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Do you have questions about work and income in the Netherlands? These resources will help you on your way.

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Last updated: Thursday, November 3, 2022

Are you looking for a job? The municipality in which you reside and the het Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen (UWV) can help you with this. You can also visit RefugeeWork. This is an initiative of VluchtelingenWerk Nederland and matches job seekers with employers.

In addition, it's helpful to use LinkedIn or job websites like Indeed, Nationale Vacaturebank and Young Capital to search for vacancies within your field. Are you looking for a temporary job and want to get started quickly? In that case, it is useful to register with a temporary employment agency (uitzendbureau).

If you want to work in a retail store or restaurant, for example, you can sometimes go by in person and ask if they are looking for employees. For more useful organizations for finding jobs, please check out the page Workplaces & internships.

Found a vacancy that interests you? In most cases you need to send a resume and cover letter. You can read more on this topic on the page Resume & cover letter.

Finding suitable vacancies

Are you looking for a job? The municipality in which you reside and the het Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen (UWV) can help you with this. You can also visit RefugeeWork. This is an initiative of VluchtelingenWerk Nederland and matches job seekers with employers.

In addition, it's helpful to use LinkedIn or job websites like Indeed, Nationale Vacaturebank and Young Capital to search for vacancies within your field. Are you looking for a temporary job and want to get started quickly? In that case, it is useful to register with a temporary employment agency (uitzendbureau).

If you want to work in a retail store or restaurant, for example, you can sometimes go by in person and ask if they are looking for employees. For more useful organizations for finding jobs, please check out the page Workplaces & internships.

Found a vacancy that interests you? In most cases you need to send a resume and cover letter. You can read more on this topic on the page Resume & cover letter.


Creating a resume

Have you found a vacancy? Usually the employer will ask you to send a resume and cover letter. Below you can read what requirements these must meet:

A resume is a document (usually one to two pages) containing:

  • Contact information ( including 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

On the website of Young Capital you can find a example resume.

Feedback

Are you looking for someone to review your resume to make it easier for you to find a job? Peer-to-peer cv is an initiative that helps refugees from Ukraine to improve their resumes. All you have to do is upload your resume and choose a field in which you want to find a job. Someone from Peer-to-peer cv will give you feedback and help you (partially) rewrite your cv.

Learn more about writing a cover letter on the page Writing a cover letter.


Writing a cover letter

In a cover letter, you explain why you are suitable for the job and why you want to work for this employer. Employers usually want a Dutch or English letter. Don't master these languages (well)? Ask someone to help you write or check your letter.

Here's how to write a good cover letter:

  • Find out what kind of company it is. Is the work culture formal or informal? This determines how formal your letter should be

  • Make sure your language matches the language used in the vacancy (use the same type of words)

  • Describe your education and work experiences that fit the position

  • Make the letter personal

  • Make sure your letter is no longer than one A4 sheet

The Randstad website has examples of good Dutch cover letters.

Have you submitted an application? Usually it takes no more than two weeks until you receive a response. You can always contact the company about your application if you don't receive a reply for a long time.

Is the company interested? Often several applicants are invited to interview. You can read more about the interview process on the page Invited to a job interview.


Invited for a job interview

Have you applied for a job opening and been invited for an interview? It varies from company to company exactly how the application process goes. It often consists of several rounds:

  • First interview

  • Second interview

  • Employment benefits interview

First interview:

Received an invitation to a job interview? That means the company or organization you applied to is interested. An initial job interview is primarily an introductory interview where the employer and you discover if you are suitable for the position and if the company suits you. If both the employer and you are interested after the first interview, a second interview often follows.

It is important to prepare well for the interview:

  • Before the interview, re-read the job description

  • Increase your knowledge about the company or organization

  • Prepare some questions about the organization or position

  • Prepare how you want to introduce yourself

  • Dress representatively (this does not always have to be very formal, this varies by organization)

  • Allow for possible delays on your way to the interview and be on time

Second interview:

The second job interview usually goes deeper into the position you applied for. For example, the employer looks more at whether you possess relevant work experience. It's also important that you are a good fit for the team. Therefore, the interview is usually conducted with several people. Sometimes the employer asks you to do some kind of assignment. This helps assess whether your skills fit the job.

It is possible that during the second interview, terms of employment and salary will come up already. But usually this is a separate conversation. More information on this can be found on the page Contract & working conditions.


Contract & working conditions

In the Netherlands, as a salaried employee, you have certain rights, such as a safe working environment. Additionally, the Netherlands has a minimum wage that increases with your age until 21. From then on it is a fixed amount. Using the website loonwijzer, you can compare your wage with that of others in the same sector. This way you can see if you are being offered a fair wage.

All working conditions are defined in your contract, such as rest breaks and vacation days. You are also entitled to paid leave under certain circumstances: maternity leave, parental leave and care leave.

For questions and more details, please visit the website of the Het Juridisch Loket. You can also call (0900) 80 20 (costs: € 0.10 per minute). Het Juridisch Loket can be reached from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. You will get a lawyer on the phone.