Understanding Uitzendbureaus * Daily employment news

Together Abroad26-06-2017 10:10 AM

Uitzendbureaus — a.k.a. temporary employment agencies in Dutch — can be dated back to the 1650s in the United Kingdom. However, they became really popular during World War II due to the need of thousands of low-cost temporary workers, and the employers’ desire to avoid the hassle of having to hire, train, supervise and eventually fire them. This industry only continued to grow, and today there are more than 3 million workers who have been temporarily employed in the U.S. alone.

Nowadays, uitzendbureaus are the short-term solution to obtain a temporary employment. They serve a role as a third party between the employer and the employee. They usually direct work scheduling, remuneration, taxes and other necessities in the relationship between a client employee and a client employer. Client firms are allowed to request the skills and the type of jobs that needs to be done, as well as the right to terminate a certain position or file a complaint against an employee.

Applicants might be hired based on their scores on personality, emotional intelligence or IQ tests, as companies are interested in the eligibility and the competence of the potential employee. If one is selected, then the temporary employee is...
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Together Abroad26-06-2017 10:04 AM

Being selected for an interview can be a victory in itself as employers have to sieve through countless CVs and cover letters to find potential candidates who make themselves stand out. However, giving off a strong first impression in an interview is an entirely different challenge from writing a compelling cover letter or CV; it gives an employer the chance to get to know a candidate on a more personal level and to better determine whether they are a good fit for a company. A strong candidate should know how to thoroughly research the organisation and position they are applying for, and how to answer any difficult questions that may be asked during the process. An employer is more likely to be impressed if they know a candidate has put in the time and effort to properly prepare themselves for the interview.

First impressions are key to a job interview, and the way a candidate dresses and conducts themselves in a one-to-one setting could subconsciously influence an employer’s decision to hire them. Research shows that nonverbal communication and physical presentation may play a significant role in the success of a job interview; factors such as a weak handshake, poor eye-contact...
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Together Abroad26-06-2017 9:15 AM

According to Jobfeed.nl, the top 5 job sites in NL right now are: Randstad, Young Capital, Tempo-Team, Olympia and Start People. These job boards are ranked by the number of unique job offerings that can be accessed via their sites. The jobs found on these sites are unlikely to be found on any other. With over 12,000 vacancies collectively, these sites have become an increasingly great tool for job searchers throughout the Netherlands. However, I have to also include Together Abroad into this list, as it is a remarkable platform for job seeking expats.

The one thing they all have in common is that recruiters determine their prominence, because they always post up-to-date vacancies, which is probably what makes them so popular. Furthermore, each job site has its own special features. For instance, Randstad makes it their mission to ‘ensure that all our employees, including temp, part-time and contract employees, are paid fairly, and have access to resources and information that will enhance their work experience’. Furthermore, they make the effort to maintain their relationship with each jobseeker even if they have just found a job. Young Capital regularly updates their users and assists them when applying for a job...
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Together Abroad19-06-2017 11:03 AM

“As Gregor Samsa awoke from unsettling dreams one morning, he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin”.. This is an excerpt from The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka and is currently ranked among the greatest opening lines of books, according to The Telegraph. In less than 30 seconds the potential reader is already asking who is Gregor Samsa and what has happened to him. The chances are that whoever read the first line would buy the book and read the story to find out the mystery behind it. But why is this important?

First impressions matter – whether it is in a book, in real life or in a CV. Just like your potential love partner would notice your new haircut and clothes, your future employer will notice the appearance, layout, and structure of your CV. Employers will expect to see an effective personal statement of who you are, what you offer, and what you are looking for.

However, standing out from the vast sea of applicants and CVs is difficult and might require a pitch – a necessary evil for job seekers. The main purpose of the pitch is to grab the attention of the potential employer...
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Together Abroad19-06-2017 11:00 AM

Negotiations with a boss or supervisor can be a daunting task for employees; nonetheless it is sometimes a necessary means for improvement under unsatisfactory working conditions. The aim of a negotiation can vary from typical requests such as higher wages, more responsibilities and better working hours to improvements in the working environment such as a bigger office, newer equipment or safer working conditions. In any case, negotiating is usually the better option to improve a situation instead of pursuing a better job elsewhere.

In addition to knowing what you wish to get out of a negotiation, making use of suitable tactics and knowing your minimum requirements of a trade union’s collective agreement is crucial when it comes to making it a success. A good negotiation requires some careful planning and knowing what type of negotiation style works best with your boss; if your boss uses an aggressive method of negotiating then it may be best to diffuse the situation by using a passive but firm style to counter their arguments. Being aggressive against an aggressive boss could turn a negotiation messy, and being too lenient against them could give them room to bully you into accepting an undesirable agreement. In...
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