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What is a SWOT analysis
Career tips 19 Dec 2022 by Team Rotterdam
What is a SWOT analysis? A SWOT analysis, also known as a strength weakness analysis, literally stands for: Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats  It's a framework for analyzing an organisation's strengths, weaknesses, market opportunities and threats. It allows you to identify where new...
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Just getting started? Your first day at a new job
Career tips 07 Dec 2022 by Team Rotterdam
First day at a new job There it is, that first day at a new job. It doesn't matter if this is your first job, or if you're transferring to a new company; that first day at a new job is always nerve-wracking.  It's completely okay if you experience your first day as stressful or intense. Really, w...

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First day at a new job


There it is, that first day at a new job. It doesn't matter if this is your first job, or if you're transferring to a new company; that first day at a new job is always nerve-wracking. 

It's completely okay if you experience your first day as stressful or intense. Really, we've all been through it. But that doesn't mean you can't make it more comfortable for yourself. Especially when you consider that you're about to start at the company you've been incredibly excited about for a while now. The one you've already completed an entire application process for and finally managed to sign a contract at. So, if you think about it, what's even left to worry about?

Preparation...

Is half the battle, or so they say. In other words, an important start to your first day at the new job. After all, if you can deal with some of the stressful issues ahead of time, you'll have a much calmer start to the day itself. So what can you do to be well prepared?

Sleep well

Easier said than done, especially with the adrenaline coursing through your body. Nevertheless, it's important to let yourself rest. Starting the day with a clear head helps you absorb information better and calms your mind.

Prepare your stuff in advance

There's nothing more frustrating than racing against the clock. So avoid the 20 minutes of stress about whether to go with light blue or dark blue in the morning, and lay out your clothes and bag for the next day. And what about lunch? If you have the option, ask your contact at the company whether you should bring some yourself or not. If that't not an option, prepare something anyway. That way you won't find yourself with an empty stomach halfway through the day. Oh, and don't forget to bring a little something as a snack, some extra vitamins or 'second breakfast'.

Bring a laptop or notepad

You'll have to deal with a lot of new information during your first day. Obviously, you're not expected to remember everything straight away, but the most important points should at least stick. So take a laptop, tablet or notepad with you and start writing! That way, you can always revisit things later. You'll likely get tired at the end of the day, which is why it is nice to keep your own notes. Who knows, perhaps questions that you didn't think of at the time will come up when you reread them.

Revisit the website

It's always a good idea to check who belongs to which department and who your immediate colleagues are ahead of time. Sometimes companies will organise an informal call or meeting to get to know the team before your first day at work, but this isn't always the case. So be sure to check who you'll soon bump into at the coffee machine on a daily basis.

Additionally, it's not a bad idea to review the company's values and philosophy. It helps in understanding why there are certain practices and ways to approach tasks.

Ready to go?

Preparations sorted, now on to the day itself. Fortunately, we have a few more tips on how to leave a good impression on your first day.

Arrive on time

Similar to a job interview actually. It's better to arrive early than late. Doing so shows that you're taking things seriously and that you're excited to get started. If you think circumstances will make you arrive late, always call your point of contact to let them know ahead of time. In other words, well ahead of the appointed time and not when the person has already been waiting for you for 15 minutes.

Introduce yourself

We get it, there's a lot of pressure on your shoulders today with lots of faces looking at you questioningly. That can be quite intimidating. However, these are the people you will be interacting with on a daily basis from now on, so be assertive and introduce yourself. And as tempting as it may sound to sit down separately at lunch after what has probably been an intense half day with a torrent of new information, it's best not to. Try to make an effort to get to know your colleagues better. It'll make your first week a lot more enjoyable! Feel free to ask them questions about the company, or other things like where the batteries are because you probably just picked the one mouse that ran out of juice. 

Listen and ask question

It's normal that you don't know everything yet, and nobody expects you to. So don't be scared to ask questions when you don't fully understand things. It's important that you have a clear grasp of what your tasks are and what is expected of you. Based on the questions you ask, your supervisor will also have a better understanding of where he or she needs to expand or adjust the onboarding process. Win-win! 

Moreover, don't restrict yourself to only paying attention to work-related information, but also try observe the unwritten rules and practices within the organisation. This will make it a lot easier to integrate.

That's it for your first day!

That must've been exciting, but also intense. Don't worry, you'll find your own routine before you know it. Still, avoid unnecessary overtime on your first day. Just let everything sink in and make sure to get some rest. There's always tomorrow!

Career tips – 07 Dec 2022 by Team Rotterdam
What is a SWOT analysis
What is a SWOT analysis

What is a SWOT analysis?

A SWOT analysis, also known as a strength weakness analysis, literally stands for:


Strengths
 
Weaknesses 
Opportunities 
Threats 

It's a framework for analyzing an organisation's strengths, weaknesses, market opportunities and threats. It allows you to identify where new opportunities and possibilities lie for your organisation and how to approach them based on your strengths and weaknesses. A SWOT analysis is often part of a business plan or a marketing plan. But you can just as easily apply it to other areas, such as your own career.

How do I apply a SWOT analysis?

Now that you know what a SWOT analysis is, you're probably curious on how to actually apply it to your own situation! It's important to distinguish two parts: the internal analysis and the external analysis, being the market analysis.

