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18 September 2020

The future of work: ICT professionals

(From ec.europa.eu ) The occupation under investigation in this article is ICT professionals. This covers people that conduct research, plan, design, write, test, provide advice and improve information technology systems, hardware, software and related concepts for specific applications. Key facts Around 3.5 million people were employed as ICT professionals in 2018. . Employment in the occupation grew by just over 29% between 2006 and 2018. . 71% of IT professionals held a high-level qualification in 2018. . 25% of the workforce held a medium-level qualification in 2018. . ICT is a general-...
18 September 2020

Six advantages of having staff who work from home

(From ec.europa.eu ) Higher quality and productivity Remote working allows staff to spend more time with their family and loved ones and maintain a good work–life balance. Many studies say this is essential for being happier at work; and happy employees produce higher quality work. Additionally, working in open-plan offices can often be less productive due to distractions and a general lack of privacy. More time for work Many employees, especially those based in bigger cities, can spend hundreds of hours per year travelling to and from work. Not only is commuting mentally and physically...
26 August 2020

Tips to stay relevant in the job market after the pandemic

(From ec.europa.eu ) Assess and expand your skills If you currently have more free time on your hands because you’re working remotely, you can use it to gain new skills or improve existing ones. Meanwhile, you’ve probably learnt new skills to continue doing your job from home, so take a moment to reflect on what they are (for example, time management, flexibility, or perhaps using a new digital tool). In case you have lost your job as a result of COVID-19, this is the perfect time to round out your skills and increase your employability. There are plenty of opportunities online to boost your...
13 August 2020

Top priorities for employers in a post-COVID-19 world

(From ec.europa.eu ) Support flexible working In a post-COVID-19 world, it’s important for employers to continue to allow their staff to work from home, if possible. Many workers will probably choose to return to the office, but employees with weak immune systems and those living with at-risk people should have the option to work from the safety of their homes. Additionally, business owners should make sure their teleworkers have all the necessary tools and devices to do their jobs efficiently. Protect employee health Business owners should follow their national legislation and make sure...
28 July 2020

#EU4FairWork competition for workers and employers now open!

(From ec.europa.eu ) Would you like to win great prizes? From 10 June to 21 August, you’ll get your chance by participating in the competition! If you’re a worker, submit a photo or video clip of up to 90 seconds sharing your experiences and the benefits of working declared, along with a short description. Include the campaign slogan ‘Earn. Declare. Benefit’ and the hashtag #EU4FairWork in a creative way. You could win a tablet, a camera and much more! To enter the competition, discover all the prizes and see some tips on how to make your contribution unique, visit here. If you’re an employer...
23 July 2020

New Europass platform is out! Communicating your skills, qualifications and experience now easier than ever

(From ec.europa.eu ) Here’s a quick overview of what the new Europass platform can do for you. All-in-one digital profile You can register on Europass and create a profile to record your skills, qualifications and professional experience. Your Europass account has a personal library where you can add files (e.g. certificates, diplomas and images) so that your information and documents are all available in one secure location. You can share your profile with employers, recruiters, or your employment service for advice and support on your career. Your Europass profile supports 29 languages...
20 July 2020

How to prepare your CV for a job search after COVID-19

(From ec.europa.eu ) Include a variety of digital skills The more digital skills you have, the better! Businesses around the world shifted to remote working almost overnight to protect their employees from COVID-19. They relied on technology more than ever and this isn’t expected to change following the pandemic. The more digital skills you have, the more likely you are to be successful in your job search. Employers will value experience with new online tools as well as the traditional Microsoft 365. Make sure you know how to share your screen and familiarise yourself with popular online...
18 June 2020

8 essential skills to succeed in a post-COVID-19 world

(From ec.europa.eu ) Leadership The spread of the coronavirus may be slowing down, but remote working is becoming more popular. With more offices allowing their employees to work from home, good leadership skills are becoming essential. Team leaders and managers need to be able to inspire and motivate their colleagues and encourage collaboration from a distance. Additionally, with the growth of the gig economy, teams are becoming more fluent, requiring initiative and proactivity from everyone involved. Emotional intelligence Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and be aware of...
11 June 2020

Four ways COVID-19 has changed the way we work

(From ec.europa.eu ) Check out the four biggest changes to the way we work. 1. Uptake of technology When millions of people around the world were told to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they used technology to adapt their way of working. Working as a team when working remotely heavily relies on online tools. Face-to-face meetings were replaced with online conference calls via platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams which enable staff to access meetings from their living rooms, saving time and money. These online platforms overcame the barriers of remote working and kept people...
03 June 2020

Tips for adapting your job search post COVID-19

(From ec.europa.eu ) The world of job-hunting is no different. As some lockdowns begin to ease and we look forward to the period after COVID-19, here are six short tips to help you adapt your job search to fit the changing world of work. Be open-minded about the kind of roles you’re interested in Whilst the COVID-19 crisis has stopped many companies from hiring altogether, others (e.g. online retail services, courier/mail delivery services, supermarkets and pharmacies) need additional support to meet increased demand as a direct result of it. Staying open-minded about the kind of role you’re...

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