Tip From a Recruiter - Sie-Wai Tsang

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, Sie-Wai Tsang.

TIP 1 - Be prepared after you send in your application

Once you have sent in your application, please be prepared for the next steps. You may receive a phone call or an email from a recruiter within a very short time frame. Make sure you are available by phone and check your email on a daily basis. If you are not reachable by phone, then make sure you are responsive with emails.

If you are sending out your applications while you are on vacation, I would advise you to mention this in your cover letter, it’s good for recruiters to know your availability and when they will be able to reach you or plan interviews. Having this information ahead of times can save all parties time.

TIP 2 - Resume = LinkedIn

Make sure that your resume is in line with your LinkedIn profile. This is one of the most important recruitment networks in the Netherlands, so make sure that your LinkedIn profile is up to date!

TIP 3 - Prepare well before moving to the Netherlands

Before you move to the Netherlands, it is important that you prepare well. Think about questions like:

  • “What do I need to know before finding a job in the Netherlands?”
  • “What practical information should I figure out ahead of time in order to live in the Netherlands?”

This can include educating yourself about and arranging things like whether or not you will need a work/residence permit and how this will work, setting up your citizen service number (BSN), taxation, healthcare, the housing market, etc.

Preparing well before relocating will give you confidence in the next step in your journey and also prevents disappointment or misunderstanding in your job search.

TIP 4 - Show interest and ask questions

Being well prepared during your job search demonstrates a commitment to the process and a respect for everyone's time. When candidates are enthusiastic and show interest in the company and the role, it makes me eager to help them find a job.

Being engaged and asking questions during the interview will also make a good impression at the company. Candidates who show interest and ask questions have a higher chance to find a job more easily.

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