How to Get a Job in Europe
Fifth Edition


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First reviews:

“Want to really make a big change? How to Get a Job in Europe ($22.95, Planning Communications, River Forest, IL) is now in its completely revised and updated fifth edition. It is, without doubt, the best book on this subject and a real bargain for the tons of advice and information it provides on how to get a job in England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Holland, and twenty other nations. It tells you who the major employers are, the top employment agencies, and so much more.”, November 2003 edition

“This excellent book lists the names and addresses of 2,000 employers in England, France, Italy, Germany, Holland, Greece, Sweden, and 20 other European nations. It cites American firms and agencies that offer jobs in Europe or can help with employment leads, and includes information on directories that list European employers. A useful two– to three–page summary provides basic data bout the economy, employment, and related facts for each country. like all products from Planning/Communications, this is a well–researched book offering a tremendous amount of useful information. Highly recommended." — Career Opportunities News, Jan/Feb. 2004

American Reference Books Bulletin 2004 Review:

This comprehensive, practical, well-written handbook lists hundreds of resources and 2,000 European employers. Its approach is detailed and well focused, with strong emphasis on access to publications, addresses, organizations, and agencies. This amount of detail risks going out of date in some aspects but the overall structure of the volume gives a comprehensive picture that would adequately cover changed information.

The first fourth of the volume covers general qualifications and requirements for working in Europe and identifies prime employment sectors. A nine–step job search addresses how to organize a job search, research countries, and use both conventional and electronic resources for a search. Differences between resumes, interviewing, and working with placement organizations in Europe and the U.S. are clearly described.

The remaining three-fourths of the volume addresses specific regions and countries with narrative accounts of the nature of the country, general orientation, and employment regulations. Internship programs and volunteer opportunities are included as well as employer listings of American and foreign companies giving full contact information. Employers of all fields, professions, and technologies are identified. Trade centers, chambers of commerce, and embassies and consular offices offer additional assistance to job seekers and are fully cited. Special tips are offered on job searching in specific countries within the country section. This guide is recommended for libraries, career centers, and placement offices. — Barbara Conroy

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Table of Contents

Part I

Getting a Job in Europe    1

1    So You Want To Get a Job in Europe    2

How to get the most out of this book. Myths about international work debunked. Books on working and living in Europe. Addresses of chambers of commerce.

2    Do You Qualify to Work Abroad?    15

How to determine if an international job is really for you. Adapting to life in a foreign country. Employment regulations in Europe. Foreign language requirements for employment in Europe. Areas where Americans are most and least likely to find jobs. Higher education and international career preparation. Internships and temporary jobs.

3    Key Employment Sectors in the New Europe    23

Description and analysis of the economic trends and events transforming Europe and how they will affect Americans. The European single market, European monetary union, and European business expansion. Best opportunities for employment in E.U. countries.

4    The Nine–Step Job Search    31

The nine steps to getting a job in Europe. How to organize your job search, research countries, use conventional and electronic resources, and make contact with hiring authorities.

5    The International Resume    46

The basics of the international resume. The resume format. Contents of the international resume. List of verbs to use. Sample international resumes. The importance of the cover letter. Sample cover letters.

6    The International Interview    65

The interview and how to prepare for it. The kinds of questions you will be asked. How you will be evaluated. Responding to job offers and rejections.

7    Placement Organizations & the International Job Search    74

What placement agencies can and cannot do for you. Executive search firms. Temporary job recruiters. Internet agencies and special services agencies. Lists of placement agencies in the U.S. and in Europe.

8    The International Professional Career    79

Jobs in business, law, media and communications, nonprofits, U.S. federal government, and teaching. Survey of employment opportunities. Descriptions of work in each field. Lists of resources, publications, career guides, and professional organizations. Names and addresses of leading employers.

9    Internships, Volunteering, Summer, & Temporary Jobs    106

Work exchange organizations and internships. Sources for summer and temporary employment in Europe. Types of summer and temporary jobs available with addresses of employers and placement agencies. Sources of volunteer work.

10    Teaching English Abroad    119

Opportunities for non–certified teachers. Pros and cons of TEFL certification and programs to attain it. Names and addresses of language schools and placement services.

Part II

Where the Jobs Are: A Country by Country Look    125

Cultural and historical summary of each country. The current economic climate. Getting around. Employment regulations for Americans. Short–term and temporary work. Internship programs. Volunteer opportunities. Major newspapers. Resources for further information, including websites, embassies, chambers of commerce, and world trade centers. Business directories. Listings of major employers.

11    United Kingdom: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, & Wales    126

12    Republic of Ireland    157

13    France    172

14    Italy    196

15    Germany    213

16    Spain & Portugal    235

    Spain    236

    Portugal    252

17    Scandinavia: Denmark, Finland, Norway, & Sweden    264

    Denmark    265

    Finland    278

    Norway    291

    Sweden    303

18    Benelux Countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, & the Netherlands    315

    Belgium    316

    Luxembourg    330

    The Netherlands    339

19    Switzerland, Austria, & Liechtenstein    355

    Switzerland    356

    Austria    372

    Liechtenstein    384

20    Central Europe: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, & Romania    389

    Czech Republic/Slovakia    390

    Hungary    405

    Poland    415

    Romania    425

21    Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, & Malta    434

    Greece    435

    Turkey    448

    Cyprus    460

    Malta    466

22    Resource Center    472

Index    475

About the Authors    495

Free $65 Directory of International Employers    496

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