Tip From a Recruiter - Emma Tipper

Job hunting can feel like a full-time job and figuring out the best moves to make can be confusing, especially in a new labour market. Getting a peek inside the mind of a recruiter can make this process a bit easier. So, let us help with that! In this blog series our experienced recruitment consultants share their top tips to help you succeed in your job search. Learn how to make your application stand out, impress recruiters, and move through the job application process smoothly by following the advice of our experts. This month’s tips are brought to you by our recruitment consultant from The Hague, Emma Tipper.

TIP 1 - Read the job description carefully

If you’ve read last month’s Tips From a Recruiter, you will see some great advice regarding tailoring your CV to the vacancy you would like to apply for. Tailoring your CV to match the job description signals your genuine interest in the position, and shows you've taken the time to understand what the role entails. Carefully reviewing the job requirements allows you to emphasize the skills and experiences that make you a strong fit for the role, and increases your chances of catching the recruiter's eye.

Pro tip: It doesn’t look great when we receive an application for a vacancy with a specific language requirement and then discover that you don’t speak the language, it shows you didn’t read the title nor the requirements, so please always read through carefully.

TIP 2 - Be aware that recruiters can also make mistakes

It's a common misconception that recruiters always get it right. In reality, we, too, can make mistakes and inadvertently overlook crucial information in CVs. That's why it's often a smart move to proactively get in contact with us if you feel we may have rejected your application for the wrong reasons. This also gives you the opportunity to clarify why you feel you’re a potential fit for the job.

By initiating contact, you demonstrate your proactiveness and eagerness for the position. It shows that you're not simply relying on your CV to speak for you, but you're actively engaged in the application process.

Pro tip: If you don't receive a response immediately, don't hesitate to follow up politely. Sometimes, recruiters are inundated with messages, and a gentle nudge can help ensure your message is seen.

TIP 3 - How to deal with rejection

Recruiters often find themselves in a challenging position. While we genuinely want to help candidates find the right opportunities, the reality is that we receive a multitude of applications for each job opening, and not every candidate can be selected. It's crucial to understand that rejection doesn't necessarily mean you're unqualified for the job or that we want to turn you away. It's often a matter of aligning the best match for a specific role.

Rejection in the job search can be disheartening, but it's essential to keep moving forward with resilience and professionalism. Recruiters understand the challenges of job hunting, and we're here to support you in your career journey. Remember, your next opportunity may be just around the corner, and maintaining a positive and professional attitude can go a long way in helping you succeed.

Emma is an experienced recruitment consultant from our office in The Hague. You can find contact information for Emma, and our other recruitment consultants here. Feel free to reach out to them if you have any questions about finding a job in the Netherlands. In the meantime, you can also read more great tips from our recruiters here. Happy job hunting!

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