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CERN's Buddy programme

If you are reading these lines, it is probably because you are interested in relocating abroad to work for an international organisation such as CERN. While it often represents a strategic and exciting move in a career, changing country for a new job is always a challenging project from professional and personal perspectives. Indeed, in addition to changing working environments, one has to adapt to a whole new culture in day to day life: a very enriching experience, whatever the challenges one may encounter along the way.

Most global employers have dedicated services to support expatriates to join their organisation. In addition to the usual associated benefits package, the help provided to facilitate integration in the local area can include housing services, language courses, or even spouse employment. This is the case at CERN, where...


Summer at CERN

 I love long Summer days. The early morning quiet, sunrise and the freshness of the air before the heat of the day takes hold; long balmy evenings and all associated promises, picnics, barbecues, walks - it makes you feel like you can live two lives in a single day!

At CERN, Summer months are special for many reasons. People enthusiastically discuss their forthcoming holiday plans, taking off with a spring in their step looking forward to recharge after months of hard work. It may seem as though CERN’s population is decreasing, but that is a false impression. Summer at CERN is characterised by an influx of fresh, young energy with the arrival of the Summer Students, 280 of them this year from no less than 80 countries! They all come to work on a project and to follow a...


Opportunities at CERN you may not have thought about

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 (...


The day I called the silver medallist

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...


Do CERN’s Organisational values speak to you?

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...


How to answer "Why do you want to work for us?"

 "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...


Interviewing Genevieve Guinot, Head Diversity Office

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...


#16

"Spotted an applicant reading Wikipedia while recording his video interview: not the best impression" MA


The good the bad and the hippo

 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...


#15

"Wishing all the best to the new Recruitment Unit Section Leader" MA

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