Looking for work in the Netherlands
Do you want to work in the Netherlands? See the list below for suggestions as to how to find a job in the Netherlands.
- The internet
- Vacancies in newspapersNetwork sites
- Temporary and interim agencies
- Open applications
- Job fairs
Many employers look for new candidates on the internet. The internet is, therefore, very useful when you are looking for work in the Netherlands. You will find a list of useful websites below.
Some sites we recommend:
Specialist vacancy sites
www.seasonalwork.nl agriculture and horticulture
www.agrojobs.nl agricultural sector
www.intermediair.nl specialised in higher education jobs
www.export.nl import/export, transport and the offshore industry
www.medweb.nl medical personnel
www.cadjobs.nl technical artists
Vacancies in newspapers
You can find vacancies in regional and national Dutch newspapers:
Use your own network. Finding a job via personal contacts and social media is perfectly acceptable in the Netherlands. The social media site LinkedIn is often used for making contacts. As a commercial social network, it is very useful for presenting your CV and building up a network of contacts.
Ask your contacts if they want to work on this with you. They can then look for opportunities within their own networks.
Temporary and interim agencies
Temporary agencies for foreign language speakers
It is perfectly acceptable to send open applications in the Netherlands, even to a company that has no current vacancies. If the employer is looking for personnel in the future, this will give you an advantage over other jobseekers.
Use your cover letter to clearly indicate:
- why you want to work for this company;
- your particular talents, skills and work experience;
- how your talents, skills and work experience could be useful to the employer;
- why you are the most suitable candidate for the position;
- why you can offer more than other candidates.
Any language experience or work experience gained in another EU country could be to your advantage.
You can visit international job fairs. You can also apply for jobs via online job fairs, from the comfort of your home. These allow you to see employers’ online presentations and apply to specific jobs in the Netherlands. Go to the Events calender on the EURES website.