Like many who graduate from university, it was a challenge for me to find a job that would cater to my academic strengths. I found myself caught in a catch-22 situation that many graduates find themselves in; needing to find a job for professional experience, but not having enough professional experience to land a job. Discovering volunteering opportunities can be an effective way to break the loop, and it shows future employers that you are a proactive individual that keeps finding opportunities where they can.
Having completed a philosophy degree, I wanted to find an opportunity that catered to my strengths in research and writing. Discovering a content writing position at Together Abroad meant that I could translate the critical thinking and analysis skills I had picked up during my time at university, and I could apply them to a business-oriented role that caters to candidates, business HR departments and general audiences. Being able to learn more about business topics in general and to get useful feedback for my writing has better prepared me for professional roles in the future.
Since being a writer for Together Abroad, I have explored a variety of different...
We live in a multicultural world, full of varied ideas, beliefs and cultural backgrounds mixing in constant flux. This phenomenon is contemporary to our increased globalization, where multicultural workplaces are not just a result, but the desirable mirror of a plural and diverse society. Diversity brings about debates on openness, inclusiveness, communication, and respect, while cultural competence, the ability to interact effectively with people from other cultures, becomes one of the critical skills to master in these working environments.
Cultural diversity manifests in the values, norms, and traditions that affect the way different members of a group typically perceive, think, interact, behave, and make judgments in the workplace. The capacity to adapt to a multicultural workplace will depend significantly on the awareness that each individual has of his or her cultural worldview, the knowledge of other cultural practices, the tolerant attitude towards cultural differences, and his or her cross-cultural skills.
Cultural differences affect almost all interactions at work, but the most significant are:
• Communications: how and when information is provided in an accurate and promptly manner; on direct or indirect ways.
• Team-building: some cultures are individualistic, others foster teamwork.
Last year November, the news buzzed with articles about economic discrimination between women and men. The Dutch News Broadcast NOS wrote a short article on why women are less successful when it comes down to salary negotiations. According to the article, women use insecure language more often; they downplay their own qualities and results; they have less confidence during the negotiations.
The article used the discrepancy between the salary of men and women as its topic to focus on the pitfalls of women, but it applies to anyone who wishes to tackle their salary. When it comes to negotiating, it is important to be prepared. Without decent preparations, the outcome will be poor, or worse, the impression made will not be one in your favour.
Check your market value
First, it is important to determine what the average salary of the potential job you seek might be. Sometimes, the job description gives an indication, but this is not always the case. To get an impression what the job will pay, check the company’s CAO. The major trade unions often provide these.
Unfortunately, not all companies have a CAO, when this is the case some additional research is necessary....
“There’s a fine line between putting in the time and staying too long. How do you know when you’re paying your dues or wasting your work? It all depends on how you define and interpret the phrase.”
A traditional work motto I consistently use as a mantra is: “You gotta pay your dues.” Typically, when weekdays are long and tough, I repeat this to myself. However, this motto can be perceived differently depending on your mindset. Those who blame others for their problems, or those who tell others they are “lucky” in life to get as far as they have, often misconstrue this phrase. Therefore, let’s get this straight: “paying your dues” is not about doing what’s seemingly nothing for hours on end or pointless suffering in your career, it’s about the experience.
As a fresh graduate with a bachelor’s degree at hand, a majority of my ex-classmates couldn’t understand why I decided to take on an internship position in Amsterdam, straight out of university. I had the certificate, that was all I needed to pursue my dream job, right? Well realistically, its highly rare one enters their field at the pinnacle of...
For young professionals at the start of their career, their talents and potentials may go unrecognized, as they are yet to learn and experience how to effectively communicate their skills and abilities. To overcome this barrier, start with developing a strong personal brand and learning how to ‘sell’ it.
Measuring one’s talent value is an exercise in self-discovery. One area to begin in is to ask those who know you well to describe you with three words. This can show how people perceive you and what characteristics of yours tend to stand out. While you may disagree or be unhappy with some, in general, it often happens that you hear things about yourself you already suspected, and the occasional surprising one that may put a smile on your face and be well-worth exploring further. You can take this list and divide it into what you perceive as positive and negative, then rearrange each column from the strongest traits to the weakest. You know have the top positive characteristics you can focus on for your personal brand, and you also have that dreaded characteristic which answers the infamous question: what is your biggest weakness?...
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.