After scanning the recruiting websites for the perfect position at a great company, there is finally a fitting position and Ihave been asked to come to an interview at the company. At this point in the interview process, my first question has always been: what do I wear? As a woman being interviewedfor a business role, that has been the eternal question for any and all job interviews, and it is usually the aspect of the interview I feel most nervous...
Sometimes, if I’m really interested in a position and stressed to show how much I would like to work there, I am tempted to respond with a brief introduction like this: “Dear Mr. So-and-so,
I am writing to express my interest in the X position because I strongly believe I will be awesome in this job. I am going to be so awesome because I say so and you better believe me and hire me.
Ok, it is obvious this went a little too far. I don’t give any reasons for hiring me except for my...
During my job-search I’ve come across three types of rejection: Rejection after interview
Anticipation is high. Yes, there’s a lot of stress involved, but it’s the positive kind of stress. Even when faced with the most unexpected results, there is the satisfaction that you made it there. In general, I am less disappointed when I have come closer to getting the position. I don’t think this is strange because when I am called to an interview, even after I get rejected, I feel that I have done something right to be considered for the post in the first place.
Most unwelcome lines ever: “Unfortunately, we cannot invite you to an interview.” This is one of the politest variations, but you get the message. In most cases it’s an automatic reply. Some recruiters do the difficult job of filling in your name in the “Dear...”...
“3+ years of experience, advanced [insert languages], advanced writing skills, advanced coding skills, advanced in [insert list of software skills], advanced [walking on sticks and juggling three balls at a time].”
I can’t get my head around how many skills they need people to have. I know, practice makes perfect and I have to present something substantial. Otherwise, how to prove I can actually do it? It reminds me of the well-known chicken and the egg story: experienced to get experience, like a dog running after its own tail. I add to my portfolio all pieces of work I’ve created so far, but it’s never enough. There’s another skill that I’m asked to have, another position that I’m desired to have held in the past.
What to do as an unemployed writer and editor to produce more content and gain experience? Well, you can work for free. In my case, if the purpose is related to a cause I really care about, like human rights, I can dedicate my time and energy. It’s obvious though that in most cases I have to adapt and work for the projects available.
I was meeting with a friend, already working in The Hague, in front of New Babylon. We’ve walked by the giant building several times but as we never stopped to think what it’s all about, we had to discover that it’s a complex of apartments, company offices, a shopping center and meeting hub all-in-one. We had a good laugh wandering through entrances until we found the correct one.
The event attracted a lot of young people. Familiar faces showed up and we exchanged our stories with varied...
I can’t recall how many times I’ve been posed with the same question in the past few months while job-hunting: Why did you pursue a degree in the Humanities? Why did you study English?
To me, the answer is pretty obvious: I chose to follow a discipline that truly inspired me to do my best and not half-heartedly drag my feet to its completion. However, this question comes from a well-meaning place, given the challenges it entails finding a job with a Master’s degree in Literary studies. It doesn’t take long for the tiny demon of self-doubt to start pestering your mind with unnecessary guilt. In such instances I have to remind myself that the persistent question hides a misconception about the nature of my studies and what skills you develop along the way, apart from the language skills.
Nowadays, the amount of information produced is enormous; university departments have to find new ways to transfer and present knowledge which is relevant to a fast-changing environment. Most programs in The Netherlands and worldwide become...
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