Interview with Shimi Goossen – Senior International Recruitment Consultant at Madison Parker International BV
Tell us about your function at Madison Parker job agency?
I am a senior international recruiter, end-to-end responsible for the external global resourcing of candidates for different types of clients who are mostly active in the following industries; supply chain, pharma, engineering, food and agriculture. They're spread across the globe.
What is the motivational driving force in your job?
Working as a Senior Recruiter at Madison Parker, I am constantly engaged in finding (inter)national talent. In my role, I also act as a business partner and advise my Clients in their staffing needs by building and maintaining a good relationship and business knowledge. I also insist on seeing my candidates face-to-face which is important to determine if there is a cultural fit. This is the only way you can manage the process, and this is my driving force.
Describe your perfect day on the job.
When I am making people happy! People are very grateful when you find them the job of their dreams. My clients are also giving me a lot of rewards and gratitude when I can manage to deliver the perfect candidate.
How is the Netherlands job market doing and what are the implications for current job seekers?...
The platform is a wealth of accessible knowledge for expats living in the Netherlands, or planning to do so. It is not only an online job board, but also a launch pad for recruitment services and training. And to add to that, it also has up-to-date News about the Dutch economy, recruitment trends, HR analysis, and Tips for Candidates that includes CV writing, job searching, personal branding, and much more. It truly is a unique platform in that it is comprehensive in all that has to do with work from either the candidate’s side, or the recruiter’s side, but it does not attempt to be more than that. You will not find information about outings, museums, hotels and what not, because there is a tight focus on...
In2motivation’s mission is to inspire people to live in a better world for themselves and others. We do this through a series of services that help develop people personally and professionally.
What service do you provide?
In2Motivation facilitates personal development, specialising in motivation, coaching and training to enable changes in behaviour and communication. Our training is for individuals and companies. In2Motivation works with international trainers and its home base is in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We provide training in Holland and abroad, to bring the best out of you and your company!
You have a number of training schemes for companies. How do they differ?
Our company training courses vary from public speaking, teambuilding, leadership, motivation workshops, to sales and customer service development. The courses are highly experiential, interactive, fun, based on the latest science, and always leave a great group experience.
Would you say that some are more successful than others?
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
What do your open training courses provide?
Our open training courses such as NLP, coaching,...
Swordfish & Friend is the official distributor of Crosley products in Europe. We are building a sustainable network by the sale of beautifully designed turntables. This network consists of lifestyle retailers, independent record stores and other related stores. We also run a record store/lifestyle concept in the city centre of Utrecht.
What do you provide?
The candidate will be responsible for developing and executing the brand strategy in Germany. The job is very versatile, because it has parts of account management, sales and marketing. It is a nice challenge to work on a market strategy, but also to take responsibility over the execution of this strategy. We offer a spot in a young, dynamic team with lots of opportunity to grow.
You have both a wholesale and a regular store. How do they differ?
We see our store in Utrecht as our flagship store. It is a place for us to meet lots of people, work with artists, throw parties and get direct feedback from our customers on our products. Our wholesale branch is where we try to serve many international customers the best way possible to build a sales network.
People want to know that you are real: so avoid trying to fool others into seeing you in a different light. The goal of a personal brand is not to hide who you are, but to highlight your best qualities. Lying about this may work in the short term, but given enough time the truth of your character will always come to the surface. Therefore, your brand has to be truthful, and authentic to yourself. It must revolve arounf you core values, the skills you've gained, and your background. Your ability to look at yourself critically helps a lot here. Think to yourself, what can I use to describe me? How would others describe me? What kind of varience is...
Learning a language is never easy, and it can certainly take a lot of time, effort, and energy to master a second or third language. However, a second language is a skill that can seriously help when searching for a job, moving up through the ranks at work, and especially in day to day activities. We talked with Albert Both, who created Talencoach. Dedicated to teaching motivated and inspired students Dutch, Albert showed us a real desire and passion for language that I, personally, have never seen before.
What kind of struggle is experienced by your students when learning Dutch?
If you'd like to learn Dutch, then there are many struggles. Learning a new language is always a challenge. Most people are too optimistic and tend to underestimate the effort that it really takes. They think that you can learn it after work, when you already feel tired, spending only one hour per week.
There are a couple of other things that are massively important. First of all, you need absolute clarity. You can never really learn things that you do not understand. Simply repeating dialogues from a CD never works. You have to understand a system and it works...
Your company mainly focuses towards expatriates. Have you seen any changes to the demand for your service over the last year, and do you expect anything to happen which will change this in 2016?
“I did experience a change in my business. At first, I mainly had requests from expat partners, because this was my main focus group in the past. This group moves abroad because of their partners job. During the last year I got more expatriate clients, people already living in The Netherlands and looking for a new position or a career change. Besides this group, I also get more requests from clients still living outside The...
What does Elliot Lloyd do?
Elliot Lloyd offers wealth management and financial planning services worldwide. We help international clients at all levels of wealth strategically manage their investments while protecting them from risks around inflation and excessive taxation. Elliot Lloyd also provides personalized financial solutions like retirement planning and saving for children’s education.
How was Elliot Lloyd started? What is the story behind it?
I have a lot of international experience in the wealth management field and have always been passionate about service and professional ethics. Given my experience, I understood many of the hurdles faced by international professionals and saw the need for higher quality services in this sector. That’s when I started looking into bringing accurate and professional service to expats, in particular. It took a while before I managed to bring it all together, but I successfully opened Elliot Lloyd in March 2015.
What makes you different from your competitors?
Unlike our competitors, we offer our services to internationals living in The Netherlands and do...
Linda is a professional with whom you’ll have the right click from the start. She is conscientious about delivering based on your expectations. With her guidance you’ll be able to look at yourself from a bird’s eye view and discover with precision what is most valuable from your past experience for your future career.
I would like to thank you for your great job to make my CV presentable and truly reflecting my knowledge and experience.
With your highly professional advices and support I felt more confident and eventually I got a job.