Is my Degree Valid in the Netherlands? * Search tips

Together Abroad20-04-2017 1:50 PM
Work experience or a degree, which one do employers more relevant? My clients often ask me this and the answer I give them hardly ever satisfies them: I do not think it is either, or; the best would be both. That said, experience is the more important. However, a degree gives an indication of a certain level on which one ought to be able to work, but only having a degree and no experience will not increase the chance of landing the job.

Having a foreign diploma can complicate the job hunt even further. This also depends on your experience and specialisation. When you have worked in IT, the chances are likely that your experience might be enough to land a new job. When your degree is less known and your experience is not sufficient enough, it becomes more complicated; foreign degrees after all, cannot be easily compared to Dutch ones. In some cases, a foreign diploma is not recognized in the Netherlands. So how to determine whether your degree is recognized in the Netherlands?


When you want to have your degree evaluated you can visit the IcDW (Informatiecentrum Diploma Waardering) – the information centre for credential evaluation. They...
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Together Abroad30-03-2017 10:59 AM
In an increasingly competitive job market, it is important to stand out from the crowd and be noticed by recruiters. Famous brands such as Apple, Nike, or Tesla are immediately recognisable, and carry with them a promise of product quality and consumer expectation. The same is true of personal branding. Prospective employees are selling a ‘product’ (themselves) to a ‘consumer’ (the company).

Building a personal brand is often much more difficult than selling a physical product. This is because it can be difficult to quantify features of your personality that will make you look good to an employer. Your personality is much more than these details, but to impress in that key job interview you will need to sell yourself, and this means creating a ‘brand’ version of you which will make it easier to market yourself and get that dream job.

One of the biggest challenges of personal branding is the inability to separate who you are as a person, and who you are as a brand. In fact, the term ‘brand’ can often be an alien concept to many people when applied to themselves. In order to sell yourself well, think of the best features of your personality....
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Together Abroad27-03-2017 10:46 AM
For a multitude of reasons, workers may sometimes prefer not to spend their entire workweek at their job. Part-time contracts typically entail a workweek of around 30 hours or less, rather than 40. Some may find this a more efficient way to organize their lives, while others may want to be able to devote more hours to other priorities. Expats moving to the Netherlands may be wondering what their options are regarding part-time work, and filling in their schedule differently. One thing that can certainly be said about part-time work in the Netherlands is that it is popular.

The good news for those who are advocates of part-time jobs is that the Netherlands has a higher number of part-time workers than any other member of the European Union – and not by a small margin. Eurostat numbers indicate that in 2015, the rate of part-time workers in the Netherlands was at 46.9%. In other countries with a relatively high number of part-time workers, typically about a fifth of the workforce occupies a part-time position. The Dutch rate of part-time workers is also double the European average. As such, it is safe to conclude that part-time work is very much accepted...
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Together Abroad20-03-2017 10:12 AM
One of the biggest challenges job seekers face today is getting a foot in the door of the job market. Navigating a route to securing a good job can often be bewildering. You may be fully competent to fulfil the role described in your CV, but actually landing that first interview is a long and daunting journey, which can be more pronounced for expats. This is where recruiter websites come in. If they are used properly, then can be a valuable ally for any jobseeker.

Online recruitment techniques have become the most widely used techniques used by recruiters. In addition to providing up to date job listings, they also offer services such as CV tips and interview training. Some of the main benefits of recruiter sites are that they are free and relatively straightforward to use, and have an in-depth knowledge of the labour market. In addition, they have excellent connections to many top employers.

Perfecting your personal profile is a must in job-hunting. Many recruiter websites offer the ability to upload your CV and create an online profile with them, including a brief overview of your education and experience. Try to make your profile stand out. One of the...
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Together Abroad13-03-2017 10:05 AM
Using online job agencies is becoming increasingly popular, for both jobseekers and businesses. Companies use job agencies so they do not have to sort through potentially hundreds of job applications for a given position. Outsourcing to an agency saves time for executives as the agency can reduce the initially large number of applications down to a manageable level. For jobseekers, many agencies offer services beyond simply being a platform for job hunting. These services can include help with writing CVs, as well as offering practice interviews to improve your chances of being hired. How useful then are such agencies?

