Even though LinkedIn boasts of over 660 million users in more than 200 countries across the planet, it’s not particularly dominant in Europe as it is the US. According to Statista, the USA is the country with the largest number of LinkedIn users (160 million) as of October 2019. The UK has a significantly lower number of users, with only 28 million people on the platform.
That said, Europe has its distinct professional networks. For example, Xing is more appropriate for job seekers and recruiters operating in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, where the platform has 13 million members compared to LinkedIn’s 11 million. For those in France, Viadeo will prove to a better option.
All told, when looking for employees or work in Europe, it is best to do some research to know which professional network is preferred in a specific country.
The Perks Are Different
A “typical” benefits package is not something you can bank on as a worker in America. Understandably, there is not much as far as legislations on the same go, meaning recruiters are not expressly required to give their workforce much of anything.
In Europe, on the other hand, the majority of countries on the continent have included benefits in their laws. Consequently, many countries in Europe offer way better-paid maternity/paternity leave, paid time off, and unemployment perks.
For this reason, talent sourced from Europe demands more from organizations in the form of benefits. And lest we forget, work personnel from the USA can be attracted by offering impressive perks packages. So, as you organize your job search, keep this in mind.
It’s a CV in Europe, a Resume in the USA
Across these two regions, job seekers have to send their applications to get hired, and recruiters expect nothing less. If you are in the USA, as a job seeker, you have to send your resume whenever you want to get a particular role in an organization. In Europe, your job application document is known by another name, in essence, a curriculum vitae (CV).
Apart from the apparent difference in the names, these documents are pretty much similar. The only point of distinction is that CVs have to be accompanied by applicant images in some regions in Europe. In the USA, this is never to be done.