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Hays's Judith Peeters gave a presentation on "How to use prepare for a job interview in the Netherlands" at Expatica's International Job Fair on Saturday, 14 September 2013.

Hays's Judith Peeters gave a presentation on "How to use prepare for a job interview in the Netherlands" at Expatica's International Job Fair on Saturday, 14 September 2013.

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Hays, Judith Peeters: How to prepare for a job interview in the Netherlands Hays, Judith Peeters: How to prepare for a job interview in the Netherlands Presentation Transcript

  • HOW TO PREPARE FOR A JOB INTERVIEW IN THE NETHERLANDS Do’s and don’ts during your Dutch job interview Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 Amsterdam Expatica Job Fair
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 2 Judith Peeters, Operations Director Hays The Netherlands • Master Degree Psychology – Tilburg University • At Hays since 2007, started as Regional Director, appointed as Operations Director in 2013 • Responsible for offices in Amsterdam, Arnhem, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Tilburg (70 FTE) • Previous experience at Coca-Cola Enterprises, Sara Lee and PGI
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 3 1.0 LABOUR MARKET INSIGHTS
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 4 CURRENT DUTCH ECONOMY & LABOUR MARKET Figures 1. The Netherlands are still in a recession – Consumer trust : August -33 (February 2013 low: -44) – Negative economic growth of -1.8% 2. Since May 2011 the unemployment rate is increasing – Unemployment rate : 8.7% – Unemployed people : 694,000 – Number of vacancies <100,000 vacancies (2008: 250,000) Unemployed people (Source CBS.nl) Number of vancancies (Source CBS.nl)
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 5 DUTCH LABOUR MARKET IN 2013 Chances 1. Largest decreases in sectors • Construction • Business Services • (catering) Industry 2. Recovering sectors • Purchasing • Sales & Marketing 3. Sectors definitely looking for people • Semiconductor & High Tech • Engineering • Life Sciences • Oil & Gas • Food & Agri
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 6 KNOWLEDGE INTENSIVE, INNOVATIVE & TECHNICAL SECTORS ARE LOOKING FOR HIGH SKILLED PEOPLE Positivism in Germany and Belgium. World trade is increasing. Hays Netherlands Growth in contracting business and permanent placements. In August we placed record number of candidates for permanent positions.
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 7 RECESSION CONSUMER TRUST HIGH SKILLS WORLD TRADE
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 8 2.0 HOW TO BUILD YOUR RESUME
  • 9 A FIRST IMPRESSION THAT LASTS..
  • 10 RESUME IS LEADING • Education • Relevant experience • Achieved results • Clear structure Than, at least as important: the cover letter • Why this organization? • Why this job? • Why you? • Personal note, describe who you are
  • 11 LESS IS MORE | STRUCTUUR & LAY OUT • Avoid irrelevant information • Measurable results • No tables • Short, use bullets, mark important words • File name: avoid “CV_new” of “CV02” “CV_Mark_Stoop_PR_Manager.doc” • 1 letterype, clear structure • Check contact details • Uniformity: use same job title in resume, social media
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 12 VALIDATE YOUR CURRICULUM Try to revalue your resume to Dutch standards. Education, training, certificates et cetera are never the same in other countries. Ministry of Education can be contacted for general information Informatiecentrum Diploma Waardering (IcDW) tel. (079) 3217 930 fax. (079) 3217 929 e-mail: info@idw.nl internet: www.idw.nl Two expertise centres: Nuffic (Den Haag) and SBB (Zoetermeer)
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 13 YOUR LINKEDIN ACCOUNT Make sure you have a LinkedIn account. Update your account, use a professional photo of yourself and make sure recruiters can find you on your key skills, by adding those skills to your account. Highest density of Linkedin usage In the Netherlands
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 14 GOLDEN LINKEDIN RULES Optimize your profile 1. Add your professional name, location and industry 2. Add your professional photo 3. Add your job title and company 4. Edit your summary to an up-to-date summary 5. Edit your experience and education 6. Edit your skills and expertise 7. Check your privacy settings 8. Ask for recommendations within your network 9. Become a member of interesting Groups, join and start discussions 10. Plan and manage your account, it‟s your personal brand!
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 15 MOST IMPORTANT FOR DUTCH HR & RECRUITERS IS THAT YOU Have a clear, well structured CV. Leave irrelevant information for the specific application. Motivate “Why?” you want the job and “Why?” they are your employer of choice. Use and update LinkedIn.
