Get ready for seasonal job opportunities

27.04.2011

Summer is on its way and with it comes a new raft of seasonal jobs available only for a short time period. EURES can help you make the most of these opportunities.
Summer is on its way and with it comes a new raft of seasonal jobs available only for a short time period. EURES can help you make the most of these opportunities. 
 
There are hundreds of opportunities throughout Europe from fruit picking in Belgium, to working in a holiday camp in France, or maybe you’re interested in taking part in an archaeology project or getting a job in a theme park. The possibilities are endless. In short, there’s something for everyone, from the student looking to escape for a few months to workers looking for a new challenge. 
 
On the EURES portal, there are over a million job vacancies, some of them are seasonal jobs. The over 850 EURES advisers throughout Europe can also provide you with valuable local information.
 
A seasonal job somewhere in Europe offers many benefits. You can learn new skills or another language. Or you can immerse yourself in another culture and generally broaden your horizons, finding out more about yourself in the process.
 
And if all that isn’t enough to convince you, a number of employers registered on the EURES portal identified “international work experience” as being one of the most valued skills a candidate could have on their CV. A seasonal job in Europe will therefore help strengthen your position in the labour market. 
 
With all these opportunities, comes competition. So you need to jump into action now if you want to find the job that best suits you. Wondering where to get started? There are national and local newspapers, as well as numerous websites, some sponsored by the public employment services that are here to help.
 
Finding a seasonal job may not be that tough if you start early enough. But before you accept any job make sure you know what you are letting yourself in for.
 
We’ve put together a checklist of things you need to do when applying for seasonal work abroad.
 
 
Checklist for seasonal workers
 
Understanding the destination country:
  • Make sure you read up about the destination country and its culture as much as possible.
  • Study the language and try to learn some key phrases.
  • Check out the tax system in the country. How does it work?
  • Understand the employment contractual information.
  • Get to know how the social security system there works.
 
Before accepting a job:
  • Never accept a proposal without written confirmation about the conditions provided.
  • Always get written confirmation of the wages that you will receive and how it will be paid. Do you need to open a local bank account?
  • Get an employment contract that clearly sets out the working conditions.
 
Preparing for departure:
  • Be sure that you have a valid passport/a valid ID and if not get it updated well in advance of departure.
  • Apply for your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which covers all medical bills in Europe.
  • Don’t leave home without adequate insurance. Shop around for a good price.
  • Take enough money with you to cover your expenses and a return ticket while you wait for your first wage.
  • Make sure that your mail is read and that your bills are paid while you are gone.
  • Tell people that you will be away and give them a means to contact you.
  • Make copies of all relevant documents.
 
Remember: you can always contact a EURES adviser in the country to which you are travelling for more advice. Find your EURES adviser here.
 
Useful links for finding seasonal work in some EU Member States:

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