Talent Fair: where hiring companies and job seekers come together

We are really excited to invite you to our first Talent Fair, a fair for those of you looking for a job opportunities in Düsseldorf. The evening is kindly hosted by Uniper (Holzstraße 6, 40221 Düsseldorf) on Thursday 4th April 2019 at 7:30pm – 10pm.

In this event we will have HR people or managers from large organisations in the audience (some confirmed examples: Deutsche Bank, L’Oreal and Johnson&Johnson).

Then we are looking for approximately 10 women who, against the background of their personal photo, climb the stage and share their stories. In a TED-style talk the women present themselves to interested companies for 5 minutes. The audience has signs and they can raise them if they would like to have a further discussion with the person or even ‘Hire now!”.

If you would like to be one of the women presenting to this hiring audience: email iwibdus@gmail.com.  

We offer free presentation training to the speakers with professional trainer and coach Catherine Guillou and executive coach Katy Kennedy on Thursday March 21st 2019. You can click here to see examples of our presentations and some tips.

The evening would then be an opportunity to network and make connections with people across the international business community in Düsseldorf. That’s why we extend the invitation to all of you, even if you don’t want to be on stage.

If you want to attend the event with out presenting, please register here: Registration

Feel free to invite anyone you think would benefit from being at this event, as an audience member or as possible employer. This is an event for both men and women.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our Talent Fair in April.

Guide: How to present yourself and your experience to get the job you want

This is a guide to help you structure a short presentation about yourself in preparation for our talent fair or a job interview.

We recommend that you start with thinking about the last section 3 – What I could do for you (an employer)? by focussing on the basic question – What do you want?.

It is worth spending some time thinking this through and then you can plan the other sections so you conclude with What do I want? This will allow you to exclude all other irrelevant information. You will give a strong clear message to those who are listening to your talk.

You are aiming to prepare a talk that will last no more than 5 minutes – it is OK if it is less.

So as a start, try and identify what the perfect job would be for you right now. 

  • What do you want ?
  • What title would this job have?
  • Do you prefer one work sector to another? e.g. Would you like to work in the fashion industry, in energy,…?
  • Do you want to work for a big company or a small one?
  • How many hours a week do you want to work?
  • If you are working in an area where specialised skills are needed what is your preferred area of work? E.g. If you are a finance person do you like general work or specific technical areas.
  • What else is important?

It may be that you are OK to accept a job in finance in any area because you want a job so much – it may be that you will only accept a particular job in your preferred area of expertise – be true to yourself about what you want – we are all different!

Write down a clear short description from the notes you have made from these questions .

Structuring your talk

Then use the following structure to write the rest of you presentation always bearing in mind what your answer is to section 3.




Languages I speak

Countries I have lived in

The job I am looking for ( briefly)

What am I going to tell you about me ?

  1. My training
  2. The work I have done
  3. What I could do for your company

1. My training

  • Give key examples of the training you have had (limit these to ones that are most relevant for the job you are looking for).
  • Give qualifications and countries where you got them.
  • Talk about any memberships of professional organizations.

2. The work I have done

  • Give some examples that show your abilities to do the job you are looking for
  • Which organisations did you work in?
  • Give key facts – e.g. how many staff did you manage?
  • Key achievements e.g. what did you do to improve things in your work ? 
  • Use STARS to help you identify your achievements and what you could do for a new company:
      • What was the Situation?
      • What was the Task?
      • What did you Actually do? – How did you handled this task?
      • What was the Result?
  • So what ? What could you do somewhere else  for someone else? Link this to the job you have outlined in section 3.

3. What I could do for you (see the description earlier in this guide)

Keep it to 3 or 4 points maximum

Focus on what you want to do

Preparing to talk

  • Practice your talk.
  • Think about what clothes you will wear and check they are comfortable, professional and true to you. e.g. Don’t wear high heels if you would never normally wear them.
  • Get feedback from someone if you can. Ask them to check that your presentation leads logically to what you would like as a job. Ask them how you come across.
  • Use cards or a sheet of notes to help you remember everything.
  • Go at half your normal speed when speaking and raise the volume of your voice as much as you can.
  • Stand on both feet and keep still and steady.
  • Breathe and smile!
  • Look at the audience as much as possible – look around the group.

