History repeating itself

History has a weird habit of repeating itself.

When I studied economics, we were told by our professor that not only the economy moved in cycles, but that events repeated itself, be it in different places and with different players.

When you look at what is happening in Europe you can see history happening all over again. The European economy suffers from over-inflated credit, financial and property markets. Japan suffered a similar situation in the late 1980’s and they ‘lost’ a decade.

When you look at what happened in Japan we can see what might (will?) be happening in Europe.

Governments and companies will reduce their funding of pensions and employees will have to pick up the bill themselves. Various governments have also increased the retirement age, meaning that people will have to pay longer into their retirement funds and start benefiting from them later.

More job insecurity
As the number of people in secure, permanent employment will decrease, the number of people in part-time and freelance jobs will increase. Companies will want to remain competitive and this is one way of doing that. Germany for instance coped with the crises by reducing the number of hours people worked in order to save their jobs. In Holland more people became self employed in their own jobs enabling companies to be more flexible.

Technology will increasingly enable companies to do things faster with fewer people, meaning that middle management positions will increasingly disappear. This will also lead to lower pay and increased workloads as fewer middle managers will have to deal with more lower educated staff, doing more work.

Lower job satisfaction
All these downward pressures mean that there will be fewer jobs for graduates, something already obvious in the UK job market. It will result in more graduates taking on non-graduate jobs, pushing lesser educated people into even lower paid jobs. People will end up feeling not very satisfied with the work they do. On top of that the pay gap will widen as evidenced in the UK. Bankers are in a position to pick up (Or reject, be it under duress, Steven Hester @ RBS) million pound bonuses where the average worker sees the cost of living increase and their salaries not keeping pace. Another side effect will be that graduates will start emigrating to countries where they will be paid according to their educational level. Lots of Irish graduates are moving to Australia and a similar brain drain is going from Portugal to Brazil.

Is it all bad news?
Yes and no, it depends on how you look at things. If you’re willing to move where the jobs are, learn another language, set up your own company, widen your experience beyond what you were trained for and be pro-active, you will be able to carve out a future for yourself. The main thing is not wait until work comes your way. It might never come.

So, research your industry. Which companies are growing, where are they based, what type of people do they need, are there new, fast growing companies? Can you form a new company with colleagues? Think outside the box, be willing to look at work in a different way and take new challenges in your stride.

The economic downturn might cause a lot of negativity, but there is always an upside. Look for the upside and you will have a thriving career. (But it might not be the career you originally set out for….)

Hot Career Opportunities for Nursing Professionals in 2012

What’s hot for 2012? The healthcare profession remains a major contender for higher having to pay, rapidly paced jobs. Regardless of whether you find a job in Government Healthcare Jobs or one more one particular of the many healthcare niches, you can find something satisfying. For nurses, the area of worldwide nursing may well be a great bet. A lot of individuals from the United States are acquainted with travel nursing jobs, which enable citizens to go travel the world and earn their paycheck at the very same time. But worldwide nursing does the very same thing for citizens of other nations, making it possible for healthcare pros from abroad to fulfill satisfying assignments throughout the United States. It gives them the chance to take the skills they have realized in their house country and then to go abroad to travel the world and take care of patients in other nations. Travel nursing, for US citizens, can also give nurses the chance to assist underserved nations in which requirements of practice have not yet been established.

To qualify for an worldwide nursing job, candidates ought to possess a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent, at least one particular year of clinical knowledge, the ability to speak, study, and create English fluently, outstanding patient care skills, and a latest NCLEX-RN license. When you are applying, there are also some issues that you want to make positive you pack. As far as documents go, you’ll require your passport, an application for immigrant visa and alien registration, birth certificate, and marriage certificates, adoption certificates, military service records and police certificates as applicable. You ought to also bring money or traveler’s checks, as nicely as your credit cards. Pack light when it comes to clothing and products – you will most likely be able to buy your clothing at your last destination (this is particularly correct for these worldwide nurses coming into the US, as generally clothing is less costly in America than other nations). You ought to bring linens for your bed, and a bath towel or two. As for a uniform, it is generally a much better concept to wait until finally you get to your destination, as many hospitals have different uniform needs.

Other private products to consider bringing consist of your latest resume, a skills checklist, copies of any certifications, diplomas, or degrees you have earned, a common reference book, and photographs of household or close friends, as nicely as other tiny products that will make you feel at house.

So if you are a passionate nurse, grab your suitcases and commence packing! An worldwide nursing job could be the best profession move you make, just call a Medical staffing agencies to get started!

