The BBC wants to hear from you. “Escape for the winter”, a new BBC series is looking for people to take part. They will be following people who live in the UK, but are planning to spend the winter abroad. The BBC is offering to help find your dream winter home.
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 guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in your country.
- 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.
What Is Psychometric Testing?
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.
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 Reseller: Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited Registry Registrant ID: Registrant Name: Kwaku James Registrant Organization: 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 Organization: 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 Organization: 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.
Find out more about how to prepare for EPSO tests.
Know what you are applying for
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.
We constantly get asked the same question: “How do you get a visa/work permit for Europe?”
Let’s clear one misconception first. A visa is not a work permit. If you are from outside the EU you might need a visa in order to enter a European country to visit it for a business meeting, holiday, family visit, etc. This does not mean you can work and live in the country you want to go to.
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Google’s mantra is “Do no evil” [silence]
Yup, that was a slogan from the good old days when Google’s founders were still idealistic scientists. Since then Google has grown a bit (in importance and value) and it looks like their slogan needs adapting slightly. It seems that it needs to be “Do no evil to our bank account.”
Google has recently changed their algorithms so that their own products appear on top of the SERPS and are difficult to distinguish from organic results. You’ll have to weed through Google originated advertising in order to find what you want these days.
The European Union has cottoned on to this and are investigating Google;
Is this the reason why Apple has added DuckDuckgo.com as one of their preferred search engines?
The Dutch have now agreed to actually look into the case of Abdul Ghafoor Ahmadzai and not extradite him at short notice.
They insisted previously that there was no need to review the case and check the facts. Duh? The least they could have done was just that. And now after huge pressure from parliament and a public outcry, Mr. Teeven, the Minister responsible for this case, has agreed to look into it and cooperate with the Norwegians in order to decide whether Abdul Ghafoor Ahmadzai should be extradited or not.
It really is shameful behaviour of a nation that prides itself of being humane and liberal.
Let’s hope common sense now prevails……
In case you don’t know who Abdul Ghafoor Ahmadzai is, he is an Afghan translator who worked for the Dutch and US army in Afghanistan. He risked his life working for them and had to flee Afghanistan when his brother was killed by the Taleban thinking it was him. He had to leave his 4 day (!) old son behind.
He then fled through Asia, the Caucasus, Turkey and Greece Continue reading