Start this job search guide in Europe as a helping article much earlier but finished now, here goes...
- Don't shoot in the dark. If you shoot 100 apps a day by just hitting "easy apply" to submit, the company takes the easy route to reject. Harsh!
- Don't take it easy if you really need a job to pay your bills or to cover your career gap.
- Don't kill yourself if the career gap is getting wider. Accompanying spouses who move countries stress so much about the career break that they stop living, make their life miserable and pass the negativity to their partners. It is not worth!
- Don't undersell yourself. If you are qualified in a field, you probably know you would need to take a few steps back to start in a new place. But going to work as a sales assistant when you have a university degree and years of work experience makes you doubt yourself, "accept fate" and become more negative.
- Job search is a ful ltime job. Wake up, get to your desk at 9 am and search-write-submit for 8 hours.
- Send atleast 10 job apps per day.
- Write a customized cover letter. When you read the job description, make a connection to how you will do each task and write it in your cover letter. No better way.
- Read the job description. Seems like a no brainer, but desperate times call for desperate measure. Read clearly if it is how you can spend your day doing.
- If you make it through the screening to the phone/ on site interview, make the first round about you-and-them, learning about the company, and asking a lot of questions.
- Research the company and the business and ask questions. This shows your interest to do the job at their company.
- Be brave! You need the job, but you are not begging for it by being humble and submissive. A company wants to hire a strong person.
In the meanwhile, you can live!
- Learn Driving. It is a different country with different traffic dynamics, smaller/ wider roads and often on the other side of the road.
- Get a bike and bicycle around.
- Dance, paint, sing - join a club to do it
- Take long walks. The power of fresh air can do wonders to a lonely idle mind and definitely save your mind from becoming a devil's workshop. Don't mind the weather, just walk.
- Set up a freelancing business. Netherlands is the motherland of entrepreneurship! It takes 40 minutes to register your business if you have the slightest idea of what you want to offer. Your shop needs to be open if opportunities need to come by.