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Explained: Dutch residence permit for Non-EU partner and children

There are plenty of great reasons to move to the Netherlands. We’ve got the best beers, the best cheeses and fried snacks. This country is home to world-famous masterpieces from history, and modern innovations in architecture. Throughout history, the country and people have always valued an openness between cultures ...

Career Lessons Learned From The COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of our professional lives. We’ve spent over a year adjusting to life in lockdown – and tackling professionals’ uncertainties head-on. Although it’s been challenging, there are a lot of lessons to be learned that you can apply throughout your entire career – Pandemic or none.  So what lessons can we take ...

Revisited: Working from home with kids during COVID-19

Now that the vaccine is being distributed across the world, we can start to expect a potential return to normality on the horizon. For working parents, the transition back to school starts off with so much promise: a break from kids shrieking at an ear-splitting ...

BREXIT: 5 reasons to expand your UK business in the Netherlands

Now that the Brexit transition period has ended, the UK has officially cut all ties with the EU. The situation has become frantic for the UK service industry regarding their access to the EU market. To circumvent the border issues, ...

Octagon donates to Erasmus MC

2020 was the year of helping each other. As the coronavirus continues well into 2021, it’s more important than ever to support each other, and our community, throughout these difficult times. We closed off 2020 by donating €1500 to the ...

The Future of HR in a Post COVID-19 Workplace

There is no denying that COVID-19 has imposed a tremendous impact on the economy and the labor force. The world is now a vastly different place regarding how and where we work, as well as the technologies we use to engage with each other. ...

How to Explain Employment Gap Caused by COVID-19 during your Job Search

Long-term gaps between jobs were once the ultimate ‘Red Flag’ for recruiters and hiring managers scanning your CV. These days, the dreaded ‘employment gap’ no longer immediately signals hiring managers that you lack ambition. There are plenty of reasonable (even ...

Why the Personal Approach is Irreplaceable in the Recruitment Industry

The recruitment landscape changes every day with the application of artificial intelligence (AI). The use of automation helps optimize the recruiting workflow by ranking and identifying candidates based on the key selection criteria of skills and experience.   While these pieces of ...