Monday, December 19, 2011 - Holland's 20 biggest employers are cutting 37,000 jobs - Holland's 20 biggest employers are cutting 37,000 jobs:
"The 20 biggest employers in the Netherlands have plans to cut their combined workforce by around 8% or 37,000 jobs in the coming months, the Volkskrant reported at the weekend.

The paper bases its claims on an analysis of the top 100 Dutch employers - with a combined workforce of some 830,000.

Top of the list is the ministry of defence with 48,000 workers, followed by the police with 37,000. The armed forces are slashing employment numbers in an effort to save €1bn on the ministry's budget.

The biggest private employer in the Netherlands is Rabobank, with 33,000 workers, followed by Ahold, parent of the Albert Heijn supermarkets, on 28,000.

According to the latest figures from the government's macro-economic policy unit CPB, the Dutch unemployment rate is currently 5.8%, or 455,000 people. According to CPB forecasts, this is set to rise to 6.5% next year. "

Monday, December 12, 2011

Randstad Holding - Agency work industry created 900,000 new jobs for Europe

Randstad Holding - Agency work industry created 900,000 new jobs for Europe

Agency work enables change: in Europe 900,000 new jobs were created in the last two years, mainly resulting from countries that have reformed their labor markets. However, the role of private employment services is still undervalued according to the new Ciett/Boston Consultancy Group global research 'Adapting to change'.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Graduate Jobs, Schemes and Internships UK | Milkround

Graduate Jobs, Schemes and Internships UK | Milkround:

The site is designed to help you understand the job area and industry you are looking to go into, then find and successfully apply for your perfect job. It also acts as a guide to student life with offers, information and the latest internships and placements to give your career a kick start while you are studying.

Friday, November 18, 2011

10 Words That Ruin a Resume | Monster

From, see 10 Words That Ruin a Resume | Monster:

10 Words and Terms That Ruin a Resume
By Charles Purdy, Monster Senior Editor

1. “Salary negotiable”
Yes, they know. If you’re wasting a precious line of your resume on this term, it looks as though you’re padding -- that you’ve run out of things to talk about. If your salary is not negotiable, that would be somewhat unusual. (Still, don’t put that on your resume either.)

2. “References available by request”
See the preceding comment about unnecessary terms.

3. “Responsible for ______”
Reading this term, the recruiter can almost picture the C-average, uninspired employee mechanically fulfilling his job requirements -- no more, no less. Having been responsible for something isn’t something you did -- it’s something that happened to you. Turn phrases like “responsible for” into “managed,” “led” or other decisive, strong verbs.

4. “Experience working in ______”
Again, experience is something that happens to you -- not something you achieve. Describe your background in terms of achievements.

5. “Problem-solving skills”
You know who else has problem-solving skills? Monkeys. Dogs. On your resume, stick to skills that require a human.

6. “Detail-oriented”
So, you pay attention to details. Well, so does everyone else. Don’t you have something unique to tell the hiring manager? Plus, putting this on your resume will make that accidental typo in your cover letter or resume all the more comical.

7. “Hardworking”
Have you ever heard the term “show -- don’t tell”? This is where that might apply. Anyone can call himself a hard worker. It’s a lot more convincing if you describe situations in concrete detail in which your hard work benefited an employer.

8. “Team player”
See the preceding comment about showing instead of telling. There are very few jobs that don’t involve working with someone else. If you have relevant success stories about collaboration, put them on your resume. Talk about the kinds of teams you worked on, and how you succeeded.

9. “Proactive”
This is a completely deflated buzzword. Again, show rather than tell.

10. “Objective”
This term isn’t always verboten, but you should use it carefully. If your objective is to get the job you’ve applied for, there’s no need to spell that out on your resume with its own heading. A resume objective is usually better replaced by a career summary describing your background, achievements and what you have to offer an employer. An exception might be if you haven’t applied for a specific job and don’t have a lot of experience that speaks to the position you’d like to achieve.

ManpowerGroup | Research Center

Manpower Group's Research Center offers a large number of research documents which give a very good insight of the market trends and other human resource related subjects.
ManpowerGroup | Research Center

Have a look at these studies

Friday, November 4, 2011

New information concerning the EU Blue Card

The information were found at

In order to be eligible to apply for a Blue Card, you must have the following:
  • Professional level qualifications,
  • a work contract or job offer from an EU employer with a salary at least 1.5 times the average gross salary (for NL, that amount was set at 60k)
  • a valid travel document
  • sickness insurance

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Multilingual vacancies

My friend Vicky got a job in London and I was wondering how did she find her new job. It was not via Monster or any other known (to me job searching site) but she got it via is an online job board solely specialising in advertising language jobs in London, across the UK, Europe and worldwide. Launched in 2003, is the definitive European online-network for those seeking bilingual jobs, connecting the most progressive companies with the most qualified career-minded individuals. If you are a jobseeker looking to use your language skills or an employer wanting to recruit language speakers, this site is built for you as a one-stop portal for all your multilingual recruitment requirements.

