Topic 2 Ways of finding a job in the country

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To find a job in the Netherlands, you don’t just need to translate your CV. In order to work in the Netherlands, you need to be aware of the requirements for foreigners (e.g. Dutch visa requirements and work permits in the Netherlands), the current labour market and how and where to find jobs in the Netherlands.

Most Dutch companies use recruitment agencies (uitzendbureaus) to find employees, and this is the most common way to find a job in the Netherlands. The two ways to get in touch with the agencies are either to visit them in person or to search online on their websites. You can also use word of mouth by talking to friends, relatives, career and Job hunting support, acquaintances and colleagues from your school.

Creating an account on LinkedIn is advisable as recruitment agencies are often looking for employees who might match their clients’ specifications and qualifications. Creating an account on other social networks such as Twitter, Facebook and IamExpert would closely connect the job seeker to the job.

Creating an account on the company’s website and being actively notified of job postings that match your specification will help you stay informed about job openings.

If you are looking for a job, you can not only search the internet or post ads but also get help from the government. is the website of the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV), which is managed by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. Visit the website to find job openings, information about work permits, and get help finding a job. The information is available in English, German, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian.

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