With the influence of the pandemic, many European countries struggle to adapt to the “new normal” economically and socially. The change of the macro-environment also impacts local businesses and, of course, citizens. As of early 2020, the unemployment rate has been surging sharply. This trend is predicted to continue throughout the next few months.
Difficult as it may be on everyone, it seems that migrant workers have additional challenges as under these macro-circumstances, finding a job becomes more difficult than ever before, especially if you’re a migrant. Adding the fact that many migrants in Europe support their families back home, the hunt for work becomes even more crucial.
So, to help you on your job hunt, we’ve compiled a few useful tips on how to find jobs for migrants in European countries during this epidemic time.
Secure the right visa
Getting the right working visa is tremendously important since different issued visas have different requirements and conditions for paid employment. The two main types of visa are a Student Visa and Seasonal Working Visa:
- Student Visa. Many European countries only allow you to work a certain amount of hours per week.
- Seasonal Working Visa. The visa holder is usually allowed to carry on a full-time job. However, the visa is usually valid for three (3) to twelve (12) months.
Therefore, it is important to primarily understand what type of work you will be doing, and how long the contract will be, then you will be able to apply for the right working visa.
Update your resume (CV)
Before applying for jobs, make sure you have an updated version of your resume (CV), which clearly states your experience and contact details.
While most people prepare one generic version of their CV, it is recommended to tailor the CV you send to each and every job you apply for with the relevant information and experience.
How to look for a job?
If you haven’t yet – this is the time to build your network! According to recent research, approximately 20% – 30% of vacant positions are posted online, which indicates that more than half of the job opportunities out there can only be found offline.
Be active in social events and group events. This can help you expand your social and business network. Moreover, your local community is a great place to get more information regarding certain job vacancies.
Online job hunt
There are various websites and mobile applications that help migrants look for suitable jobs such as LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Indeed, etc. On these platforms, you are able to run a customized job search based on specific limitations, which you decide on such as location, type of industry, work hours, etc.
Another important aspect is the power of the online community. There are great online communities in which people connect with one another and often help each other. For example, on Facebook, there are groups for Indian migrants in Europe who want to consult about money matters, for Filipino expats and migrants in Europe, for Nigerians in Europe who wish to talk about life and finances, for Thais in Europe, entirely in Thai, and one for Chinese migrants on WeChat: rewireeu. In these closed groups, migrants actively share experiences, questions, thoughts, and opportunities to help each other.
Even though finding a suitable job is more difficult than ever before, there is still hope since more European countries are gradually lifting Covid-19 restrictions. In some countries, such as Spain and Italy for example, restaurants, bars and shopping centers have already reopened. In the summer, the travel industry is predicted to reopen which will lead to more job opportunities.