Spinning Negatives to Positives During an Interview * Daily employment news

Together Abroad20-10-2017 2:16 PM

Nobody is perfect; as such, many of us have something that could potentially cast us in a negative light during a job interview. These include a pattern of ‘job-hopping’ (holding six or more jobs in a ten-year period), gaps in employment history, weaknesses and/or character flaws.

However, the beauty of the interview process is that it gives you a chance to explain your situation and spin those potential negatives into positives. Using the three examples given above, I will outline ways in which each can be reframed to cast you in the best light possible.


Job-hopping is not as frowned upon as it used to be, particularly among the younger generations. However, a long resume filled with different employers may send a red flag to the company you are interested in working for. For this reason, it is a good idea to explain during the interview why you have held so many positions and why this is a positive thing for their company.

One reason you can give for your varied work history is that you are passionate about developing and learning new things. You may have a particular career that you are interested in pursuing, and each successive...
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Together Abroad20-10-2017 2:04 PM

Personal development is a process that candidates can use to reflect or to evaluate themselves on. They can use it to understand what needs to be improved, and what steps to follow to help them discover their full potential and reach their goals.

Strategies for Personal Development

Create a personal vision or mission statement: Create a personal S.W.O.T. and clear goal you want to specifically focus on. Perhaps you want to apply for a new course, further study, volunteering, internships, or learn a language. Make a list of personal developments that you wish to develop in order to improve on them and to reach your goals. Set short-term or long-term goals for the next day, week, month or year. You can also create a fun vision broad or list, and place it where you will see it every day to motivate yourself.

Plan and record your goals: Once you have set your goals, it is time to plan how you will actually achieve them. Planning for both short-term and long-term goals is the key. Create a plan or schedule to follow that will help you stay on track, and will help you remember your daily tasks and goals. Put a...
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Tohether Abroad20-10-2017 9:59 AM

Employment in the Dutch industry rose in September 2017 for the thirtieth consecutive month. This is the longest uninterrupted period of expansion of labor force among producers since the beginning of the measurement.

The purchasing manager index, NEVI PMI®, rose to 60.0 in September, marking its second largest growth since March of 2000. The index gives an impression of the Dutch industry as well as the whole Dutch economy, which is very healthy.

More demand, higher production

Dutch manufacturing companies run overtime because the demand is high. Growth in production ranges came close to the record level of April 2000.

The number of orders received by Dutch producers rose in September for the nineteenth month in a row. The increase was again significant, even though it was less than in August, when the highest level of forty-four months was reached.

Employment continues to rise

The growth of staff was also the second largest since the start of this survey (the highest level was in February 2011). Professor Dr. Arjan van Weele, NEVI Professor of Purchasing Management TU Eindhoven, expects growth to continue. That is good news for employment and public finances.

Demand for staff persists

The Dutch industry is great,...
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Together Abroad20-10-2017 9:06 AM

The new cabinet will put an end to the dividend tax. This is especially beneficial for foreign companies, which is the intention. The new cabinet wants to make it more attractive for foreign companies to settle here. For Dutch companies it saves a lot on administration. The elimination of dividend tax costs the government annually 1.4 billion euros and will come into effect in 2019. This amount will be balanced by other measures taken by the government for companies.

What is dividend tax?

Companies pay 15% tax on the dividend they pay to their shareholders. The dividend recipient can then settle by the amount deducted from the assessment. For clarity companies in the Netherlands do not receive any money due to the abolition. Instead of paying a portion of the dividend, they pay to the tax authorities (who later give returns to the Dutch shareholders via their declaration), they can give the full amount directly to the shareholder. This causes a lot of administrative hassle.

All parties who do not have to pay tax in the Netherlands, and cannot recover the tax previously collected, by deducting them from their declaration, retain a little more money. These are, for example, foreign...
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Together Abroad13-10-2017 10:34 AM
Dutch employees go with great satisfaction to their work. They can find it goes well with their boss and colleagues. Dutch employees are also more positive than employees from other countries, and they often feel that their expectations are met more, as a research "The Evolution of Work" by the ADP Research Institute® shows, in a global survey of work trends, including more than 2,000 employers and employees in 13 countries.

Dutch employees are the most optimistic

Dutch people, according to the research, are "optimistic thinkers" and form an exception of colleagues from other countries as a whole. Employees and employers agree relatively often in the Netherlands. According to 73% of Dutch employees, their company has a strong reputation, compared to 72% of employers. The Netherlands is the only country where employees and employers judge the reputation of the company. In other European countries, employers usually assess this aspect and other criteria in general.

Talent development used for improvement

The gap between employers and employees in Europe is extreme in talent management. Only 40% of European employees indicate that they have a clear development path within their business, compared with 68% of employers. Exceptionally, Dutch and German employees are indeed...
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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