Finding a job in any country can be frustrating, let alone in a country that isn’t your native one. But the whole job searching process doesn’t have to be as challenging as you may think. There are many ways to make this process easier to navigate. I had to go through this process myself after I lost my job. To my surprise, there were so many resources and websites with job listings. The most important thing to remember is that this is a process, and it’s not going to happen overnight. I hope these steps help you in your quest of finding your dream job!
1. Identify the Job You Want
Before you can even begin creating a CV, you need to identify the job that you want. Make sure that it’s one that you have some experience in if required. In addition, it can be terrible to work a job that one strongly dislikes. So try to find something you’ll look forward to doing every day. Luckily right now in the Netherlands, there are a lot more job openings than people, so that’s a great thing for people looking for a new job. Some websites with job listings you can check out are Monsterboard, LinkedIn, Jouw ICT Vacature, Indeed, Nationale Vacaturebank, Undutchables, and Randstad.
Don’t be afraid to go for jobs that require certain degrees or qualifications. Sometimes those employers will be willing to hire you if you have the equivalent experience or a willingness to learn. Be willing to branch out a bit beyond your comfort zone.
2. Create a CV and Cover Letter
In order to make a decent CV and cover letter, first, find some jobs that you want to apply to. Use the keywords from those jobs postings in your CV and cover letter. Make sure to explain in your cover letter why you’re a good candidate for the job, and why you’ll be a good fit with their philosophy. You can even create a separate CV and cover letter for each job you apply for. Be sure to check your CV and cover letter several times before submitting them to make sure there are no spelling mistakes, etc. If you need assistance with your CV and/or cover letter, feel free to reach out to me. I’d be happy to help!
3. Make Sure to Follow Up
If you don’t hear back after a week or so, call the company. Most companies here want people that will be committed and fit well with the team. The first step to show your commitment is to follow up and show them how much you want the job. Give yourself an edge over the competition. But don’t forget that employers here can take weeks to get back to you, so remember to be patient.
4. The Interviews
A lot of companies here will have you come in for several interviews. Sometimes the first and second one will be done online, and the third one in person. It really depends on the company. Make sure to show up early! This is really important. Don’t give yourself the opportunity to be late. Dutch people value punctuality. In addition, be professional and dress accordingly. Be sure to explain to them why you’ll be a good fit for the team, not only the job. That’s another thing Dutch people value. You can be qualified, but if you won’t fit well with the team, you probably won’t get hired.
5. Negotiate the Contract
I would strongly urge you to negotiate. Even if they offer you your desired salary, vacation days, travel compensation, the probation period, etc, there may be room for more. The worst they can say is no. Make sure to only take the job if it’s the right fit for you. If you’re not going to like it or won’t be able to live on the salary, consider taking another offer or waiting for another offer. If something in the contract sounds off, consult someone or browse the Dutch government website. There are very good laws in place to protect employees here.
6. Finally, Begin the Job
This is the best part. Enjoy your new job and get to know your new team. It can be scary to change jobs, but it also can be a very exciting time in your life. Try to savor it and learn as much as you can. Be open to challenges. Most employment contracts have several months of probation. If after those months the job/company doesn’t fit you, don’t be afraid to talk about it with your employer. Sometimes you need to do what’s right for you. Ultimately, the majority of us just want a good, healthy, safe, and satisfying job and work environment.
I Am Here to Help
If you’re having a hard time creating a good CV and cover letter, I am here to help. I’ve assisted many people with these exact things. You can find my prices for a cover letter and/or CV here. Feel free to reach out if you’d like my help with your CV and/or cover letter. Contact me via this easy fillable form.
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What is your dream job? Are you currently doing it or still on a mission to find it?