It generally is impossible as a non-European to apply for a job in a European Union country. The EU demands that employers find someone in Europe first before they can apply to get a work permit to employ someone from outside the EU.
As unemployment levels are high in Europe, the chance that an employer will not find someone in Europe is small, therefore keeping the door shut for non-Europeans.
However, the various countries do have real shortages and publish lists of occupations for which they will allow employers to recruit outside the EU. If your job is on the list the chance that you will be able to secure a job in Europe increases.
It will require a bit of work on your side though, as you need to find the lists first and then check if your job is on the list. If this is the case, you will still not be able to apply for a work permit. This has to be done by the employer.
The recruitment process
The employer will generally conduct interviews with candidates to see if they fit their requirements. These might initially be via Skype, but will almost always be in person. The employer will generally pay for any costs of the whole process. If they need to fly you over, they will pay for the flight. In Europe the candidate does not pay anything in order to go through the recruitment process.
Be aware that if they ask you to pay for anything (fees, duties, admin costs, etc) it will most likely be a scam. Don’t fall for it!
In order to find these lists do a search for “shortage occupation list” or “skilled workers list” and the European country’s name you want to work in. This will throw up a list of sites where you will find information. Often the department of work of a country will publish this list.
Again, be careful, as there are many conmen trying to get you to pay for access to a list. Often these ‘paid for’ lists are bogus and of no value.
There are also companies that try to make money out of this. They will charge you for information that is freely available online and will help you put together a CV, but they’ll charge you. It’s up to you to decide if you think their services are worth it.
JobTestPrep’s Online Practice Materials vs. Written Practice Materials for Psychometric Test Prep
Written By: Jennifer Feldman
It is becoming increasingly more popular for employers to give graduates online psychometric tests as part of the recruitment process. The psychometric test is used to gain insight into a potential employee’s skill sets, character traits, working style, and ability to handle a workload. Gone are the days of the paper-and-pen test. With a computer-based test comes a whole new set of challenges job seekers should be aware of. Let’s take a look at a typical selection process used by some top employers.
Now that you understand what a typical selection process looks like, it’s time to discover how to best prepare. I am here to outline the five benefits of using online practice materials—online practice tests, interactive study guides, video tutorials, and online interview practice—over traditional written practice materials, i.e. books, paper practice tests, and offline courses.
Why Practise Riding a Bike When You Want to Learn How to Drive a Car?
The first step of the job selection process displayed above is sending in an application online, followed by online assessments, a Skype interview, and, finally, an in-person assessment day. As a candidate, you must pass three out of six steps of the application process online before you even make it to the in-person assessment day. Once you make it to the assessment day, you will face shorter versions of the online assessments. As most of the selection process is to be tackled online, it is best to prepare with online resources.
Learn How to Use the Clock to Your Benefit
Unlike the old-fashioned paper exams, when taking a computer-based exam, there is a digital timer reminding you how much time is left in the test. Here is an inside tip: most tests are not meant to be completed. Therefore, it’s okay if you do not cover all the material, nor should you let the time constraint control you. That being said, a great way to gain an advantage over other candidates is to be familiar with pacing yourself. Also helpful is learning how to use the time clock. Practising online with is the easiest way to do this. JobTestPrep enables you to practise in two different modes: Practice Mode which includes a detailed answer explanation for every question and Timed Mode which simulates the time constraints of the actual exam. Practising with the timer is a gamechanger. You can learn how to manage your time as well as increase your chances of finishing assessments. Take a look at this free practice aptitude test from JobTestPrep to understand how these features work.
Get Instant Feedback
When you take online practice, you receive instant feedback whether you answered the question correctly or incorrectly. If you got a question wrong, you can learn how to solve it, right then and there, while the question is still fresh in your head. You can also get detailed score reports that track your progress. Using both score reports with explanations and test-taking hacks can save you valuable time on the actual exam. When you use traditional written materials, you are not exposed to this valuable feedback.
It’s Time to Teach an Old Horse New Tricks
Unfortunately, the old strategies you used for taking a pen-and-paper exam are completely different than those needed for taking an online exam. When you take an online exam, you can’t star hard items, write yourself little notes, or skip around as easily. A common dilemma you may encounter when taking an online exam is whether you should take educated guesses on more questions or answer fewer questions more accurately. The answer is that you need to strike a balance. Overall, getting good marks on fewer questions is better than finishing the assessment and getting a poor mark.
