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Wanted: professional video game players
When Japanese consumer electronics company Nintendo requires testers for a new video game it has produced, they contact the German company Fitarbeiten in Frankfurt, Germany, which in turn asks EURES to provide suitable recruits.
“I met Stefanie Vollhardt, head of human resources at Fitarbeiten, at a job fair in Frankfurt in 2009. She told me she was looking for English speaking video games testers, so we put together a project plan to find employees,” says EURES UK Adviser Joe Bennett.
With Fitarbeiten working out the social security and legal issues, it was up to EURES UK to find the suitable candidates. The company were looking for English native speakers to help test new video games by playing them in order to find software bugs. Obviously, it is an added advantage if the prospective candidates enjoy playing video games.
“We have been recruiting all over Europe with EURES for eight years already.
During this period we hired around 600 employees and out of these we found around 80 % with the help of EURES. The close relationship and cooperation with Joe started four years ago,” says Sorina Ionescu of Fitarbeiten.
When a job advert is published on the EURES portal, EURES UK normally also circulates it to all the Public Employment Service (PES) offices in the UK. Furthermore, Fitarbeiten attended three job days in Birmingham, Cardiff and Newcastle, to search for suitable candidates.
“This year we promoted the vacancy on the UK Jobcentre plus Twitter account to maximise exposure. This was extremely popular and resulted in two jobseekers being offered short-term contracts in Frankfurt pretty quickly,” explains Joe. “It’s also good to know we are working with such good partners as Fitarbeiten, who look after the candidates.”
Recruitment is on an ad hoc basis, rather than a set yearly intake, but the vacancies have been very popular each time they are advertised. German language skills are not required, but they are an advantage.
“Over the past four years the dedication and professionalism of EURES Advisers has helped Fitarbeiten to place many young professionals in jobs abroad. Here at Fitarbeiten we’re all looking forward to more successful cooperation in the coming years,” concludes Sorina.
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