Job search

Looking for work in a country other than your own is not easy. Even if you believe everybody speaks English in the Netherlands and you have managed to understand the Dutch, you may still find it difficult to land a job in the Netherlands.

Job hunting comes with all the subtle cultural differences one can think of - easy to grasp if you are born and raised somewhere, but which may cause some hurdles if you are an international student or alumnus.


When you first came to the Netherlands, the Dutch directness might not have been the most charming feature of living in the Netherlands. However, in the end many foreigners ‘praise’ this directness on the work floor as it eases working processes and saves time (and time is money for the Dutch!).

Use your initiative

The low level of hierarchy and the relative large level of freedom to use your own initiative generally makes working in the Netherlands a pleasant experience. The pages in this section (how to apply for a job and how to find a job) will help you understand the peculiarities of the Dutch job application process.

Source: Expertise in Labour Mobility

last modified Feb 22, 2013 10:05 AM
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