Support for internationals in the Netherlands
Over the last few months, life has changed significantly due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and as an international resident, you might be feeling anxious about your health, career and future.
There’s no need to panic, though. IN Amsterdam is here to guide you through this stressful situation, and we can offer advice and a wealth of resources. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need a hand with your job search, information about your stay in the Netherlands or tips on starting a business.
IN Amsterdam is here for you
If you’re an international employee in Amsterdam and concerned about losing your job due to the coronavirus, contact IN Amsterdam today. We can give information about the status and future of your residence permit, updates on the Dutch labour market and provide referrals to our partners – including legal experts – for help with specific concerns.
Please contact us if you have questions about finding a new job if your contract ends, the visa application process, or finding companies who may be able to sponsor you. Additionally, we can tell you about the highly skilled migrant scheme and 30% tax ruling and programmes for startups and the self-employed.
Give your career a boost
The job market has certainly changed since the outbreak began, but don’t be discouraged. Many businesses are still hiring and there are steps you can take to make yourself a more attractive candidate. I amsterdam offers a tool that can make the search easier and StartupAmsterdam has a page dedicated to resources for tech talent. Techleap also has a network you can join.
Take time to connect with recruitment professionals or discuss your goals and ambitions with a career coach who can work with you to create a plan. Improving your Dutch can bolster your prospects as well; consider using a coach to take your abilities to the next level.
If you want to enhance your CV, consider attending some online seminars or join CSG Amsterdam, a LinkedIn group that supports internationals. You can also contact House of Skills for a free interview, where you’ll receive an assessment of your skills, personalised career advice and an overview of the Dutch labour market, including a look at the most in-demand roles. The partnership between House of Skills and IN Amsterdam is designed to provide career support for partners of international employees and they are an excellent source of guidance and information.
To make new contacts and expand your social circle, consider volunteering or join a social or professional group, which can also enhance your CV. If you’ve ever wanted to start your own business, participate in a free Q&A session for more information and learn how to turn your dream into a reality.
Start your journey today
The Amsterdam Area is filled with opportunities, both personal and professional. Most important of all, there are many reasons to help you get started on your journey, whether that involves finding a new position, launching your own business, pursuing higher education or taking your first steps into a new industry.