The unemployment rates in the Netherlands are among some of the lowest in the EU.
Expats and international migrants looking for a career in the Netherlands, have opportunities in numerous fields ranging from information technology to the telecommunication industries. However, expats and international migrants are often weary of relocating to the Netherlands, primarily due to the cultural differences and language barriers. Few other expats, who stop their temporary assignments with their organizations, are unsure about the job hunting drill when they are off home grounds. If you’re an international job-seeker who’s in a similar situation, read on to learn how you can make your job hunting in the Netherlands easier.
Degrees and certifications
An academic degree that is highly valued in your home country, may not get the same amount of appreciation in the Netherlands. It may not always be the case, but just to be sure, you may want to have your degree converted as per the Dutch standards to see where you stand. When your employment credentials are adeptly evaluated to these standards, prospective employers will find it much easier to compare and gauge your level expertise with that of other candidates, and take a call. Seeking out additional certifications or polishing your interviewing skills can also take you a long way with your job search.
Where to find a job?
Common places where most expats and international migrants look for jobs include newspaper classifieds, social media platforms, job portals and expat job sites. Assuming that you’ve already given these job search channels a try, here are some other job hunting tips that you can use.
Networking certainly pays off when you are job hunting in the Netherlands. Whether it’s from an expat network or professionals in your field of expertise, you never know when a recommendation from someone you know can land you a job. Make sure you participate in relevant networking events and professional meet-ups to stay in the loop. It helps to send your resume to other professionals, so they can put you through to their employer via recommendation schemes.
Sometimes, the easiest way for you to land a job is to register with one or more recruitment agencies. Dutch companies often tie up with recruitment agencies while seeking out candidates, especially if you master different languages. Sending in your job profile to these agencies should expose you to numerous job opportunities in the field. These agencies also offer additional coaching, both technical and non-technical, to help prospective candidates get their dream job.
Do you need to know Dutch?
Knowing to speak and understand Dutch is not of absolute importance if you’re looking for a job in the Netherlands, but it certainly gives you an edge if you do. Generally, English is widely used for communication in business situations, and multinational corporations almost always use English for communication. However, if you are targeting a smaller local enterprise or a corporate job in a specialized field, you may want to sign up for Dutch language classes to clinch that job. Expats and international migrants who are well-versed in languages like German, Flemish and French get a fair amount of job opportunities as well.
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