Finding a job is a challenging undertaking. But no worries, we’ve got you covered, here are 8 tips for recent grads and current students on how to get a job in the Netherlands.
Finding a job is a huge undertaking for anyone! Whether you’re looking to get a bit of spending money or searching for a more permanent position, this undertaking gets exponentially more challenging when you’re in a foreign country! Never fear, though, we’ve got you covered with our 8 tips on how to get a job in the Netherlands.
Note: This post is geared mostly towards recent grads, current students and young professionals, as this is the sphere in which this author can provide the most relevant info!
1Use the teachers you connect with with
The first thing I can recommend is to ask the teachers that you bond with to help you find a job in the Netherlands. I found my first job in the Netherlands after speaking with a teacher after class. I expressed some interest in doing social media management, and he recommended me to a coworker of his. One thing leads to another, and I’ve got the job!
Teachers that you’ve got some rapport with are one of the most valuable connections you can make: they’ve got contacts in the field that you are probably trying to get into, and they’re keen to help out! If you don’t have teachers, you bond with or are not a student or recent grad, replace a teacher with field expert or mentor.
2Connect in your field
Some of us aren’t in school, though, and therefore don’t have teachers who we can reach out to. Despite this, one of the things you CAN do is connect with people working in the field you’re interested in. A great way to do this is to attend meetups in the field you’re interested in. While in-person meetups are definitely not a good idea right now, there are many different platforms hosting virtual meetups for a variety of fields.
One good way to do this is through Meetup.com, choose a topic that you’re interested in, and sign up for a Meetup. These events will allow you to meet people involved in your field and some of them may even have an open position at their organization! Even if they don’t, you’ll get a better understanding of the field and might meet some people you can create a passion project with.
3Get on social media and ask for leads
This is a tip for anyone, but especially if you’ve got a bit of experience in the field you’re looking to find a job in: posting on LinkedIn can be a great way to alert your network of your job search. So many people are reluctant to do this, whether because they think it’s attention-seeking or just think it wouldn’t be useful. However, LinkedIn is widely used in the Netherlands, and you should definitely create a profile if you’re not using the platform already. Besides, many people forget that LinkedIn and similar tools are just that – tools – for you to use!
Write up a nice post about your prior experience, what you’re looking for, and ask people if they know about a position or know someone who might know more. People within your network will assuredly reach out. Even if they don’t have a job for you, they might know someone who does, and at the very least, it’ll make people aware that you’re looking. This kind of post can also attract the attention of recruiters who might be able to place you at a position as well.
Read more about recruiters in our post on job agencies in the netherlands.
Speaking on recruiters, recruitment agencies can be a good way to find a job in the Netherlands as well. Working with job agencies, in the Netherlands, is far more common as it is in other countries (in Europe) and next to Dutch employment agencies like Randstad, Manpower and Unique there are some agencies that are geared towards internationals living in the Netherlands.
Undutchables is probably the most popular job agency for internationals. With them and many others you can select your field, your preferred language, and they’ll contact you when they’ve got a potential opportunity for you. This kind of strategy is most effective when you’ve got some in-field experience, and even better if you speak multiple languages! You’ll have quite a competitive advantage and recruitment agencies work best when you’ve got some work under your belt.
One individual consulted for this article had good experiences using a recruitment agency: within 3 weeks he went from jobless to employed. He said it really helped that he had experience in the field, and that the agency was excited to hear that he was multilingual. So calling all professionals asking themselves on how to get a job in the Netherlands – you’ve got a good chance finding a position by using a recruitment agency, give it a shot!