European Job Days!

17.12.2009

Each year, the EURES network organise hundreds of European Job Days, attracting jobseekers and employers from throughout Europe. What is a European Job Day?
European Job Days vary in size and focus but they are all run with the aim of encouraging mobility throughout the European Union. Events themselves can range from job fairs, to seminars and conferences, to information sessions and, in most cases, they provide an opportunity for employers and jobseekers to meet face-to-face. Participants, whether jobseeker, employer, or simply an interested member of the public, will be provided with important information on working or hiring from abroad, and will have the chance to get expert advice from EURES Advisers on the practicalities involved in such a move.

Read on to find out what happened at some of last year’s European Job Days….

Brussels, Belgium

The annual European Job Day in Brussels is a slightly unusual event: so many people in Brussels are international so the majority are simply looking for their next job in Brussels, while some are looking for help to return home elsewhere in Europe.

Over 50 employers and 6,000 jobseekers were present on 27 September 2008. EURES set up a ‘EURES village’, with stands from over 20 countries, an Information area with 30 EC services, NGOs and other information services, a conference area and a workshop area.

Presentations on the topic of ‘Looking for a job in Europe’ were given by Brussels-based employment agency ACTIRIS. Most employers were incredibly busy, conducting back-to-back interviews – showing just how popular these Job Days are!

Cluj Napoca, Romania

The EURES Cluj Napoca Fair focused both on Romanian jobseekers searching for jobs within Romania, and on the possibilities provided by international mobility. The one-day event on 25 September 2008 was located in one of the biggest service centres of the Romanian National Agency for Labour Force (ANOFM) and EURES representatives from Romania, Bulgaria, Norway, and Hungary were present to provide jobseekers with information on mobility-related issues. The event received considerable attention from the Romanian media and approximately 50 employers were present from a range of sectors, searching for the ideal candidates to fill both service- and production-related roles.

Floriana, Malta

The Maltese European Job Fair was held over two days on the 26 and 27 September 2008, with the event being officially opened by the Honourable Minister for Social Policy John Dalli MP, Dr Joanna Drake, Head of the EU Representation to Malta, and Dr Sandra Sladden, CEO of the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC). Six European employers, six EURES Advisers from various EU countries and five private employment agencies with job opportunities throughout Europe were present to welcome jobseekers. Additionally, employers and EURES Advisers held detailed information sessions at pre-arranged times throughout the day. Over 500 people attended the event over the two days; the picturesque location combined with a wealth of opportunities made it a very popular destination!

Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria


On 9 October 2008, 750 participants visited the European Information Centre in Veliko Turnovo for information on living, working and hiring from abroad. This particular Job Day targeted qualified and unqualified jobseekers with English and / or German, or indeed no specific language skills, from a range of sectors including engineering, health and social care, mechanics, construction, tourism, and food and agriculture. The aim of the event was to present to the Bulgarian jobseekers information on the employment conditions in Germany, Poland, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Cyprus, Slovakia, Slovenia, the UK, and the Czech Republic. Participants had the opportunity to obtain information, submit a CV, and meet the Bulgarian EURES team. 14 EURES Advisers were on hand to provide expert advice.

The event featured more than 500 job vacancies and many CVs were submitted to potential employers. One Finnish employer used the event as a chance to screen applicants, thereby allowing the recruitment process to move considerably faster, and a Cypriot employer came to the Job Day with 48 vacancies, ready to recruit.

Turin, Italy

The IO LAVORO (meaning “I Work”) event of 10-11 October 2008 was held at Turin’s Palasport Olimpico, the site of the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games. This Job Day was aimed at those interested or working in the tourism, catering and “wellbeing” industries, and included hoteliers, animators, tour operators, and
event organisers. Approximately 5,000 jobseekers from around the Piedmont region flocked to Turin seeking seasonal winter work.
43 major employers, including Club Med and Accor Hotels, were present to provide information and interview jobseekers – some 8,000 vacancies throughout the hotelier and tourism industries needed to be filled. This was in addition to the many vacancies offered by the EURES network.

This particular event also saw job counsellors on hand to not only give CV advice, but also assist in the printing, allowing jobseekers to distribute their resumes immediately. EURES representatives from the Czech Republic, France, Austria, Ireland, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Netherlands, and of course Italy, were present and, as always, ready and willing to give advice to anyone who needed it.

These are just a few examples of many, many events that took place throughout Europe last year. Keep an eye on the EURES Events Calendar for all upcoming Job Days near you. Remember, you can also contact your local EURES Adviser for the most current Job Day information. Whatever your situation, you are sure to find an event that suits your needs.

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