Are you looking for a job or internship in Luxembourg?
Finding a job can sometimes be long and difficult. Find here our recommendations to improve your search and find a job easily and quickly in Luxembourg.
Our 5 tips for an effective job search
Before you start looking, here are a few tips to give you the best chance of finding a job in Luxembourg.
Improve your language skills
Multilingualism, an asset when looking for a job in Luxembourg
The Luxembourg job market is unique. Above all, it's international and multilingual. To find a job in Luxembourg, you'll need a more or less in-depth knowledge of languages, depending on the sectors and professions you're targeting.
Are you bilingual or trilingual? These are all important assets. Highlight these strengths on your CV. Do you only speak your mother tongue? Depending on the sector you're targeting, learning a few phrases in Luxembourgish will help you make initial contacts.
Have you got the time? Don't hesitate to invest in language courses. Many training organizations exist. You'll be able to improve your language skills and improve your chances of finding a job.
Languages spoken at work in Luxembourgish
French remains the most widely used language at work. It is spoken by 80% of workers in Luxembourg, across all sectors.
With so many nationalities living in Luxembourg, English is the language of choice for foreign residents. It is the second most widely spoken language in Luxembourg. It is widely used in the banking and insurance sectors.
Lëtzebuergesch is the language of choice for native speakers. Along with German, it is often used at work. It is the 3rd most frequently used language in professional exchanges.
Linguistic peculiarities by business sector
The public sector and the health sector require knowledge of Luxembourgish.
Working in trade and industry requires knowledge of German.
The financial and consulting sectors tend to be English-speaking.
Keep an eye on job openings
Keeping abreast of the latest news, especially when you're looking for a job, is the best way to select the sectors that are expanding and therefore recruiting. You can even find out directly which companies are looking for a profile like yours.
Keeping up to date will also help you to deepen your discussions with your future employer during a future recruitment interview. You'll demonstrate your determination and open-mindedness. You'll also be highlighting the personal skills that are essential for joining a company.
To find out more, see our page on the media available in Luxembourg.
Strengthen your networking to facilitate your job search
Luxembourg is a small country. You can make the most of your chances by building up and working your personal network. In Luxembourg, many jobs are filled through contacts and networking.
Indeed, acquaintances, even outside your professional sphere, can alert you to a job opening or put you in touch with a company that's recruiting.
Don't hesitate to take part in networking events in Luxembourg. There are a number of them, organized by expat associations, the media, etc. Websites like Eventbrite or Meetup list the events you can attend to meet as many people as possible. The important thing in Luxembourg is to meet people!
And don't forget toactivate your Linkedin profile. Make sure it's up to date. Promote yourself and get in touch with potential employers. Write a personalized message - it's always more attractive than an automated one! Follow the companies you're interested in on their social networks, and interact with them.
Organize your job search in Luxembourg
For an effective job search, it's not enough to just send out CVs. Apply for jobs that match your profile. Rework your CV and cover letter for each position. Beware: more and more CVs are selected by search engines. Make sure that your curriculum vitae highlights the key words corresponding to the advert.
Set yourself daily or weekly objectives in your job search: number of CVs sent, number of telephone contacts, number of informal contacts to whom you inform that you are looking for work.
Keep an up-to-date file of companies, people contacted and positions applied for. Don't hesitate to follow up your contacts.
And don't forget to get your foreign diplomas recognized in Luxembourg and to validate your professional experience. Do it now. You won't be caught off guard if a potential employer asks you for the equivalence of your foreign diplomas.
Stay positive in your job search
In Luxembourg, as elsewhere, job hunting is a long-distance race.
You will undoubtedly receive rejections or even no replies to your letters. Don't be discouraged, and stay positive. Ask yourself why your application was not selected by the companies. Correct any shortcomings and improve your weak points.
Stay active and social. The great outdoors and nature in Luxembourg can be a wonderful cure for the blues. Take a walk in the forest. Whatever the season, they're beautiful. Get out into the parks. Get some fresh air and keep getting out and meeting people.
During a job interview, your employer will immediately perceive a positive attitude. That's a big plus for the future.
Get help to find a job
In Luxembourg, there are a number of intermediaries and tools available to help you get started.
ADEM, Agency for the Development of Employment in Luxembourg
ADEM is the state body responsible for helping jobseekers in Luxembourg.
Register as a jobseeker in Luxembourg
To register as a jobseeker, contact the ADEM agency in your area. The list of ADEM agencies is available on the ADEM website. You can also register online on the ADEM website or by telephone. Please note that your registration as a job seeker will take effect on the date of your first personal presentation to ADEM.
Registering job seekers in Luxembourg
Anyone who qualifies to work in Luxembourg can register with ADEM. Are you a frontier worker? You can also register, even if you already have a job or are looking for one.
When you register, the ADEM "Accueil" office will give you a "Guide du demandeur d'emploi" file containing all the useful and necessary information, as well as a questionnaire to complete. You will then be interviewed by a job broker who will take charge of your file.
What are the advantages of registering with ADEM?
