CERN Jobs Insight

Sourcing or the art of fishing for rare fish

Diversity is a core value for CERN and is evident all around us: in the cultures working side by side, in the wide range of professions, backgrounds, languages spoken, and even at the restaurant where you can find all kinds of different food! The Recruitment Unit is fully engaged in promoting diversity, for example in raising panel members’ awareness on any unconscious biases they can experience during an interview, or when handling the challenge to source and find the best applicants in our 21 Member States for staff positions, and beyond for our programs.

Sourcing is all about finding and attracting the right talents, and to use an analogy we could compare it to fishing… Don’t worry,...


"Wondering how would perform a recruiter if he had to be in front of the scene." MA

Do you want to play a game?

Selecting the best talent is what drives us recruiters. And it’s not an easy task: we have to find where applicants are, we have to speak the same language, and we have to assess their skills using relevant methods and tools.

If Sourcing has changed a lot in the last 15 years (from the rise of internet to the increasing use of social media, and an increasing tendency to look for talents on the global market), assessment methods have not evolved as drastically, and a good CV written more than 500 years ago could probably still be interesting for 2.0 recruiters.

As a result, it’s not rare for employers to see more and more applicants who have already been through sophisticated recruitment processes, and are therefore familiar with assessments exercises such as...


"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