New Challenge! 

Not afraid of taking on new challenges? Neither are Crossbridgers! And that’s exactly why we joined the Virgin Pulse Global Challenge.

Our team captain, Marjolijn, is speaking:

“Fasten your seat bells, put on your comfy shoes, add a smile and off we go!”

As team captain, I’m guiding the Crossbridgers through the Global Challenge that started in September for a period of 100 (yes, hun-dred) days! Together with plenty of other employees from all over the world, we’re on a journey. Not just a journey, but a great imaginary travel around the world with the purpose to improve our physical ànd psychological health.

By counting and collecting our daily steps, we’re walking around the world to discover new places but also the healthy versions of ourself. Boring, you think? Well no (!), listen: we took off at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. I suppose you can imagine that it’s not that easy for a captain to get everyone on board, but as Crossbridgers are always going the extra mile, those first 4300 steps to cross the bridge, were easily collected. And so the journey began. We went to New Mexico, the Niagara falls, Montreal, Philadelphia, Havana and so on. Today, on the 72th day, we’re walking around at the great pyramid of Giza in Egypt. How beautiful can a journey be? And what a great motivation: the more steps we take, the more locations all over the world we imaginary unlock.

Next to the walking part, in a following stage, I’ll have to motivate the team to focus on healthy food and a good night of sleep. Great challenges ahead, also as captain!

I can hear you think: does this work? Well, as today is the 72th day of our challenge, I must admit: we take more steps a day than we did before and we start eating healthier. Efforts become habits. Over all, we are feeling better and this also contributes to our (already great) team spirit. And as you all know: happy employees lead to bigger successes!

Curious about where this journey leads us? We too, stay tuned! 

         

Crossbridge seen through the eyes of Simon: our splendid intern!

Stepping inside an office where I had been only once for my interview a half year ago and meeting the people that would be my new colleagues for the next 7 months… That certainly is exciting but I have to admit that it was also a little scary. But well it took those new colleagues about 2 minutes to make me feel comfortable. Everybody was open and available for all kinds of questions. Receiving me didn’t seem like a formal obligation, it felt really natural. What I’ve noticed in the couple of weeks that I have been working here, is that every student that comes here for an open coaching interview is treated in the same open, spontaneous way. Just like me, the students that come here quickly give the impression that they feel at ease. In my opinion this results from a core difference that distinguishes Crossbridge from selection agencies. Here people really care about young talent. It’s not an empty slogan, it is a value shared by all the people that work here. This means the focus is not on looking for a quick match to fill a vacancy. No, here they have an eye for the person behind his/her talent. What organizational culture would fit this student? What kind of job characteristics would fit this person ? And much more... Nobody becomes a number here. It’s not only positive for the young talents themselves, this is also a far more sustainable way for companies to attract employees.

The people here at Crossbridge have different backgrounds but they all combine warmth with competency. Both are necessary in a job like this. Observing my colleagues during work really motivates me to become like them. Gaining the candidates’ confidence by genuinely showing interest and being able to analyze candidates with great precision are skills I hope to learn from them.

Not only the interaction with candidates, but also internally there were some things that caught my attention. They actively invest in the relations between them. You can find an example of this if you read the article about serendipity on the website. Crossbridge and its people succeed in making the office feel like a small home away from home. Just like the young talents that walk in here, I think also everybody who works here feels quickly at ease. And with this, the circle of my first impressions is completed. Caring for your clients and colleagues goes hand in hand, because that is the prevailing culture here. 

     

Are you our EDEN HAZARD?

Big changes ahead: In August we're moving to the Ghelamco Arena in Ghent and we're looking forward to start 
this adventure with an enthusiastic intern by our side!

 

Our wishlist:

  • Tactical skills

        You have strong planning skills (analytical and structured way of working)

  • Passion for the game

        Your enthusiasm, drive and passion will inspire youngsters, and colleagues

  • Speed and athleticism

        You are what we like to call an intrapreneur: you take initiative and act pro-active 

  • Team Spirit

        You are a flawless teamplayer and want to become part of an open company culture
        Empathy is your middle name, you have the capacity to understand people

  • Winning attitude

        You like to work result oriented, and have a will to succeed

  • Training

        You have a business or engineering background

 

Interested? Don't hesitate to get in touch with your new team captain and send your resume to info@crossbridge.be!

Young talent in the picture 

Barbara Danneels completed last year her master’s in Multilingual Business Communication and we had the pleasure to welcome her as our intern! After her graduation, we helped her finding the perfect match on the labour market. Now, one year later, we contacted her with the question to share her experiences so far, and we wouldn’t want to keep her beautiful story from you!

There you are, finally graduated from university, finally done studying for hours in a row, spending hours writing and re-writing your dissertation: free at last… or not? This last step towards full adulthood feels threatening to most graduating students, 1 year and 2 months ago I was one of them. Let me take you on my journey into the world of the working people.

I chose to study languages and literature. Once I graduated (after an additional master in multilingual business communication) I did not feel ready to start working at all. But not only did I not feel ready, I also had no clue whatsoever what it was I wanted to do. A few months past and when February came around the corner I realised that I needed some professional guidance in my search for my first job. Thanks to my internship at Crossbridge I knew exactly where to go.

