How to Find a Job

The following websites can help you in your job search in Brabant:

  • Check for vacancies on the websites of employment agencies (uitzendbureaus).

Open applications

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 can give you an advantage over other job seekers!

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.

Tips for Job Seekers

  • Make an effort to learn the Dutch language. Even though many positions do not require you to speak Dutch,  it can show potential employers that you are planning to stay in the Netherlands for a longer time.

  • Build a network in the Netherlands. Reportedly, 80 percent of job placements occur through networking. Another tip is to contact the embassy of your own country, because the network of people with the same nationality who are working in the Netherlands can be a good source to find a job as well.

  • Use social networking. Do not discount the benefits of job seeking through popular social media. Many companies use  Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram, and other media interfaces to publicize job vacancies.

  • Find your competitive advantage. Although expats have a language disadvantage, they have the advantage of in-depth knowledge of their home country. Use this as an advantage and find companies who do business with your home country.

  • Focus your job search. Employers hire not only because of experience in the field, but also because there is a good fit. They may hire you because you are enthusiastic!