Tip From a Recruiter - Irina van Halen

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 Amsterdam, Irina van Halen.

TIP 1 - Be transparent and communicate openly

I believe it’s very important to be open, honest, upfront and transparent in your communication. It is highly appreciated when you as a candidate are open and transparent about, for example, other application processes you have going, or expressing doubts about the position we are discussing. The base of a good relationship between candidates and recruiters is honest, straightforward communication. Neither you nor I want unexpected surprises or to feel we are missing information. I suggest always being honest about what you think and keeping us updated throughout the process. This transparency and open communication needs to be mutual, of course, and will lead to a successful cooperation.

TIP 2 - Send an extra motivation text

Personally, I like it when someone sends an extra motivation letter with their application. It just shows so much more interest and enthusiasm for the job. But please keep in mind that you should not send a general motivation or a simple pitch of yourself but rather try to point out why THIS particular position is interesting to you and why you are a good fit for it. Try to mention specifically what about your previous experience matches the requirements, and how your background and future ambition fit with this vacancy.

If personal interests or hobbies are relevant to the specific role or the company, then point it out. 

Make it personal, and remember many of these things are not immediately visible in a CV for us so use the motivation letter to make them clear. This also shows me how motivated and interested you are in this specific position. When you think a job is “made for you” make sure we see it - send a motivation letter, call us, or send us an email in addition to applying.

TIP 3 - Matching CV and LinkedIn profile

Make sure that your CV matches your LinkedIn profile. Both should always be up to date and have the same information. If you are not active on LinkedIn yet, start now. This is the main network for job seekers and the professional world overall, companies and recruiters will always go and check it out so make sure that it is complete and up to date.

Irina is an experienced recruitment consultant from our office in Amsterdam. You can find contact information for Irina, 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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