Are you looking for a job or an 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. Are you ready?
Our 5 tips for an efficient job search in Luxembourg
Before you start looking, here are a few tips to help you make the most of your chances.
Improve your language skills
The labor market in Luxembourg is specific. International and multilingual, it requires a more or less in-depth knowledge of languages depending on the sectors and professions you are targeting.
Are you bilingual or trilingual? These are all significant advantages. Highlight these strengths on your resume. Do you only speak your native language? Don’t worry, learn a few phrases in Luxembourgish, they will be useful to create the first contacts.
Do you have the time? Don’ t hesitate to invest in language courses to strengthen your language skills.
Although French remains the most widely used language at work, some sectors have their own particularities.
The public sector and the health sector require knowledge of Luxembourgish.
Working in the trade and industry requires knowledge of German.
The financial and consulting sectors are more English-speaking.
Keep an eye on job openings
Keeping up to date with the latest news, especially when looking for a job, is the best way to select the sectors that are developing and therefore recruiting. You will even be able to directly find companies looking for a profile like yours.
Following the news will also allow you to deepen the discussions with your future employer during a future recruitment interview. You will show your determination and your open-mindedness. You will thus be able to put forward personal skills that are essential for joining a company.
To do so, please visit our page on the media available in Luxembourg.
Strengthen your networking
Luxembourg is a small country. You will put all the chances on your side by creating your personal network and by working on it. In Luxembourg, many positions are filled through networking.
People you know, even outside of work, can tell you about a job opening or put you in touch with a company that is recruiting.
Do not hesitate to participate in networking events. There are a number of them, organized by expat associations, media, … Sites such as Eventbrite or Meetup list events that are conducive to meeting a maximum number of people. The important thing in Luxembourg is to know people!
Also, don’t forget toactivate your Linkedin profile. Make sure it is up to date. Showcase yourself and connect with potential employers. Write a personalized message, always more attractive than automatic messages! Follow the companies that interest you on their social networks, interact with them.
Organize your job search
It’s not enough to send out resumes all the time. Answer the positions that match your profile. Rework your resume and cover letter for each position. Beware, more and more, search engines are selecting resumes. Make sure that it has the right keywords for the ad.
Set daily or weekly goals for your job search: number of resumes sent, number of phone contacts, number of informal contacts you tell that you are looking for a job.
Keep an up-to-date file with the companies, the people contacted and the positions you are applying for. Do not hesitate to contact your contacts.
In addition, do not forget to have your foreign diplomas recognized in Luxembourg and to validate your professional experience. Take care of it now. You will not be caught off guard if a potential employer asks you for the equivalence of your foreign diplomas.
Stay positive and work on your attitude
The job search is a long-distance race.
You will probably receive refusals or even no response to your letters. Don’t be discouraged and stay positive. Ask yourself why you were not selected. Correct the shortcomings, improve your weak points.
Continue to be physically and socially active. The fresh air of Luxembourg can be a wonderful remedy for depression. Take a walk in the forest. Whatever the season, these are beautiful. Get out to the parks. Get some fresh air and continue to get out and meet people.
During a job interview, your employer will immediately perceive a positive attitude. This is already several points gained for the future.
Dress for success
An interview scheduled for a future job? Think about “Dress For Success”!
You have an appointment with a potential employer and need free advice or a makeover to put all the chances on your side? Dress for success volunteers will be happy to give you a helping hand before the interview.
Get help to find a job in Luxembourg
There are many intermediaries and tools available to assist you in your efforts.
ADEM, Agency for the Development of Employment
Register as a job seeker in Luxembourg
To register as a job seeker, contact the ADEM agency in your place of residence.
The list of agencies is available on the ADEM website. You can also register online at the ADEM website or by phone. Please note that your registration as a job seeker starts on the date of your first personal presentation to ADEM.
Who can join ADEM?
Any person who meets the requirements 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.
The “Accueil” office will give you a “Guide du demandeur d’emploi” file which contains all the useful and necessary information, as well as a questionnaire to complete. You will be offered an appointment with a placement counselor who will take care of your file.