Recruitment websites have the advantage that they are free to use for candidates. They work by request and are paid by their clients, which are other businesses. Many have an excellent knowledge of the labour market, and specialist agencies will know your chosen field in depth. Recruiters will have good connections with a lot of top employers, which gives you a first look at upcoming positions. If they think you are qualified for a position, they will call you directly.As mentioned above, they offer help with resume writing and interview coaching, in addition to specialist advice in a chosen field. Depending...
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Together Abroad20-02-2017 9:47 AM
Times of political and economic uncertainty bring nervous thoughts of the future, employment being part of that. Each year, we wait to hear how the labor market is doing for the next year and cross our fingers that all is well. This is especially so for those looking to graduate soon or those looking to make a change in their employment. What will 2017 be bringing to the current job market situation?

Jobseekers in the Netherlands, rejoice! For those recent graduates or others looking for new opportunities out there, the next few words written will hopefully come as a welcome friend. Unemployment in the Netherlands has fallen to below half a million, just 5.6% of the entire labor force of the country, for the first time since 2012. More and more companies are taking residence in the Netherlands, meaning more job opportunities available every day. This comes as great news for future and current expats and residents!

The main industries in the Netherlands are food processing, chemicals, petroleum refining and electrical machinery. Because the country is experiencing a lack of talented employees to fill positions, look to these industries for open positions. However,it is the IT sector, mostly programmers that...
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Together Abroad06-02-2017 8:44 PM
As I exited my undergrad education and before each interview, I ask myself the same question: Do I meet the qualifications for this job in education and experience? Learning on the job is expected so if you are not reaching a bit beyond your current qualifications, maybe you are selling yourself short. However, if the job is above your capabilities, it may end up being a waste of time for you and your employer, a lose/lose for every party involved. How important is education or experience within the job force and how do you circumvent the apparent lack of either during a job interview?

Newly graduated candidates have the unfortunate problem of needing experience to get a job and needing a job to get experience. It is an annoying cycle of trying to decipher which is more important to employers, and how do you make up for lack of either. Candidates with only educational backgrounds may be able to spin their situation into a positive one. Education is not just about classes and what you learn in them, it includes social skills gained, connections made, and personal growth. Those with an education bring more to the table than just learning...
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Together Abroad18-01-2017 6:14 PM
It is time for you to look for a job, and the process – hours of searching, reading descriptions, having your hopes up then just not meeting the requirements, tailoring your CV, sending out emails – is daunting. While the prospect of landing your first job, switching to your dream job, or just landing something to pay all those bills may be exciting, for many, the search is tiring and sometimes even disappointing. So what should we do when the odds are stacked against us?

Have a Conversation with Yourself

As strange as it sounds, I find talking to myself helpful when about to embark on a task that feels futile. The reason is that I need to be frank with myself – this is going to be tough, it will take time, I will face some disappointments… Note that I say it ‘feels’ futile because it is just a feeling, it is not impossible to find a job; much less one that I would appreciate doing. So the pep talk is to set my mind on the long haul ahead. There are times when fate deals a royal flush and you just land that job you want in no...
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Together Abroad08-01-2017 11:06 PM
As I start onthe second half of an MBA program in the Netherlands, I cannot help but take a midpoint evaluation of my decision to take a break from the employment world and become a student once again. I started this program, partly because I wanted to experience studying in another country and partly because I wanted to better my chances of securing my dream job. For any expat wanting to further their education, the debate will usually be, will this opportunity help me get the job I want?

In a country like the Netherlands, where a high level of education is almost expected, competition is steep. The wonderful thing about an MBA is that it gives you the option to be flexible in this competitive market. You attain skills and knowledge, not only in the field you are in or want to be in, but others as well. Although my background is in Sales and Marketing, I have had classes covering finance, human resources, and statistics. While I do not plan on going into a high-level finance position any time soon, the fact that I have that base knowledge of IPOs and M&As can only be helpful in my...
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Together abroad08-01-2017 10:49 PM
Have you thought about where you would like to be in five years’ time? Have you thought about which sort of industry you would like to work in, or even what your daily work schedule should look like? Setting goals helps to frame these questions in such a way that they become manageable. They provide both a focus and a direction, which allows you to take control of the uncertainty and set a benchmark to see if you are accomplishing the things that you want to achieve. This has many benefits in life, not least when it comes to career success. So what can you do to make sure your career ambitions become more achievable?

Of course, saying that you want to set a goal is not the whole story. You need to know how to set them. It is important to considerexactly what you want to achieve, and whether you are willing to put in the time and effort to accomplish the goal. When it comes to your career, there are some important steps that can prevent failure and the problems that come with it.

Randall Hansen, of Quintessential Careers, outlines some first steps to creating a career vision...
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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