What is a CAO and what does it mean to work as a CAO uitzendkracht?

What is a CAO?

CAO stands for ‘Collectieve Arbeidsovereenkomst’ and can be translated to ‘collective labor agreement’. CAO’s are collective labor agreements between an employer and a trade union in regards to wages, working hours, probation, pension and other important rights & duties of the agency and temporary employee. 

Abroad Experience works in accordance with the ABU’s collective labor agreement. The ABU, which is short for the Federation of temporary employment agencies Federation of temporary employment agencies. Their CAO Collective Agreement is for Temporary Employees working in The Netherlands.

Working as a CAO uitzendkracht via Abroad Experience Recruitment

If you are working as a temporary employee via Abroad Experience and come to our office for your contract signing, then you are working in accordance with the collective labor agreement of the ABU. You are a CAO Uitzendkracht. 

Do you want to know more about how many holiday days you have? Do you want to know more about your pension? Your holiday allowances? Your overworking hours? What to do when on sick leave?

When working with Abroad Experience you will receive an English version of a PDF file with the Collective Labor Agreement of the ABU. You can also find the link to this PDF file below:

ABU CAO English 2019-2021

How to Get the Best out of Social Media in your Job Search

Social media has become one of the most powerful tools for recruiters and job seekers. The importance of being “out there” is so crucial that those who don’t build a strong social media profile may fall behind. Companies are using social media to recruit talent but also to find extra information about them. 

Which Social Media platforms can I use?

There are many different social media platforms. However, at a professional level, we believe that you should work on FacebookTwitter and Linkedin. For marketing professionals and graphic designers, you may consider using extra platforms like PinterestInstagram or Flickr. And if you are in Germany or in the Netherlands, Xing is essential to accomplish your objective!

Below we will explain what we think is the most important when creating a social media profile to get the best of it.

  • Using Keywords:

Use relevant keywords to define your skills and make the search easier for recruiters. A good set of keywords will boost your possibilities of being found and maybe hired!

  • Branding yourself:

Create your own personal branding, use the same style in all your social media accounts, create relevant content in the areas you are an expert at and distinguish yourself from others. Make use of professional pictures on your portrait photo and exclude your personal activities from your non-private accounts.

  • Developing your profile:

This is especially important on Linkedin. Describe all your working experiences, link them to your companies, and add pictures and links. Also include some interests and hobbies in order to show a bit of your personality.

  • Interacting with your connections:

Like, share and comment on what others write and also contribute with your own articles. It is useless to have more than 500 connections if you know none of them!

  • Updating regularly:

Update your status with meaningful titles as this is the best way to create a strong network and to be up-to-date in your field. Try to be active on social media and you will be ranked at the top of the search engine. It is advisable that the updates are based on quality and relevance.

  • Minimizing discrepancies:

Make sure that your profiles look the same as your CV. Check your dates, job titles, duties and employers. If you can, try to explain any gap between employments or leave it for the interview.

  • Joining groups:

On Linkedin, Google+, Xing and Facebook, you have the chance to join different groups. It is a good opportunity for you to show your expertise and increase the number of connections in your field.

  • Being public:

Make sure, checking your privacy settings, that you are open to receiving new connection requests or inmails (on Linkedin), and that you are also visible on Google.

  • Linking accounts:

Link all your accounts in order to be more visible and easy to find. It is also interesting to add your social media profiles to your signature in your email.

We personally recommend candidates to create professional profiles instead of having just one profile for everything. It is important to look professional on the internet as companies tend to do intensive research when they receive an application or want to hire someone.

Speaking of social media, if you are not yet following us on our social media channels, we’d like to encourage you to do so.

We are very active on Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram and Youtube. Be the first to know about the newest vacancies, trends on the Dutch market, application & interview tips, as well as information sessions. 

