7 tips on your job search journey – inside full ‘’Connect with your dream job’’ meeting …


The summer blow to our door earlier this year, we have May and the sun is shining giving warmth and positive energy. Living in The Hague definitely has its advantage due to closeness to Scheveningen beach and recently discovered (by me) Clingendael Park with its Japanese Garden (wonderful place to meditate, reconnect with yourself and to release the stress within your life – especially when you are in the middle of job search).

Weather is so wonderful that such a little thing like searching for a job may seems irrelevant.

That is why, I was truly surprise that even though the temperature invited us more to be sipping mojito on the beach, some ladies decided to take their life seriously and make the first step toward changing their life and automatically their career.

Sociable though professional support meeting with people from France and UK. We have started with our stories what brought us to the ‘’Connect with your dream job’’ support meeting.

It is strange, yet each time I hear the story of a new person, in some special way I am able to connected and relate to his/her tale. It also seems as others have the same reflection after hearing stories of others.

Even I am a coach, each time I facilitate the meeting I learn tremendously. Probably this is why I enjoy coaching and group sessions so much.

7 tips from May ‘’Connect with your dream job’’ support meeting, while you are on the job search journey :

  • 1. Write each day ‘’To Do List’’  (it is a first step to learn how to set up long term goals and how to achieve them) and follow it; as it give you a sense of being useful and allow you to check on your time management; 
  • 2. Do not stress over not receiving the reaction you do expect after sending 10000… of CV’s;
  • 3. Try to do few things during the day which are only and absolutely concern your inner being – to relax and release the stress; when you are happy you have more energy and you are more likely to attract better things within your life;
  • 4. Enjoy life – enjoy the time you have given as free (without work) – go meet with your friends, go for walk, and do things you did not have time while you were working;
  • 5. Exercise – to give you more energy, to give you something else to do, to stay fit.
  • 6. Do not be afraid asking for a help; you think you are alone but there are others who are in the same / familiar situation; sharing your fears, thoughts and feelings will help you reconnect with others and most important with yourself. It will allow you to be yourself.
  • 7. Join ‘’Connect with your dream job’’ support meeting.

See you at the next ‘’Connect with your dream job’’ support meeting – for upcoming dates check the website: www.dreamjobdiva.com.  

Photos & Text by Dream Jod Diva

Miss Poland and ‘’CV makeover ‘’ in Polish…

Sunday morning JO(B)ANNA was pleased to be a part of interesting initiative happening for the second time in The Netherlands – Miss Poland of Benelux. The actual gala will take place in Maastricht on Saturday 02nd June 2012.

Yesterday, all finalists have met all together for the first time.

I as the Dream Job Diva was asked to be a partner and supporter of this initiative and  prepared a ‘’CV makeover” workshop for the ladies.

It was challenging task  for two reasons:

  • up till now I have only delivered workshops in English and / or Dutch language. Even though Polish is my mother language, all education and preparation I have done concerning coaching and running workshops was in English;
  • I was performing not only in front of my native beautiful and smart ladies but also in front of two cameras (looking  forward to seeing two independent films from this event).

Time flies when you having fun, that is how I was feeling delivering the ‘’CV makeover” workshop yesterday.

And to be honest I was afraid of my language disability, and it was perfect, friendly and fun.

At the same time the whole event took place in Polish Restaurant Kredens (only 2 months on the Dutch market), I must say – I have never ever eaten such delicious ‘’pierogi z miesem ‘’  (dumplings with meat) – if you do have a day of and you do not want to cook – visit Kredens at Laan van Meerdervoort 458

And if you do need career and / or life coaching contact JO(B)ANNA.


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The power of networking.

Going to Poland, I have had planned only one coaching business meeting (exciting training where I was able to learn new coaching tools).

Already first five minutes of my arriving to the meeting point, I have met wise man who was happy to share with me certain information regarding Polish job market (great as it is of my interest being a career coach as well).

Later during that day (the whole coaching training lasted till 16:00), I met wonderful, open, creative and willing to do something special with their life as well as with others people (some of them are coaches or trainers, some of them work for HR or totally different fields). They gave me some tips, and shared info concerning other networking or coaching events within Warsaw.

