How to find a job in the Netherlands?

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How to find a job in the Netherlands?

Post by Anja » Mon Oct 17, 2005 1:37 pm

Hi everybody!

A question: how is it possible for a foreigner to find a job in the Netherlands. I'm interested in jobs where Dutch either is not required and English is enough (I also speak Russian), or a job that doesn't require much language skills and little Dutch is enough.

I tried different employment agencies but with no success. Most of them offer professional jobs for people with serious work experience. They don't even specialize in my field which is literature, translations... (I have a degree in Philology).

But let aside high profile jobs, I see lots of foreigners working in Amsterdam. How do they find their jobs? Just going to places and asking if they need someone? How did you find your jobs?

PS: I have residence and work permit. At this time I'm working as a freelance writer and editor for some Websites. But I want to move on. :twisted: :lol:

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Re: How to find a job in the Netherlands?

Post by Marco » Mon Oct 17, 2005 2:12 pm

Anja wrote:How do they find their jobs? Just going to places and asking if they need someone? How did you find your jobs?
Hmmm, that is the reason how I found my job, yeah.
But then again, I'm a native Dutchman so perhaps it's easier for me. :(

I do think it's a good way to find a job, however. :)

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Post by Jimmy » Thu Oct 27, 2005 5:40 pm

Hello Job Hunters
Yes i have the same problem and im living in Friesland so i think that makes things alot harder. if anyone can help me out, or give me more info that would be great
Thanks

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Jobs for English speakers in Holland & Belgium

Post by Bieneke » Tue Nov 01, 2005 5:58 pm

Hi all,

I made a (very basic) page that lists job vacancies in Belgium and the Netherlands for English speakers (or at least, the vacancies are in English): http://www.dutchgrammar.com/holland/work/index.php.

The listings are rss feeds that come from a few big Belgian and Dutch job sites. You cannot specify the province, only the country. Very basic but you may find it useful.

Do not contact me about job vacancies listed on the above page as I will most likely have no idea what you are talking about :wink:. I only draw the data from the job sites, that's all.
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Mystery Shopping

Post by mysteryshopper » Wed Nov 02, 2005 9:28 pm

Hi

We are a UK based Mystery Shopping company who are looking for members of the public to visit young ladies accessories stores in various cities in The Netherlands on behalf of our US based Client.

There is no pay as such but there is an all inclusive fee, which is paid "up front" and you get to keep the goods that you buy in return for filling in a simple questionnaire [in English] about the quality of customer service.

These visits will be going once a month, so if you are interested, please e-mail me at: -

chris.isherwood@servicepractice.co.uk

Thanks

Chris


[Edit by Bieneke: I gave the author permission to post this message after a polite request by email. This does not mean that everyone is invited to promote his business here! To me, this mystery shopping job sounded like a fun thing to do but I do not know anything about this organisation other than what you can read for yourself. If you decide to some mystery shopping for the above organisation, it will be at your own responsibility.]
[Edit II by Bieneke: I changed the poster's name from 'guest' to Chris' username]

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Job for English + German/French speaker

Post by Bieneke » Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:28 pm

Hi all,

Last week, I received an email from an employer looking for personnel. We are, of course, supposed to discuss the Dutch language here but I thought I'd post it anyway as it could be interesting to some of you (who do not speak Dutch yet).
We are looking to hire an english and german and/or french speaker knoweldgable in the music industry for a new office in Amsterdam. Any ideas?

Tuhin Roy

Digital Rights Agency LLC
"A Digital Distribution Company"
415/305-5137 (phone)
586/283-6925 (facsimile)
tuhin@digitalrightsagency.com
http://www.digitalrightsagency.com
This is all I know so if you are interested, contact the company (not me!).
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Post by Bieneke » Tue Apr 04, 2006 6:12 pm

For those of you who are looking for a job in Amsterdam and speak Italian, German, Swedish or French, I received the following job announcement by e-email:
We are a small market research company based on the Rokin in Amsterdam.