Abroad Experience Website: https://www.abroad-experience.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abroadexrecruitment/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/728236/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abroad.experience.recruitment/

Youtube channel: https://bit.ly/326123L

Working via Abroad Experience on a temporary contract

When finding a job via a recruitment agency, like Abroad Experience, you will either have a direct contract with the company you’ll be working for or you will start with a temporary agency contract via Abroad Experience. When starting as a temporary employee at Abroad Experience, you will receive an employment contract and a corresponding assignment sheet that outlines all the relevant information regarding starting date, salary, work location, travel allowance, etc.

A draft contract will normally be sent to you by e-mail ahead of the contract signing so that you have time to go through it, can identify any questions that you might have and correct any errors in personal information such as your address or given name before the contract signing. At the contract signing, your recruitment consultant at Abroad Experience will also go through the contract with you page by page so that everything is clear and all of your questions are answered.

There are different kinds of temporary contracts and, in general, the hiring company has set policies in regards to what contract they can offer to you as a new employee in terms of duration and employment type.

The most common route is to start on a Temporary Contract with an agency clause (In Dutch: uitzendbeding). This is an open-ended contract that is valid for a maximum period of 78 worked weeks (CAO Phase A). While working in Phase A, you are paid for the hours that you actually work. During this period you have a notification period of one day and the employer has a notification period that varies from 0-14 calendar days depending on the time length of time employed. Most hiring companies choose to offer the employee a direct contract after a period of approximately 6 months.

Some companies prefer to offer the employee a fixed-term contract (in Dutch: detachering). In this case, you would get a contract valid for a specific period of time and for a fixed amount of hours per week.

For more information about contracts, please visit our Youtube channel where we have additional informative video material about contracts & many other topics. 

How to Take the Perfect Selfie CV Photo

At Abroad Experience, we look at A LOT of CVS every single day and we have seen some truly astounding choices for the accompanying CV photos of applicants. From tanned girls in strapless tops posed on a beach with beers in their hands to one expressionless man in a business suit staring up at us from the seat of a comically tiny red and yellow child’s tricycle, we have truly seen it all!

The choice of your profile photo is a deceptively important feature of your CV. It is what will attract the eye of recruiters first and you really want their first thought to be “This person looks like they’d fit right in at our company,” and not “Is s/he joking?”

What follows are some helpful tips for framing your perfect CV photo:

  1. Frame from the waist up.

    Profile photos should be of your profile. Full body shots are unnecessary and fill up valuable space on your CV better used for listing your qualifications!

  2. Dress professionally.

    This means no tank tops, no strapless clothing, no t-shirts (especially with inappropriate messages or slogans), no hats and minimal jewellery. A good rule of thumb is a clean dress shirt, with or without a suit jacket.

  3. Hair and makeup should be neutral.

    No one is asking you to dye your blue hair back to brown – you do you! – but perhaps you can pull it back or minimalize it in the photo so that it doesn’t detract from your winning smile! Makeup should, likewise, be kept at an “at the office” level rather than a “Saturday night out with friends” level.

  4. Keep facial expressions and hand gestures neutral. This means no exaggerated bug-eyes, no fish puckering of the mouth, no squinting and no peace or gang signs. While facing the camera, imagine that you are walking into a face to face interview for your dream job. How would you smile? Take that
  5. Avoid props.

    Think of the man on the tricycle and avoid props. This also goes for alcoholic beverages or cigarettes (yes, we’ve seen it). If there’s a plant or an (appropriate) painting in the background, that’s totally fine! Otherwise, just your charming face in front of a white background will suffice.

  6. Think “passport photo,” not “Facebook selfie”.

    Angle the photo so that you are facing straight on and directing your gaze one degree above your camera lens. Do not take CV photos from the awkward angles you might use for an Instagram post: it is probably very flattering with an Amaro filter, but on a CV it will only raise eyebrows.

  7. Ask someone to help.

    It can be helpful to ask someone else to step in and take your photo while you concentrate on standing up straight and smiling in such a way that reads “Hire me!”

And there you have it. With only these seven guidelines, you’re on your way to taking the perfect CV photo that will grab the attention of your audience in all the right ways. 

