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Finding a job

How to find a job

 

The principal body for the promotion of employment is the Greek Manpower Employment Organisation (OAED). It has 118 employment promotion centres (EPC or EPC2) throughout Greece and staff to whom unemployed people can turn to find a job and receive guidance. They also organise active employment, self-employment and retraining programmes to improve the qualifications of unemployed people.

The OAED also has Greek EURES advisers who speak foreign languages and are specially trained. Their job is to help job seekers find work in an EU country and to fill the job vacancies that employers in the European area have available. Furthermore, they provide support and guidance to nationals of EU countries who are looking for work in Greece, informing them about the job market and assisting them in their job search. They also provide information and act as an intermediary between job seekers and employers as part of the European Jobs Network. 

Unemployed people can also find work through private employment agencies which are authorised by the Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs and mediate in finding employment.

Mediation does not entail any financial burden for employees. The cost is borne by employers on behalf of whom the private employment agencies act as intermediate.

Newspapers are also an important source of information. Advertisements for managerial and specialist staff are usually published both in Greek and English. Small ads, papers and newspapers with employment pull-outs can be found at kiosks. Moreover, both on social media (in particular Facebook,Linkedin and Twitter) and on the internet in general there are numerous websites, both private and public, advertising jobs in various sectors in Greece. Surfing the internet and searching the ads are extremely popular ways of finding work in Greece. Both the OAED and private employment agencies have web portals or job search engines to provide information and assistance to job seekers, who may also submit their CVs electronically via the above portals to a register which can be accessed only by employers. The EURES web portal is currently the most developed job search engine of its kind.

Certain universities, or other entities, often organise career fairs mainly for graduates and students in the last year of their studies, at which job seekers can establish direct contact with interested employers.

Using social networks and asking friends and acquaintances whether they know of an employer who is looking for staff is often a good way of finding a job.

Searching specific companies’ websites for job vacancies corresponding to your interests and skills and then sending off your CV electronically is another good way of finding employment matching your qualifications.

 

Text last edited on: 07/2020

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