Thanks Vicky!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Philips is hiring Top Talented Development Professionals at Philips in Eindhoven, Best or Drachten - Job | LinkedIn

Philips is hiring Top Talented Development Professionals at Philips in Eindhoven, Best or Drachten - Job | LinkedIn

Philips is continuously looking for top talented people with an Engineering background (Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical or Physics) to join our dedicated teams in The Benelux. Philips has job openings for (pre-) development engineers, designers, technologists, product developers, technical project leaders, technical consultants, program managers and system architects.

Desired Skills & Experience

Beside excellent technical skills your personality and drive is even more important. To feel comfortable we expect:
· A MSc. (or PhD) degree in an engineering discipline;
· Relevant professional experience in a (product) development or high-tech environment;
· Strong conceptual skills, being able to connect to other disciplines;
· A result-driven attitude;
· Leadership competences (technical or people management related).

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Profile at

Sometimes you might want to see in English while you have created a profile using set to another county language.
In order to do that do the following. Once you have created your profile use the address below to always see in English!!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Job and Career Netwrok on LinkedIn

Join the European Job and Career Netwrok subgroup here.
Join the group and find a job in Europe using the posts and comments.

Recognition of professional qualifications

Everything you need to know about the recognition of
professional qualifications. 66 questions - 66 answers!

Click here to read the PDF file.

European Commission - Education & Training - University-business dialogue and co-operation

European Commission - Education & Training - University-business dialogue and co-operation

Useful information concerning University-Business dialogue. The market has certain needs (skills) and the universities are following market's guidelines for having a greater success rate on graduates finding a job.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sites and jobboards for jobs in the Netherlands, separated in groups

These are some sites and jobboards for jobs in the Netherlands, separated in groups.

Finance (financieel)
› (Reed business recruitment) 
Construction (bouw)
Law (juridisch)
Technical (techniek)
Health (zorg)
Logistics (logistiek)
Transport en

Thursday, June 16, 2011 - The Netherlands needs migrant labour, parliament told - The Netherlands needs migrant labour, parliament told: "The Netherlands will need some 250,000 workers by 2020 to offset the effect of the greying population, a government commission was told on Wednesday, the Financieele Dagblad reports.
In addition, the Netherlands will have to compete with other EU states for migrant workers from central and eastern Europe, various speakers pointed out.

The commission is investigating the lessons which can be learned from recent migration from Poland when the borders are fully opened up to people from Bulgaria and Romania, possibly in 2012.


Frank van Gool, of staffing agency Otto Workforce, which specialises in workers from central and eastern Europe, told the commission the Dutch have to stop thinking that the Netherlands is a paradise.

Wages are higher in Scandinavia, Germany and Austria are closer to home and critical statements about migrant labour in the Netherlands have made many people feel they are not welcome here, Van Gool said.

Rob Slagmolen, of employers organisation VNO-NCW, urged the Netherlands to fully open its borders in 2012. 'Make sure that migrant workers can find their way here,' he said.

The commission will hear evidence from a wide variety of speakers and experts all week."

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - News and Information for the international community

Expatica is the international community’s home away from home on the web. It is a must-read for English-speaking expatriates and internationals across Europe. Expatica provides a tailored local news service and essential information on living in, working in or moving to your country of choice. With in-depth features, Expatica brings the international community closer together.

Expatica’s content has always been produced and managed by expatriates for expatriates. Currently, the nationalities of Expatica staff members include American, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Singaporean, Scottish and South African.

Setting LinkedIn for new job opportunities notifications!

As posted before, LinkedIn can become a very useful tool.
Besides maintaining and making new professional contacts, LinkedIn can also sent you an email with new job opportunities that fit to your profile.

All you have to do is to change the Opportunity Preferences (log in, scroll down to your profile page, click Edit on Contact Settings) as follows

At the end, the email you'll receive (once per week) will look like this

Friday, May 20, 2011


As a top graduate or early career professional,how do you meet companies which match your ambitions?
Careers International arranges face-to-face meetings with the type of employer your talents deserve.