A Short Conversation On Interpretation And The European Economy

Will a downturn in European Union impact independent Birth Certificate Translation professionals? Generally speaking, most translation professionals do not know much about E.U. economics. Though it is challenging to estimate the events of the coming year, a lot of economists believe that a downturn is coming. This writing offers some observations about the state of the European union economic climate. At the end, we are interested in hearing your viewpoint on how a downturn in the European Union will impact the jobs of translators.

Most leading economists surveyed by the BBC believe that GDP will slow in the E.U. and trigger a recession this year. Almost one fifth stated the E.U. would cease to exist in its current 17-nation style, while the bulk put the possibility of an European split at 40 percent. The study also discovered that most economists anticipate that interest rates in the United Kingdom will hold at 0.5% during the next 12 months. This study included fifty United kingdom and European union economic experts who are frequently questioned by the UK Treasury. Of the fifty who replied, fifty expect a slowing economy for Europe over the coming year.

Growth in the European Union has slowed in previous months as the European debt crisis has pressured nations to rein in spending and has weakened trust in worldwide money markets. The euro-zone economy grew by 0.2% between June and October, while the 27 members of the European Union grew collectively by 0.2%. Politicians have tried to deal with the situation, including an understanding to build closer connections between EU nations, but markets have yet to be convinced the actions they’ve made are sufficient. The longer the debt crisis rumbles on, the more likely Europe will go back to a downturn, economists think.

Growth in the UK Translation market throughout the third quarter was 0.5% Nevertheless, expansion in the earlier 90 days was flat. The CBI business group stated that the next 12 months could possibly be the beginning of a more positive future if the “ache” of budgetary cuts passed rapidly. In his year end address, the CBI business group’s David Hudson said the euro-zone crisis posed a “major risk” to the United Kingdom economic climate, because 39% of United kingdom exports were sold there.

Jobs in Europe: Just graduated? Don’t apply in the UK….

There are many jobs in Europe, but 69 graduates for every graduate vacancy in the UK…..

If you recently graduated and live in the United Kingdom, you’re not in luck.

After having studied hard and being told that a degree is the best investment for better job prospects, graduates in the UK are now discovering that there are 69 other graduates competing for the same job. Many find it impossible to find a job after years of studying.

Experts expect that around 500,000 UK graduates will be looking for their first job. As there are fewer jobs to go round employers are raising their expectations as a result. They now require at least a 2:1 degree and ideally from the Russell Group of universities. (The top 20 UK universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, etc.) Students from lower ranking universities don’t even get a look in.

The number of vacancies have fallen by 6.9% last year, compared to 8.9% the previous year. The market for jobs is still shrinking, despite the slight growth of the economy in 2011. And it will get even worse with all the budget cuts announced over the last few weeks. The public sector will be shrinking, so don’t expect too many vacancies in that corner of the market.

The industries where graduate jobs have been disappearing rapidly are the fast moving consumer goods industry (-45.4%), IT (-31.4%) and the retail industry (-31,4%), industries normally favoured by graduates starting out on the jobs market.

However, there are some positive signs. The banking and financial industry has seen a rise of 72% this year, which is not that unexpected really, as the banking industry saw savage cuts last year at the height of the banking crisis. The insurance industry is following suit with an increase of 53.3%.

On the salary front, this year is the first year since records began that starting salaries have remained the same as the year before. The average salary for a UK graduate is now £25,000 per year.

Not a very rosy future for British graduates……

So what to do if you can’t get a job at home?

It’s obvious what we would suggest….look around in Europe.

British graduates not only have a good degree, they also happen to speak English! A skill increasingly in demand on the continent. European employers are often limited when it comes to exporting their wares. Their prices are good, the products/services are excellent, but one problem remains hard to solve. They often speak limited English, which leads to misunderstanding in negotiations, communications and with after sales.

We have seen an ever increasing demand for native English speakers in places such as Malta, the Netherlands, Germany and even Gibraltar. Salaries on offer might not be as good (on paper) as in the UK, but the cost of living is a lot lower, the sun is shining a lot more and the pace of life is generally slower.  (And the food is better!)

So, give it a go. Have a look around on the European job market and you might be surprised how much fun it can be. (And it looks good on your CV as well, speaking from personal experience!)

Let us know what your experience is.

How to drive traffic to your European job adverts


How do you create traffic for your job advert on Eurojobs.com?

We often get asked how we drive traffic to job adverts.

The answer is simple, we don’t, but you do……

By creating your job advert you describe as best as you can what the job entails. In search marketing terms, you put keywords in your text. These are words that people use to find whatever they want.

