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The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.

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In Summary - Human Resources Assistant - EU

Carries out duties relating to personnel policy management in areas such as recruitment, careers, training, and equal opportunities.

Career Sectors

Human Resources Assistant - EUs typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Recruitment
Business Management & Human Resources
Working for the EU
Government, Politics & EU

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The Work - Human Resources Assistant - EU

Working in human resources, assistants in the EU carry out duties relating to personnel policy management in areas such as recruitment, careers, training, and equal opportunities.

Duties may also include:

  • Managing and following up matters relating to personnel policy management, in particular recruitment, careers, professional training, equal opportunities, individual and financial rights,
  • Drafting notes and/or correspondence, drawing up administrative reports relating to the fields indicated above,
  • Preparing, holding and following up on meetings,
  • Panaging projects,
  • Analysing and developing working methods,
  • Assisting with the implementation of accounting, financial, statistical and IT systems, etc.
  • Managing a team.

Contract staff may also be employed to carry out some human resources duties.

Assistants (AST) usually work in supporting roles and are crucial for the internal management of the EU institutions.

Interests - Human Resources Assistant - EU

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:

Social

The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.

Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.

Administrative

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Linguistic

The Linguistic's interests are usually focused on ideas and information exchange. They tend to like reading a lot, and enjoy discussion about what has been said. Some will want to write about their own ideas and may follow a path towards journalism, story writing or editing. Others will develop skills in other languages, perhaps finding work as a translator or interpreter. Most Linguistic types will enjoy the opportunity to teach or instruct people in a topic they are interested in.

Qualities

The EU institutions are looking for candidates who are talented, motivated, and highly qualified in their field, and who have the following competencies in particular:

  • Analysis and problem solving - Ability to identify the critical facts in complex issues and develop creative and practical solutions
  • Communication – Communicate clearly and precisely both orally and in writing
  • Delivering quality and results – Take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering work to a high standard of quality within set procedures
  • Learning and development – Develop and improve personal skills and knowledge of the organisation and its environment
  • Prioritising and organising – Prioritise the most important tasks, work flexibly, and organise own workload efficiently
  • Resilience – Remain effective under a heavy workload, handle organisational frustrations positively, and adapt to a changing work environment
  • Working with others - Work cooperatively with others in teams and across organisational boundaries and respect differences between people

An additional requirement for posts in the AD career bracket (administrators) is:
• Leadership – Manage, develop and motivate people to achieve results

Entry Requirements - Human Resources Assistant - EU

Human Resource Assistants must have:

  • A good command of at least 2 European languages (one of which must be English, French or German)
  • either
    - post-secondary education and at least 3 years' professional experience in human resources,
  • or
    - secondary education and at least 6 years' professional experience

Requirements for contract staff may be different.

Last Updated: July, 2014

Pay & Salary - Human Resources Assistant - EU

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €31k - €k

Monthly salaries in the EU Institutions range from around €2,600 per month for a newly recruited AST/SC 1 official to around €16,000 per month for a top level AD 16 official with over four years of seniority.

Each grade is broken up into five seniority steps with corresponding salary increases. Basic salaries are adjusted annually in line with inflation and purchasing power in the EU countries.
As the name may suggest the basic monthly salary is just the starting point to remuneration associated with EU jobs as an employee may be entitled to allowances. All payments are subject to relevant tax and charges.

Data Source(s):
Official Journal of the European Union & EPSO

Last Updated: April, 2015

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

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