, Italian medical student Laura Zanisi wasted no time in benefitting of the expertise of her local EURES Adviser. The result was a work placement that allowed her to discover a healthcare system completely different to that of her native Italy.
With a wealth of skills to offer and a taste for the international scene, Danish graduate Vildana Gacic used the EURES website—The European Job Mobility Portal—to quickly turn from jobseeker to recruiter, taking on a Human Resources position in a world renowned consultancy in Prague.
Hanna-Maria, a freelance opera singer from Malmö, south of Sweden, decided in 2008 that she needed a new challenge. With help from her local EURES Adviser she secured an audition in Hamburg and is currently working towards reaching her goal.
Allskogsservice, a Swedish company providing forestry services, had an urgent demand for skilled workers for their 2009 spring season. Read on to find out how EURES helped them to hire the staff they needed.
After learning of an exciting opportunity from a EURES Adviser, French student Benoit Guillaume spent three and half months in ‘mind-blowing’ Prague - and can’t wait to bring all his friends back for the coming New Year.
Stephen Craig, from Northern Ireland, worked for one year in Spain in the bioengineering sector while writing up his Ph.D. thesis. Six years later – and still in love with the country – he’s planning to go back to Spain again.
In an economic slowdown with rising unemployment rates, the work of public employment services and EURES is increasingly important. Read on to learn more about the extent to which EURES Advisers, like Raphaëlle Denis in Dijon, can provide support.
Masiá Ciscar S.A., based in Spain, needs over 1000 foreign workers every year to manage their harvest of strawberries, oranges, plums and nectarines. Read on to find out how EURES helped them to recruit pickers from Poland….
Cygnific, in Amsterdam, have very specific recruitment requirements: Nordic people with excellent language skills looking for long-term contracts. Find out how EURES helps to find just what Cygnific need.
Looking for excitement in a new country? Don’t forget that it is possible to go abroad to study as well as to work. Find out what is available and where through the PLOTEUS portal, which centralises information about learning opportunities throughout Europe in a wide range of EU and non-EU languages.
An Italian company which specialises in animation looking for motivated personnel and a Dutch student who had just completed her studies in sport looking for a job that matches her expectations – step in EURES!
At 52 Finn Päivi Joensuu felt that it was the right moment for a professional change and headed to Spain. Find out why Päivi feels she has found her niche, and plans to stay in Gran Canaria indefinitely…
When Slovenian Mojca Hostnik took part in an Erasmus programme in France, she had no idea that an international journey was about to start – with some timely advice from her EURES Adviser mother along the way...
So, like thousands of people across the EU, you’ve decided to benefit from your European citizenship and from the EU’s single market and seek work, business or retirement abroad. Where to start, and how to plan? That’s where a whole range of free European services come in.
Are you a mobile European researcher in search of information on job vacancies, funding information and your rights, or perhaps a research body looking for recruitment support? Look no further – EURAXESS could be the answer to your prayers.
What do you wear to go to work? Bets are that your outfit doesn’t involve large, furry ears. Find out how a Portuguese tourist guide broadened her horizons via a collaboration between Euro Disney and EURES…
EURES is the place to look for a whole range of exciting and sometimes unusual jobs, as a Czech teacher discovered when he found – and filled – a EURES vacancy for a seasonal tourist guide on a Finnish husky dog farm.
Keeping an eye on vacancies posted on the EURES website pays off – a Slovakian metalworker looking for better pay found himself in the south of France with a full range of accommodation and language lesson benefits.
The sheer range of options available to workers in an enlarged Europe – countries, job sectors, lifestyles – can be intimidating. EURES Advisers helped a German lawyer with wanderlust in her blood discover where her skills and aspirations could lead her.
In search of a new challenge in the field of mental health and aiming to develop her managerial skills-set in an international environment, a 29-year-old Italian doctor made a bold career move, swapping Palermo in Italy, for Essex in the UK.
Vita from Latvia made an unusual choice, when she decided with her fiancé to start a new life in Iceland. But hard work, tenacity and EURES support helped the young woman to find a well-paid job and a future.
Overcoming linguistic barriers is a routine challenge for many employers when hiring foreign staff. A Danish company has found an innovative solution and newly recruited Polish and German employees now wear a badge which reads “Sorry, I do not speak Danish” until they learn the language.
It can be a challenge for young Sicilians to find employment locally which matches their aspirations. EURES advisers have helped many jobseekers find satisfying work abroad, to which our Sicilians add a large dose of Mediterranean enthusiasm!
Following fifty years of separation by the Iron Curtain, the recent cooperation
between the Estonian and Finnish capital regions is a story of increasing success.
Not at last due to the mobile labour force.