The pandemic kicked in hard. The number of vacancies is dropping massively. Have you already shifted your attention to another direction? Here you will find 4 tips on how to navigate your job search in times of crisis.

In the community “How to find a job in the Netherlands” I see people are focused on learning the Dutch language to increase the success of getting hired.  I notice that some of them are now looking for an easy job to get by instead of focusing on the desired dream job. Some of us turn into maintenance mode. They delay career choices.

Success stories

What I love the most are the success stories. The calls I have with people who are invited to virtual interviews. The ones that are invited to the second interview round only to find out afterwards that companies struggle with the onboarding process after the actual hiring. It is because of these success stories that I believe it is still possible to get hired in times of crisis.

I believe it is now time to pivot and not to pause. The time for maintenance mode has passed, now it is time to step up again. All the more reason to share 4 tips on how to navigate your job search in times of crisis. If you wish to learn more on this subject, don’t forget to join the webinar I am hosting on this subject on Monday, May 11. You can sign up here.

1. Be proactive

Finding a job in the Netherlands means developing proactive behaviour. The Dutch like it if people show initiative. People who go after things proactively. The ones that put in the extra effort to get things done. This means it is OK to call the company before applying to find out more. To find out if this is the opportunity you have been waiting for. Especially in times of crisis you don’t want to waste anyone’s time. You want your application to get noticed.

Companies sometimes close vacancies if they get loads applications. Which means designing some effective job search habits helps. And applying within 3 days after a new vacancy is published helps to get noticed.

2. Work the details

A job search is like a day time job which needs your focus and attention. To stand out of the crowd it is important to stay focused and work the details. Work the details means everything in your application is consistent. Consistency is one of the 4 C’s of applying I believe in (the other ones are Complete, Concreteness and Correct).

Make what is obvious to you visible for the rest of the world in a consistent story. A consistent story helps to show what you have to offer to the company. Consistency leaves no room for doubts. Doubt is not what you want to raise in the applying process.


3. Apply effective job search habits

Effective job searching includes daily and weekly habits which will help you to keep going without losing energy to endless searching job sites. Find tips on effective job search in the pictures below. 














4. Network, network, network

Referrals are a great way to get hired. This needs that people who are working in your desired dream job know you. In times of crisis, it is even more important to be in touch with your network. And to increase your network. Online and offline.

But Mariëlle, how to network in times of staying at home?

Yes, I know it possible. I notice in my network that people are happy to connect and have chat. To give advice and to support others. You can organise a social distancing network chat, bring the coffee from the local supplier or bring your own. Now is the time to let me know that you are our there, it will be useful in the future.

If you wish to learn more about how to navigate your job search in times of crisis, I will share more tips with you on this subject during the webinar on May 11 – 20:00 hrs Dutch Time zone.

Find out more on the event webpage. 

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