The labor market is picking up again, as became clear in May from figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, the number of unemployed fell by 50,000 in the first three months of this year. According to the statistical office, this is the largest decrease since the start of the measurement in 2003. Read also: Unemployment drops sharply in the first quarter of 2021 – especially in the IT sector and many job openings are again being built
The decrease was partly caused by the increasing number of unfilled vacancies. At the end of March there were 245,000. That is 26,000 more than a quarter earlier. Due to the increasing tightness in the labor market, employees generally find a job more easily and can be more selective in their search. Someone who recently benefited from this is Rik Neutelings. As of June 1, he started as Operations Manager at OGD ICT services in Utrecht. Before that, he spent 5.5 years in various (often technical) positions at Forever Direct, a logistics arm of an American health products company. “I made the switch because this new job offers me the opportunity to develop myself more operationally and tactically,” said Neutelings. “I focus less on the technological aspect and more on working with people, by providing support and coaching.”
For Neutelings and others soon to start a new job, recruitment agency Michael Page put together a number of tips. Announce your departure on the last day
Notify your professional networks such as LinkedIn on the last day of your current job. Say that you are grateful for everything you have learned and that you are leaving to take on a new challenge. Do the same with internal emails. This is an excellent opportunity to leave a good impression on your future former colleagues. On the first day of your new job, try to barely bother with answering congratulations. After all, you will already have enough on your mind. Don’t be negative about your ex-employer
In some cases, it can be tempting to finally say what you think about your ex-employer. However, be aware that such statements can haunt you for a long time.
Keep any frustrations private and reflect on what went wrong so you can prevent them in your new workplace. Set goals for the first weeks
Together with your team or alone, set goals for the first few weeks in your new position. Think of obtaining a certificate, getting to know products or developing certain skills that help increase your productivity. An additional effect is that your new colleagues immediately know that you are fully committed.
4.Maybe it was because of the stress, the work you didn’t like or because you didn’t get along with management. Whatever the reason, immerse yourself in the new challenge and enjoy it.
Neutelings adds another important point to this list: watch your health and that of others, especially in this corona time. “Ultimately, I hope not only to be the face behind the webcam, but to be able to meet people in person,” said Neutelings. “For now, however, that will have to wait a while, because keeping each other healthy is the most important thing.”
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