EUGÉNE VAN DEN HEMEL
THE RANDSTAD, NETHERLANDS
When I quit quit my job in talent acquisition and sales in 2010, I also said goodbye to the fat BMW, the dinners in Michelin-star restaurants with customers, an excellent salary, ditto bonus scheme and great incentives.
I started working with people who seem to be lagging behind in the labor market. Former prisoners, the elderly, young people without a basic qualification, former prostitutes, returning citizens.
Since 2015 I have been helping organizations discover talent and professionals with a refugee background. I was allowed to work with and for people from Syria, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Eritrea, Iran, Sudan, Tibet, China, Russia.
In the meantime, I have seen hundreds of professionals with a refugee background not only find a job, but see them make significant steps in their new career.
I am still amazed every day that many employers do not yet find it easy to shape their desire for a diverse and inclusive labor market. I feel blessed I can help them and share my experiences, knowledge, network and thoughts.