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Finding a Part-Time Job in The Netherlands

Are you an international student looking for a part-time job? Then check this blog out for some handy tips on how to start your job search in the Netherlands!

Tips From a Fellow Student

As a full-time student, paying bills, buying groceries, and going out to parties with your friends can often feel quite costly and difficult to maintain. Having a bit of extra pocket money can go a long way in alleviating the challenges of the student life. In the Netherlands, there are plenty of part-time opportunities for student - be it as a babysitter looking after children, as a barista in a local cafe, or as a salesperson in a clothing store. Finding the suitable position may, however, seem quite daunting at first. Speaking from experience, I know that one of the first things you will be asked when applying, is whether you can speak Dutch. Although the language barrier can make it harder to find a job, there are many places that would be eager to hire you as an international student.

One of the most common ways to find a part-time job, is of course to directly visit an employment agency in your neighborhood. You can also search for job openings online by navigating marketing websites, creating a profile on LinkedIn and subscribing to newsletter and e-mail updates that will notify directly of job openings in your city. Along with these most common options, there are a few other useful tips to keep in mind:

1. Brush Up on Your Dutch 

Taking language courses and speaking basic Dutch will be tremendously useful when searching for a job. This is especially true if you are applying for Horeca (restaurant, food service) jobs. Even if you have no time to enroll in language courses, you can expand your Dutch skills simply by downloading online applications such as Babbel or buying a language book and taking the time to read through a bit of it every day. 

2. Always Be Attentive to Job Posters 

Since recently, I have been working part-time at a French Bakery in The Hague. The only way I found out about this job posting, was through the posters they had hung outside their own store windows. Applying to places that advertise their job openings makes intuitive sense, since you know that they are searching for new employees. At your university, you can also find recruitment posters listed on a general bulletin board. Most often, these openings are tailored to university students and are great places to navigate you to the right places.

3. Tailor Your Resume and Cover Letter to the Job Position

One of the most important tips, is of course to ensure that every resume and cover letter you send are tailored specifically to the job opening you are applying for. You want to make sure that the recruiter is aware of your interest and enthusiasm for the position. It is also important to re-structure your resume to match the general guidelines in the Netherlands. There are a few tips on how to write your CV according to Dutch rules

4. Establish A Personal Connection

Finally, a useful trick is to always take the time to build a personal connection with the employer. In most cases, delivering your CV and cover letter in person rather than through email can go a long way in ensuring you stand out amongst the pile of applications. It will ensure that when the employer is making a selection, he will have a face to identify behind the application. 

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