More than 40 professional presentations at the Expat Fair Amsterdam! ** HR daily news

Together Abroad30-09-2019 9:52 AM

Presentations at the Expat Fair, Sunday 6 October - register now!

Our extensive programme includes a wide variety of workshops and presentations, all geared to making your transition to life in the Netherlands easier. More than 40 professionals will introduce you to everything you need to know about their area of expertise: themes include Relocation, Finance, Jobs for Expats, Family, Healthcare, Education, Transport and Housing & Setting Up Home.
Get your free Expat Fair ticket here, and you will also receive a personal link to register for any presentations you want to see.

Nedles will be there to give you the low-down on civic integration exams. You can visit MVA - Certified Expat Broker´s talk on how to buy a house in the Amsterdam region and Albert Both of Talencoach will reveal some secrets about How to Speak Dutch.
What else? In2Motivation are offering a special workshop that will give you tools to simplify your life in the Netherlands! .
Herbert de Bruijne, of Openbaar Onderwijs aan de Amstel, can help you find the most suitable school for your child; RSM Career Coach, Justin Sheehan, will give you a crash course in how to use LinkedIn; and Independent Expat Finance are...
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Together Abroad09-07-2019 5:21 PM


Madison Parker International BV is a strategic recruitment consultancy specialized in the global placement of permanent and interim professionals, fully supporting major businesses in the commercial, finance and technology sectors in the Netherlands and various international markets.
Recently we interviewed the Management from Madison Parker International BV. We talked with Salah El Kholali, from The Hague office, who joined Madison Parker International early 2018. Besides his strong knowledge of Recruitment he build over the years, his area of expertise is Business Development & Strategy.

Tell us about your function at the Madison Parker job agency and what is the motivational driving force in your job? 
My role at Madison Parker is very diverse and that is what I very much like, as a part of Management, together with my Managing Director, Ray Parker we strive to get the best results every day. My main passion will always be Business Development and strategically thinking of new ways to take the company and myself to the next level. As part of management, we drive the business on a daily basis, but we are still very much active in the recruitment work itself and like to get our ‘hands dirty’ as well. I think the motivational drive in this business is really the...
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Togetehr Abroad11-07-2019 10:40 AM

“Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.”—Buddha

“People who are happy in life have an easy time feeling good and recovering from adversity; they have close, supportive social connections; and they believe that their presence in the world matters,” writes Emiliana Simon-Thomas, the science director of Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, on the Greater Good Magazine. Similarly, she defines happiness at work as “feeling an overall sense of enjoyment at work; being able to gracefully handle setbacks; connecting amicably with colleagues, coworkers, clients, and customers; and knowing that your work matters to yourself, your organization, and beyond.”

Several studies have confirmed the strong link between happiness and productivity. In his book, The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor mentioned that “we can fully utilize our intellectual powers when we are feeling confident and happy. In a happy state of mind, creative ideas flow in and we are better at problem-solving and decision-making.” Caleb Papineau, director of global marketing at TINYpulse, revealed the following statistics: Happy people are 31% more productive and three times more creative; happiness improves business profitability by 147%; 75% of individuals leave their jobs because they are unhappy with their boss rather...
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Together Abroad05-06-2019 8:03 PM
“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.”— Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen monk and mindfulness meditation master.

Mindfulness is the ability to be aware of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surroundings in a gentle, non-judgmental way. When we practice mindfulness in our daily lives, our thoughts tune into what we are sensing in the present moment rather than dwelling in the past or imagining the future, thus helping us to become calmer and kinder to ourselves and others.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program in the United States in 1979, defined mindfulness meditation as a “'moment to moment non-judgmental awareness.” The Journal of Business Ethics’ review on spirituality and performance in organizations found an increase in corporate meditation programs since 2010 and the Financial Times stated that a quarter of American employers, like Aetna and Google, were already using stress reduction initiatives in 2016.

The American Psychological Association (APA) mentions the following proven benefits of mindfulness to increase well-being and productivity: reduces rumination on past failures and current challenges; reduces stress and anxiety; improves memory; improves focus and cognitive potential; increases emotional control; reduces reactivity; improves relationship satisfaction...
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Together Abroad15-05-2019 8:02 PM
Google for Jobs Is Coming to the Netherlands

Rumor has it that Google’s job search engine Google for Jobs is coming to the Netherlands. Is that true? Apparently yes, and very soon. Even though the service is available in a few countries, it is not fully available in Europe yet. On April 2019, however, Emerce reported that Google for Jobs was already being tested in the Netherlands and France. Richard Collins from ClickID, one of Google’s partners, told Emerce: “Google for Jobs is reportedly testing in the Netherlands and France, theoretically they could launch before the summer.”

Google for Jobs was introduced in America in May 2017. Since then, the service was also launched in India, South Africa, the US, and Japan, and rolled out in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria and Kenya. Europe’s turn came in 2018, with the service being introduced in Germany, Spain and the UK. Peter Woudenberg, head of digital marketing at RecruitNow, reported that the launching in Spain led to 366% more visitors through organic search and 289% more job applications through Monster board, one of Google’s partners in the rollout.

What is Google for Jobs and how does it work?

