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European Job Day in Tallinn supports European aspirations
A Swedish woodworker, a UK food manufacturer and a Norwegian construction industry recruiter came together to search for new staff at the European Job Day (EJD) in Tallinn, Estonia in September.
When organising the EJD, the EURES team in Estonia mobilised all of its resources in order to welcome 5 000 jobseekers to the National Library in Tallinn. This was one of the biggest EJDs yet in this country of 1.3 million inhabitants and with an unemployment rate of about 10 %*.
“For me, cooperating with EURES has proven to be a very good way to find the right people for the right work. I work in the forestry industry and since Estonia is a forest country, workers from here don’t need any training – they know the work from the first day,” says Måns Nording, founder of Curly Trading, a company based in Northern Sweden who have already recruited five workers from Estonia and now hope to recruit a further 10.
Some 20 employers were present at the EJD, as well as 17 Estonian employers and three from other parts of Europe. Together, they collected more than 1 100 CVs and are now in the next phase of the recruitment process. The Norwegian recruiter in construction has successfully placed hundreds of jobseekers over its four years of cooperation with EURES, and for this job day they had around 20 vacancies to fill.
EURES plays an important role in the Estonian labour market, according to a Eurobarometer** survey on geographical and labour market mobility. Indeed, its visibility in the country is high, with 33 % of the Estonian respondents having heard about EURES, as compared to the European average of 12 %.
Marta Traks has been working for EURES since Estonia joined the EU back in 2004. She had some words of encouragement and advice for young jobseekers today:
“I think the most important thing is to know who you are and what you like. The more concrete your aims, the higher the likelihood of success. This might sound easy but it’s not, because if you’re new to the labour market you might not know what your skills and preferences are. I myself graduated as a submarine engineer, and here I am – a manager within the Public Employment Service!”
One jobseeker who seems to have a very specific career goal is Kasia Pihla, from Tallinn:
“I would like to live and work in the UK. I’m an experienced Physical Education teacher, but I’m willing to take a temporary job in any sector to learn better English, since it has to be perfect in order to get a job as a teacher in the UK. So I have given my CV to Scope, the UK food manufacturer present at the fair, and hope they will consider my application. I already found some really useful information for my future career here at the job day – hopefully I will end up with a job contract as well,” concludes Kaisa.