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Business Writing Training

Clear, customer-oriented texts require specific skills, with the correct use of Dutch spelling and grammar very important. An appropriate tone is essential to get professional, tailored to the target audience of your text. Lift your business correspondence to a higher level with one of our written skills courses.

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Successful job application

Applying, an exciting process for many! In times of crisis, partly due to the coronavirus, the jobs are not up for grabs and it is important that you, as a candidate, can distinguish yourself from the others.

In this blog we give you 10 tips you can apply to have a better chance of getting a job!

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1. It all starts with reading and searching for vacancies. Apply specifically and take a good look at the job requirements in the vacancy. Do they match your skills?

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2.You always apply with 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 field of collaboration, 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 at other channels as well. 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 well-groomed, and in case of doubt: better 'overdressed' than 'underdressed'.

5. Prepare yourself very thoroughly, but enter the conversation in a relaxed way, as if it were a friendly match. This makes you more receptive and flexible, which promotes 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 neatly and preferably give a firm hand (of course not in the 1.5m society). Always look at the person who is talking to you, but don't stare.

8. Answer the questions asked and don't beat about the bush. If you don't have an immediate answer you can, for example, indicate that you are thinking about the question and come back to it at the end of the conversation.

9. Also think about which substantive questions you want to ask; you will be judged not only on the answers you give, but also on the questions you ask. This will show to what extent you have immersed yourself in the company.

10. Never be negative about previous employers or organizations. This can make the wrong impression and you never know what contacts your potential employer has. Finally, you have been invited for an interview so the potential employer will already find you a suitable candidate. Stay yourself and take your time!

More self-confidence in your application process? Take a look at Learnit's self-confidence course!

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"How many errors do you have?"

The Netherlands and Belgium compete every year between Sinterklaas and Christmas for the honor: Who is the best player? Who makes the fewest mistakes during the great Dictation of the Dutch language? Who wins! Do you also invest in your playing skills on Saturday night? Good idea. Do you see that pens and stripes on the couch are less? Sign up for our one-day training Dutch spelling and grammar.

Are we getting worse games?

"Scriptions and exams full of language errors"; "Dutch people are getting worse in language": The newspaper headlines are massively about the deterioration of language skills and the writing skills of the Dutchman. From what exactly changes in language (use) are and what ' error ' is, we now keep away. Suppose the overall writing skills are indeed deteriorating... How bad is that then? Or let's turn it around: what makes good writing (read: Games) you are on today?

How bad are spelling mistakes in business communication?

Your writing skills are worth an investment. When you make a lot of spelling mistakes, it often goes to the detriment of your image, both business and private. Do you have an employer? Then these misspellings in customer communication can really not be appreciated. Research by Yvonne Harm (2008 * 1) shows that spelling mistakes have a negative effect on your credibility (and therefore your image). We admit: There are also studies, such as that of Frank Janssen (2010 * 2) showing that spelling errors have little effect on your reader. The appreciation (of you as a sender) may also be linked to the language level of the reader. Or there is such a thing as automatic correction, where the reader's brains correct the errors immediately.

Improve your writing skills

We would almost say: Every company needs a good player. But actually that is the Inverted world. However, our advice is: Will you be the good player in any case! Invest in your writing skills!

Curls and streaks but

In short: Make a few hours free on Saturday. Flop with a pen and writing pad on the couch. And games though! You always learn a lot from such a dictation. And it's still fun too! Afterwards you look at your own work (or that of your neighbor). Don't forget the curls! (Curls make for a happy feeling.) The great Dictation of the Dutch language will be broadcast on NPO 2 on Saturday, December 17 at 20.25 pm.

Training Dutch spelling and grammar

Whether you write much or little (for your work): We all stumble upon the conjugation of that English word or the classic instink. Refresh your knowledge of the Dutch verbs in our one-day training Dutch spelling and grammar.

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To write or not to write

Why? Therefore!

Who is not guilty of it? You write a text or an article for study or work and you don't know the right spelling as quickly. So how did the Dutch spelling and grammar appear?! To find the right way to write through Google, at least you hope! And on the other hand, in controlling a foreign language, we as Dutch also score quite well. Compared to other non-English speakers, the English language has no secrets for us.

Language teaching

A fun way to share your own language skills is to become a language volunteer. However, when you explain the Dutch language to speakers, you are also confronted with the many challenges and exceptions to the rule that the Dutch language is rich in, such as the articles, the sounds, vowels and consonants. And sometimes there is only one "because it is like this" as an explanation of it because just as life itself is, language is not always logical. And there is nothing wrong with that.

Language lives

Language has been created by (continuing to) develop. Every hundred to a thousand years, a language is developing into a country and the culture of a country. 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 language area. In 2016, the Frisian dialect officially settled on the map, a Ameland dictionary (Amel other Woa'deboek) came out and the importance of language is increasingly linked to writing language in the last 500 years.

Language changes, language shifts

Where Latin is a dead language, the Dutch language is a living language. A language is alive when it is one's mother tongue. Another characteristic of a living language is that new words are added to it, sometimes from another language or by speaking language. And although it seems like a contradiction, reading books is emerging again and speaking language is increasingly pushing our writing language.

What are you saying now?

We live in a time when we read volatile (cups scanning) and we take a lot of our information through vlogs and animations to us. And there is certainly a good side to this development, from write-to-speak language. This makes complicated long and technical phrases with a complicated writing structure (as in this sense) gradually becoming more and more replaced by more visual phrases. Street language, language that immediately makes it clear what someone wants to say.

Update Your language skills!

And that's a good thing, but since it's not yet the standard to write the way you should write and the way you talk to each other on the street, it's certainly useful to keep your knowledge up to date for the time being. For example with a course, training or free webinar from Learnit Training.