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New European Hospitality and Tourism Skills Passport: the ticket to a new job?

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.

The hospitality sector is by its nature an environment where international experience, language skills, and mobility are highly advantageous. However, as a jobseeker it can be difficult to explain and prove to employers what a specific role in another country meant in practice. At the same time employers have trouble understanding what skills a potential employee has, just by looking at their CV. The European Hospitality Skills Passport offers an effective and easy-to-use solution.

Making jobseekers mobile

This new, multilingual tool on the EURES Portal enables jobseekers to create their personal skills passport by selecting the competences they have from a list – for example, kitchen skills, welcoming guests, or arranging taxi transport. Each skill has to be linked to work experiences or training where it was obtained, and it can optionally be endorsed by former employers or through diplomas.

The selected skills are automatically translated into any desired European languages. Candidates who add the skills passport to their CV can be sure that employers understand just what exactly they have done and learned during previous work experience or training.

Helping employers find skilled workers

By selecting the skills they are looking for, employers will see a filtered selection of matching skills passports and CVs from all over Europe, providing a highly diverse selection of candidates who match the job description as closely as possible.

In return, employers who appreciate the work done by their employees can help them increase their chances on the job market by endorsing the skills their employees obtained working for them. The Hospitality Skills Passport thereby becomes the modern form of a recommendation letter – simple, online, and much more widely usable.

The European Skills Passport is an initiative of EURES and the European Commission in association with HOTREC, the umbrella association representing hotels, restaurants, cafés and similar establishments in Europe, and the European Federation of Trade Unions in the Food, Agriculture and Tourism sectors (EFFAT).

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Text last edited on: 06/2014

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