Are you planning to work in the Netherlands after graduation? Or are you already looking for a job? We have some tips and tricks for you that can help you find a job as a graduate.
study related Internship
Do you have a mandatory internship during your studies? Or time for one next to your studies? It is a great way to get into your field and to gain some first experience. Often, you can even get an internship without having work experience at all. And who knows, maybe you will get a job offer once you finish your internship. It is quite common for companies to do so if they see you perform well.
Are you in your search year (orientation year) VISA? You can find several job platforms online, many of them free of charge. Set as many job alerts as possible for graduate or entry level jobs in the Netherlands that match your expectations. Additionally, see if their is an option to get notifications for English speaking jobs and jobs in the locations of your choice only. We also offer some part-time and full-time jobs on our vacancy page.
LinkedIn can be useful to find job offers after graduating in the Netherlands. You can not only make use of the job section where job offers are posted, but also put your profile on #opentowork. That way you spread the word in your network that you are looking for a job. Furthermore, you can join groups on LinkedIn related to the field you studied in and might find job offers that get posted there.
Follow up on applications
There are several scenarios where it might be a good idea to follow up on your application. First, if the job offer indicated an application deadline and you have not heard anything back after one to two weeks. Second, in case you are applying for a job without a closing window reach out after giving them some time to go through your application.
Go an extra mile
When there are job roles in specific companies that are suitable with your expectations, you could try to find the LinkedIn profile of the potential manager. Send them a short message and make them aware of your application.
Another way is to attend networking events where the companies will also be present. Not only that you will grow your network, approaching them in person will make you stand out as a candidate.
Learn from rejections
Rejections definitely do not have to be always seen as major setbacks, but can be learning opportunities when applying for other jobs.
Did you feel like you ticked all the boxes for being a great candidate for the job? Especially in that case it might be useful to ask for the reason of rejection. Often you might not get a detailed answer, but if you do you get valuable information for your future job applications.
Our main tip is: Keep on applying! We’ve talked to students who sent more than 100 applications and got less than 5 replies. Still, they ended managed to get a full-time job.
support from university when graduating
Are you not sure what field you want to work in? Or are you trying to make a choice between continuing to study or starting to work? Universities often have a career centre and provide consultations to assist graduates in finding their path after graduation.
Does your university have a job platform? Then definitely check it out as you will find study related jobs in the Netherlands.
Meanwhile if you are you looking for a part-time job, we have some English speaking student jobs in the Netherlands available – click here to find out more.