Q&A Carrière Vragen (1)
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Can I ask about salary in the first phone call/interview?
“It is common to ask if the Recruiter/Hiring Manager can share more information about the salary range for the position. Before asking this question, be prepared for the same question in return, asked by the Recruiter/Hiring Manager. What is the salary range that you have in mind? When you ask this question in a first phone call/interview, I recommend to keep it casual, for example by explaining that you are flexible in your salary requirements because you understand that an offer is based on multiple factors. With a good preparation you can leave a professional first impression.”
How should I start up as a junior developer?What is the average basic salary?
“Glassdoor can provide more information. It depends on the company, the scale that they are operating in, learning curve etc. It is common to consider the whole package of benefits when choosing for a company and a role.”
How do I successfully negotiate my salary? Can you explain how this works step by step?

“To prepare for a negotiation, it is important that you have all the information you need to make a decision on the offer. Therefore I recommend to draft a list of questions/topics you want to inform about when receiving the offer. An offer includes salary but also other secondary benefits. During the interviews you probably discovered how the (future) company values your experience and how it relates to your (future) peers. This is the starting point of the conversation because the offer is based on this impression. Try to figure out what is really important to you and why. Is it only salary or also the responsibilities in a role, opportunities to develop yourself through education and training, a lease car or something else? This information will guide you in your negotiation.

When you decide to start negotiating, it is up to you to deliver convincing arguments and a detailed counter proposal. You can do market research, look for a salary benchmark or list down the moments that you overachieved in your job beyond your regular scope. Or focus on how you made an impact and added value at your current company, have grown into the role or collaborated cross-department. Keep in mind, the goal is to start a successful collaboration together. Therefore, it is important to stay focused on maintaining and enhancing the relationship with your (future) employer.

When there is no room to negotiate in salary, you can also consider to negotiate on secundary benefits. Some companies offer flexible secundary benefits to create an offer that is tailor-made.”

I want to transition from the private to the public sector (Dutch government). How do I negotiate my salary there, as it’s often lower than in the private sector?
“In a negotiation, it is up to you to translate your experiences in the private sector to the public sector. You can do so by showing the added value of your experiences in the private sector and emphasize the benefits of these experiences for the public sector. Since the compensation and benefits differ in these two sectors, it is common to negotiate on the complete package instead of just salary.”
how do I convince an employer abroad to hire me so I can move there?
“Visit the website of Nuffic for more information. Learn more about local legislation and the steps to take. It is easier to convince an employer when you are well informed and considered all possible questions about your relocation.”
What’s a good moment for a career switch?
“Every person has their own unique career path and there is no right/wrong time for a career switch.”
How do I start up a career in the legal field in the Netherlands when my academic diplomas are from another country? Do you have tips?

“Visit de website of Nuffic for more information about working in The Netherlands and the requirements to practice your profession. I coach a lot of internationals professionals and I noticed that the ‘unwritten’ rules and expectations for an application is different in every country. Therefore, when you need help translating your experiences into a CV and cover letter for the Dutch labour market, I recommend to reach out to a career coach that has experience in working with international graduates / professionals.”

How do I find out what I am truly passionate about in my career? Where do I start?
“Trust your intuition and keep track of all those moments that bring you positive energy. By mapping out your key moments in a timeline, you are able to gain more clarity on your true passion.”
I don’t see a future within my current job. How do I take a new step in my career?
“Invest time in writing your story and your future ambitions. Where do you want to be in a few years? LinkedIn can be a great source of inspiration and finding people with a similar role. How did they progressed in their career? Consult a career coach, who can help you in this process, guiding you in defining the next steps in you career. Steps that fit your personality, talents and dreams.”
How do I obtain relevant work experience in the strategy consultancy sector?
“Internships, extra curricular activities, volunteer work etc. Focus on the skills that are needed for a strategy consultant position and try to find activities that will strengthen these skills. When you are interested in a particular consultancy firm, you could also reach out to the Recruiter of that consultancy firm to gain more information about obtaining experiences that are valuable to them.”
I want to work in a different industry. How do I show recruiters I have the right skills?
“When the industry is different, it might be needed to examine the words you choose to describe your experience. Every industry has their own language. Choosing the right wording can help you explain to Recruiters that you have the right skills. ‘Translating’ your experience in your resume and cover letter could help you to give clarity on your skills.”
How to change from engineering to investment banking?
“Invest in creating a good story on why you would like to change from engineering to investment banking. Everyone has their own unique personal story and only you can write yours. Which skills will you bring that are beneficial for investment banking? Which experiences prepared you for a career in investment banking?”
How to switch from recruitment to teaching English to kids in the Netherlands?
“You could focus on the similarities: for example your passion/mission to help people. Invest in creating a good story on why you would like to change profession and how your working experience can make an impact and add value to being a teacher.”
I regularly get approached by recruiters but it always results in nothing. How do I make this work?
“Follow up on it by asking the Recruiters for feedback so you can improve.”
Recruiters seem to always be busy. How do I reach out and work with them to find a new job?
“Join networking events, online career events, ask questions and stand out in a Q&A.”

Interview Valérie Rath, Oprichter en Eigenaar ImpactYourCareer voor de Magnet.me blog “Ask a Career Coach”

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