Careers International is Europe's leading international recruitment event company and was set up as Careers in Europe in 2004 by St├ęphane Wajskop, who previously founded the global recruitment specialists, EMDS Group.
Careers International has a uniquely international focus with services specifically designed for international recruitment.
The ultimate aim is to link high potential candidates with equally high-quality global companies.
This is done by attracting and carefully pre-selecting candidates, before inviting them to the Career Events, Dedicated Events or Online Events.

Check here for open vacancies.

Company vs. Agency. What is it all about?

Very large companies have the luxury of being flexible... that means that they can ‘send people home’ whenever is needed. But that is a luxury since it requires a lot of money to achieve and maintain.
The way to achieve this is by hiring flex employees who are employed by external agencies. Usually the company has to pay a bit more for a flex employee compared to a company employee.
In the Netherlands there is difference between these agencies and that has to do mainly with the kind of the employer (high-skilled or low-skilled).
The two main kinds for these agencies are “uitzendbureau” and “detacheringsbureau”.
Similar agency types exist in the rest of Europe.

“Uitzendbureau” is the agency which acts as a recruiter and middle contact for a number of companies and it usually has to do with jobs which require low skilled employees. Their main associated companies have to do with production, manufacturing or other tasks which require handwork. The company pays an amount for the worked hours of the employee of which the “uitzendbureau” will keep a small portion (usually the deduction is applied on a worked hour).
The problem with this kind of agency is the uncertainty for the employer as if the company does need the employee any longer, then the employee stays at home doing and getting nothing (unless the agency finds him another job, which is usually the case).

“Detacheringsbureau” is the agency which targets high skilled employees and the companies it is working with are closer to research and development. These agencies are hiring engineers, managers or other people with Bachelors, MCs or PHDs for long term employment. The working principle for them is that, in a way, will ‘rent’ the services of their employee to a company for a certain time. The ‘rental’ time could be project driven or based on the company’s needs. The employee is getting paid by the agency and not by the company. Once assigned to a company for an assignment he is reporting to the company for work related issues and to the agency for personal/human resources related issues.
The difference with the “uitzendbureau” is that once the employee is finished from an assignment and the agency does not have another assignment for him at the next day, he is still getting paid! Of course, he will have to look for possible positions for him at the job market and attend to interviews arranged by his agency.
Depending on the agency’s profile, the employee gets to choose the assignment he wants to work on (if there are enough options) based on what he wants and what he is able to do, while the agency usually offers training packages based on the career path the employee wants to follow.

There are also mixtures of the agencies mentioned above and there are even “detacheringsbureau” agencies which can provide engineering or consultancy services.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Undutchables Recruitment Agency is the pioneer in recruitment of international business sector personnel in the Netherlands.

Since 1996 Undutchables has facilitated countless numbers of skilled and experienced native-speakers of languages other than Dutch in finding professional jobs, on all levels, within internationally operating companies. is a student initiative that has set itself the goal of enabling students during their studies insights into future career and establish contacts between students and companies. 

To achieve this goal, organizes various events.

Among other things, is the largest provider of recruitment fairs in Germany.

Very useful for young graduates from German universities!

FEI Career Event 7th & 21st May, 2011

FEI is a world leader in electron microscopy technologies, making first class instruments that unlock opportunities - built for nanoscale applications globally and across many industries: industrial and academic materials research, life sciences, semiconductors, data storage, natural resources and more. We are at the vanguard of research into the manipulation of matter at the atomic and molecular levels.

FEI High Tech Career Event
FEI is organising two High Tech Career Events on 7th and 21st May at FEI's European Nanoport in Eindhoven, the very heart of our invention. By attending, you will get a chance to see what our technology can do, and talk to the experts and specialists challenging the frontiers of technology today.

Career Events (7th & 21st May)
Time: 11.00 - 14.00
  • FEI welcome & Introduction

  • Company Tour

  • Lunch: Info Market & Networking (Meet the Experts at FEI)

  • Speed-dating Sessions

  • Closure

Then upload your CV via the link below or send it to:
FEI  will review your CV and check whether you could fit any of our job requirements. If so, FEI will invite you for one of the Career Events.
FEI has vacancies available in manufacturing, product engineering, research and development (R&D), supply chain and logistics.
FEI is looking for enthusiastic, dynamic and dedicated team players with a background in mechanics, electronics, software, system engineering and physics - with or without work experience.

Zoom in to a new career. Zoom in to FEI.
For more information about our vacancies, please go to our career site: