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Going to work in Europe: how to properly prepare your project with Pôle emploi?

Increasingly popular with French workers, Europe is a very attractive destination as part of a professional mobility project abroad.

Do you plan to leave to work in the European market? Find out how to properly prepare your project thanks to the support and tools offered by Pôle emploi and its partner EURES.

Europe, a dynamic and accessible job market

Going to work in Europe means choosing an open, accessible market, with a rich pool of job opportunitiesas explained to us by Nicolas Simon, Head of the international services offer department at Pôle emploi and Head of the EURES national coordination office.

The free movement of workers within the European Economic Area is Europe’s main asset for job seekers with an international mobility project. In addition, the job market is very dynamic, with many positions in various sectors of activity and very low unemployment rates.

Choosing Europe is also the guarantee of working in a secure environment, with full social protection (health insurance, unemployment, retirement, etc.) in continuity with the French system. Moreover, in the event of a crisis or political conflict, it will be much easier to be repatriated to France from another European country, as the health crisis has proven to us. »

The European market thus offers many employment opportunities to French workers, in a wide range of occupations. Among sectors that are recruiting in Europe, we can mention in particular: the health sector; Pharmaceutical industry ; the transport and logistics sector; the IT sector; hotels and restaurants; personal service…

Thanks to the measures to save jobs put in place by governments and the European Union, the level of employment and the unemployment rate in Europe have returned to the same as before the crisis, if not better.

In terms of destinations, the countries most in demand by jobseekers registered with Pôle emploi are bordering countries such as Switzerland, Luxembourg and Germany, for reasons of salary attractiveness, but also because it is possible to work there while continuing to live in France. Spain, Italy and Belgium are also in high demand, as are some Scandinavian countries, such as Sweden and Denmark. Finally, since Brexit, Ireland has become the number 1 destination for practicing English. Malta, where English is the language of business, is also increasingly popular. Finally, Europe is a land of ideal opportunities to develop linguistic and intercultural skills which will be highly valued by employers on their return to France. »

The EURES portal: a key tool in your professional mobility project in Europe

Indispensable for the preparation of a professional mobility project in Europe, the EURES network (EURopean Employment Services) connects European employers and workers, and disseminates nearly 4 million job offers per weekin the entire Europe.

The EURES network was created in 1994 by the European Commission, with the aim of facilitating the free movement of workers in Europe. The network now brings together 31 Member States, which work closely together to facilitate and promote professional mobility in Europe.

EURES supports both companies and European job seekers, through several levers:

– a network of more than 1,000 advisers spread over 31 countries. The job seeker thus benefits from the support of a local adviser, who will help him identify companies in the target country.

  • the EURES web portalon which the Member States have the obligation to relay all the job offers recorded by the public services of the country.
  • face-to-face and online recruitment eventssuch as the European Online Job Days, which allow, from virtual stands, to discover the job offers of employers and the particularities of the labor market and the country.
  • lots of useful informationrelayed on the Eures site and regularly updated (relating to local living and working conditions, the job market, the sectors that are recruiting, etc.).

Finally, each Member State of the EURES network appoints a national coordinator, responsible for setting up a certain number of actions within his country, in order to promote the range of EURES services and to support job seekers and companies. In France, it is Pôle emploi which carries the national coordination office. »

Prepare your mobility project in Europe with Pôle emploi

To help you realize your mobility project in Europe, Pôle emploi offers you tailor-made support, with dedicated advisers, as well as a wide range of services and online tools.Ludivine Prigent, International Mobility Team Leader at Pôle emploi, tells us more:

Pôle emploi has 60 international mobility advisers who support all job seekers wishing to move abroad.

To benefit from this support, all you need to do is inform your local adviser of your project. He will put you in touch with a referent adviser in international mobility, with whom an initial diagnosis will be carried out.

We then accompany the mobility candidate in a personalized way, to help him clarify his project, identify his strengths and conduct his job search abroad. We also prepare him for interculturality, a very important aspect in any mobility project.

All this is done through regular individual interviews, by video, but also through webinars, workshops… The follow-up is done entirely remotely, over a maximum period of 12 months. »

Many resources are thus made available to candidates for mobility in Europe. In particular, they have access to the following platforms and tools:

  • The country workshops Live and Work to learn more about the particularities of the intended destination (the job market, the recruitment process, the search for accommodation, the cost of living, etc.).
  • Thematic workshops: to acquire job search techniques; to write a cover letter and CV in English; to use social networks in his job search…
  • The Sphere collaborative platform: a social network intended for exchange between candidates for international mobility registered with Pôle emploi.
  • Monthly webinars, to learn how to manage interculturality, enhance your skills…
  • The site, with comprehensive information on all aspects of international professional mobility and more than 2,000 job offers abroad every day.
  • The Emploi Store platform, with an international section that includes interview simulators in a foreign language, advice sections by country, partner offers, virtual fairs, serious games, etc.
  • The International Mobility Facebook page of Pôle emploi, where offers, news, events, etc. are relayed.

Even without being registered as a job seeker on Pôle emploi, it is quite possible to access the offers published online on the Emploi Store platform and on the website. I also encourage mobility candidates to create their profile and post their CV on the site and on the Eures site, both of which offer great visibility to employers. »

Candidates who wish can also join the Erasmus+ scheme, which allows jobseekers to complete a 3 to 6 month internship in Europe. ‘foreign. This allows you to test your project before committing to a longer period. “says Nicolas Simon.

You should also know that several financial aids are made available to candidates for mobility in Europe, to cover all, or part, of the project (travel expenses for the job interview; accommodation expenses; costs related to recognition of diplomas abroad; costs related to moving, etc.).

You have to dare to think about your mobility project, and do not hesitate to talk about it with your Pôle Emploi adviser. This is really the starting point to get started. At Pôle emploi, we are committed to truly reaching out to everyone. Contrary to certain received ideas, international mobility is not reserved for a few young workers. It is open to everyone, regardless of place of residence, age and level of qualification, and this is all the more true in Europe. concludes Nicolas Simon, Head of the international services offer department at Pôle emploi and Head of the EURES national coordination office.

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