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News article19 November 2020European Labour Authority, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion2 min read

How to recruit effectively with EURES during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected working environments around the world, which has changed how businesses recruit. Read our top five tips to continue to recruit in this challenging environment.

How to recruit effectively with EURES during the pandemic

Evaluate the skills your business needs

To recruit effectively and attract the right candidates, you will need to be able to describe exactly what you are looking for. COVID-19 times may have affected traditional job roles and opened up new opportunities in your business, so it is worth re-evaluating what skills are needed. You will need to identify potential new job roles and consider the skills and responsibilities they require in order to find the right person for the job.

Use the extensive EURES database

EURES is built around job mobility and is experienced in matching employers with employees. With over 600,000 CVs available, and an easy-to-use search process, it can easily make finding your next employee more effective. The ‘Find candidates’ search feature allows you to target particular candidates based on their skills, languages, experience and education, among other criteria.

Expand your search

COVID-19 times have led to more and extended flexible working policies. If your business has adapted its view on flexible working, you may be able to look further than you have before for the perfect fit. Instead of limiting your search to your local area, consider using EURES to help you overcome geographical barriers and prioritise skills instead of proximity. EURES Advisers can provide you with relevant information and advice on how to recruit new employees and match your vacancies with suitable candidates across Europe.

Have a virtual recruitment plan

With COVID-19 times bringing so much uncertainty, it is essential that businesses have online processes in place in order to continue to recruit. Prospective candidates may not be able to travel to interviews and may have to maintain social distancing measures due to local restrictions. Moving your recruitment processes online and interviewing candidates through platforms such as Zoom, Skype and Microsoft Teams, not only overcomes some of the challenges of COVID-19 times but also saves time and money for everyone involved.

Get involved in EURES virtual events

EURES hosts a range of virtual events, connecting employers with jobseekers from all over the world. Virtual job fairs provide the perfect opportunity to advertise your job vacancy, ensuring it reaches an audience of relevant jobseekers. The events take place at a set time, enabling the participants to engage with the employers in real time and have their questions answered. As an employer, you can also educate the participants about your company and work environment, as well as the positions available. Online events can quickly result in job applications as the participants have the chance to upload their CV and apply for a job during the event.

For more information on recruiting with EURES, see our How EURES can help you recruit new hires in Europe[JM1] .


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