Google for Jobs is an...
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Together Abroad29-04-2019 12:18 PM
Join the Undutchables team and internationals from all over the world for one of the most anticipated parties of the year. On May 18th 2019 we will be hosting our annual Eurovision Songfestival party. Just like every year the party will have a theme, this year the theme is Calling all Comic & Superheroes. You are invited to put your mask on and party with us. Are you feeling heroic?
There will be a private viewing area with Silent Disco where you can watch the Song Contest unfold. At the same time we will have a DJ downstairs for those who want to dance. Put your VR glasses on and who knows you might actually save the world. Or how about you make a memorable photo with your fellow superheroes in our glowing photo-booth - trust us you can't miss it. But remember to keep your mask on. You do not want to give your secret identity away...
We know that partying as a superhero requires a lot of energy. Don't worry, we've got you covered! Recharge your Battery (superhero pun!) with our super snacks. And of course, don't forget to hydrate and party on.
Villains beware, if you find...
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Together Abroad23-04-2019 2:50 PM

The world is changing fast and so is the world of work. Technological transformation, global competition, and demographic change are affecting drastically how we work, consume and live. These three factors, according to the study Employment and Social Developments in Europe 2018, have determined two trends in the European labor market: Human capital quality improvement (reskilling) and highly diverse forms of work (atypical working).

Atypical work, defined by Eurofound (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions), is any employment relationship that do not conform to the standard or ‘typical’ model of full-time, regular, open-ended employment with a single employer over a long-time span. Atypical work includes part-time, temporary, fixed-term, casual and seasonal work, self-employed people, independent workers and homeworkers. New forms of atypical working—broadly called flexible employment—that have also emerged during the last years are: employee sharing, job sharing, interim management, ICT-based mobile work, voucher-based work, portfolio work, crowd employment, collaborative employment, and platform work. Platform workers in Europe 2018 reported that the proportion of this emerging phenomenon in Europe is still small, reaching roughly 10% (ranging from 6% in Finland to 12% in Spain and the UK). In the Netherlands, 10% of the people surveyed reported to have...
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Togther Abroad16-04-2019 3:53 PM
Employer Branding and What It Comprises?
In an era driven by Artificial Intelligence and Automation, Employer Branding is the much-needed human touch to a company. According to LinkedIn, 80% of HR managers and recruiters around the world agree that a great brand makes it easier to recruit the right talent. Before diving into the details of employer branding, it is essential to highlight the differences between certain terminologies that are often misused synonymously.

Corporate Brand (CB), or simply ‘the brand,’ encompasses a firm’s business and the product or service they sell – brand as a service provider. CB can be perceived as the image of a company that helps consumers differentiate between them and their competitors. Employer Branding (EB) focuses exclusively on its future and current employees – brand as a recruiter. EB plays a vital role in talent acquisition, as it denotes the reputation of the company. This reflects on how potential candidates and employees view you as an employer. The main goal of EB is to establish your company as a desirable employer.

Once you have established your brand, it is time to market! You have to find ways to deliver the message to the right candidates, at the...
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Together Abroad10-04-2019 8:11 PM

“The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership.”—Harvey Firestone, American businessman and founder of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company.

Well-being, in short, is the state of being comfortable, healthy, and happy. Can the work environment be a place where people feel comfortable, healthy and happy? Yes, it can, and it should be. Focusing on employees’ well-being is not only the right thing to do: “Following the greatness of human spirit, everyone should be given an equal opportunity to acquire knowledge, develop skills, and use his or her natural talents in the workplace, thus creating joy.“—says Neale Donald Walsch, American bestselling writer and spiritual teacher. But, from a business perspective, it is also a triple win for individuals, teams and organizations to do so.

When people feel good, they are able to function more creative and effectively. Science has long discovered why well-being matters. It enables people to flourish intellectually, emotionally, socially and physically. People with higher levels of well-being are more sociable, energetic, charitable and cooperative. They show more flexibility and are more productive in their jobs. They are better leaders and negotiators. They are more resilient, have stronger immune systems and are physically healthier...
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Together Abroad09-04-2019 1:05 PM
How to Attract Top Talent

‘Top talent’ is a buzzword that is thrown around a lot in the job marketplace. As the job market has grown naturally competitive, the demand for the best possible workers has grown exponentially. A wrong recruit can end up costing money, time and training if they turn out to be a bad fit, but on the other hand, companies want to know how to attract workers who will go above and beyond what is expected of them.

What Is ‘Top Talent’?

While the general idea of top talent constitutes an ideal employee, who performs or outperforms their job requirements, the real definition is much more subjective, dependent on industry, company values, and other variables. Interestingly, one recent study defined top talent as workers who are purpose-oriented; in other words, employees who view their work regarding personal fulfilment and serving others, rather than self-benefit in the form of income or status.

One of the issues with this definition is that the difficulty in finding workers who are genuinely passionate about their work can vary greatly depending on each industry. Where creative industries, such as the entertainment industry, have a much higher percentage of purpose-oriented workers, other typical...
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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.

Zsuzsanna Keller-Süle

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.

Tanya Pelser

Thank you for a great workshop this morning, it was refreshing to hear some really basic ideas for the Dutch employment search which I'm sure will help start everyone off on a new career path! I will definitely be using the services of Together Abroad and one of my first actions is to revise my CV and submit this for a review.

James Stopford