Working abroad: leaving with EURES

Have you finished your studies and do you want to find a job? Do you spend many hours watching online ads but you can’t find anything? Have you sent a thousand Curricula everywhere but it seems like no company is noticing you?

Don’t give up, the European Union can help you with the EURES project!

Do you want to know more? Keep reading!


What is EURES?

EURES is a free service created by the European Commission that helps young people between 18 and 35 to find an internship or a job – seasonal, fixed-term, permanent contract – in another EU country or associated with it (i.e. Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Norway). You can register on the portal and upload your CV, or look for a job offer and send your application. EURES is also committed, through its consultants, to help people before their departure and hosting companies by offering support with foreign bureaucracy and acting as a reference point for any problems, even during their stay abroad.

How to prepare your curriculum for EURES?

The European Commission has decided to create a service with a multilingual platform, called EURES, which you can find by clicking here to make the job search easier in a foreign country and write your CV.

On this portal, you can find tips on how to write your CV following the rules and regulations of the different countries, information about the job market, and a list of consultants located in all of Europe who can help you. Last but not least, EURES offers a platform where companies can post job offers. If you want to apply, you can upload your CV and/or search for your dream job. Once your CV has been uploaded, it can be available to potential employers who can contact you, or you can directly write to them.

How does EURES help you to find a job?

The EURES project, together with consultants across Europe, provides a range of services for businesses and job seekers.

Indeed, among the core services, job offers match with the CVs uploaded on the portal. Information and guidance offered by consultants, such as the possibility of getting financial support to cover travel and accommodation expenses, or training and language courses, are also essential. You can also access information about living conditions in other member states, such as tax and social security rules.

EURES consultants can provide support during the stay abroad in case of internship or seasonal work experience and give access to information for the recognition of qualifications obtained in another EU country. In essence, they are important reference points for those who want to leave but still do not know how to do it.

How can you apply for EURES?

To access EURES services you must meet the following requirements:

  • 18 – 35 years old
  • citizen of one of the EU countries (or Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway)
  • job seeker in one of the EU countries (or Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Norway): the job contract must have a minimum duration of 6 months – full-time or part-time.

How to do it? If you are interested, you must first register on the portal by clicking here and entering your details. Then, by clicking on “Find a job”, you can type in the search bar the job position, qualification, or desired company. Similar to other job search portals, all the results for that keyword will appear, and from there, you’ll be able to select the most interesting ads and send your application.

If you have any problems or questions related to the application, as well as the following steps such as the onboarding, you can always refer to the EURES consultant where you live.

Depending on the job you choose, different degrees and qualifications will be required, as well as, in some cases, knowledge of the local language: so remember to carefully evaluate the offers and respond only to those that you consider most appropriate. Furthermore, it is suggested to complete your CV in English or in the language of the country of the job offer.

Why should you use EURES?

Like the more typical Erasmus+ projects, International labour mobility is also a possibility for personal growth and professional enrichment, which benefits not only the young participant but also the hosting company, thanks to the intercultural exchange of ideas, approaches, and knowledge.

The mobility of people within the European area is one of the pillars of the EU and it is the main tool to strengthen the sense of European citizenship and to break down stereotypes and discrimination.

In a nutshell…

If you are between 18 and 35 years old and you are looking for a job in one of the EU countries, register on the EURES portal and upload or fill out your CV. Thanks to the matching system you will find the right offer for you, and you can apply for a job in a foreign country. With the support of the EURES consultant and the suggestions on the blog page, you will have no problem with foreign bureaucracy and leave well-informed about the next steps you have to do after your arrival.

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