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Never offer a job to the candidate on Friday!

Recently, I read on LinkedIn about recruiters’ frustration with candidates disappearing after having verbally accepted a job offer.  Having myself conducted a reasonable amount of recruitments, I easily relate to this frustration which, in fact, is double.

The first frustration is about the time wasted in working with a candidate and not having, at the end, fulfilled the position. In a recruiter’s job, that is perceived as a professional failure.
The second frustration is more personal and is related to the non-answer, the unsaid. What could be the reason behind this reversal of situation?

In this LinkedIn post I recently read, the conclusion was “Never conclude a job agreement on Friday, strange things happen with the candidates during the weekend…”
That might be a bit of a simplistic solution to a larger issue. What recruiters often forget is that a new job does not involve only the candidate, it involves equally his/her spouse especially when a relocation is necessary.

During the weekend after having accepted the job offer, the candidate has the sensitive task to inform his/her spouse about the upcoming change. Yet the spouse career is often equality important and could be a major blocking point to the relocation.
One can imagine the tense debate at home, sometime leading to the renunciation to the new job. Going back to the recruiter on Monday to say “my spouse did not agree on me taking the job” is not an easy thing to do. Sometime the candidate runs out of the courage it takes to call the recruiter back.

Good recruiters are knowledgeable about the dual career challenge and make sure the spouse employment question is openly discussed in the early stage of the recruitment, they are able to discuss the issue internally or with the employer and to come up with a suitable solution.

Addressing properly dual career is a key parameter to the recruitment performance.

Read as well: The impact of Dual Career constellation and gender for recruiting professionals in the Swiss market

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes. 

News from the mentoring partnerships for job4U2 dual career clients

Mid of 2016, job4U2 has launched an initiative to set up some mentoring partnerships for our dual career clients or former clients, professionals who moved to Switzerland to facilitate the career mobility of their spouses or partners and who are now either working in Switzerland or in the process to land their next job.

The mentoring partnership is placed under the sign of volunteering and mentors and mentees have all freedom to get organised as it suits them in the frame of a 2 years’ commitment to meet or talk 4 times a year time.

We received many positive reactions to our call for mentors and are pleased to see some mentoring partnerships in place and to witness the relationships evolution over the time.

MentorIt is now the time to reflect on this initiative and to ask our mentors how the live this experience. We have interviewed on of the very first job4U2 mentor, Nicolas to ask him to share with us his first impressions:

Sandrine @job4u2: “Nicolas, can you please explain in a nutshell, what is your mentor mentee relationship like? “

Nicolas @Mentor: “The relation installed between the mentor and its mentee is a relation based on trust, respect, and authenticity with in backdrop an exchange of the past work experiences and the future visions.”

Sandrine @job4u2: “What, in the first place has motivated you to enter in this mentorship program?”

Nicolas @Mentor: “The first vision I had for this mentorship program was sharing professional experience and also equally important, the human aspect that these exchanges can have.”

Sandrine @job4u2: “How have you heard about this initiative?”

Nicolas @Mentor:  “The idea came from the Human Resources manager of the international company where I work and who happens to know Sandrine well. She thought that I could be part of this program and that I could have some interest in it. The concept pleased me, having had in the past the possibility of taking advantage of a mentorship program myself.”

Sandrine @job4u2: if you should select 3 words that express the best what is this mentoring activity for you, what would they be?

Nicolas @Mentor: “Sharing, Vision and Discovery”

Sandrine @job4u2:” Is there anything you would like to add?”

Nicolas @Mentor: “To all professionals who feel the desire to share and to discover its environment through a new and different point of view, I recommend to engage in such a relation of mentoring.”

Sandrine @job4u2: “Many thanks Nicolas, I wish you a fulfilling continued mentoring experience with your mentee”.

Job4U2 is continuously looking for more mentors, should you think that is something you would like to be involved in, please register here .

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2

Read as well: Call my mentors!! 

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes. 