During the 3 months I had worked at Crossbridge I had gotten to know the company and the people who work there. I had chosen to do my internship in the recruitment business because I hoped to find out more about which positions there were on the market and what companies were looking for exactly when they put out a vacancy. Already from day 1 I realised I had a completely wrong idea about the whole recruitment and selection process. Whereas I initially thought that companies would be mostly interested by the kind of degree(s) and work experience of the candidates, I quickly learned that more than anything it was personality and a person’s unique blend of talents that mattered most. And this is exactly what makes Crossbridge stand out from other recruitment companies: they look at you as a unique blend of personal skills and talents, not as a number with a certain kind of degree. Day in day out, the whole Crossbridge team selects, recruits, guides and trains freshly graduated students and young talents and help them discover their own unique combination of talents.

Since I had worked for them, the Crossbridge team already knew what kind of person I was and therefore they knew exactly where I would most likely fit in. They had more confidence in me than I had in myself at that time. They knew that I would blend in perfectly in a company like Worldline, where there is mutual respect between colleagues and room to grow for young talents. It is a company with an open communication, friendly atmosphere and pleasant work environment. A company where someone with my type of personality would feel comfortable enough to take on new and exciting challenges and build on her personal and professional skills.

The fact that they had faith in me, gave me back the confidence I needed to take on the job. Although the first few months were quite stressful, there has not been one moment since I started working for Worldline that I have regret my choice. And I am still grateful to Raf, Marleen, Eva, Patricia, Marjolijn and the other members of the Crossbridge team for giving me the opportunity and believing in me. Without them I would not be where I am today in my professional career. To all those who are afraid that they won’t find a job, lack the degree or experience to enter the workplace: trust me, you have no reason to. Everyone has his/her own talents and experiences, and companies need a mixture of everything. There will always be a place for every kind of person, no matter which degree you have. Or as my very wise manager Hans likes to put it: “people buy from people”. And I couldn’t agree more.

 

                                                                 

Serendipity

In January 2017, we launched a new initiative within Crossbridge: a monthly Team-Serendipity-Moment (TSM). We can already hear you think: “Serendi.., what??" 

Dear reader, let us introduce to you ‘Serendipity’: (n.) an unexpected event that makes you happy.

Each TSM has the purpose to trigger a smile on our colleagues’ faces. Therefore, each month someone of the Crossbridge-team is responsible to bring a pleasant surprise or create a mini teambuilding activity. To add an extra surprise factor to the TSM, the TSM-responsible has been selected anonymously.

We must admit, the previous TSM’s proved that our colleagues can be quite creative. The first TSM was organized by Miek: to prepare ourselves for the national 'Tournee Mineral' campaign in February, she created an alcohol-free SOS-kit for each of us. This kit included the recipe and all necessary ingredients to make a delicious non-alcoholic cocktail.

A couple of weeks later, our intern Laurien surprised everyone with a personalised compliment jar. This jar contains 52 compliments, one for each week of the year. A year full of smiles ensured!

The TSM of March was about FOOD, what else?! Food has always been able to put smiles on people’s faces (especially on Crossbridgers’ faces), so Marjolijn provided us with a delicious and copious lunch!

The TSM of this month, well, good question… Actually we have no idea what it will be. The only information that we got, is that it’s been scheduled on May 29th on a secret location. Other than this, the next TSM is still shrouded in mystery. You’re curious? So are we!

Stay tuned to find out more! 

             

Figs after easter

Figs after Easter don’t work anymore these days. Being proactive is crucial in all aspects of business – and is more than ever true in the ‘War for talent’.

Young talented people in sales, marketing, supply chain, IT and other specific areas get plenty of job offers before they even graduate.  Once they have their first working experience, it’s even harder to attract and retain them.

In order to help you win this war for talent and to attract successful ‘keepers’, we decided to bring our pro-cruitment services to the next level. We have the pleasure to announce two new Crossbridge services:

  • Campus pro-cruitment.  If you’re looking for ambitious youngsters to join your company as of this summer, you may need to act now. We have been coaching more than 1000 graduating students since September. The coming weeks, we will get back in touch with them. If you’re part of the program, we proactively position your company and screen for potential matches. Do you want to participate? Get in touch with Eva: eva@crossbridge.be, 0479 49 45 27.
  • Career relaunch. We celebrated our 5th anniversary last year, so quite some talented youngsters that have been coached by Crossbridge in the past have an outstanding first working experience. As a trusted advisor we know who these high potentials are and what they want. If you want to attract talented youngsters with a first working experience (1-4 years), you might want to use our career relaunch service. Marleen will be happy to provide you with more information: marleen@crossbridge.be or 0495 64 38 28.

 

Are you ready to build your future? We are. 

Crossbridge Cares, our contribution to the Planet

Serendipity, ‘that unexpected meeting that changes your life’. Onverwacht geluk. Daar willen we bij Crossbridge deel van uitmaken! Niet enkel binnen onze organisatie, maar ook in het grotere geheel. Onder de noemer ‘Crossbridge Cares’ hebben we dan ook de beslissing genomen ons sociaal te engageren ten voordelen van de maatschappij in zijn geheel! Zo kwamen we bij het initiatief om elke maand onszelf te challengen in diverse onderwerpen en enkele maatschappelijke waarden een duwtje in de juiste richting te geven.  Wij hopen op deze manier ons steentje bij te dragen aan een gebalanceerde samenleving.

 

Voor de ‘Sustainable Challenge’ van november werd een vleesvrije-week gekozen. In dit initiatief zullen we samen met het Crossbridge-team een week lang geen vlees eten.  Wist je dat de helft van de dieren uiteindelijk op iemand’s bord terecht komt? Wij willen hier alvast deze week iets aan veranderen, want alle beetjes helpen!

 

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