Someone might be looking for a job as a manager in a shop.  He will use a search engine such as Google, Yahoo or Bing to research what opportunities there are. In order to find them he might type in “Manager shop”. As this is rather a generic term, he will get millions of hits. (136.000.000 on Google for instance)

Not satisfied with the result he will narrow his search down to e.g. ‘manager shoe shop london’. This ‘only’ results in 163.000 hits. But, still he hasn’t found what he’s looking for, so he adds ‘vacancy’. This is better as he now gets only 48.000 hits and there are some jobs listed he might be interested in.

So, how does this translate to the adverts you are posting on Eurojobs.com?

Firstly, create the text for your advert. (But don’t post it yet)

Secondly, use the words that describe your position to find high traffic synonyms on Google Adwords or any other key word tracker service. Choose the adwords that generate more traffic than your keyword, but don’t have as much competition. More competition means that you will end up lower on the rankings, getting fewer visitors. You want to be near the top of the results list! (You can buy the Adwords and have a link to your advert posted on many other websites, but this will be costly!)

Thirdly, craft your job title and body text in such a way that it incorporates your newly found keywords in a normal way. Don’t repeat the same word over and over in the text as the search engines will regard this as spam and knock you off the results list. Make the text flow normally, so it makes sense for a human being.

And finally create some adverts that describe the same job, but with different a job title, different keywords and a differently worded body text. Don’t just copy the bulk of the text and insert new keywords. Search engines regard this as duplicate text and will remove what they regard as duplicates from their results. You’re better off translating the advert in various European languages and post those on the site.

So, create clever adverts, don’t try to gobble us as much traffic as you can and don’t repeat the same advert over and over again. Trying to be too clever with search engines never works, they will always catch you out.

Put in the effort and you will be rewarded.

How to apply in the digital age

How do you apply in a digital format?

These days the majority of your documents will be in digital format. And you will have left traces behind on social media sites such as YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. You might have placed some holiday photos or pictures of a work do on a site. Or you might have recorded a video CV and put this on YouTube. Recruiters will be able to track all this down on-line and see what you’ve been up to. (That is if you have used your real name for all these sites.)

So, how do you present yourself when so much information about you is already available online? Colorado Technical University (a university on the other side of the pond) has created a really nice bit of information about what to mention in and how to create the perfect CV.

Have a look:ColoradoTech Info


How NOT to apply for a job in Europe

How do you apply for a job in Europe?

When you want to find a job in Europe, you need to follow some standard rules of behaviour.

The main thing is that you need to convince a potential employer of your suitability for the job. This will entail your education, experience in previous jobs, your personality and whether you can be relied on.

You start by checking if the requirements described in the advert are covered by your experience. If not, don’t apply. Employers have to wade through piles of totally irrelevant applications in order to find the right candidate. If they are looking for an Microsoft .Net engineer, don’t apply if you’re a gardener. There is an obvious gap in your experience and you won’t be able to do the job.

Employers in Europe can only hire people who posses the correct paperwork. If they don’t, they will get fined heavily. So make sure you have your paper work in order. Check our other blog posts to see what is required.

Don’t pester employers. If you keep on ringing begging for a job, you make sure they will NOT hire you as they will be put off by your insistent calling. Do not expect employers to call you back just because you want to speak to them. They have no reason to speak to you when you call them out of the blue. If you were an employer, would you be tempted to call back someone who does not leave their name, contact details or email address? Or obviously won’t have the right experience?

Listen to this message: Desperate caller

This call is violating several European standards of behaviour. He does not leave his name. He does not mention which job he is applying for. He does not even mention his experience or if he is allowed to work in Europe and the fact that he rung several times on a Sunday indicates that he has no idea what is expected in Europe. The chances that he will be rung back and eventually might secure a job are zero.

Do your home work. Make sure you fit the requirements perfectly. Don’t give an employer a reason not to speak to you. It’s a simple sales process. You are the “goods” that are for sale. Make it attractive to the potential buyer (the employer).

You wouldn’t want to buy something that doesn’t fit your own needs or that annoys you, would you?

So, put yourself in the position of the employer and ask yourself: “Why would I want to hire me?”


How does the Schengen Visa affect my job search?

The Schengen Visa – Allows you to travel to, stay in and freely travel within the Schengen Area Countries.

Schengen area

Schengen area

Travel in Europe before the First World War was easy. You didn’t need a passport and there were hardly any border controls in place. Countries didn’t get the millions of visitors we now see crossing borders.

WW1 created more awareness for nationality, border control, etc. resulting in everybody needing a passport in order to be able to visit another European country.

