This year’s edition of ‘Forum Paris pour l’Emploi’ (‘Paris Forum for Employment’) attracted over 45 000 visitors and several hundred companies on 4 and 5 October 2012. France’s largest employment fair also proved popular with people seeking jobs abroad, with a dedicated space for them plus employers and EURES Advisers from across Europe.
edition of the Forum was supported by the Mairie de Paris (Paris city council), in a huge marquee erected on the Place de la Concorde. It featured four recruitment spaces: people with disabilities, the social and solidarity-based economy, non-specialised and multisectoral employment, and international employment.
For the second year running, the 300 square-metre international space included a EURES and Pôle Emploi International (PEI) stand, where 17 foreign companies were represented. They came from every corner of Europe and covered fields ranging from IT to hotel and catering, as well as overseas recruitment.
“Our focus was international employment for French jobseekers. We had some 30 EURES Advisers, including eight from the Paris region, on hand to inform, advise and in some cases propose jobs to the more than 3 400 people who visited us over the two days,” says Sylwia Schiavo, EURES France coordinator.
UK and Scandinavia
The UK was the PEI stand’s most popular destination country by far, generating enquiries from 600 men and 800 women. Many visitors also expressed special interest in jobs based in Scandinavian countries or in Germany and Switzerland.
So what was the secret of success for the fair and the PEI stand? Sylwia praises the organiser for advertising the Forum widely, via the press, Internet and posters across the Paris region, before adding: “Thanks to EURES France’s advance communication, we saw many candidates that were ideally suited to international recruitment. They came with good CVs, often spoke excellent English as a second language, and were well informed about the companies represented.”
Each company present saw around 100 and 150 visitors daily. Candidates selected for a second interview can expect this to happen within the next few months. Meanwhile, EURES and PEI are already making plans to attend the Forum’s 2013 edition.