Give Amsterdam Job Search a try
Go to Job Search to browse thousands of non-Dutch speaking positions in Amsterdam spanning various industries and get ready to take the next step in your career!
Finding a job through someone you know is always easier, but if you’re new to Amsterdam, you might not have many contacts in the city. Join a few groups for internationals to meet people, make friends and hopefully find opportunities in your field while having fun.
Recruitment agencies in Amsterdam
Recruitment agencies (uitzendbureaus) are located all over the city, including large firms like Kelly Services and Adecco. Some agencies specialise in temporary roles while others focus on permanent positions. There are also several agencies focused on jobs that don’t require Dutch, though learning the local language is always helpful. Check out this comprehensive list of agencies.
UWV: Public Employment services
The public employment service, UWV WERKbedrijf, plays an important role in the Dutch labour market. There are branches located throughout the city with specialists on hand to offer advice and information to job seekers.
The UWV WERKbedrijf has an extensive network of partner sites and employment agencies and includes many of their vacancies on its own site. If you’re hunting for a new role, drop by their office or browse their website, which also includes extensive information in English about working in the Netherlands for EU citizens.
Many Dutch newspapers feature English-language job advertisements, though they are typically focused on senior positions in large international companies. If you want to check them out, many of these papers are sold in the American Book Center, though you can also read them for free at the Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam.
Looking online is the most popular way to find a job, so keep your information up to date on different sites. Most job agencies regularly post vacancies online, and if you are registered with them, they will contact you about new opportunities.
If you want to start looking for openings right away, job search engines such as the Nationale Vacature Bank (in Dutch), Intermediair and Monsterboard are worth exploring. ICTerGezocht also has a comprehensive list of tech-related vacancies. Be sure to visit the websites of major international organisations that are headquartered in the Netherlands as well.
If you want to try your luck with a company that doesn’t have any vacancies listed, you can send an unsolicited application – employers often appreciate the initiative. If possible, find a contact in the company (like someone from the HR department) so you can address your application to a particular person.
If you’re asked to attend an interview, prepare by tailoring your CV and cover letter (motivatie) to suit the Dutch job market. Employers in the Netherlands often like hearing about hobbies and additional interests, so don’t be afraid to include them.
Many companies in the Amsterdam area offer coaching and training services for English-speakers looking to improve their skills or re-evaluate their career goals and aspirations. Enlisting the help of a professional life coach might be a good way to get your work life moving forward, so consider it if you would like to hear some tips and ideas.
Protect yourself from exploitation
If you’re new to the Amsterdam Area, you may not be aware of the laws that are designed to keep you safe from workplace exploitation in the Netherlands. Start protecting yourself by reading up on your rights and obligations in this brochure from the Dutch government, which is available in several languages.
Also, you can report any incidents of discrimination in the labour market by contacting Meldpunt Discriminatie Regio Amsterdam. Alternatively, make a complaint to the Inspectorate SZW (Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment). Information is available in several languages.
Learning Dutch is another important step towards safeguarding yourself against rights violations. Read more about studying Dutch and the courses offered by the City of Amsterdam. Of course, IN Amsterdam is also available to assist with any questions about living or working in the Amsterdam Area.
IN Amsterdam partners
See a list of all IN Amsterdam partners, including employment agencies.