CERN Jobs Insight


"Note to self: Always have an extra pen during interviews" MA

Working to live, living to work, or surviving at work ?

What do you think brings us to work ?

Since the early stages of my education background, I’ve been trying to understand what motivates people to work. If today I have a clearer vision on this topic, I didn’t understand at the beginning what could bring someone to spend one-third of his/her adult life at work, or what would push someone to continue working after retirement age, or even after winning the lottery.

As the saying goes:

Motivation is something managers will look at for the purpose of talent retention, employee engagement, and they will usually consider it as a performance indicator. But motivation is also something recruiters will assess at different stages of the selection process (cover letter, interview, onsite visit/meeting with the team), as a crucial complement to technical and...


"Wondering if people with a technical background always recognise that colleagues who studied behavioural sciences have also specific technical skills." MA

CERN + Social Media = ?

CERN celebrated its 60th Birthday last year, and goes from strength to strength. Where we CERN recruiters find a challenge though is the persistent and common misconception that CERN only hires elite physicists and engineers. This notion has endured all these years, but since the centralised, in-house Recruitment Unit (RU) that we are was created in 2010, we have worked hard to position CERN as an employer of choice for the wide diversity of disciplines and professionals we need for the infrastructure to provide the research bed for the physicists to do their research.

Did you know that of the 2500+ staff members we have from our member states, only 3% are research physicists? The rest are all the technicians, engineers and support functions in fields ranging from civil...


"Feel impressed about the work achieved by the Recruitment Unit in 5 years. Happy birthday to the RU!" MA

Wandering around corridors at CERN

How is it like to wander around at CERN?

For those of you who already have had the opportunity to come here, for an interview or for a visit, you would probably agree that there is a specific atmosphere in the air: a kind of mix of international-campus-research-physics-engineering-heavy-and-cold-machines-creative-and-diversity spirit.

I usually use our bike sharing system when I visit Hiring Managers onsite, which gives me the opportunity to discover many different places. There is of course the largest superconducting magnet system in the world, which when energized, can store more than 1.6 GJ of magnetic energy, enough to lift the Eiffel Tower 15 m off the ground, but there are also things which at a first sight could be unexpected, such as a Shiva statue nestled among CERN buildings, a ...


“Feel rewarded to see Hiring Managers understanding HR’s added value to recruitment.” MA

Referral Letters: guidelines for you and your referees

Have you ever been recommended by a friend to download a fancy new apps from Apple or Google that s/he particularly liked, before even having heard about it?

There are many occasions in life where recommendations and feedback from others can be useful, and shall be sought. As an applicant, it’s probably a good thing to look beyond what can be learned via the organisation’s official communication channels: by discussing with someone who is working or has worked for an employer, you...


“Wondering what would happen if the Recommendations and Endorsement features on LinkedIn were further inspired by the star rating system already used by online retailers… Also wondering how relevant are these features when you can buy Endorsements online…” MA

Summertime and the livin’ is easy

Dry weather, hot temperatures, there is barely any wind in the air. While you’re thinking about climate change physics or to the swimming pool you would rather be going to instead of your office, you’re contemplating your feet during your walk to work.

Actually, it is incredible the number of things we can find out only by looking at people’s feet. Are these ballet flat shoes waiting for the tram heading to Meyrin? Are those trainers pedalling among wheat fields to be on time for...