Finding a job in Europe after Coronavirus: what you should know

The emergency connected to the diffusion of Covid-19 all over the world, hit hard many European countries. Talking about finding a job in Europe after Coronavirus now, may seem utopian. As we helplessly witness the collapse of many economies, we ask ourselves what will happen in a few months, when we hope that everything will return as before, or almost there.

Are you worried that Coronavirus may have compromised your chances of finding a job abroad?

If so, we would like to reassure you: “don’t be afraid“.

Of course, the situation is currently on lockdown, and we are perhaps experiencing the worst period of the last few decades. But when the emergency is over, we hope – and believe – that the economy will gradually grow again.

This article will help you understand what could happen in the world of multinational corporations, and SSCs, after Covid-19.

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Finding a job in Europe after Coronavirus

Let’s start by saying that this article has been written in June 2020, when the worst seems to have passed, at least in Europe. That said, we are still far from going back to the “before Covid-19 good ol’ days”, both socially and at work. Some positive indications are starting to arrive from around Europe, and we hope that with the arrival of autumn – if all goes well – the job postings in multinationals will be back as before, if not more.

Of course something will have changed then. Instead, the importance of “referrals” will be even stronger, now more than ever. But we will talk about it later.
For now, let’s ask ourselves: what will change?

What will change

The interview procedures will be carried out by telephone or online, at least in the first few months. These methods, which are already used now in some cases, will become prevalent once the companies will be hiring again. A telephone or video call interview has its pros and cons. You will probably be less stressed than a face-to-face interview, and you can always have your resume or your notes for the interview at hand. On the other hand, you will have to be even more attentive to pronunciation (if the interview is in English), speak clearly and do not be distracted.

Smart working, or home office, will be even more widespread than it is now. In the various multinational companies in Europe, it has already been used for years, saving time and money for both the company and its employees. With the Covid-19 emergency, working from home has become the standard. Tomorrow, we believe that companies will increasingly rely on this tool. Both to limit the gatherings and because in many cases people work well either in the office and at home.

What about the future?

The economic crisis that hit all European countries in the early 2020 is likely to bring about many changes. If we want to stay positive, we think that this crisis can create interesting new perspectives. The large multinationals may decide to move some offices from the richer and “more expensive” countries (in terms of taxes and labor costs) such as the United Kingdom, Germany and France, to countries where the cost of labor is lower .

We would not be surprised to see a huge increment of job vacancies in many countries in Central and Eastern Europe. In the meantime, you can get an idea of the cities with more job opportunities at this link: City Guide.

What does this mean and how will it impact you?

If you are interested in entry-level positions, this could be the best time to submit your application. In addition, European SSCs will need staff who speak several languages: knowing languages such as Spanish, Dutch, French or Italian will certainly be a plus!

How can you find work abroad once the Coronavirus period is over? Well, our definitive guide “How to find a job abroad without experience” to finding work abroad is always valid and full of fundamental contents. But the real turning point, in the search for a job and even more after such a delicate period, is one and only one: the referral.

Il referral come arma vincente

Referral bonus

We talked extensively about referrals in multinational corporations. In this article, you will find out what the referral program is and how it can help you. In a nutshell, people who already work in multinationals can propose you as a candidate for open positions, and give you access to an interview. If you are hired, the person who proposed you will receive a monetary bonus paid by the company.

In our Referral Jobs section you can find the open positions posted by employees of European companies. You can get in touch with them, exchange emails and finally send them your Curriculum Vitae for an open position.

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