Placement Italy is going to be your gate to the international market you are interested in. People looking forward to work or to have an experience abroad may not be aware of all the possibilities and professional opportunities beyond their national borders.
That’s why we are here: to guide you from the beginning of the selection process until you sit down on the chair of your new office. And even at this point, we would like to hear from you during your internship!
1) Find quality Internships abroad
Moving abroad is a big step and our aim is that you gain experience in solid companies and serious start-ups where you can perform quality internships only. Our desire is that you improve your intercultural skills, enhance your language abilities and add a valuable line in your CV.
2) We help you in every process of the selection
We have already several Partners in the most dynamic and attractive cities in Europe. Our good relationship with these companies and our deep knowledge about their vision will be an advantage for you. We will provide you with all the useful information about the placement and will help you to prepare the final interview with the Human Resources Manager.
3) You will be highlighted
We perfectly know how difficult is to catch the attention of the HR Manager. Although we cannot assure you will get hired in your ideal Internship, we give you a small but effective push to get a prime position among the rest of candidates.
4) One application, many opportunities
By applying with us, you will have the opportunity to participate in many personnel selection procedures until you get a placement. Your success is our success!
5) Save time with us
Besides, with our help you will save time and organize better: you can concentrate in your final exams or in writing your thesis while we send your CV to the European companies you are most interested in.
Whether you are thinking about doing a volunteer or an internship abroad you have already made the decision to go, and there is no way back. Your family and closest friends will be sad in the beginning, but they know deep inside that this is a great opportunity for you.
Both experiences will be useful for you in terms of personal development and career advancement. In fact, for most of your future positions, a period abroad (beyond your Erasmus study period), in which you have probably acquired new language and intercultural skills, will be very welcome by all HR Managers. Furthermore, in both cases, enjoy the experience and keep all your professional contacts for the near future!
Especially recommended for future social workers and international aid workers, but not only. This is an experience that only requires the solidary attitude we all have, more awaken or more asleep. Some people do a volunteer abroad as a gap year, and then get inspired to start writing, open a photography blog or a make low-cost documentary. Others would rather focus on their future plans: perhaps thinking about establishing their own NGO, for example. If your dream job is working within the social sector, a volunteer period will be key in your CV.
If you decide to do the so-called European Voluntary Service, you will find many projects around Europe and a very easy procedure: by applying, you will be given a Sending and a Host Organization, which will provide you with an apartment (for free), pocket money (the amount depends on the cost of living of the country of destination), and even a mentor to help you during your arrival (and later on).
Here you will find the link to all the available European volunteers:
Ok, you like helping other people but you feel like, firstly, you should save yourself. If your professional career has nothing to do with the social field or you don’t find any volunteer project that fits with your goals, you better do an internship abroad.
You will find placement opportunities for 3, 6 or 12 months (companies normally prefer Interns to stay, at least, 6 months). Most of them are paid, especially if you have already graduated (salaries vary from 300€ to 600€ monthly, on average). During your internship, you will be probably working within an international team, so not being only in contact with locals but with business professionals worldwide.
In sum, this is a professional experience that can make the difference during a recruitment process. Here you will find some interesting Internships in European companies:
Most of the students and graduates may feel insecure when they finish the University and start looking for a job. During the first steps within the labour world, it is totally normal that we haven’t yet developed a long and successful career. Because of that, formal education, personal skills and additional studies or volunteer jobs will be a pillar in your presentation.
Below you will find 10 tips to organize your CV if you are in your first working years:
Introduce yourself as a personal statement
We have one blank page to say only good things about ourselves. It may look a lot of space in the beginning, but we can easily fill it out smartly. Today many applicants include, following their personal information such as place of residence or email contact, an introduction about themselves, that is to say, a brief text about their professional profile, labour expectations and most important skills. These lines will help you to rapidly connect with the firm.
Focus on your skills and potential capabilities
Even though you are not an experienced worker yet, you probably already have most of the skills a company is looking for: good command of the Office package, Internet and mailing and excellent language skills, for example. This must be the base that provides you security at the moment you write your CV.
List your extra-curricular activities as jobs
Don’t worry: companies know that recent graduates and students lack formal experience within the labour market. But every CEO, Manager and Director started their professional career without a solid CV. That is why you should not feel ashamed to begin from the bottom. However, we must not be ingenuous: we cannot deliver a CV in blank or with only your basic education but add all the information that may be useful during the personnel selection.