Good luck!

Other resources

Presentation example: Katy Kennedy

ideas.ted.com – how to introduce yourself so that you will be unforgettable  (in a good way!) – may give you some ideas

What made 2018 a great year for us


2018 was a great year

We hope you are having a great start in 2019. On our side, we are planning our activities for 2019 and want to share with you a small review of what 2018 was like:

– We held 14 events including meet ups, training, presentations, etc.

– Some of our events were conducted by external speakers:

  • Kören Beck Tomilson held a knitting workshop where she talked to us about the benefits of knitting to exercise both hemispheres of the brain.
  • Two speakers from Deloitte gave us some guidelines about how taxes in Germany work for self employment.
  • We had a seminar about how to find a work in Germany held by Tali Lichtenfeld.
  • Carlos Morales introduced us to the Lean Startup methodology.

– 2 big events had 60 attendees. There was a speed dating event at the start of the year where our members introduced themselves to people they didn’t know before and created new connections. And we had our Members’ Showcase with 14 speakers from our group.

– After a year being an informal group, we launched our website, new logo and business cards.

– Our mailing list went from an Excel spread scheet with 64 contacts to a 130 subscribers mailing list that is continuously growing.

– We expanded widely outside the International School of Düsseldorf borders.

– We did a TEDx Talk talking about the what’s next questions that follows the expat life.

We want to keep up our hard work during this 2019, growing bigger and therefore increasing the networking opportunities for the women in this group. Thank you for being there!

Please share your opinions and suggestions on the comments section. We really appreciate your feedback!



Schedule your dreams

“If you talk about it, it’s a dream, if you envision it, it’s possible, but if you schedule it, it’s real.”

Tony Robbins

What is Lean Startup?

On November 29th, the consultant Carlos Morales spoke to us about Lean Startup. This is a short review of what we learnt:

What is Lean Startup and where does it come from?

Lean Startup is a method for developing products and business. It uses scientific principles to shorten product development cycles and get feedback from the market as soon as posible.

It was developed by Eric Ries and presented in his book The Lean Startup (2011).

How does Lean Startup work?

It is based in creating a feedback loop with three concepts: build, measure, learn.

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I am frightened, … that is awesome!!

Do you have a goal in mind?

Do you feel fear every time you feel like trying to achieve it?

Do you keep it for yourself because you are afraid others think you are a fool?

You are not alone,…

you are only frightened,

but that is awesome!!! 

Ok, I know, it doesn’t feel like it. But let me explain. Fear is an ancient feeling, we needed it to survive. When we were caveman, it made us ran away from animals and that kept us alive.

Our world has changed, we no longer have to run away from animals but we still have this feeling of fear when getting out of our  confort zone, feeling of fear of trying hard and failing, feeling of fear for having too high of a goal. We feel fear and we paralyze.

But there are good news, when you feel fear that means you are on the right path. It means that you found a goal that is challenging enough to make you grow. It means you have a dream to pursue.

So what do I do now?

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Our members inspired and surprised us at our Members’ Showcase

On the evening of November 13th a very international audience of around 60 women joined us to listen to more than 14 of our members who presented their work.

We were honoured to hear presentations on a wide range of topics as many women described the complicated journey which has led them to Dusseldorf. They have moved with their partner’s job to the city and some have completely restarted their working life in a new domain in order to be able to continue working. Some of these new roles are designed to be ones which can fit with the nomadic expat life and the wish to be a mother who is present for their kids.

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Seminar: Lean Startup – November 29th 10:45-12:45

Lean Startup

Next November 29th from 10:45 to 12:45 the entrepreneurial consultant Carlos Morales will hold a Lean Startup workshop for our members.

Is this seminar for me?
Indeed! If you…

  • Want to learn something new, useful and quickly applicable about entrepreneurship
  • Are planning to start up a company (of any kind, any size, any sector, any…)
  • Already have a company and want to step forward (planning an expansion or exploring new markets, for example)
  • Want to introduce a new product in your market
  • Are a startup enthusiast

Places are limited to 35 attendees. Secure your spot registering in Eventbrite.

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