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Make the most of a European Job Day
European Job Days are a great opportunity to find out more about living and working in Europe. They give you the chance to connect directly with employers and EURES Advisers are on hand to offer advice on what is available. 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:
- Research where you want to go
It is important to have a clear idea of which countries you would be interested in moving to. A good place to start is by visiting the country profiles on the EURES Portal*.Once you have done this, find out which countries will be participating at the job day you are attending.
- Research the companies
Most job days have a website and a list of the companies that will be attending. Decide which companies you are interested in approaching before the event. Have a look on their websites and make sure you know what the company does and what positions they are looking to fill. A well prepared jobseeker, with at least basic knowledge of the company, will always be highly appreciated by the employer.
- Prepare an “elevator pitch”
Each company will be approached by a lot of jobseekers throughout the day, so it is important that you can make a strong impression in a short space of time. A good way to prepare for this is by practicing an “elevator pitch”, that enables you to describe your competencies and ambitions in 30 seconds. It will show employers and EURES Advisers that you present yourself well and know what you are looking for.
- Be ready to ask questions
Prepare a few questions in advance that you would like to ask the companies and EURES Advisers. This will help you find out as much information as possible on the day and an intelligent question will show that you have researched the company and position well.
- Bring hardcopies of your CV
Although a lot of employers will want electronic copies of your CV, it is always a good idea to bring physical copies with you as well. If you leave one with an employer they may even have a chance to look over it on their way home. It is worth also bringing a business card as this can highlight your professionalism.
European Job Days are held throughout Europe. A list of upcoming Job Days can be found on the EURES Events Calendar.
*You can find more information on living and working in another country on the EURES Portal.
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