Tip From a Recruiter - Savannah Haley Morris

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, Savannah Haley Morris.

TIP 1 - Prepare well

I think that in any recruitment process, preparation is key. Preparing for the first intake with a recruiter to make a good impression with them, preparing for an interview with insightful questions and being knowledgeable about the company – these things show through and could make the difference between getting a job offer or not.
As recruiters, we also do our best to help prepare candidates for interviews by giving them insight we have about our clients, and we always advise our candidates to review the job description and read about the client before the interview. If anything is unclear, we are here to answer your questions, and if we don’t know, we will ask the client directly.

TIP 2 - Be honest!

Honesty is extremely important and makes a huge difference in the hiring process! As recruiters, we are here to help you find your perfect match. If you are honest about your work experience, what you are looking for, and who you are, then we can do our best to help place you with a job/company that matches you best.

TIP 3 - Let your passion shine through

Show enthusiasm! I understand that searching for a job is hard work and recruitment processes can be stressful, but showing enthusiasm for a company or a role could make all the difference in whether or not you move forward in a recruitment process.
Of course, I’d like to help every candidate find a job, but when I have an intake with a candidate who speaks passionately about their career and what they do, it gives me that extra push to find them a great position.

TIP 4 - Start early and educate yourself about the market in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a great place to work and live, but it does take some thought and preparation to make that all run smoothly. Many companies are wary about hiring candidates who are currently living outside of the Netherlands due to the housing shortage we are facing, for instance. If you are serious about making your move to the Netherlands, make sure to start looking for and securing a place to stay as soon as possible. Already having arranged accommodations could make a huge difference in your recruitment process.
I’ve also seen more international companies asking for a fluent level of Dutch recently. For Undutchables and our candidates, this is difficult because we specialize in non-Dutch speaking roles. However, this doesn’t mean the non-Dutch speaking roles aren’t out there! We work very hard to offer a wide variety of roles that ask for English only, or English + another language that isn’t Dutch. Being aware of these market developments can help you to start your job search early enough to sift through the roles that don’t fit and find the best match for you.

Savannah is an experienced recruitment consultant from our office in The Hague. You can find contact information for Savannah, 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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