We currently need Italian, German, Swedish and French speakers to help with various projects contacting Italian medical specialists and industrial engineers. The pay is 11.00 euros an hour with the possibility of an extra 2 euros an hour bonus. The posts can be either part or full time. We have an international team of interviewers. The office is friendly and relaxed.

kind regards,
Simon Roe
European Interview Services
Rokin 38
1012 KT Amsterdam
(020) 6702113
euroview@euronet.nl
Please, direct your questions to Simon Roe (see contact details). I have no information other than what is mentioned above.
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Post by raquel » Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:20 pm

Hallo,ik ben Raquel en ik kom uit spanje,nu ik ben leren de nederland taal maar ik ben op zoek naar per werk en in die vier maanders die ik ben woonen hieren in noord-brabant,maar is niet gelukt vind a werk,(hoewel ik begrijp dat de forum is allen voor pratten over de taal Duch)het spijt me:0,ik ken niet zo goed pratten in duch..,maar als iemand ken waar de mensen Buiterlanders dat niet pratten zo well duch maar ze kan pratten engels,alsjeblieft :cry: :-D , deze is mijn mail:rakelisi@hotmail.com
Dank u wel en my greats voor jullie!!!!
hallo,my naam is Raquel i from to spain but i have living in noord-brabant 4 moths ago,i would like meet people for chat or make new friends.jejeeje

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Post by Bieneke » Tue Jun 20, 2006 7:43 pm

Hoi Raquel,

Nog maar vier maanden in Nederland en dan al een heel bericht in het Nederlands schrijven.. =D>

Ben je al ingeschreven bij het CWI? CWI = Centrum voor Werk en Inkomen. Als je het nog niet hebt gedaan, ga dan naar http://www.cwinet.nl --> klik op 'adressen' om een arbeidsbureau bij jou in de buurt te vinden. Daarnaast is het handig om je bij zoveel mogelijk uitzendkantoren (voor interimwerk) in te schrijven. Om werk te vinden via een uitzendkantoor is het belangrijk dat je regelmatig je gezicht laat zien. In de lokale kranten vind je meestal ook vacatures.

Veel succes en tot ziens in het kwebbelhoekje (als we er nu eindelijk een keer zijn als jij er bent! ;)).

Groetjes,
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Post by kleermaker » Wed Oct 04, 2006 3:29 pm

I lived in Eindhoven a few years ago and found my job by going to an expat Brittish bar and asking people if they had any jobs at there places of work, i got more than a few leads and got a job easy, at the time i could not speak any dutch but most people in Eindhoven can speak English so i got by ok

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Post by aspiringpolyglot » Sat Oct 28, 2006 12:29 am

I'm currently in the process of looking for a job here in the Netherlands. I moved here a few weeks ago and have not had much luck so far. It seems native French and German speakers are in far more demand than native English speakers these days...especially if one doesn't speak much Dutch. :-?
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volunteer work

Post by Daisy » Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:19 pm

If you are having difficulty in finding a job and have some free spare time why don't you try volunteer work, this maybe a start and help boost your CV, I did this for a short while to get more confidence in speaking dutch as I missed being a language student.  I registered at the http://www.vrijwilligerswerwestland.nl, there is so many options available to you.  I worked in an old peoples home setting tables, serving lunch and washing up, but the most fun part was joining the older people for lunch, talking to them, nice to see older people smile and being so friendly and enjoying the company of others.

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Post by Roland » Tue Feb 13, 2007 11:36 pm

There are plenty of international companies in Holland. Especially search in the areas of Schiphol and Rotterdam harbor where companies operate worldwide. Tourism also seems a good branche for non-Dutch speakers. Call centers look for foreign native speakers often.

port of Rotterdam (employment)
vacancies at Schiphol

Googling for vacancies in The Netherlands and Belgium also gives loads of hits. These Dutch sites also offer some jobs for non-natives from time to time:

http://www.uitzendbureau.nl (searches many employment agencies)
http://www.zoekbijbaan.nl
http://www.studentjob.nl
http://www.studentenvacature.nl

Last three aren't necessarily for students only.

*edit*
It seems that Schiphol looks for Dutch speakers only. This certainly isn't the case in the harbor where a lot of foreigners work. Each year the World Port Festival is held in Rotterdam (first weekend of september). If you are still unemployed by then you should certainly take a look.

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Post by berrydingle » Mon Apr 16, 2007 7:26 pm

I've got another question about finding a job in the Netherlands, or, especially Amsterdam. Does anyone know anything about the graphic design business? Do you know if they're in need of people, or if its hard to get a job? I'm not too good at Dutch yet, but its coming. And I speak English, of course.

Anyway, my goal is to move to Amsterdam. I've studied graphic design - I finished the study last year, but its impossible to get a job over here. To get a job, you need work experience. But you can't get experience without a job. I've been thinking it will be easier to move and get a job I'm satisfied with if I have at least some experience first (Of course, I have a proper portfolio with the best of my school work, and a few projects). I heard Denmark is in need of more designers, but moving to Denmark for a few months before moving to the Netherlands would be a lot of work. So I'm just wondering if anyone knows anything about this field of work.

Dank je wel!

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Post by Majid » Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:49 am

Try out http://www.multilingualcareers.eu

you can find the right vacancies here.

you don't have to speak dutch for the vacancies on this site.

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