Want to get a job in Europe? Dreaming about working in the City of Lights or spending your evenings walking the Spanish steps after work in the office? Finding work in Europe can be a difficult task for those who don’t possess an European passport, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
Supplies you'll need:
- Work or student visa
- Do your research. The first step to get a job in Europe is to find out the work requirements for the country you’re interested in. To get a job in Europe, you will need a work permit. Some countries give out visas for self-employed workers (writers or web designers), while others require a contract with a local employer before giving out work permit.
- Try a recruitment office to get a job in Europe. Companies such as Kelly Services will take into account your experience and match you with potential employers. There are certain professions that are more sought after, such as IT and technical trades, and experience goes a long way when applying for a job, so make sure you pump up your resume as much as possible before applying for jobs in Europe.
- Check websites such as Monster.com or CareerBuilder.com for job opportunities. Posters on these sites are usually aware of the red tape involved in getting the proper work papers and having the proper connections to ensure things will go smoothly.
- Take a trip to the country of your choice and apply for jobs in person. Or visit job assistance services in the city of your choice. Companies are more likely to take you seriously if they can interview you face to face.
- Get a student visa. One of the main reasons it is difficult to get a job in Europe is that employers have a hard time obtaining a work permit for non-Europeans. To save them the trouble (and make them more likely to hire you), enroll in a language program of your choice, so you’ll get a student’s visa. In most countries, you are allowed to work while studying, so you won’t run into any legal trouble.
- Consider becoming an ESL teacher. ESL (English as a Second Language) instructors can get work permits a lot easier than any other workers, as long as their native language is English. In many parts of Europe, recruiters look specifically for American accents. ESL teaching might be your best choice to get a job in Europe without an advanced degree.
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