Access Up-to-Date Resources
One of the best benefits of using online resources is that obsolete materials can easily be updated. When you use a preparation book or e-book, you need to make sure it has current information.
Let the evidence speak for itself in the battle between online materials and written practice materials. My recommendation is out with the old and in with the new. Online products are the best way to prepare. Take a look at these online practice materials for:
Why Parcel Delivery Could Be the Right Career Path
There’s no denying that everyone likes to travel every once in a while. But for some of us, that like turns into a love, and that love turns into a want to travel more than just every once in a while. The idea of travelling as part of a job feels like a lifetime away, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you work directly for a courier (You can see some of the most popular at https://www.parceldelivery.com) or you decide to go self-employed, there are plenty of perks to becoming a delivery driver – here are just a few!
You get to travel!
Okay, so you’ve probably already worked that part out, but with a courier job comes the opportunity to travel! While some jobs might only take you from one end of your county to the other, you only have to look a little further for the opportunity to nab a job that will take you from one end of the country to another – maybe even overseas! If you have that taste of wanderlust that you just can’t shake, delivery driving can get you on that open road, visiting places you might not have even considered visiting. The best part? You’ll be getting paid to go there!
The working hours for a delivery driver are different, but whether that’s a good or bad thing is ultimately up to you. You could have more freedom to choose your own hours, though they’ll usually average at about 30-40 a week just like any other job. Extra shifts are usually available and encouraged, so if you want to earn more money at weekends or evenings, this is just as good of a job for that too. If you work as a freelance courier, you can have complete control over how many hours you do and just when you want to do them. If you just want to work nights on the open, empty roads, then do it!
An average day in the life of a courier.
It’s important to realise what a day in the life of a courier looks like before you go ahead and start applying for the job. It might seem self-explanatory, but there is often something that everyone forgets or doesn’t realise! Every day, you’ll carry out simple tasks from collecting packages and the delivery addresses from the depot, to planning out the best routes for the packages you have, as well as collecting and signing signatures. There’s a lot of paperwork to keep track of, so you need to be organised!
The skills you need to have
The skills you need to be a courier might seem just as self-explanatory as the average day, but once again there are probably skills you hadn’t even thought of. Of course, there’s the aforementioned organisational skills, but you’ll also need good geography and navigation skills. Using your initiative when you’re travelling for long periods alone will help you stick to strict time scales, and excellent interpersonal skills will make conversing with clients that little bit easier too! It’ll also help to put across the right image for your brand! You need to be reliable and trustworthy, able to co-operate and have a good work ethic too. After all, you’ll be alone for a lot of the day, and if you can’t self-motivate yourself with a good work ethic, you’ll start to struggle.
Written by: Jennifer Feldman
If you are applying for a new job, you have probably heard the term psychometric testing. You may be a little bit confused, especially as employers use the term ‘psychometric test’ to refer to many different forms of assessment. This is because psychometric testing is an umbrella term used to describe all the tests used by employers to assess a candidate’s performance. The term psychometric testing includes three main branches: aptitude tests, behavioural tests, and assessment day exercises.
What Are Aptitude Tests?
Aptitude tests evaluate a candidate’s general knowledge, technical knowledge, reasoning, and skills. These tests are usually given online with time constraints. Numerical tests come in two main forms: numeracy tests and numerical reasoning tests. Numeracy tests focus on basic math calculations, while numerical reasoning exams assess more abstract math skills. Verbal tests focus on two main concepts: text analysis and linguistically-based questions. Text analysis involves reading passages and answering questions, while linguistic questions focus on word knowledge. Technical tests evaluate an individual’s technical abilities according to those needed for the specific position they are applying for.
What Are Behavioural Tests?
Behavioural tests are used to assess a potential candidate’s traits and whether they match those needed for the job. These tests are often untimed but lengthy. The most common behavioural tests are personality tests, leadership assessment tests, and situational judgement tests. Personality tests are used to create a personality profile of the incoming candidates. Leadership assessment tests focus on assessing whether a candidate has the personality traits needed to be a leader. Situational judgement tests present candidates with work-related scenarios, evaluating how they respond in each situation.
What Is Involved in an Assessment Day Exercise?