And that is how instead of only one day work, I have been running whole week (and still am) from one meeting to another, from one training to another. During those marathons,I have met more and more interesting and like minded people, my network expanded tremendously.

And I truly believe we will be in contact and maybe one day something huge will happened (business wise).

I am happy to explore new business and coaching opportunities within my own country, my own city Warsaw.

Dream Job Diva

At the airport – the beauty of the language.

I’m sitting in the middle of the world. I’m in the cafe at the international airport.

Two more hours to go to my flight, trying to read  very interesting book my friend lend me.

Even though the book keeps me occupy, my attention is divided into all different languages I hear around. Wouldn’t be great to be able to understand it all. It will be almost as reading someone’s mind.

However I am not able to understand it all, I do enjoy to listen to those exotic languages and at the same time to observe the people who speak it.

I feel like in the bubble. We are all within the same space, closed for few hours. And yet everyone behave different thought in some special way the same.

People tend to focus on their things (luggage, drink, phone, book), or the travel partner they are with. You can almost see how the personal space increase, as everyone try to guard it.

Everybody protect their privacy and yet you managed to exchange a smile here or there; one friendly sentence with some stranger from cross the ocean running to catch the plane to another destination. Even the airport staff seems to be more friendly. They smile willing to help you. Why cannot be like that in every shops (outside the airport)? Only because here they need to deal with internationals they try to be nice. We should be in general open and helpful to everyone in every occasion regardless of nationality and place we are in.

Fantastic feeling and great research, observation field for a person like me a life coach.
We are the same but different and yet very similar.

Have a good trip everyone.  I’ll enjoy mine.

Dream Job Diva

Poland – Warsaw place to be in June 2012

Living 23 years in Warsaw, I always thought of my city as a gray, unpleasant and boring place.

Therefore, once arrive to The Netherlands I always suggested to everyone to go to Poland and visit Cracow, Wroclaw or Gdansk  – in my opinion most charming places on earth.

10 year has passed by and I have been revisiting my city  – Warsaw with more amazement each time.

Every time Warsaw welcomed me with new surprise – new building, new park, new shop etc.

Warsaw become a place to be with its colors, restaurants, shops with goods from all over the world open almost 24 hours.

Last summer I had a chance rediscover Warsaw and for a week be a tour guide and tourist at the same time.

I took my international guests on a trip to my old Warsaw and at the same time together we have discovered places with its history I have never knew about that.

Growing up during and after communism lots of facts were not spoke about . Nowadays, one can spend whole day getting to know Warsaw and its bloody facts during the second world war with the Museum Powstania Warszawskiego (Uprising Museum) or  taking a Jewish track. Also since short Warsaw has one fantastic venue to spend time with the whole family, to have fun and to gain knowledge – > Copernicus Science Centre.

For those who are tired of the busyness of the constantly  moving city visiting green parts of Warsaw and its surroundings (as Łazienki, Park Saski or Wilanow) is a nice change.

There are lots of child friendly parks. Lots of places to have a romantic walks with your loved one.

Warsaw is preparing for its visitors in June for  Euro 2012. In many places one can find Tourism Information with beautiful and professionally prepared booklets about the city in variety of languages.

The year of 2010 was a year of Chopin, walking from Nowy Świat (New World) down to The Old Town (Starówka) one can spot murmur benches with the short description, map of the spotted place and music bottom to hear Chopin. The year 2011 was a year of Maria Skłodowska-Curie. This year will be most likely sport year.

Even though Warsaw is much bigger than most of the Dutch cities  (it’s almost as big as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague together), I will recommended to visited it by foot – as that way one will have freedom and opportunity to see places which are not even on the touristic area – and it is worth it.

Do you like to see my city – Warsaw?. There are many possibilities to do so (KLM and LOT are flying daily from Schiphol ), you can go by train (straight from Amsterdam to Warsaw) or by bus or car (about 15 hours drive). Plan your trip and come to discover one of the fast growing city in Europe.

Dream Job Diva