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 16 YOU CAN VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR RESUME TIPS HAYS.NL AND FOLLOW OUR COMPANY ON LINKEDIN
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 17 3.0 HOW TO PREPARE YOUR INTERVIEW
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 18 ALWAYS DOUBLE CHECK THE INTERNET Check the vacancy in Google, probably you find additional interesting information. Always check the latest figures, annual reports, press releases and „work for us‟ page of the company that invited you. Make sure you are very well prepared and up-to-date.
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 19 MAKE SURE YOU BRING ALL RELEVANT PAPERWORK Don’t forget 1. Curriculum Vitae 2. List of references 3. VISA and/or work permit 4. Registration local community 5. Passport
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 20 SOCIAL MEDIA CHECK LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube 1. Check the LinkedIn and Twitter accounts of the people who invited you 2. Check the corporate LinkedIn company page and Twitter account 3. Always check YouTube for video‟s in which CEO‟s or managers talk about their company 4. Make sure you do an extensive „social media check‟ on other relevant platforms (e.g. Coca-Cola, check their Facebook page)
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 21 PREPARE QUESTIONS YOURSELF About the team, the business, the contract, the future Always show your keen interest and prepare some interesting questions. Not necessarily brain twisters, but well considered questions regarding the team and or operations. Don‟t mention clichés.
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 22 ALWAYS PREPARE QUESTIONS LIKE ‘WHAT ARE YOUR PRO’S AND CON’S” You bet any Dutch recruiter will ask you about your pro‟s and con‟s. Make sure you do not hesitate, but bring your unique selling points and share your thoughts about improvements as well. Sell yourself, but be honest.
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 23 MAKE SURE YOU ARE AWARE OF YOUR OWN USP’S ASK OTHERS FOR THEM
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 24 4.0 TYPICAL DUTCH COMMUNICATIONS
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 25 MOST IMPORTANT The Dutch are… 1. Direct 2. To the point 3. Non-hierarchical, horizontal management structures 4. „Poldermodel‟, lots of meetings to reach consensus For job applications: communication style is concise, professional and direct
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 26 DON’TS You should actually understand 1. We are always in time, don‟t be late! 2. Keep personal issues for yourself 3. We are used to the so called „9-to-5‟culture, we eat at 6! 4. Working life and home life separated 5. Business wise we do not hug, we shake hands
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 27 BE SURE YOU ARE Clear about yourself and your motivation. Well prepared and eager to do the job. Absolutely arrive in time and well dressed.
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 28 FOR ANY TIPS LEARN FROM THE INTERNET AND YOUTUBE VIDEO’S
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 29 5.0 CONTRACTS IN THE NETHERLANDS
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 30 DUTCH LEGISLATION – If you work in the Netherlands, Dutch law fully applicable – Legislation covers: trial periods, holidays, notice and dismissal, minimum wages, health and safety and equal treatment. – Legislation dismissal is protective of employee – Some industries have Collective Labour Agreements (CAO) More information www.internationalezaken.szw.nl
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 31 MOST COMMON CONTRACTS Direct employment at organisation 1. Start at a temporary contract for a fixed period of 6 months 2. This can be prolonged max 3 times, max 3 years 3. Then automatically unlimited term 4. Notice period usually 1 month Employment through an agency 1. Secondment 2. NBBU: collective employment agreement for temporary workers 3. Freelancer / ZZP-er
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 32 FISCAL ADVANTAGES – 30% TAX RULING Tax advantage for highly skilled migrants Some conditions – You have to be employed – Specific experience or expertise – Gross annual salary to surpass a limit Information at Expat centres in Amsterdam and Eindhoven or at www.belastingdienst.nl
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 33 WE POWER THE WORLD OF WORK AND PLACE THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT JOBS
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 34 CONCLUSION We have some typical characteristics. However we are open and pleasant people to work with. Never be shy, but as well never over act. Our economy is still in a recession, but we are ready for and have trust that on short notice our economy will recover. There is always demand for skilled labour. Prepare yourself for the recovery by looking into the mirror, adapt your resume to our standards and make sure you look oke on social media and Google.
  • Judith Peeters 14 September 2013 35 THANK YOU