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08 May 2019

Let’s work in Germany

(From ec.europa.eu ) The EURES portal contains lots of information about living and working in the EU, with country-by-country facts and figures just a click away. EURES wants to be your first point of contact for support in finding a job in another EU country, and can direct you to the most appropriate sources of help. A good information source beside the EURES website for jobseekers who want to find work in Germany is www.make-it-in-germany.com , the German federal government’s website for foreign qualified professionals. It has versions in English, French and Spanish, with limited...
23 April 2019

‘Incredible places and wonderful people’: Lara’s story

(From ec.europa.eu ) ‘It all started with my registration on the EURES platform,’ recalls Lara. ‘It’s a simple procedure, similar to that of any other online job search platform. Basically, it involves entering your CV. You can also filter the offers you want to receive depending on the type of work.’ Lara soon received a job offer from a hotel in the Moselle valley region of Germany, although she admits that she wasn’t sure about the offer at first, because the employer wanted her to start work quickly. ‘I had nothing to lose’ Lara decided to contact a EURES Adviser at the Servicio Extremeño...
16 April 2019

Social media: A job hunting tool?

(From ec.europa.eu ) LinkedIn An article about job hunting on social media could not start without talking about LinkedIn. Launched in 2002, the site is specifically designed for professional networking and recruitment. There are a variety of tools and features on offer, and we’ve pulled out some of our favourites. Join groups: An obvious one, but a logical place to start. There are over 1.7 million groups on LinkedIn, dedicated not just to individual companies but also to networking, organisations and specific themes. Joining a group will give you access to experts, people who have the same...
21 January 2019

Skills for Jobs: How to get the most out of the OECD’s database

(From ec.europa.eu ) The world of work is changing amid technological developments and globalisation. For employees and employers, it’s important to know which skills are in demand – and in excess – in certain countries and occupations. This is where the Skills for Jobs database comes in. What is the Skills for Jobs database? Launched in 2017 by the OECD, Skills for Jobs provides information on skills shortages and surpluses in 40 countries, as well as occupational imbalances. It looks at cognitive, social and physical skills, and can help you understand which skills are hard to find and...
07 January 2019

Four common workplace personalities and how to work effectively with them

(From ec.europa.eu ) Everyone is different. We all have our own thoughts, experiences, beliefs and cultures. While this variety definitely makes life more interesting and exciting, it can be a bit of a stumbling block within the workplace when these differences collide. Learning how to work effectively with your colleagues and how to balance their personalities with yours is an important part of working life. The Leader Who are they? Leaders are usually very ambitious, driven and confident individuals. They’re the type of people that take control of a situation, make clear decisions and you’...
29 November 2018

Vocational education and training: Is there a career for me?

(From ec.europa.eu ) When you hear the phrase VET, you may well think of a select few “traditional” vocations. Construction workers, electricians, mechanics, plumbers and painters and decorators are all examples of jobs commonly associated with VET, and these careers – while great options – are not suited to everyone. The truth is, VET is a much broader concept, with a wide range of potential careers. In this article, we discuss some of the careers that you could pursue through VET. Traditional VET careers Vocational careers date right back to ancient times, when early farmers, cooks,...
14 November 2018

European Vocational Skills Week 2018 helps millions to discover benefits of vocational education and training

The 2018 edition of the European Vocational Skills Week, organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the Austrian Presidency, came to an end but many more associated activities and events are being organised across Europe until December 2018.
23 October 2018

Your first EURES job helps young Portuguese pharmacists to find work in Scandinavia

(From ec.europa.eu ) The market exploded, and the ensuing shortage of qualified pharmacists, against the backdrop of an ageing population, made it difficult for employers to recruit from within Sweden. In Portugal, on the other hand, there were – and still are – too many pharmacists and not enough jobs, due largely to the after-effects of the financial crisis. Seeing a mutually beneficial opportunity, LloydsApotek in Sweden, along with its Norwegian partner Vitusapotek, teamed up with EURES Portugal to recruit pharmacists through the Your first EURES job (YfEj) programme. LloydsApotek’s staff...
16 October 2018

Social enterprise: Entrepreneurship with a social impact

(From ec.europa.eu ) As pointed out by the European Commission, entrepreneurship and self-employment help create jobs, develop skills and give unemployed and vulnerable people an opportunity to fully participate in society and the economy. Accounting for 14% of total employment, self-employed people play an important role in the EU economy. The latest Eurostat figures show that 30.6 million people aged 15-64 in the EU were self-employed in 2016. Considering that SMEs make up 99% of companies in the EU and account for two thirds of total employment, it’s clear why the Commission supports these...

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