2 rules you must follow
There are many ways to compose a CV but there are at least two rules you must follow:
First: when we start organizing our curricular story, we should start listing our most recent experience on the top. On one side, because it will likely be the most relevant one but also because it will define better our trajectory.
Second: use only one page. Only in the case you are using the European Pass pattern you may be allowed to present a two-pages or more CV.
Make use of social networksY
You are young, so act as such! Sending resumés via email or delivering them in person is a 20th Century thing. Today, networks such as LinkedIn have been proved as much more effective than the regular old ways. Nevertheless, you should have an updated CV and Cover Letter for your job seeking.
Mention prizes, diplomas, voluntary jobs, etc.
Everything you have done, although you may think it is not important, will define your aptitudes at work. Literary prizes, volunteer work abroad, work as private teacher are actually very relevant activities during your first working years because they talk about your will to work, your values and your motivation.
Throughout all your career, you will update, remake and modify your CV hundreds of times. If, in your first working steps, any seasonal work, part-time job or unpaid labour is welcome within your resumé, as you gain experience, you should delete your older and lesser relevant work history and add newer more interesting goals.
Be original (but not too much)
A resumé is your presentation card to companies. Especially if you are applying to big enterprises or multinationals, your CV will have to compete with hundreds more. That is why an original resumé will catch the attention of the HR Manager for sure. However, unless you are applying for a Graphic Design position, you should not overuse colourful patterns and designs. Above it all, you must appear as a professional and serious candidate.
Adapt your CV to the specific offer
When we do not have a clear and specific career, we may subtly change our resumé depending on the job offer we are applying for. In each occasion, you may underline or omit one fact about yourself. Moreover, whether you are applying for positions abroad, you should know how CVs are written and organized there: in Spain or Italy, for example, you should include your picture in one side while in the UK is not necessary.
Be realistic – demand the impossible!
50 years after the May of 1968, we want to remind one of the legacies of this revolutionary episode of the 20th Century. We must believe in ourselves and do not feel bad or ashamed for aspiring to high positions. In order to follow a realistic and progressive path, starting for Internships related to your studies is the smartest option.
I bet that when you were child you didn’t want to become Software Programmer, Communication Manager or Business Developer. Your parents or teachers would likely think you were out of your mind if you were not choosing among other more classic, romantic professions such as Literature Teacher, War Correspondent or Primary Care Doctor.
Times change and, although education, information and medicine are obviously still necessary, job tendencies are heading in a different direction. Since we started Placement Italy, we have found out that there are certain job positions that are frequently repeated, and which request similar skills and backgrounds.
Randstad, a well-known Dutch multinational human resource consulting firm, publishes yearly an article containing the most in-demand jobs, in order to understand the labour market today and to foresee the world of work tomorrow. We are not saying anything new in stressing the importance of technology in nowadays’ employment, a common feature present in almost every sector and around which daily tasks take place.
In its last publication about employment trends in the United States, Randstad lists the 8 most common sectors among job offers during the last and probably the following years:
1. EngineeringThese positions are usually found in solid and advanced labour markets, like the German or the American one. However, according to Ransdtad, the unemployment rate in this field is in general lower than the national average.
2. Finance and AccountingEvery organization needs, at least, one professional developing this role. The most valuable abilities they must possess are strong accounting and updated software skills.
3. Human ResourcesThe growing economy would be benefiting Human Resources’ candidates, provided that societies would need to enlarge their workforce and, often, require diverse present-day profiles.
4. Information Technology (IT)As we have mentioned, it should come as not surprise that improvements in technology would increase candidatures of IT roles: Big Data Engineer and Software Developer are just two of them.
5. Life SciencesNational governments love promising further public investments in Research and Development (R&D). If it ever becomes reality, there would be new job opportunities in the next future.
6. Manufacturing and LogisticsNew technology is also modifying job positions in this field, that today is living a new boom both in America and in Europe.
7. Non-clinical Healthcare“The growth of the healthcare field is benefiting more than just the medical professionals who treat patients directly”, assures Randstad USA in its article. Healthcare facilities would also need administrative and executive assistants, medical secretary and receptionists.
8. Office and AdministrationOffice and Administration professionals keep climbing as the economy raises. These employees have become crucial for business daily activities and company’s success.
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