A 6 steps auto-coaching guide for New Year’s resolutions that won’t be forgotten

Tired of all these disappointing times when New Year’s resolutions have lasted a couple of weeks before we dropped them or forgot them, most of us have given up even trying to set them. “New Year’s resolution? Never mind!”

Yet, don’t you secretly dream that this new year could be a little different, a little better, maybe it could be the year of a real personal development, or even the year of a positive change in your life?
This year, not a list of objectives which are impossible to achieve but rather a bit of time for yourself to identify an objective that is really important to you while starting 2017.

resolutions-2017In the first place: A profound yet dynamic self-awareness.Profound because for your resolution to bring you something strong, durable and fully satisfying, it should be related to your deep-Self and not to your ego or to a passing wish. One tends to imagine the Self as something static but yet it is extremely liberating to think about who we are as being in movement, with a dynamic reality. Remember the person you were in early 2016, the thoughts that cluttered your mind, your internal state, your physical shape, your mood. Is it exactly the same now?
Thus it is to your Self of this beginning of 2017 that these resolutions should be addressed.

Step 1: A few questions to re-acquaint yourself with your present Self.

  • In what stage of your life are you? I suggest a very simplified model: period of construction, period of maturation or period of harvest.
  • What are the ones of your roles which today are important to you? Parent, professional, friend, child, spouse, other?
  • What is your body telling you?  Exhaustion, energy, need for movement, need for well-being, tension, relaxation, etc.?
  • What have you been proud of or satisfied with in 2016?
  • Which compliment has especially touched you? What does that tell you about yourself? Give time to these reflections to make their way and to anchor before you move on to step 2.
  • Let them accompany you in a moment of calm, of relaxation where you can be alone with your own thoughts.

Step 2: Your current aspirations.

  • What more do you pursue today?
  • What less do you pursue today?
  • What difference are you seeking for today?
  • What do you expect from fulfilling these aspirations that is really important to you? What is there essential to you?
  • Of all these things that have come to your mind, which one induces emotion, which one resonates most in you, or which one provokes pleasant dreams?

Step 3: At this point, you start sensing which directions are tempting to take and which are most important to you.

  • What do you need to happen in your life to feel satisfied, at the end of 2017, with your progress filling the gap between current situation and targeted situation?
  • Note this as Your Goal.
  • How will you feel when you will have achieved this goal, what will you tell to yourself? What will you then think of yourself? What will make others realise that you have reached your goal?

Step 4: The very first little step.

  • What could be the smallest possible step you could make toward this goal? This must be something you can proceed with in the next couple of weeks.
  • What could still prevent you from performing this in the coming 2 weeks?
  • Modify your first smallest step possible until nothing can stop you from actually doing it within two weeks.

Step 5: Surround yourself with people with the type of energy that might fail you to be able to keep moving forward beyond the first small step.

Identify and write down at least 1 resource person and share your resolution with him/her. Ask him/her formally for his/her support.

Step 6: Plan how you will celebrate the successful achievement of your 2017 resolution.

Make an appointment in your agenda with yourself or with those you want to be part of the celebration of this success.

I wish you a lot of success in achieving your 2017 resolution and a wonderful year 2017!! Sandrine van den Oudenhoven

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes. Read more article from Sandrine on the blog

Closing 2016 & wishing you a festive holiday season!

2016 is almost over, the cycle is almost completed. For the job4u2 team, comes the time to reflect of what happened and to celebrate the year.

Time also to invite each of you to pause down for a minute and to participate to a mood booster end of the year exercise.

Take a piece of paper or, for the most connected of us, the smart phone and list your 10 2016 success. These can be personal or professional successes. Don’t stop until you come to, at least, 10 successes!

At job4U2, we did the exercise and are proud to share it with you:

This year, we….

