Undutchables: Job Hunting Advice


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These are the slides to Undutchables presentations on Job Hunting in The Netherlands at such events as Expatica's International Job Fair on Saturday, 5 April 2014.

Searching for an international job in the Netherlands? Are you fluent in other languages than Dutch? Do you reside in the Netherlands or plan to? Are you highly educated and seeking a job with international scope? Or are you an ambitious native-Dutch speaker, proficient in English and other languages, and do you want to pursue an international career here in the Netherlands? Undutchables Recruitment Agency can help you find the ideal position.

During this workshop we will guide you through the process of preparing for a job interview; the do’s and don’ts, practical tips and the Dutch business culture.

For more information on Undutchables, please go to http://www.undutchables.nl/ .

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Undutchables: Job Hunting Advice

  1. 1. Welcome & Agenda Welcome Working in the Netherlands Writing a strong CV How to prepare for a job interview Do’s & Don’ts How to find a job? Cultural differences Summary
  2. 2. Undutchables Recruitment Agency Recruitment partner for internationals with 6 offices in the Netherlands: Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Den Haag, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Utrecht Target group: Skilled personnel with good command of English and other languages Commercially-oriented office jobs Executive Recruitment
  3. 3. Working in the Netherlands When do you need a work permit? • All candidates from Non-EU Countries • All candidates from within the EU (except Bulgaria & Romania) do not need a work permit 2 ways of obtaining a work permit • A company applies for it • Partner from an EU country, living and working in The Netherlands, who financially supports the candidate
  4. 4. How to find a job Applying via an agency like Undutchables Very common in The Netherlands Advantages: Knowledge of the Dutch Labour market They have the contact and do the work Useful guidelines Apply directly at a company through their website Useful Websites such as www.expatica.com
  5. 5. Job Search Are you applying for positions matching your experience but not being invited for interviews? Then you need to change your CV! Your CV is your advertisement – sell yourself
  6. 6. Think of who is reading your CV • Time is money - Get to the point • What is the company’s image, mission and vision? • The reader might not know your area of expertise • If your CV is too long and wordy the reader may lose interest and focus • Don’t allow the reader to make any assumptions • Your CV is one in many – make it memorable
  7. 7. How to write a CV Keep a clear “reader-friendly” lay-out KISS – Keep it Short and Simple • Use short bullet points to describe tasks • Start each point with a verb word, eg: managed, maintained, processed, supported, etc. • Accurately describe tasks – don’t give the reader the chance to make assumptions Include and indicate part time, temporary or volunteer work
  8. 8. How to write a CV • Make it personal • Emphasize your most relevant experience • Be consistent with your font size and type • Check thoroughly for errors • Do not include sensitive information (BSN/ID/Passport numbers) • Europass…
  9. 9. Your Cover Letter Avoid letters longer than 1 page. Most cover letters contain the following information: • A brief introduction • Education, skills and other relevant information • A motivation on why you are the most suitable candidate
  10. 10. How to prepare for an interview  Research Company  Refresh your memory  Prepare questions
  11. 11. After the interview • Thank the interviewer • Ask about the next steps • Patience • Act professionally when you receive feedback • “How did I interview?”
  12. 12. Do and Don’ts
  13. 13. Do and Don’ts Arrive early Dress accordingly Turn off your mobile phone Be aware of body language Make eye contact Relate skills to position Be positive Provide examples Speak clearly Answer question directly Answer truthfully Listen carefully Be prepared Be late or too early Chew gum Bring anyone with you Interrupt Do not take offense when asked personal questions Be negative/criticise Do not smoke right before the interview Mumble or speak too softly Answer yes /no Swear Avoid sensitive issues Inquire about salary on 1st interview
  14. 14. Dutch Culture Hierarchy – flat management structure Direct communication Gender equality Rules & regulations Long-term commitment Everything is open to discussion Qualification-driven
  15. 15. Summary Know yourself, the job and the organisation Preparation is essential Be aware of the do’s and don’ts It is not what you say that counts, it is how you say it
  16. 16. Thank you and good luck! WWW.UNDUTCHABLES.NL