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European unemployment rates vary enormously

Hedge your bets when looking for work in Europe.

Eurostat, the European statistics boffins, have published their findings about unemployment rates in Europe. They discovered that Austria  had the lowest unemployment rate among the 27 EU states with 4.3 %, followed by the Netherlands, where 4.5 % of residents were out of work in August.

The agency also said that Spain still has the highest unemployment rate (20.5 %). It added the EU average was 9.6 %, up from 9.2 % year on year. It shows that Europe is still not out of the economic dolldrums.

Their findings also show that unemployment in the Eurozone – the 16 EU members which have adapted the Euro as their sole currency – rose by 0.4 % from August 2009 to August 2010.

Year on year comparison shows Malta managed the most significant decline among the EU’s 27 member states as its unemployment rate shrunk from 7.2 % to 6.2 %.

When it comes to unemployment amongst the under 25’s Austria is the best place to be. Only 8.5 % of the Austrian under 25’s were unemployed. Germany and the Netherlands share second place with 8.8 %, while Spain performed worst (41.6 %).

This should not really come as a surprise. The countries with the highest deficits also have the highest rates of unemployment, partly thanks to the need for cutting back the bulging deficits and partly to paralysed labour markets. The more flexible the labour markets seem to be, the lower the unemployment levels.

So, bear this in mind when you are looking for a job in Europe.


European integration slow? Think again…….

Bureaucrats in Brussels and in local European capitals might try to put spanners in various wheels, but Europeans are voting with their feet. Before the iron curtain fell there was a migration to the sun with France, Spain and Portugal receiving large numbers of Brits, Scandinavians, Germans and Dutch, who bought second homes and/or retired in those countries.

These immigrants did not do a lot for the receiving economies. OK, they bought properties, but they generally did not contribute a lot economically to their new ‘homelands’. Why would they? The majority were retired and only wanted to soak up the sun.

The tide changed when the iron curtain came down and the EU expanded into the former Eastern Bloc. Suddenly hundreds of thousands of people were able to travel to Western Europe and find a job, be it legal or not. In the UK the estimate at some point wast that there were up to one million Poles living and working there. This changed the fabric of life in the UK. Suddenly there were reliable builders, plumbers and other tradesmen. Small Polish shops appeared in towns all over the UK, indicating a big change in the population.

Other countries have seen similar influxes. There are now 30.000 Bulgarians working in Cyprus. They work primarily in tourism, construction, and agriculture, similar to the type of work the Poles do in the UK.

Germany has also been a traditional destination for foreign workers in Europe. The country is home to over 1.5 million Turkish passport holders, although the number has recently been slowly declining. The number of Turks dwarfs the number of immigrants from other countries. Other notable source countries are Romania, Poland and Bulgaria. The number of immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria have been growing sharply over the last few years.

But a combination of worsening economic conditions in Western Europe, comparatively weak currencies and an unprecendented surge in the home economies has made it unattractive for many immigrants to remain in their adopted countries. The tide is changing again…..

The tipping point came at the end of 2008. The first group who were hit by the economyin the UK were the Polish builders. And many were not prepared to hang around for the Olympic construction boom whilst the economy worsened.

On top of that, the Polish economy experienced an upturn. The zlotwasy was at a high and although there was inflation in Poland, it was not as noticable because the currency was strong.”

Half of the estimated one million British-based Poles are expected to return home, said the Centre for International Relations, a Warsaw-based think-tank.

Chris Zietkowski, 34, a Polish painter and decorator, told The Times that he wanted to return home. “Two years ago I could make five times the amount of money here than I could in Poland,” he said. “Now the wages are about the same and the living costs in the UK are much higher. There is a lot of work in Poland, probably more than in the UK. It’s a good time to go back.”

It’s bad news for the Brits and all the other countries who saw a big influx of people. They now have to rely on less reliable and less hard working local staff again. But it’s good news for the countries they return to. Their experience and hard earned currency will no doubt stimulate their local economies. And having lived in countries with different standards, they might demand similar standards back home, bringing Europe closer together again. Something Brussels can not achieve through enforced legislation!

We’re biased, but we’re all for a more open Europe, where working in another country should be as simple as moving to another town. Unfortunately pensions, health care, banking systems and telecom companies are still blissfully unaware that there is one (sort of) homogeneous market out there.

When will Brussels truly enforce open markets and free movement of people, services and goods? Europe can only grow together through personal initiatives by people who have lived and worked around Europe. You can not force it, only stimulate it!

What is your experience with working around Europe?
Let us know.
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