Internal analysis

First, you make an analysis of your own organisation, or your own career. This means you don't include any external influences. You only look at the elements that you yourself can have an impact on. Are you having trouble identifying these points for yourself? Take a look at your competitors and consider where you are performing better or worse.

Strengths

This covers your organisation's strengths, or if you apply a SWOT analysis for yourself, your own strengths. Some examples are: Extensive market knowledge, expertise within the field, a good reputation or customer satisfaction. Points in which you excel and perform above average.

Weaknesses

These are the areas where you score below average. It could be both deliberate and unintentional. For example, perhaps you have chosen to invest in knowledge and expertise, as opposed to investing in service. As a result, customer friendliness scores lower. Another example of a weakness could be high costs. Again, it's important that these weaknesses are about internal factors and not external influences.

External analysis

Next, take a look beyond your own organisation, or own situation. What opportunities and threats exist in the market? These are things that may apply to all organisations, or that would also be there if your organisation didn't exist. Some examples are: the financial market, marketing trends, political developments, you name it.

Opportunities

Which new opportunities do you see, both short and long term? Think about changes in the market or new technological developments that will make your product or service even more attractive to consumers. Are you making the SWOT analysis for yourself? Then perhaps there are new training opportunities or tools that could make you even better at your job.

Threats

What external factors pose a threat to your organisation now, or could become threats in the future? These could be changes in laws and regulations, the economic situation or new developments that put your product or service in a weaker position in the market.

Tips

  • To create the most accurate assessment of your organisation, it's best to involve people from different teams as well as outsiders when making a SWOT analysis. By doing so, you'll avoid tunnel vision.

  • Try to choose approximately three items for each section, keeping the target group's perspective in mind.
    Make sure not to work in general terms, be specific. For example, do not put "new developments" under threats, but rather " new development X makes Y possible and that could have influence Z on us".

  • Do you want to take the SWOT analysis one step further? Use it to create a confrontation matrix. Place your main strengths and weaknesses opposite your company's opportunities and threats. Next, look at what effect those strengths and weaknesses have on the opportunities and threats.

  • While making a SWOT analysis, reflect on both the current situation and the future. Furthermore, while making the external analysis, it's beneficial to consider opportunities and threats at both the meso-level (the whole industry) and macro-level (the whole market).

In conclusion, making a SWOT analysis can offer new insights into an organisation's operations and current strategies, as well as into your own career. We definitely recommend giving it a try, who knows what new insights you can get out of it!

Career tips – 19 Dec 2022 by Team Rotterdam
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We are JUSTIN, you are JUSTIN! Starters and young professionals who want to boost their careers and would like to be guided through the whole process from A to Z have come to the right place. Our team is committed to connecting the best candidates to fantastic companies that we fully support every day.

We are JUSTIN, you are JUSTIN! Starters and young professionals who want to boost their careers and would like to be guided through the whole process from A to Z have come to the right place. Our team is committed to connecting the best candidates to fantastic companies that we fully support every day.

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At JUSTIN we specialize in all forms of staffing. You can rely on us for recruitment & selection assignments and secondment. And that's not all. Do you need HR consultancy or support? If so, we would be happy to be of assistance! Below you will find an overview of our services.

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JUSTIN Amsterdam

Westerdoksplein 4
1013 AZ Amsterdam

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JUSTIN Rotterdam

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rotterdam@justinrecruitment.nl 

Why Justin

We are JUSTIN, you are JUSTIN! Starters and young professionals who want to boost their careers and would like to be guided through the whole process from A to Z have come to the right place. Our team is committed to connecting the best candidates to fantastic companies that we fully support every day.

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We can imagine you have questions about working with a recruitment agency. Have you found a vacancy that appeals to you? Or have you registered and have we found something suitable for you? If so, we are eager to explain what happens next!

 

Step 1 INTERVIEW AT OUR OFFICE OR VIA TEAMS

We have a cup of coffee or tea, discuss your resume and what you expect from your next employer. Then we'll discuss the vacancy and the company in depth. It is important for us to know who you are, why you have made certain decisions and what your core values are when it comes to a new position and employer. Based on that info, we will see if our client is still the right match for you, or if we have other great opportunities! 

Step 2 STILL ENTHUSIASTIC?

Great! We and our clients always like to get a quick reference from a previous employer or internship company. This gives us a clear picture of your work experience and the role you are willing to take within a team.

Step 3 WE'LL INTRODUCE YOU

Is this reference also positive? Then we'll introduce you to the company where the vacancy is open. Of course, we send more than just your resume. For our clients, the person behind the resume is just as important as their resume. So we'll send them an extensive written proposal based on our previous conversation. 

Step 4 INTERVIEW

Is the company equally enthusiastic? Then it's your turn! Put your best foot forward and show them why you should be the newest addition to the company. Need job interview tips? Read our blog! In any case, we will prepare you well in advance. We'll tell you who your interviewers are and we'll give you some advice on how to dress as well as general tips for the interview. 

Depending on the company, the procedure can be different. There are often two interviews in which you will speak with different people. This also gives you the opportunity to get a good look behind the scenes. Sometimes there will be an assessment or you may be asked to shadow for a day. Again, we will inform you in advance.

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Are you looking for new young professionals? Or as a young professional, are you looking for that first step in your career? Don't worry, Daniël is happy to think along with you! Thanks to his calm and thoughtful approach, he knows exactly how to reach the perfect match together. With Daniël, you can always count on the personal attention you deserve.

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