  • Have supported wonderful individuals in their projects to settle their careers in Switzerland. Each of them has contributed to make our job more vibrant, more exciting and full of purpose and meaning.
  • Have enjoyed our achievement in obtaining a satisfaction scope of 4.8/5 on our key criteria: efficiency/ commitment/responsibility/empathy/respect/quality
  • Have been touched in the deepest parts of our hearts by the many kind feed-back words of the people we have accompanied.
  • Have proudly supported our corporate clients in their continuous effort to hire the best talents who more and more are involved in a dual career.
  • Have build new connections and strengthen existing ones and have engaged with new corporate clients.
  • Started providing some trainings in the “Brevet RH” program. It gives us the chance to raise awareness on the challenge dual career creates for talent acquisition.
  • Successfully set up a mentoring initiative (please circulate in your network as we are always in need of new mentors).
  • Welcome Diana in the job4U2 team.
  • Have further grown the community job4u2 circle reaching over 450 members and are still growing rapidly.
  • Set up a new office for job4U2 Basel nearby Rümelinsplatz.
  • Have all taken further educations or have improved and developed our own professional skills.

All together we have enjoyed a beautiful, rich and diverse year 2016 and all of us are looking forward to the season holiday, but before closing the offices for a few days, we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy start in the new year.

We will be back on the blog in the first days to Kick start 2017 with a auto-coaching guide to help you define new year resolutions that are meaningful to you.

Enjoy the season Holiday!

The job4U2 team

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Call for Mentors!!

1456967819-2400pxLast month, we launched an initiative, through the LinkedIn Platform , to set up some mentoring partnerships for our dual career clients or former clients, professionals who moved to Switzerland to facilitate the career mobility of their spouses or partners. They are now either working in Switzerland or in the process to land their next job.

We received many positive reactions to our call for mentors and are pleased to see that some mentoring partnerships are already in place and some mentors and mentees have already met or phoned.

The mentoring partnership is place under the sign of volunteering and mentors and mentees have all freedom to get organized as it suits them in the frame of a 2 years commitment to meet or talk 4 times a year.

The LinkedIn post about mentoring initiated a lot of enthusiasm and also many questions about what mentoring actually is.
Wikipedia is defining mentoring as a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger, but have a certain area of expertise.
In the case of the mentoring initiated by job4u2, it is interesting to underline that all mentees receive or have received the support of a career consultant who is or has helped them in the job search process. The mentors are not expected to deliver technical advices on how to manage a job search although additional feedback and tips are always welcome.

Topics of interest for the mentees in the frame of the mentoring partnership are extremely wide and divers but to provide some answers to people who are curious or are hesitating to volunteer as mentor, let me list a few questions/topics that could be interesting to discuss with a mentee recently arrived in Switzerland:

  • Your personal career track, How did you arrive where you are now?
  • What has been critical? What resources you have or developed were the most valuable in the path you have followed?
  • How is your working environment? Rather formal or informal? What about the dress code? Do colleagues socialize after work?
  • How would you describe the Swiss approach to hierarchy?
  • How do professionals network in your industry?
  • What are the key challenges at your work/in your industry?
  • How did you solve specific professional issues?
  • What is expected from a team leader in your industry?
  • Special issues with the language? Should I learn Swiss German/French?
  • Negotiation in Switzerland, what is different?
  • Is it a culture of confrontation or consensus? Is that OK to speak out when you disagree with the team/the boss?
  • I have the feeling people do not like to say no even when they disagree, is that the same in your company, how comes?
  • Etc

What is interesting about mentoring is that, by their questions, mentees offer a new way of seeing the world, they express what is different here compare to their country of origin and help us to take an open-minded approach to the daily challenges we are facing.

Once more, Thanks for your interest in this mentoring initiative.
Interested by mentoring?  Register as a mentor  here.

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2

About the author:
sandrinepicture_contactSandrine van den Oudenhoven helps dual career couples to make their relocation in Switzerland a project for both. With the job4U2 programs, she is supporting the accompanying partners’ professional integration by sharing her knowledge of the Swiss economic network, of the recruiters’ expectations and custom, but also by deploying her ability to nurture individuals’ motivation and positive energy during this period of major changes.