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A to Z recruitment support for medical staff
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.
Times are tough for medical professionals in Spain. Over the past 18 months, the number of unemployed nurses has risen four-fold, today standing at around 16 000. Due to financial pressure on the nation’s hospitals and practices, there are also fewer places for doctors and physiotherapists.
“The key to our recruitment is establishing a relationship of trust with job candidates and employers,” says Arzhéla Le Maitre, a consultant at Seleccion Emploi Europe. “As health-sector recruitment experts, we can step in if problems arise with the job, employer or administrative formalities.”
Arzhéla is part of a small team hiring health professionals from across Spain for public and private institutions abroad – mainly clinics, hospitals and care homes in France. The agency operates from Pedrezuela, north of Madrid. It posts job offers on its own website and other networks.
“We have worked with Seleccion Emploi Europe for several years and have an excellent cooperation for placing candidates. The company act as an intermediate between jobseekers and the health sector. They have a lot of experience from the Spanish education for nurses and know what possibilities are out there in Europe,” says Maria Teresa Vieitez Carrazoni, EURES Adviser in Zaragoza, Spain.
“We also hire around 200 people yearly from EURES, with which we have collaborated since 2002,” says Arzhéla. “The legal information about living and working abroad, available on the EURES site or from its advisers, is reliable. That’s a big plus for us and jobseekers on our books.”
A complete process
The agency works extensively online, often starting with a Skype interview to assess candidates’ abilities and motivation. The following stages include liaising with recruiters, making sure paperwork is right – such as certifying education and training certificates for work in other EU Member States, and organising travel and other follow-up issues.
The agency will sometimes go the “extra mile” to help those it recruits. “We found jobs for two Spanish physiotherapists, a couple with two young kids, at a centre near Cherbourg in France,” recalls Arzhéla. “With the assistance of my family, which has roots in that area, we found them some temporary accommodation. The couple liked it so much they decided to stay and have worked there happily for over three years.”
If and when the agency’s recruits decide to return to Spain, they are better positioned for jobs at home. According to Arzhéla, they will have acquired more experience and skills from their jobs abroad, plus greater self-confidence and flexibility.