Tip From a Recruiter - Srinarty Laa Baan

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, Srinarty Laa Baan.

TIP 1 - Be proactive and show enthusiasm

Personally, I value it when candidates show genuine enthusiasm and curiosity about the role and company they are applying for. It indicates that you are genuinely interested in the opportunity I'm offering, not just any job on the market.

When a job seeker demonstrates a proactive attitude, not only do you get me (the recruiter) on your side, but you will make a good impression at the company as well. In my experience, people who stay positive, prepare well, take initiative, bounce back from setbacks, and can adjust to new situations tend to find jobs more easily. So, don’t be afraid to let that enthusiasm shine through in a professional way!

TIP 2 - Be responsible and put in the effort

Remember, the recruiter is there to help you, but in the end the responsibility for your career is yours. It is difficult to help when a candidate shows a lack of effort because they expect the recruiter/agency to accommodate them without putting in the work themselves. Not showing respect for everyone’s time can cause frustration on all sides. Missing appointments without notice or not responding to follow-up emails reflects poorly on your professionalism and reliability, so make sure to communicate clearly about expectations and let the recruiter know if anything changes.

Showing responsibility by putting in the effort to communicate clearly and professionally, proactively putting your best foot forward, and being prepared for the various conversations and interviews you will participate in will be a great way to prove that you are an employee that a company wants to have on their payroll. 

Plus, I always appreciate when candidates take the time to send an update after an interview or drop me a note when they get hired. This helps us stay on the same page, plus it shows gratitude and professionalism.

TIP 3 - Be yourself and get to know the team/company

Based on my experience, emphasizing your unique personality, values, soft skills and personal interests goes a long way in finding your next job match. Employers are increasingly prioritizing candidates who not only have the required skills but also align with the company/team culture and values. Showing off your transferable skills and especially your great personality will make a good impression and help you find a position that is the right fit for you.

Getting to know your team and establish the fit is also important. At the moment I see more and more jobs where you can work from home, but have also noticed that it is tougher for new people to make friends and feel like part of the team when they're not in the same place as everyone else. It is easier to get to know people and work together when you're in an office together. Whether you are in the office everyday, working from home, or have a hybrid schedule, putting in the time to form a relationship with your (future) team goes a long way.

In the Netherlands, Dutch employers highly appreciate autonomy, collaboration, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Showcasing your capability to work independently, contribute effectively to team endeavors, and achieve a harmonious work-life balance will ensure that you receive positive attention from employers in the Dutch job market.

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