The UWV (the Dutch agency for work) suggests that there are over 850 vacancies in the hospitality sector in Groningen, and employers hope that the relaxed ‘BaanBorrel’ will provide the right setting for more talented people to find their future job.
The event is open to everyone who would like to work in hospitality, and it is hoped that the Borrel will be the antidote to stuffy job recruitment processes. The organisers say that ‘working in hospitality required motivation, talent, and personality. These are not best shown in CV’s, or through long-winded application processes. This is especially helpful for international people, where their previous experience (especially if it is not in the Netherlands), and personality, may not come through to a potential employer just from their application.
Those who attend the event won’t need to bring a sheaf of printed CV’s, or wait in line for structured interviews- rather they will mingle and wait to see if they ‘click’ with a potential employer. An interesting feature of the event is a ‘wildcard’: each attendee (whether looking for work, or an employer) will get a card that they can present to someone they would like to work with, and they can then spend a day ‘on the shop floor’, instead of an interview.
More than 20 of the most recognisable names in hospitality Groningen will be at the event, which will be held from 16:00 at the Drie Gezusters in Groningen, on the 18th of March. Those interested can sign up at www.werkinzicht.nl/baanborrel