By registering with ADEM, you will benefit from assistance in your job search in Luxembourg. Individual interviews, workshops and guidance will help you find a job. What's more, you'll receive job offers that match your profile.
ADEM has different action plans for you, depending on your age and situation. You will be seen on a regular basis. Your job search plan will be studied to ensure that it includes all the actions needed to make your job search a success.
ADEM also provides vocational training to help you get back to work more quickly. Under certain conditions, jobseekers are entitled to reimbursement of vocational training costs.
What benefits are available to the unemployed in Luxembourg?
ADEM is the official body responsible for compensating the unemployed. To qualify, you must meet the conditions for compensation and complete a file with ADEM.
The amount of any unemployment benefit will be calculated on the basis of your last salary and any additional income received. These may be deducted from your theoretical compensation.
For requests for additional income for the severely disabled (RGPH), please contact ADEM.
Recruitment firms in Luxembourg
Looking for a job in Luxembourg? Rely on recruitment agencies. They'll help you in your job search. They can also work with you to determine your salary range based on your qualifications . What's more, they'll act as intermediaries with potential employers in the recruitment process.
By registering with these agencies, you will be entered into their database. This increases your chances of finding a job that matches your profile and skills, thanks to their in-depth knowledge of the Luxembourg job market.
Temporary employment agencies in Luxembourg
Interim or fixed-term contract management can be an excellent springboard to a permanent contract. Don't overlook this option.
Temporary assignments give you a foothold in the business world. During the assignment, you can showcase your skills and gain recognition. If a position opens up, you'll be in the best position.
Working on several assignments allows you to gain experience and strengthen your skills in your field of activity. You'll be paid, contribute to your retirement pension and benefit from statutory vacations.
Job mobility in Europe portal, EURES
Don't hesitate to consult the European Commission's employment portal EURES. You'll find a wealth of information on employment in Luxembourg (and other European countries). You can even post your CV for Luxembourg and European employers.
Other organizations to find a job in Luxembourg
There are also a number of other associations and organizations that can help you in your job search.
- ASTI is an Association for the Support of Immigrant Workers. With its Coach4Work project, launched in 2022, ASTI provides one-to-one support for jobseekers through volunteer coaches. The aim is to give people unfamiliar with the codes of the Luxembourg job market the guidance they need to look for work more effectively.
- Zarabina is an association whose aim is to offer free training (particularly in languages) and advice to job seekers.
- Initiativ Rëm Schaffen asbl offers free guidance by appointment, as does the Jeune Chambre Economique, which specializes in advice for young entrepreneurs and support for workers.
- Do you have an appointment with a potential employer and need free advice or a makeover to give you the best chance of success? Volunteers from the Dress for success association will be happy to give you a helping hand before the interview.
Job alerts on Luxembourg job boards
In Luxembourg, numerous websites list job vacancies in different fields and professions.
Registering on portals specializing in job offers in Luxembourg remains one of the best ways of obtaining a complete list of positions likely to match your profile. Consulting these job-boards will enable you to remain proactive on the job market.
To make sure you don't miss out on the job of your dreams, sign up for alerts on these specialized job search websites, and receive a personalized selection of job offers matching your profile by email.
To access these job offers, visit the following websites (non-exhaustive list)
These sites remain one of the best ways of finding a job in Luxembourg that suits your profile and requirements.
Take part in job fairs
Are you looking for a job or internship in Luxembourg? Are you unemployed, a newcomer, the spouse of an expatriate or a student? Whatever your situation, don't hesitate to take part in our job fairs.
Why take part in Salons de l'emploi Luxembourg?
- Job fairs are a unique opportunity to meet as many recruiters as you want in a single day.
- By taking an active part in recruitment fairs, you're guaranteed a large number of interviews.
- Numerous partners and training organizations take part in the Job Fairs, and are on hand to advise you on your job search and enhance your employability.
- Recruitment professionals host multiple conferences on the theme of employment
- The organizers are planning a host of surprises to help you find the opportunity of your dreams in the Grand Duchy!
Job fairs are regularly organized in Luxembourg. Keep up to date with the latest job fairs in Luxembourg. Don't miss the events organized by Moovijob.com :
- Moovijob Day, the Grande Région's largest job fair for meeting recruiters
- Moovijob Night, take advantage of a cocktail party to meet recruiters in the fields of finance, law, consulting,...
- Unicareers fair dedicated to young graduates and students looking for an internship or a job.
Each career event has its own specificity and a different format: classic daytime fairs, more convivial evening exchanges, fairs dedicated to students and recent graduates, etc. You're bound to find one that suits your profile.
Other ways to find a job in Luxembourg
Volunteering while waiting for paid work
And don't neglect volunteering as a way of finding a job. Here, too, you can make yourself known and demonstrate your skills. Several social organizations are among the biggest employers in Luxembourg.
Self-employment in Luxembourg
Can't find your dream job? Do you have specific skills? Have you considered self-employment? The practice is widespread in Luxembourg. What's more, it offers the same benefits as salaried employment.