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How to Find Work as an International in the Netherlands: Expert Tips and Guidance

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

Are you an international looking to kickstart your career in the Netherlands? It can be both exciting and challenging, and as someone who has personally navigated this journey, I understand the hurdles you might face. My name is Vera, and I am not only an HR advisor but also a certified career and life coach specializing in helping international professionals find their dream jobs in the Netherlands. That's a bit about me, but let's focus on you and your job hunting journey. It's probably more complicated than you initially thought, right? Allow me to share some valuable insights into finding work in the Netherlands, understanding Dutch work culture, leveraging LinkedIn for job search, mastering networking strategies, and excelling in Dutch workplace communication. Let's dive in.

Understanding Dutch Work Culture

One of the key factors in securing employment in the Netherlands is understanding and adapting to the local work culture. Dutch work culture is known for its egalitarianism, direct communication, and a strong emphasis on work-life balance.

For instance, don't be surprised when your director asks for your opinion on the organization's vision during your first week or expects you to stand up and set boundaries for yourself. It can be quite different from what you might be used to.

To thrive in this environment, it's crucial to assimilate these principles into your professional life. I can guide you through this process, helping you align your approach with Dutch work culture.

Leveraging LinkedIn for Job Search

In the Netherlands, LinkedIn is a valuable tool for job seekers. It's not just about having a profile; it's about optimizing it effectively.

You might be wondering, "I'm just starting out; why is this important for me?" Well, it's not only about finding a job but also about keeping people updated on your career progress, expanding your valuable network, and researching your next potential employer.

As a career and life coach, I can provide you with strategies to create a standout LinkedIn profile, network with professionals in your field, and uncover hidden job opportunities. Together, we'll ensure your LinkedIn presence helps you stand out to potential employers.

Networking for Job Seekers

Networking is crucial in the Netherlands, and it's even better to start during your studies. It sounds quite scary, right? Networking does not have to be, but it is important that you go into it with the right mindset. You want to search for real connection and connect on topics and the type of work you would also like to do in the future.

I'll show you how to build a robust professional network in the Netherlands. From attending career events to joining local professional groups, we'll explore various strategies to connect with professionals who can assist you in your job search.

Effective Dutch Workplace Communication

Effective communication is vital in any workplace, but understanding the specific communication styles in Dutch workplaces can be a game-changer.

If you are coming from a more hierarchical culture, you might be confused by the flat organizations in the Netherlands, which are also visible on the work floor. I'll provide you with insights into Dutch workplace communication norms, helping you navigate workplace interactions with confidence and finesse.


Finding work as an international in the Netherlands is a journey that can be made more manageable with the right guidance. With my experience and expertise as a career and life coach, I'm here to support you every step of the way. If you ever feel ready or have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me for personalized coaching and assistance in your job search journey.

Are you interested in taking your career to the next level in the Netherlands? Feel free to contact me whenever you're ready to schedule a consultation, and let's explore how we can work together to make your professional dreams a reality.

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