Employment websites or public agencies are some of the alternatives young people have to find jobs

Although the youth unemployment rate has declined in recent months, young people are still facing instability, temporary jobs and low-paid jobs. In addition to this, people under 30 are under-represented in the job market. They have fallen from 23.9% in the first quarter of 2007 to 13.4% in the same period of this year, according to EPA (Survey of Working People) data. This is clearly one of the most severely affected groups after the crisis.

To counter this situation, several measures have been drawn up to boost jobs through employment programmes promoted by the Government of Spain and several international organisations. Private businesses have also created employment banks to help young people find decent jobs.

One of them is the Youth Guarantee programme, a European initiative for young people aged 15 to 25, thanks to which they will receive a job offer, education or training once they have finished their studies and become unemployed. This programme is open to Spanish nationals or European Union citizens. Young people can register on the website of the Public State Employment Service (SEPE).

Employment websites

The Internet is one of the most accessible resources to find jobs these days. Private websites have designed several job search options. You can search in a city of your choice or for a specific job. First, you must sign-in or register on the system and provide your personal data and job preferences.

The alternatives include Infojobs, Infoempleo, Job and Talent and Job today. In addition, the Government of Spain has its own website, Empléate, where young people can find a wide range of job offers based on province, sector or professional field.

In recent years, users have turned to social media, such as LinkedIn, to find jobs after having created a profile on this platform. This is a professional network that businesses use to search for professional candidates or profiles.

For younger people or young graduates, there are two pages that focus on providing first contacts with businesses. Studentjob.es is a simple site that helps young people to find a wide range of offers, such as internships, summer jobs or weekend jobs, and jobs that do not require experience. Meanwhile, miprimerempleo.com specialises as the first meeting point for businesses that require students and/or graduates who want to join the labour market.

Work for the public administrations

Another way of getting a job is taking civil service exams. Public agencies and entities select the personnel they need through public exams. Information on these offers can be found in the Official State Gazette or the Official Journal that corresponds to a specific Public Employment Offer (OPE). Furthermore, every autonomous community organises this type of exam.

Some days ago, the Basque Government approved a Public Employment Offer (OPE) for 2018 consisting of 4,402 vacancies in Education, Osakidetza, Ertzaintza and the General Administrations. These exams will take place next year. The Provincial Council of Bizkaia has published several calls for jobs. The Community of Madrid has also announced exams on this website. On the other hand, the Principality of Asturias has an electronic office with a list of exams.

Becoming a civil servant in international agencies

Getting a job in any international agency is another possibility to keep in mind. The secretariat of the United Nation offers the opportunity of joining a multidisciplinary team. Currently, approximately 41,000 people from the 193 Member States work at the UN. At this link, you will find job offers for various UN programmes.

In addition to the UN, the International Labour Organisation and the Ibero-American Development Bank also offer a list of job opportunities, internships, scholarships and courses.