Many international companies have offices in the Netherlands and some of them are even headquartered here. Some prime examples of international Dutch companies include Royal Dutch Shell, Philips, DSM, the FMCG giant Unilever and ABN AMRO.
Still, if you do not speak Dutch and are not familiar with the Dutch labour market it might be difficult to find a job in the Netherlands. One of the best ways to find a job in the Netherlands is to go to a recruitment agency. Almost 20% of Dutch employees have (at one time) worked via a recruitment agency as a temp, and since many agencies can also find you permanent contracts with a company, even more employees find work via a recruitment agency. And here's the good news. Recruitment agencies are free of charge to candidates registering.
Below are some resources that will help you in your job hunt for the Netherlands.
You can also consult the temping agencies:
Write a Dutch CV in the third person singular. Tape it in chronological order on one, maximum two pages in a direct factual style, which only gives the facts and figures.
Your Dutch CV should aim to persuade recruiters to call you for a job interview. Therefore, keep it brief yet give the reader a hook, a reason to call you for that interview. Your covering letter should not be more than 3-4 paragraphs. Online job applications are quite common in the Netherlands. However, you should be aware that an electronic CV does not look the same as a standard one. CVs are often scanned by employers, so make your CV is scannable by avoiding lines or italic fonts etc.
During the interview, you will have to describe and explain your experience noted in your CV. Avoid talking about the salary at the first interviews and wait for the company to offer you the position before you raise the subject.
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