How to find a job

There are several options to take into consideration when looking for a job.

Speculative applications

One of the best ways to find work in the Netherlands is through speculative applications. You can use this approach if you’re interested in a specific company, and there are no advertised vacancies at the moment you want to apply. If you do apply this way, then it’s very important to focus more on your motivation – why do you want to work for this company, what makes you fit in there? Do some research on the company that you can mention when you apply.

Advertised positions

Applying for a vacancy is a common way to look for a job. You can do this using both print media as well as online media. Recruitment agencies may also be of use here. Read more about how recruitment works in Holland.


Traineeship programmes have become more common for recent graduates. With these programmes, you are employed by a company, but at the same time you’ll still be learning.


Temporary work is considered useful for young people to gain work experience and can be a first step into the world of work. Internships are also an example of temporary work.


Utilising your personal network of contacts is always a good way to look for a job. Although the Dutch are pretty direct, it works best if you ask them their advice on vacancy related information. Keep in mind that the Dutch don’t like to have the feeling that they’re being forced to help!

Sources of information

The Dutch public employment service (UWV) can be useful for certain sectors, since they play an active role on the Dutch labour market. There are a number of regional offices which you can visit and ask for help, information and advice when looking for a job.

Furthermore, job fairs and career events are held throughout the Netherlands. The student organisation AIESEC is very active in this field and organises events with universities. Most universities also have their own events, which are open to international students too.

Source: Expertise in Labour Mobility  

last modified Nov 25, 2015 06:27 AM
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