As our traineeship progresses, more and more people are setting their eyes on the future. Many of us have already applied for the Generalist EPSO competition, for which the exams are taking place these days, while new translator competitions are opening soon for many languages, and career guidance sessions whisper job hunting tips into our eager ears. It’s time for a quick recap.
If you wish to get a permanent job at an EU institution, you will have to pass an EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office) competition, with those infamous tests of verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement (except for translator competition which has translation tests instead of situational judgement). For open competitions, check the EPSO website. And if you really plan to pass those tests, train yourself well with sample tests.
If you are less ambitious and can content yourself with temporary contracts, keep also other options in mind. Institutions need contract agents and temps who do not need to pass the EPSO. One fellow trainee already got lucky so why not you too?! 🙂 In “Let’s Do Business!”, an event by the Careers SC, Silvia revealed that the institutions also use agencies to recruit temporary employees. For more information on all the different employment opportunities, click here. Below you will also find a list of other useful links that Silvia graciously provided for us.
Other tips after spotting a job that might interest you:
- Do some good research of the employers you would like to work for. You will see if the job really interests you and you will be able to direct your application better.
- Prepare your CV and cover letter well. There are many models and instructions online. Make use of them but don’t forget to make it personal. Use Europass for the institutions but consider other models for private companies.
- Get ready for the interview, think about your attire, practice your answers and be prepared to sell yourself. Avoid common mistakes.
- Be yourself, be confident and go for it!
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FOR JOBS IN THE EU
http://europa.eu/about-eu/working-eu-institutions/index_en.htm – an overview of all the possible positions and types of contracts in the EU Institutions.
http://www.eurobrussels.com/ – the well known Eurobrussels.
http://www.randstad.lu/ – where you must be registered to get an interim contract in the Institutions; when applying and having an interview point out that you are looking for a job in the EU Institutions. Usually those jobs are for replacements.
https://erecruitment.eib.org/psp/hr/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL – vacancies at the European Investment Bank (EIB), Luxembourg.
https://www.ecb.europa.eu/ecb/jobs/html/index.en.html – vacancies at the European Central Bank Luxembourg.
http://europa.eu/about-eu/agencies/ – agencies of the EU. Those have specific recruitment process and do not have to recruit always from EPSO lists.
IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR
https://www.adecco.lu/ – the family of Adecco, Ajilon (Office, HR, Marketing, IT) and Badenoch & Clark (Banking, Finance, Accounting and Legal.) Interim and permanent jobs in the private sector.
http://www.manpower.lu/index.html – Manpower.
http://jobs.angloinfo.com/SearchResults.aspx – AngloInfo job section.
http://yourlivingcity.com/luxembourg/jobs-in-luxembourg/ – Yourlivingcity job section.
http://emploi.monster.lu/?re=nv_gh_gnt1147_%2F – Monster.
http://m.moovijob.com/fr/listResearch.html – Luxembourg jobs in Moovijob website.
http://www.jobfinder.lu/ – another private sector jobs website.
http://www.brusselsjobs.com/jobs/luxembourg – private sector jobs in Luxembourg.
THE LIST OF ALL THE AGENCIES IN LUXEMBOURG