Our recruitment team can’t wait to see those top-notch professional photos on your CVs!

Travel expense payments

Although it is not compulsory, most companies in The Netherlands reimburse the cost for your daily commuting to work. The policy regarding the amount to be compensated for public and private transport varies from company to company.

When travelling by private transport it is common to receive €0.19 cents per KM up to a certain KM distance per day. The KM distance per day is once again decided by the company. When travelling by public transport companies request invoices/receipts of your travel costs. The policy regarding travel expenses will be stated in your Assignment that you sign with us.

How does it work?

When starting a new position and travelling by public transport you are required to obtain the yellow personalized OVchipcard (persoonlijke OV-chipkaart) with your photo on it. You can request this through the NS/OV chipkaart website. You will need to provide a passport picture for your card, as seen below.

If you do not have a personalized OV chipcard yet, you will need to buy it as soon as possible as it may take up to 2 weeks for you to receive the card at home. For our information, you will need a Dutch bank account to order this card. If you do already have it, you will only need to pay for the new monthly “abonnement” via the website. If working full time, when purchasing a monthly subscription/abonnement, we request that you purchase the Traject Vrij Maand. In Step 2 of this process, after selecting your Traject, you will be able to purchase your OV chipcard as well.

Please be aware that we will not be able to reimburse the cost of the card itself (around 7,5€).
You can pay via IDEAL and you will receive an invoice with the charge. Once you email us the invoice as proof of payment, we will reimburse your travel costs in your 4 weekly salary payment.

For further information, please visit http://www.ns.nl/reizigers/ovchipkaart/index.html

Reasons why your CV was rejected

After a little prayer, you click apply. Congratulations! Your application has been sent into the clouds of hundreds of job-seeking hopeful like yourself, hoping for an email or call back. But days and maybe even weeks go by, and you haven’t heard anything.  We wanted to share a few reasons why your CV might not have made the cut.

1. Irrelevant Experience

If your skillset doesn’t match the skills required in the job description, then it’s more than likely that your application was put in the “no” pile. The competition is fierce, and although there is no such thing as the “perfect” candidate, your experience needs to align with what the company is looking for.

How to fix it? Choose wisely the experience and skills that you send. Your CV shouldn’t be one CV that you send to as many recruiters as possible. You should customize its content to match the skills, education and experience according to what you read in the job description (without lying of course).

     2. Your Languages don’t match

As an agency that recruits multilingual professionals, we can vouch for this one. Let’s say you only speak German, and the language required for the role is Italian… well… I guess this one speaks for itself.

How to fix it? It is more difficult to overcome this obstacle. However, if you are studying Dutch and are looking for an English role in the Netherlands, always mention that you are learning Dutch and your level (even if it is A1). It really shows that you’re trying to get integrated into the culture and that you are planning to stay here.

     3. You’re off the map

Whether you’re living a three-hour commute away from the role, or the company isn’t considering candidates who are still living abroad, your application has probably been put on hold. It is important to be realistic with your commute time. Would you be ready to travel 3 hours per day? Probably not!

How to fix it? If moving is not a problem for you, give a disclaimer or heading on your CV that you already have set plans to move, or are willing to relocate. But always remember that finding accommodation in the Netherlands is difficult and recruiters know that.

     4. Too much (or too little) information

You scoff now, but imagine having to read through a CV that looks like a medical thesis in 5.5 font. We can see how much time and energy you have put into this “summary” of your experience, but avoid the newspaper format and take the word count down a notch. Less is always more unless the paper is scarce from information, but even a CV with just titles will be more likely to get a response than the first one.

How to fix it? First, follow rule 1 and filter the information you want to show on your CV to match the job description.
Second, summarize, summarize, summarize! Recruiters don’t need to know the name of each project you worked on in the past (except if it is 1000% relevant). They want to know your previous job titles, the companies you worked for, how long you stayed in each role and your key responsibilities.

Abroad Experience BV is an international recruitment agency that offers unique career opportunities to multilingual job seekers. See our vacancies.





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