Writing clear, customer-oriented texts requires specific skills, in which the correct use of Dutch spelling and grammar is very important. An appropriate tone of voice is essential in order to come across as professional, tailored to the target audience of your text. Take your business correspondence to the next level with one of our writing skills training courses.
Applying for a job, an exciting process for many! In times of crisis, partly due to the coronavirus, jobs are not easy to come by and it is important that you, as a candidate, can distinguish yourself from the others.
In this blog we will give you 10 tips that you can apply to increase your chances of getting a job!
1. It all starts when you read and search for vacancies. Apply specifically and take a good look at the job requirements in the vacancy. Do they match your skills?
2. Always apply with a CV and motivation. Limit your CV to 2 A4's and write down both soft skills and hard skills. Soft skills are qualities in the area of cooperation, Agile working and time management. Hard skills are more focused on computer skills, such as Excel and Office.
3. Potential employers do not always look at your CV and motivation, but often also at other channels. Think of your Linkedin Profile or social media. Pay attention to what you put online.
4. "What should I wear to a job interview?"; you only get one chance to make a first impression, so make sure you look presentable, and if in doubt: better 'overdressed' than 'underdressed'.
5. Prepare thoroughly, but go into the interview relaxed, as if it were a friendly competition. This will make you more receptive and flexible, which will improve the contact and the chance of a click.
6. Be on time. Preferably a little early. This not only makes a punctual impression, it also gives you the opportunity to get used to the new environment.
7. Always introduce yourself nicely and preferably shake hands firmly (not in the 1.5m society of course). Always look at the person talking to you, but don't stare.
8. Answer the questions that are asked and don't beat around the bush. If you don't have an answer immediately, you can say that you will think about the question and come back to it at the end of the interview.
9. Also think about what substantive questions you want to ask; you will not only be judged on the answers you give, but also on the questions you ask. This will show to what extent you have studied the company.
10. Never speak negatively about previous employers or organisations. This can create a wrong impression and you never know which contacts your potential employer has. Finally, you have been invited for an interview so the potential employer already thinks you are a suitable candidate. Stay yourself and take your time!
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A minute taker is often appointed to take notes at meetings. Other names for notulist are, for example, notulant, registrar or secretary. Taking minutes is done on the basis of various tasks. The tasks of a minute taker can be divided into three phases: before the meeting, during the meeting and after the meeting. In this blog, we will pay more attention to the most important tasks within these three phases!
Before the meeting
Before the meeting, the minute taker must make clear arrangements with the chairman about what kind of report should be made on the meeting. This includes the extent of the report and other requirements, such as the way in which subjects must be described. In addition, it must be agreed who checks the content of the report and how it will be sent and archived. Finally, a division of labour must be agreed upon regarding the invitation, the agenda, the location of the meeting and the registration/unregistration. The minute taker must think in advance about what kind of meeting group it is and what habits apply. You must be able to join the meeting and take minutes at the same time. Meeting participants count on you to treat your own views the same as those of others and to be objective in that respect.
During the meeting
A minute taker must take many notes during the meeting. Be careful not to rely too much on your own memory. If certain information is not entirely clear, it is best to ask for clarification so that you put it correctly in the report. Make sure you are sure of everything before you take the minutes and that you check everything thoroughly.
After the meeting
After the meeting, it is important that the minute taker draws up the report quickly and clearly, after which it is checked for errors and shared with everyone who should have the report. So don't leave the notes lying around too long, because shortly after the meeting you will still have the subjects clearly in your memory. Anything that is not important for the report can now be taken out, making it as direct and clear as possible.
Training in taking minutes
Learnit offers a training 'Notetaking: efficient and result-oriented', in which you learn how to record the main theme of a meeting in a report. After the training you can confidently convert notes into clear minutes. Click here to read about the training or to register directly.link]
Why? Because of that!
Who is not guilty of this? You are writing a text or an article for study or work and you can't think of the right spelling. What about Dutch spelling and grammar! Then you look up the correct spelling on Google, or at least you hope so! On the other hand, when it comes to mastering a foreign language, the Dutch score pretty well. Compared to other non-English speakers, the English language holds no secrets for us.
A fun way to share your own language knowledge is to become a language volunteer. However, when explaining the Dutch language to non-Dutch speakers, you are also confronted with the many challenges and exceptions to the rule that the Dutch language is rich in, such as with article words, sounds, vowels and consonants. And sometimes the only explanation that remains is "because that's the way it is", because just like life itself, language is not always logical. And there is nothing wrong with that.
Language has come into being by (continuing) to develop. Every hundred to a thousand years, a language develops along with a country and its culture. But also under the influence of political policy; for example, is there money and attention for multilingual education? And sometimes something surprising happens in the field of language. For example, in 2016, the Frisian dialect officially established itself on the map, an Ameland dictionary (Amelander Woa'deboek) was published and, over the past 500 years, the importance of language has been increasingly linked to written language.
Language changes, language shifts
Whereas Latin is a dead language, the Dutch language is a living language. A language is living when it is someone's mother tongue. Another characteristic of a living language is that new words are added to it, sometimes from another language or from spoken language. And although it may seem a contradiction, reading books is on the rise again and spoken language is increasingly supplanting our written language.
What are you saying?
We live in a time where we read in a cursory manner (scanning headlines) and we take in much of our information via vlogs and animations. And there is definitely a good side to this development, from writing to spoken language. As a result, long and technical sentences with a complicated writing structure (as in this sentence) are gradually being replaced by more visual sentences. Street language, therefore, language that immediately makes clear what someone wants to say.
Update your language skills!
And that is a good thing, but since it is not yet standard to write the way you hear it and the way you talk to each other in the street, it is certainly useful to keep your knowledge up to date for the time being. For example with a course or free webinar from Learnit Training.