Working in the EU advice for non EU citizens

Getting started
Be realistic – what do you have to offer? Wanting a job and winning one are two totally different things.
Few European employers will be interested in hiring people who need a permit/visa to work in the EU or who have little or no work experience in Europe. This is why you need to gain international experience early in your professional career.
Interested in Working in Europe
Your calling card
A quality CV orientated towards the jobs you are applying for is essential. Avoid using a bulk standard CV , bespoke it every time – you need to stand out from the crowd. Keep it to no more than 3 pages and include a picture and whatever other documentation is called for otherwise you’ll be ignored.
Foreign Language Skills
These are essential. English is the international language of commerce but if you want to successfully compete with local candidates for a job in Europe, you need to prove that your skills exceed those of your competitors. For many jobs, excellent knowledge of the local language is essential, and having a working knowledge of German, Spanish, or French, will significantly improve your chances of getting a job offer.
Do your research
Each country has its own procedures and etiquette for job-seekers. The internet is an invaluable source of information. Instead of learning from your own mistakes, it is better to learn about the details of the job application process ahead of time.
Jobs for the Pros
Having professional skills that are in great demand is your best way to get a job offer from a European company. Unfortunately, due to strict labour laws, Citizens of the EU can work in any member country of the EU without a work permit, but Americans for instance need an employer to sponsor their work visa. And even if you are lucky enough to get a job offer in the EU, your employment contract still needs to be approved by the respective Labour Department, which will determine if you are the best candidate and if your position could also be filled by a local candidate.  However, most European countries have shortages of skilled professionals in certain fields, such as engineering, information technology, health care, and teaching. If you fall into this category, your application for a work permit will be speedily expedited, and you have a good chance of getting approved.
Visas for the Self-Employed
As Europe’s population rapidly ages, there is a constant demand for young entrepreneurs and professionals who can inject new ideas and entrepreneurial skills into European economies, either by opening businesses or by working as highly skilled self-employed professionals. If you fall in this category, you do not need a job offer. All you need is to demonstrate exceptional professional skills and enough funds to get started. Europe’s major economies all offer such programs.
Teaching English
The job market for English teachers in Western and Central Europe has tightened in recent years, either due to decreased demand or overabundance of qualified native English speakers. Many language institutes and schools across Europe require a TEFL or CELTA certification in addition to a college degree. Preference is usually given to English-speakers who are already citizens or legal residents of the European Union. However, in the new member countries of the EU in Eastern Europe, non-EU citizens still have a good chance of landing an English teaching job.
Temporary and Seasonal Work
Forget about it unless you are a EU citizen or have highly desirable job skills that cannot be performed by a local, or have a convincing business start-up plan, significant amounts of investment funds, your only other options are seasonal jobs or working illegally, which isn’t advisable. There is a great need for seasonal and temporary workers all across Europe, especially in agriculture, construction, the hospitality industry, and tourism. If you are happy with low wages and temporary employment, you will probably be able to find work and make enough money to get by in Europe and even save a little bit, but be careful and do it legally.


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European Labour in
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