CERN Jobs Insight
If you are passionate about science, new technologies or Physics, and if you’re looking to work in a recognised international organisation, CERN is definitely a place you should be considering in your professional journey. As for most first class employers getting a staff contract at CERN is a competitive process(25.000 applications received per year), however there are other contract opportunities applicants may not initially think of. Indeed, while CERN employs approximately 2500 staff members,in 2015 more than 10.000 people worked on the CERN site under another type of contract or association. So if one of your dreams is to work at CERN, read on!
CERN’s workforce is defined under 3 categories: Employed Members of the Personnel (MPE), Associated Members of the Personnel (MPA), and contractors/temporary personnel. As the Talent Acquisition Group has a key role in the selection process for MPE (...
01 Jun 2016
Have you ever experienced this very intense moment when you are about to hear from important news? You know it’s these everlasting seconds where your heart is ready to jump out of your chest, just before hearing something you have been waiting for, for days. I remember this happening to me on a few occasions while applying for jobs, when receiving an email or a phone call from a recruiter. Before opening the email whose subject title is not self-explanatory, or while starting the phone conversation with basic sentences such as “Hi this is MA calling from xxx company. Is this a good moment to talk?”, the only thing one can do in such situations is to wait for the emotional impact the news will have, during just a few seconds…
Not being selected is always bad news when you’ve put so...
02 May 2016
You’ve finished your studies, or you’re seeking a new challenge in your professional life. You’re looking for a job, looking up companies or Organisations which may offer the positions that match your experience and skillset, researching what they have to offer you as a prized candidate.
In doing so what is important to you as a candidate? The scope of the role? The location? The benefits? More and more today, candidates are looking for a company with values that match their own: a company with which they can identify, from its mission and purpose, through to the values it upholds and what it has to offer you as a person.
The key to any organisation or company’s success is the competence of its people, and to have people working at their...
01 Apr 2016
"Why do you want to work for us ?" rates as probably the most ubiquitous question ever asked to candidates - asked at virtually every interview - and yet 90% of candidates answer poorly. To exacerbate the situation - the renowned great career websites offering advice on how to answer this question offer (in my opinion) relatively poor advice.
Lets take some examples from CERN to illustrate how not to answer. These are real answers (anonymised) that candidates have given in response to this question:
Q: "Why do you want to work for CERN?"
A: "I have always dreamed of working in Nuclear'. (Well - this shows poor research of what CERN does as, apart from ISOLDE, CERN is a high energy particle physics lab. The N for Nuclear is a bit of a misnomer in the title.)
A: "I want to work in an international...
This month, the Recruitment Unit wanted to publish a post related to something which is important to CERN: Diversity. Genevieve Guinot, Head Diversity Office, is answering some of the questions you may have about how CERN is a diverse organisation, and how is it like to work here.
Why would I be interested in working in a diverse organization?
If you are looking to learn from different perspectives and approaches, you would be interested in working in a diverse environment. If you are truly convinced that the cross-fertilisation of ideas boosts creativity and innovation, you would be interested in working in a diverse organization like CERN.
Working in a diverse environment is enriching and rewarding, and requires an openness to other cultures, to welcome approaches and viewpoints different to one’s own.
Diversity, or bringing together people from different countries and cultures to work on a common goal, has...
01 Mar 2016
"Spotted an applicant reading Wikipedia while recording his video interview: not the best impression" MA
01 Feb 2016
So here you are, in the interview room, facing a panel of 5 or more, and waiting for one of them to fire the first question. Who seemed to be the most skeptical when you entered the room while you were trying to make a first good impression? Who is smiling and is likely to be easily convinced by your arguments? Who will ask the most challenging questions about the not-so-well-explained lines in your CV?
An interview is a unique situation and there is always a specific dynamic within panel members: they may or may not be used to work together, they may or may not have the same stakes or investment in the process, and they may or may not be familiar with the exercise. Sometimes, they may not even have exactly the same vision about...
01 Feb 2016
"Wishing all the best to the new Recruitment Unit Section Leader" MA
01 Jan 2016
See you in February for the next post.
01 Dec 2015
Diversity is a core value for CERN and is evident all around us: in the cultures working side by side, in the wide range of professions, backgrounds, languages spoken, and even at the restaurant where you can find all kinds of different food! The Recruitment Unit is fully engaged in promoting diversity, for example in raising panel members’ awareness on any unconscious biases they can experience during an interview, or when handling the challenge to source and find the best applicants in our 21 Member States for staff positions, and beyond for our programs.
Sourcing is all about finding and attracting the right talents, and to use an analogy we could compare it to fishing… Don’t worry,...