When to Get Professional Help for CVs * Daily employment news

together Abroad19-03-2018 5:46 PM

We can say that a CV is the best possible written representation of who you are in professional terms. A good CV, however, is more than that. It represents your only chance to capture a potential employer’s attention in a few seconds, giving him or her the very first impression of you. And that impression is crucial. It will determine your gateway to an interview and possible further achievement of your desired job; or, on the contrary, your joining the long list of applicants rejected.

A professionally crafted CV has the power to get you noticed by highlighting your talents and accomplishments in a fashionable way. Of course, you can write your own resume. Many people have succeeded in this way by doing proper research, writing persuasively, and crafting the information according to the job postings. Nevertheless, if you recognize yourself in one of the following situations, it would be advisable to look for professional help:

1. You have been applying for job opportunities for some time and do not hear back from your applications.
2. You do not get any interviews, or as many as you would like.
3. You are facing a major change of industry or sector...
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Together Abroad19-03-2018 5:28 PM

Nowadays, having a weak LinkedIn profile, or not having one at all, is not advisable. LinkedIn offers a variety of tools and options to professionals and job seekers. Although the platform imposes specific uses and actions to its users, you can always learn to work with the network smartly. Companies and recruiters usually ask candidates to also provide them with a link to their LinkedIn profile, which is often more elaborate and detailed than the CV. Thus, try to create a strong online image of competence to impress the recruiters, by highlighting your skills and accomplishments, and be smart with your actions within the platform.

To begin with, a LinkedIn profile has a resume format with a lot more space and options to add the relevant information in each section. For instance, except for the title and description, you can add any available images and links for projects you have done or the companies you have worked at. In such a way, the recruiters will have the opportunity to visually immerse into your professional experience, instead of reading a simple list of tasks or skills, this allows you to stand out of the numerous profiles they see every day. What...
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Together Abroad19-03-2018 5:19 PM
Professional development and technical qualifications are key for the growth of organizations, communities and even nations. Continued education affects the job markets by adding talent, and it improves the quality of life of people as they develop their skills and acquire new ones. Especially in the wake of the economic crisis, education gives people the chance to retrain, stay up-to-date and face new roles and opportunities.

There is a new financial aid in the Netherlands for adults who want to study. The rule is meant for people older than 30 years old to ask for a credit to pay for their studies at a university, hbo (hogeschool beroepsonderwijs, translated as “high-level professional education”), or mbo (middelbaar beroepsonderwijs, translated as “middle-level applied education”). The credit is called levenlanglerenkrediet and it is in place starting 1 August 2017 for mbo, and 1 September 2017 for hbo and university.

Conditions to apply

• You are going to do a fulltime, part time, or dual (combination of study and work) hbo or university study programme. Or you are going to do a fulltime bol (beroepsopleidende leerweg) from an mbo study programme.
• The study must be in the Netherlands, not in the Caribbean Netherlands....
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Together Abroad19-03-2018 4:59 PM

An increasing number of Dutch students are expected to take an internship as part of their study program – they are mainly done by students seeking the valuable opportunity to gain further experience in their career, as well as gaining real-world practical knowledge that can further add to their qualifications when searching for jobs in the future. These days, internships are not only restricted to typical office jobs, but can be offered in a wide variety of fields including construction, tourism and healthcare.

In the Netherlands, students can find themselves having to take internships at many stages throughout their lives, starting at secondary school where some are expected to take ‘social internships’ that are normally a form of volunteering for a non-profit organisation. Internships can even be valuable later in one’s professional life as a means of changing career, or even doing a temporary internship to gain insight into other companies as a learning experience. With internships being so integral to Dutch working culture, there is no doubt that finding one in the Netherlands essentially makes up for any basic requirement that future employers will look for.

Typically, when students take on an internship, it is referred to as a...
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Together broad19-03-2018 4:45 PM

Due to globalization, there are more and more opportunities for any kind of specialist to find a dream job and to pursue the career one finds the most attractive. However, with a rapid growth of globalization and high numbers of migration, there is a new challenge in finding a job – thriving competition. Having to compete with many diverse people might make it substantially harder to find a desirable job and a right employer. One of the key advices to any job seeker is to know what recruiters want to hear from a candidate, and what needs to be said, so that recruiters can understand and learn the talents one possesses. So, how to turn one’s luck in a 180-degree angle with a recruiter?

7 most common things a recruiter wants to hear

First, it is important to understand the nature of a recruiter’s job. The main and far most important task, is to find the right and most fitting candidate to their client. Due to that, any recruiter will focus a lot on how one fits to the vacancy, the company, experience, accomplishments, etc. For that reason, the first task of any job seeker is to impress a recruiter....
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It has been a long journey since I arrived in The Netherlands, and I want to thank you for being available to receive me, believing in my profile and thank you for all your support, and I express my wish to keep our contact. I followed all your guidelines and recommendations, and I succeeded! Thank you for your best attention, let's keep in touch

Helder Costa

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 to both yourself and Irina 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