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Applying with a W-document for 1 year
Last updated: 3/27/2024, 3:36 PM

If you don't have an asylum residence permit (yet), but would like to apply for a new job, you can read about how applying for a job in the Netherlands works on this page.

If you do not yet have an asylum residence permit, you may work under certain conditions

Do you have a

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W-document
for 12 or 18 months? Then you can only work if your asylum application has been pending in the Netherlands for 6 months or more. And your employer must apply for a
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work permit
for you. There are other conditions to be able to work.

Preparing a CV

If you have found a job opening, the employer will usually ask you to send a CV. A CV is a short written summary of your career. You can read below what a CV should include:

A CV is a document containing:

  • Contact information; at least your first and last name, email address and phone number

  • Work experience, from most recent to least recent

  • Education, from most recent to least recent

  • Skills

  • Interests

Writing a cover letter

In addition to a CV, an employer often asks for a cover letter. In a cover letter, you explain why you are qualified for the position and why you want to work for this employer.

Employers usually want a Dutch or English letter. If you are not proficient in either of these languages, ask for help from someone close to you to write or check your letter.

This is how to write a good cover letter

  • Find out what kind of company it is. Whether the company culture is formal or informal will determine how formal your letter should be.

  • Make sure your language matches the language used in the job posting. Use the same kind of words.

  • Describe your education and work experiences that align with the position.

  • Make the letter personal.

  • Make sure your letter is a maximum of one A4 page.

Have you applied? It usually takes no more than 2 weeks until you get a response. You can always call the employer or send an email about your application if you do not hear anything for a long time.

If the company is interested, several applicants are often invited to interview.

Invited to a job interview

If you have applied for a job opening and have been invited for an interview, each company varies on exactly how the application process works. It often consists of several rounds:

  • 1st interview

  • 2nd interview

  • Employment interview

Below you can read what the different rounds entail:

1st interview
2nd interview

Signing your contract for a new job

In the Netherlands, you sign a contract when you start work. Before you draw up a contract, you talk with your employer to agree on important topics. For example, you make agreements about:

  • How much you will earn

  • How many hours you will work

  • Which days you will work on

  • How many leave days you will have

If you agree on the important matters, you sign a contract. All working conditions are set out in your contract. You are also entitled to paid leave under certain circumstances, such as maternity leave, parental leave and care leave.


Step-by-step plan

Working in the Netherlands if you have a W-document for one year