• Austria's news in English
Why you should attend an international job fair
Photo: Kathryn Decker/Flickr

Why you should attend an international job fair

The Local · 15 Jul 2016, 08:59

Published: 25 May 2016 14:59 GMT+02:00
Updated: 15 Jul 2016 08:59 GMT+02:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

When was the last time you went to a job fair?

If you answered “never”, “I can’t remember”, or even “last week at the local employment agency”, maybe it’s time for a change.

“For those who want an exciting job and aren’t too attached to a certain place, it’s definitely worth travelling to one of our recruitment fairs,” says Elsa Thumerel at Bilingual People.

Let’s put it this way: in a globalised and internationally-mobile world, why wouldn’t you look to the global market for employment?

“International experience is a great asset on a CV nowadays, and gives the opportunity to develop professional and personal skills,” Thumerel adds. “Bilingual People fairs are about offering candidates a chance to look for global opportunities.”

But if you’re thinking it’s easier to email your CV to a potential employer, you’re missing out.

“Our job fairs create an environment for people with language skills to meet their potential employers,” Thumerel explains. “Job-seekers can meet with blue-chip companies working throughout Europe, get CV advice, and ask questions. It’s almost like a pre-interview.”

As the name implies, Bilingual People works with job-seekers who are – you guessed it – bilingual or multilingual. While the company works with all languages, Thumerel adds that German, Dutch, French, and the Scandinavian languages are in highest demand among the companies they work with.

Register for the next Bilingual People Fair: Berlin, June 18th

 “Our clients sometimes struggle to recruit those with skills in Swedish, Norwegian, and Dutch, for example,” Thumerel says. “So they come to our fairs to meet a substantial number of candidates with these uncommon skills.”

The next recruitment event takes place in Berlin on June 18th, and Thumerel recommends pre-registering – as there are a limited number of free passes and the event is almost guaranteed to sell out.

“Each time about 60 percent of the job-seekers have travelled specially for the event – which really shows recruiters that they’re keen in putting in the effort and eager to relocate,” Thumerel says. “Many candidates come from abroad to attend.”

But for those who can’t make the journey there are other options. Bilingual People also hosts “virtual recruitment fairs” throughout the year.

“It’s kind of like Second Life for recruitment,” Thumerel explains. “You log in during the event and have access to info, videos, and job applications. Our virtual job fairs are exactly the same as the physical ones, with stands where attendees can chat with recruiters and leave a CV. You just don’t have to travel.”

Upcoming Bilingual People Fairs:

Physical events

- Amsterdam, 10th September – NH Grand Krasnapolsky

- Krakow, 1st October – Sheraton Hotel

Virtual events

- Ireland Relocation Virtual Recruitment Fair, 22nd September

- UK Multilingual Virtual Recruitment Fair, 13th October

- German Relocation Virtual Recruitment Fair, 27th October

Further info on http://www.bilingualpeople.com/

This article was produced by The Local and sponsored by Bilingual People.

For more news from Austria, join us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Today's headlines
Verdict on swimming pool rape case overturned
The Theresienbad swimming pool in Vienna. Photo: Wikimedia

An Iraqi refugee who was jailed after claiming it was a sexual emergency when he raped a boy in a swimming pool has had the sentence overturned.

Vienna Comic Con promises to be 'bigger and more galactic'
Cosplay star Yaya Han. Copyright: Yaya Han/Bryan Humphrey

Comic Con returns to the Austrian capital on November 19th-20th at the Messe Wien.

Three refugees arrested on drugs charges
Cannabis plants. Photo: J. Patrick Bedell/Wikimedia

A gang of three Afghani drug dealers has been busted in Vienna.

Hungarian woman crushed by snowcat piste machine
Snowcat machine. Photo: Melensdad/Wikimedia

A young Hungarian woman has died after being crushed by a snowcat piste machine on the Dobratsch mountain in Carinthia.

Austrian policeman sentenced over 'Heil Hitler' salute
Photo: Flickr

A policeman in Austria was sentenced on Thursday for shouting "Heil Hitler" at a driver during a traffic check at the Hungarian border in April.

Scary clown craze endangers crucial work of clown 'doctors'
Photo: Bojan Tavcar

Within the last couple weeks, disturbing events involving masked individuals has caught public attention in Austria.

Chimney sweep rescues lost mushroom picker
Photo: James Lindsey/Wikimedia

A 76-year-old Austrian man who went out mushroom picking almost froze to death after getting lost and spending the night in the forest.

Refugees sold into forced prostitution
File photo: UNHCR

Female refugees are being sold into forced prostitution in Austria, a police investigation into human trafficking has found.

Driverless bus takes a spin around Salzburg's old town
The Arma driverless shuttle bus. Photo: Navya

A driverless minibus has made a test journey in the city of Salzburg.

No jail time for asylum seeker who dumped baby in road
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

A man who grabbed his own child and dumped her in the middle of a busy road has been given a nine-month suspended sentence.

Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
12 brilliant German words you won't find in English
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
Five films which will change your mind about Austrian cinema
Those surprising Austrians!
Sponsored Article
How to vote absentee from abroad in the US elections
100 years since the last emperor's death
Afghani family's new home in Austria
Der you learn Deutsch?
Delighted by the light
Beware these passport scams
Of course we skipped Oarsch
Foodies rejoice at the choice!
Travel & Tourism
10 years after her escape from captivity
Surviving the Brexit for British expats
Day 2 of the World Bodypainting Festival 2016
Is Islam hostile to Western society?
Bodypainting festival in southern Austria
Europe's ice cream capital
Best Austrian beauty spots
Travel & Tourism
Three days in Vienna as a tourist
How to make friends in Austria
jobs available