Assessment centre exercises are a form of assessment involving interpersonal interactions. The exercises vary in format from employer to employer. They may include role-playing tasks, group exercises, presentations, and case studies. These tasks are usually given under time constraints to stimulate a real-life work environment.
What Should I Do to Prepare?
It is crucial to take the time to prepare before your assessment day. This will help to eliminate stress as well as ensure your best characteristics come out. Practising online is the most effective way of preparing. When you take an online practice test, you experience the same time constraints as those on the actual exam. In the current competitive job market, you need to do everything in your power to land your dream job. Don’t miss out on a job because you did not put in the time to prepare!
This article was contributed by Jennifer Feldman. She is a speech and language expert and blogger at JobTestPrep. She specialises in writing about the employment hiring process.
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We have just taken down another scam involving a fake UK company called FP Plastics.
If you have applied for one of their fake jobs and get a job offer, do not send them any money in order to (allegedly) buying plane tickets, visas or work permits. If you have send them money, contact your bank or credit card provider and your local police to report the fraud.
The phone number listed on their fake website belongs to the real FP Plastics, so ringing them will not help you as the real company are victims as well.
As we keep on repeating over and over, in order to be able to work in Europe the employer needs to submit an application for a work permit. A prospective employee can NOT do this.
Work permits are only given to licensed companies who can not find their staff anywhere in Europe, i.e. there is a huge shortage not just in the UK, but all over Europe. This is normally the case only for doctors, medical staff and other highly specialised staff.
Check out the UK government website (or the relevant government website if the company is based elsewhere in the EU) to see if your skills qualify for a work permit.
The following is applicable for the UK only, but the procedure is the same all over the EU.
You need to be employed by a licensed sponsor to apply to live in the UK. You can download the list of licensed sponsors to see if the company who has offered you a job is on the list.
Your sponsor checks that you can do the job they’re hiring you for and if it qualifies you for a visa. They’ll assign you a certificate of sponsorship to prove this.
They must also give you other information you need when you apply, for example how much you’ll be paid.
How long it will take
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you’re due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.
Check the company online to see if they are real. You can use Companies House (UK only) to check if they really exist. A fake website can be created in no time.
You can use LinkedIn.com to see if there are any employees listed for this company. Be very careful when you see anonymous LinkedIn accounts such as:
Search Google for “Scam” and the company name. This will give you links to sites such as Scamwarners and others.
Do a search for the domain name on Whois.com or websites of domain name providers. If the domains are registered recently, be very careful. The domain name should show a contact name. If this person uses a gmail address or another email address not linked to the company, again, be very suspicious.
Never, ever pay a company to get a job. A company normally pays your (big) expenses and they will generally not ask you to pay them. Paying a company in the EU to get a job is generally regarded as bribing and is illegal.
We are receiving messages from people claiming that are being scammed by a guy called “Allen Jake Wood” using firstname.lastname@example.org as an email address and claiming on Facebook he works as an agent with Eurojobs.
EUROJOBS.COM DOES NOT EMPLOY AGENTS!!! We only ever use our domain name in email addresses, so anything that is NOT ….@eurojobs.com has nothing to do with us.
Eurojobs.com does not act as an recruitment agent, headhunter or employment agent. We are only a job board and only exist on-line.
As we have said so many times before in this blog, NEVER EVER pay middlemen a fee in order to get a job. It doesn’t work like that in Europe. If a company is interested in hiring someone, you will be invited for an interview at the company’s offices and they will generally pay you for expenses incurred.
If you are from outside the European Union, the chances that you will get a job is almost zero. Unless you are a specialist who’s skills can not be found in the EU, companies are not allowed to hire someone from outside the EU. They have to find someone who has the (birth) right to work in the EU.
Below you will find a screengrab of this guy, but the likelyhood is that this a fake photo as well. Nigerian gangs are often behind this. Always check if you can find enough legitimate information elsewhere on the internet to corroborate his claims. In this case it probably is all fake.
If you have been contacted by him and he is asking you for money to join his “program”, please report him to Facebook. You can do this by clicking on the … to the right of the Message icon in his profile picture.
Inpetroleum.com is a ripp-off from https://www.cnrl.com, with the clear aim to lure unsupecting job seekers into paying for non-existing services.
