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How the job market in Europe works

Citizens from EU and EEA region are free to live and work across the European Union. If you're not from within the EU/EER area, in most countries a work permit will be necessary. If you are not from an EU/EER-country, a future employer might only provide a work permit if you possess special (technical) skills that are otherwise rare to find, within IT or engineering. Legislation details and procedure vary from country to country, you should always check with the immigration authorities in the country you'd like to live and work in. 

Careersineurope.eu focuses on job offers in Europe, for EU/EEA member state citizens. As a general rule, you can only apply for jobs on this site if you have EU or EEA citizenship, unless indicated otherwise. Even though we wish everybody could get a job through this channel, It is useless to apply for jobs for which you do not meet the requirements as listed in the job description. Requirements concerning education, length and type of work experience, hard skills and EU/EER citizenship are hard criteria that have to be met in orde to be eligable. Your chances of finding a job will deteriorate if you apply for jobs for which you don't qualify. A profound list of the EU/EEA member states can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Economic_Area

  • Most job opportunities at international companies are in customer service, engineering or IT. Business areas include shared service centers, business process outsourcing, callcenters, high tech, R&D, oil/gas, offshore, maritime, electronics, telecom, web development, application development, eCommerce etc.
  • Most jobs require a higher level education (bachelor, master, PhD) and relevant (industry) work experience.
  • Please keep in mind that you need a good, working knowledge of English (especially spoken). In the majority of companies, English is the company language. Without a good knowledge of English your chances of getting a job are zero to none.
  • The more additional languages you speak, the better. However, only mention a language if you can comfortably work with it in a professional environment, and towards customers. For most jobs in ICT & Engineering just English would be sufficient, but most jobs on offer in Eastern or Southern European countries are in customer service and will require more language skills.
  • Prepare yourself well with regards to the country or countries you might be interested in. Especially look into local salary levels versus costs of living, and specific living costs like apartment rent and grocery shopping. Salaris in Eastern Europe may seem low at first glance but often offer a relatively good life standard as local costs of living are even lower in comparison.  

Your CV

  • A CV should be no more then 2-3 pages, A4.
  • Your CV should contain:
  • Your personal data (name, adress, date of birth, gender etc.)
  • An overview of your work experience (starting with your latest job). List tasks and skills applied with each job and not only in a separate list.
  • An overview of your school education (starting with your latest education)
  • An overview of relevant skills (software, hardware and tools knowledge)
  • On overview of relevant courses and extra-curricular activities
  • Your hobbies and interests
  • As an extra, you could could add a profile, listing your main skills and competencies in 2 or 3 sentences (after Personal data)
  • A sober, businesslike font such as Verdana, Arial, Times New Roman. Do not use a playful font like Comic Sans, for example.
  • Enough margins and white space on a page, for readability and clarity

Gross and net wages and costs of living

Salaries are usually communicated gross (before income tax), and per month, on a fulltime basis. Most often, income tax is deducted before monthly payment by your employer, which means you get net wages transferred to your bank account, usually at the end of every month. However, rules and gross to net calculations will vary greatly from country to country.

Please keep in mind that salaries in most Eastern European countries will be much lower then in Western or Northern European countries, at first glance. However, costs of living are also lower, to such an extend that the "local purchasing power" can actually be better! Most often, your salary in Eastern Europe will be above the local average, whilst the same type of job (callcenter representative for example) will be (much) below local average in Western or Northern Europe.

You can also check a costs of living comparison although the rent costs mentioned in major cities in Europe are somewhat high in this comparison. Just outside major cities rents are usually much lower:

Numbeo : www.numbeo.com

Expatistan: www.expatistan.com