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19th September 2007


Jan Sanders
Recruitment Manager
Ministry of Finance,
10, Hoofdstraat,
Den Haag,
3000 AA

Dear Mr Sanders,


I am applying for the position of Financial Trainee, which was advertised in ‘De Volkskrant’ of August 31, 2007.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in general economics, from the University of Tilburg. At the moment I find myself one year away from completing a master’s degree in economics. The program of economics in Tilburg has given me an excellent insight into different aspects and the range of the economic science. It contains courses like macro-economics, micro-economics, banking, finance, public economics and environmental economics and thus offers students a profound basis in leading economical theories. Because economics is above all things a social science, I have also developed clear insights in the relation between economics and society.

In addition to the obtained knowledge, the study has provided me with practical skills. I have been trained in the ability of reading and understanding economical scientific papers and other relevant articles and books. During my study, emphasis was placed on the following procedure: collecting relevant information, processing the information, summarizing it and eventually synthesizing conclusions in a self-written paper. Due to the fact that the relevant information often contains econometrics I have acquired a strong mathematical and statistical background. Regularly presenting the conclusions of papers has taken my presentation skills to a higher level. Furthermore, the fact that these projects are often carried out in groups has provided me with good communication skills. My participation in the general economics commission of student association Efact has also contributed to them.

I can state with honesty that economics is a passion of mine and that I am, and always have been, driven to discover all of its aspects. I am a person with ambition and have always pushed myself to develop my abilities to the maximum. Exam results, results of important projects (such as the bachelor’s thesis), attending non-obligatory courses and extracurricular activities subscribe this. I believe this ambition would be a benefit to the Ministry.

I am positive that my academic background and the skills I have developed during my student days would be a valuable asset to the Ministry. The Ministry is looking for enthusiasm, involvement and professionalism. I am convinced that I can meet these requirements and I am keen to have more influence on the future of this country. It is my ambition to eventually play a role in Dutch politics and I feel this traineeship would give me the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to reach this goal. I have enclosed my C.V. for your consideration. Feel free to contact me, should you need any further information.

Yours sincerely,


[handwritten signature]


Ron de Vaan.

(with permission of the author: Ron de Vaan, 4th year student, Economics, EFF)

The Job Advertisement


Financial Traineeship

Do you have affinity with politics, management and finance? The Dutch government offers a two year traineeship for financial talent. During the financial traineeship you will work in three different financial functions: a function at the Ministry of Finance, a function at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and a function at another Ministry where you will become a member in the board of financial and economic affairs. Furthermore, a special course program has been designed for financial trainees. Studies like general economics, business economics, business administration and political science are a good basis for the traineeship.

The Dutch government is looking for academics who have just graduated or will graduate in the near future, have affection with financial management, are concerned with society and are interested in politics. You also have to be result-oriented, eager to learn and enthusiastic. The financial traineeship may result in a regular contract at one of the ministries.

If you are interested, send your curriculum vitae together with your motivation to the address below.

Jan Sanders
Recruitment Manager
Ministry of Finance,
10, Hoofdstraat,
Den Haag,
3000 AA

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