They generally make you believe you have been invited for a job, a job interview or similar, BUT…… there is a small fee required in order to get the paper process rolling. They basically will ask you for some money. However, once you have paid you will never hear from them again and you will have lost your money.
Complain with the registrar about this scam if you have been duped into paying money and have lost it. Details of the scam registration are below:
Domain Name: INPETROLEUM.COM
Registry Domain ID: 2041255488_DOMAIN_COM-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.liquidnetlimited.co.uk
Registrar URL: http://liquidnetlimited.co.uk
Updated Date: 2016-07-31T10:40:57Z
Creation Date: 2016-07-09T10:52:38Z
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2017-07-09T10:52:38Z
Registrar: LIQUIDNET Ltd.
Registrar IANA ID: 1472
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: email@example.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +44.2036951294
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registry Registrant ID:
Registrant Name: Kwaku James
Registrant Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
Registrant City: PANAMA
Registrant State/Province: PANAMA
Registrant Postal Code: 00000
Registrant Country: GH
Registrant Phone: +507.8365503
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: +51.17057182
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registry Admin ID:
Admin Name: Kwaku James
Admin Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
Admin City: PANAMA
Admin State/Province: PANAMA
Admin Postal Code: 00000
Admin Country: GH
Admin Phone: +507.8365503
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax: +51.17057182
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: email@example.com
Registry Tech ID:
Tech Name: Kwaku James
Tech Street: P.O. BOX 0823-03411
Tech City: PANAMA
Tech State/Province: PANAMA
Tech Postal Code: 00000
Tech Country: GH
Tech Phone: +507.8365503
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: +51.17057182
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Name Server: dns1.ogdwebhost.com
Name Server: dns2.ogdwebhost.com
DNSSEC: not signed
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
>>> Last update of WHOIS database: 2016-11-09T22:02:01Z <<<
You can get hold of aptitude practice tests just like the ones employers use here.
Preparing for the EPSO Tests
Are you applying for a job in the European Union and are expecting to take the EPSO tests? Here we will give you a quick run-through of the different positions and tests you are likely to take in your application.
There are essentially two modes of entry into the European Union for job applicants; the assistant level (AST) and the administrator (AD) level of tests. For each of these categories and subcategories there are specific requirements which you need to meet in order to start your application. Once you have done so, you have to take the EPSO tests which are what we are going to focus on here.
Both AST and AD levels have to take the following tests:
EPSO Verbal Reasoning Test: In this test you have 35 minutes to answer 20 multiple choice questions. You will be presented with a paragraph of often terse information that relates to life and geography around Europe. You have to use your analytical skills to use the information contained within the passages in order to answer the questions as they relate to your ability to come to correct conclusions based on the text.
EPSO Numerical Reasoning Test: In this test you have 20 minutes to answer 10 questions. The questions in the EPSO numerical reasoning test assess your ability to work with complex tables, combining together different items in the table to come up with the correct solution. Practicing for these tests is essential to your success as you cannot fully prepare without taking these tests.
EPSO Abstract Reasoning Test: You have 10 questions to answer in a 10 minute window. You are presented with a series of images that have a particular pattern running through them. You have to identify this pattern and use it to select the correct answer option.
EPSO Situational Judgement Test: In this test you are presented with short stories that are likely to happen in your applied field. Based on these “situations” you are given a number of different options where you have to choose the best one for the situation. This isn’t time limited but you need to know how to answer these situations in the way that EPSO are looking for.
This is a skill that can be learnt and you can do it with practice tests.
AST level candidates also need to take the following EPSO tests:
EPSO Accuracy and Precision: This test is a form of error checking test where you are given a table of information and have to compare it to a snapshot of it. You have to see where the errors are, if any and select the correct answer option from five different choices.
EPSO Organising and Prioritising: In this test you have to use your ability to select the best option for an activity. You are given a table with all the relevant information needed in order to arrive at the solutions. You will need some rudimentary numerical skills
EPSO Skills Tests: There are other skills based tests that different positions need to take such as computer skills in Microsoft programs and the like.
Preparing for the EPSO tests
One thing is very clear and that is that EPSO tests are not generic. They are specific in their format and skill level required. Therefore it is imperative that you practice personalised tests. This gives you the skills and confidence level to know that when you come to take the tests for real you will score your highest possible mark.
You can get hold of EPSO practice tests from JobTestPrep.