What are the benefits of registering with ADEM?
By registering with ADEM, you can benefit from assistance in your job search (individual interviews, workshops, …), guidance to help you find a job and many job offers that match your profile.
ADEM does everything possible to help you find a job and provides different action plans depending on your age and situation. You will be received regularly. Your job search plan will be reviewed to include all the actions needed to conduct a successful job search.
ADEM also provides vocational training to help you find a job more quickly. Jobseekers may be eligible for reimbursement of expenses related to professional training under certain conditions.
What compensation for the unemployed?
ADEM is the official body in charge of compensating the unemployed. To benefit from this program, you must meet the conditions for compensation and complete a file with ADEM.
The amount of the indemnity, if any, will be calculated based on your last salary and additional income received. These can be deducted from your theoretical benefits.
Looking for a job in Luxembourg? Rely on recruitment agencies. They will help you in your job search. They will also be able to determine with you your salary range based on your qualifications . In addition, they will act as a liaison with potential employers in the recruitment process.
By registering with these firms, you will be registered in their database. You increase your chances of finding a job that matches your profile and skills thanks to their perfect knowledge of the Luxembourg job market.
Interim or fixed-term management can be an excellent springboard for finding a permanent contract. Don’t overlook this avenue. Working on several assignments allows you to gain experience and strengthen your skills in your field of activity. You are paid, contribute to your retirement pension and benefit from legal vacations.
Temporary assignments are a way to get a foot in the door of companies. During the mission, you will be able to put forward your skills and be recognized. If a position opens up, you will be the best person to apply.
Job mobility in Europe portal, EURES
Do not hesitate to consult the European Commission’s employment portal EURES. You will find a lot of information about employment in Luxembourg (and other European countries). You will even be able to post your CV to Luxembourg and European employers.
Other organizations for your job search
There are also other useful organizations to know about to help you in your job search.
- ASTI is an Association for the Support of Immigrant Workers. With its Coach4Work project launched in 2022, ITSA provides one-on-one support to job seekers through volunteer coaches. The objective is to give people who are not familiar with the codes of the Luxembourg job market some reference points in order to look for a job more efficiently.
- Zarabina is an association whose goal is to offer free training (especially in languages) and advice to job seekers.
- Initiativ Rëm Schaffen asbl offers free guidance by appointment, as well as the Jeune Chambre Economique, which specializes in advice for young entrepreneurs and support for workers.
Activate job alerts on job boards
In Luxembourg, many websites list job offers in different fields of activity and professions.
Registering on portals specialized in job offers in Luxembourg remains one of the best ways to obtain a complete list of positions that may correspond to your profile. Consulting these job boards will allow you to remain proactive on the job market.
In order not to miss the job of your dreams, don’t hesitate to register alerts on these websites specialized in job search. You can even receive by email a personalized selection of offers corresponding to your profile.
To access these job offers, visit the following sites (non-exhaustive list)
These sites remain one of the best ways to find a job adapted to your profile and your requirements in Luxembourg.
Participate in job fairs
Regularly job fairs are organized in Luxembourg. You will be able to meet the companies that are recruiting in Luxembourg and in the Greater Region. You will be able to position yourself on the positions offered with the opportunity of a first face-to-face contact with your future employer.
Job fairs are also a good opportunity to hand out resumes. Keep yourself regularly informed on the latest news of these career fairs in Luxembourg and in the bordering countries. They can be a good support in your job search!
Moovijob is the specialist in job fairs and regularly organizes career events. Each one has its own specificity and a different format: classic daytime trade fairs, evening exchanges in a more convivial format, trade fairs dedicated to students and young graduates, etc. You are bound to find one that fits your profile.
Don’t neglect the volunteer track either. Here again, you can make yourself known and show your abilities. Several social organizations are among the largest employers in Luxembourg.
Can’t find your dream job? Do you have specific skills? Have you considered working as a freelancer? The practice is widespread in Luxembourg. It also offers advantages equivalent to salaried employment.
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