Methods of Personal Branding * Search tips

Together Abroad18-06-2017 4:07 PM

Creating your personal brand entails combining who you are and what you want to promote, in order to attract people’s attention and build your reputation. First of all, whether it is for personal or professional reasons, you have to start thinking of yourself as a brand, by emphasizing your best competencies and core values, and creating a fascinating story about yourself. The stronger the brand you have, the more motivated and disciplined you will appear, while providing a successful mindset.

There are two main levels where you need to create and promote your personal brand effectively: online through social networks, and through interpersonal relationships that include interviews, meet ups and conferences.

The configuration of the suitable personal brand can be difficult due to the widely varied audience, including friends, family, acquaintances, colleagues etc. Through impression management you can adjust your behavior and share the right information selectively depending on the audience and the situational context. Everyone has a different persona for each audience; as a consequence, you should learn how to construct your personal brand appropriately.

Social media are the ideal platforms for impression management as they allow you to easily control and create your personal brand and content, especially...
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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 Abroad29-05-2017 10:01 AM
Let me set the scene for you. You have decided that it is about time to start looking for a job, and you have already begun engaging in the well-familiar but tedious process. It has been hours since you entered some words into the search bar and now your browser is plagued by endless of tabs of useless results. You are reading the job descriptions, constantly tailoring your CV to meet the requirements, only to find out that all that hard work is going to leave you disappointed. Nevertheless, there is a smart way to avoid this pesky hassle, focus on a few job sites. Below you will find several job sites that could help improve your chances at the job market while saving you time and effort.

LinkedIn.com

Besides being appointed as one of the best websites for your career by Forbes, LinkedIn is also the largest professional social networking site. It is free to become a member and you can upload your CV or résumé there. Hiring managers and recruiters worldwide use it more often than any other website in order to connect with job applicants. It is also a convenient way of finding suitable job positions and...
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Together Abroad22-05-2017 9:27 AM
We often need to think about where we settle down, it is rarely a random choice like closing your eyes and pointing somewhere on a map and then heading there, as adventurous as it sounds, the majority of us like to make a more informed judgment. Regardless of the reason of moving, whether you have just graduated and are seeking the best spot with your qualification, or coming to the Netherlands from abroad to work, or even something as simple as a fresh start, there are some useful things to bear in mind.

Where Are My Skills Needed

Some of us can have highly specialized skills, a dredging engineer or an anthropology professor, for example, and would therefore need to think critically about where to move. If you wish to pursue your specialized career, chances are that you have already entered some form of negotiation with your potential employer before moving, rather than showing up at the closest tech firm for dredging or a university with an anthropology department, because if they do not hire you then you have a problem. So for those niche jobs, do your research well and know where your potential employers are located in the...
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Together abroad15-05-2017 11:43 AM
When entering the employment world, credentials in your field are normally essential. A university degree is almost always a prerequisite in getting past the first hurdle in a job or graduate scheme application. However, does that mean that your degree is the most important feature on your CV? There is evidence that this not necessarily the case. Experience can help promote your job profile in competitive fields.

The first thing to note is that the debate between education and experience is largely dependent on what type of job you are applying for. Vocational fields like construction will often value experience over qualifications. On the other hand, a degree from a top university will make you more employable simply on the basis of its reputation. Furthermore, there are fields in which having a degree will get you a higher starting salary from the get go. These include computer science, mathematics, architecture, health and the social sciences.

Research in the UK has shown that top employers tend to value work experience from graduates over their specific grades, with 58 per cent rating work experience as the most popular qualification. Within the Netherlands, work experience is very highly valued among Dutch employers. Dutch...
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Together Abroad04-05-2017 12:37 PM
Job boards are anything but scarce. There are countless boards available at your fingertips. With this countless amount of job boards in each country, it can often be hard to know which ones to use. Using every single job board will not necessarily increase your chances of getting a job. In actual fact, it will just take up unnecessary amounts of time. Imagine receiving over 1000 emails every day, believe me it is a complete eyesore. This is why I want to share my favourite boards that have actually been listed as some of the best internationally. How many job boards you use is your own decision. However, as with most things in life, it is quality and not quantity that matters. Knowing the most up-to-date and well-equipped boards at your disposal will most likely better your chances of finding the job you desire.

My favourite international boards for expats:

Indeed

Indeed is one of the most user-friendly job boards that exist. I have always experienced success when using Indeed. The high volume of results it produces can be a slight turn off for some users. Even with the most refined search, Indeed struggles to stay up to date –...
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Together Abroad01-05-2017 11:03 AM
Job-hunting via job boards is a task many would describe as arduous. The process often involves scrolling through pages and pages of vacancies for an everlasting amount of time only to find a handful of positions that not only match your qualifications but also truly peak your interest. To make matters worse, for every ten applications you submit you would be lucky to hear back from more than one employer. How demoralising, right? Then there is the added "bonus" of applying to vacancies that have already been filled - a complete waste of time. There in suggesting that not every job board stays up to date.

The main point of job boards is to ease the job-hunting process. They provide job seekers with tools and advice to increase their chances of employment. However, bear in mind that some job boards still retain vacancies that have already been filled. It turns out that they leave these vacancies on their sites because they receive advertising fees for them. So to help you avoid wasting your time, I have compiled some tips below.

Filter Down Your Choices

Applying for every single job vacancy in your job search can be tempting especially with one-click...
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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?

IcDW

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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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