Since Dutch employers are usually very cautious in their recruitment process, there has been a significant trend in employers moving towards initially offering graduates short term contracts so that their skills can be observed for a period of time before having to commit to giving them a long term contract.
Most employers look to employ graduates with two to three years of experience and therefore it is not usual to find many vacancies geared towards recent graduates. If you are a national of a country that is a member of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), you are free to work in the Netherlands and do not need to apply for a work permit. If you wish to stay in the Netherlands for longer than 3 months, however, you will have to go to the local police within 8 days of arrival in the country to apply for a residence permit.
You will have to prove that you can support yourself financially for your time in the Netherlands in order for a residence permit to be issued.
If you are a national of a country from outside the EU and EEA then you need to apply for a work permit in order to be able to work in the Netherlands. Employers wanting to employ non-EU/EEA nationals must show that it is not possible to fill the vacancy through recruitment within the Netherlands or the EU in order to be granted a work permit for the foreign labour. The Central Employment Board (CBA) issues work permits. Employers do not need to apply for a work permit if they assign work to a foreigner who holds a residency permit for work as a self-employed person.
> FINDING A JOB
CV databases now exist in the Netherlands, allowing job seekers to leave their details in a database which is available to all employers who are looking for candidates to fill vacancies with them. Employers can then browse through the database, by going to the website, to try and find suitable candidates for their vacancies.
The Centre for Work and Income (Centrale organisatie voor werk en inkomen) has 131 business locations in the Netherlands which will often be located where the Employment Exchange (Arbeidsbureau) used to be. They also offer job seekers the opportunity to apply for training and placement grants as well as the chance to participate in work experience placements, thereby helping job seekers to improve their skills and work experience so that they can, ultimately, find work.
The Dutch employment service also has a website (www.werk.net) which advertises job vacancies and work projects from its database. Vacancies can be viewed by industry/sector or by position, which makes searching through the advertisements much quicker and easier.
> USEFUL LINKS
CENTER FOR WORK AND INCOME: www.cwinet.nl
JOB VACANCY DEPARTMENT: www.werkplus.nl
VACATURE BANK: www.vacaturebank.nl
FLEX HUNTER: www.flexhunter.nl
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CENTRALE ORGANISATIE VOOR WERK EN INKOMEN
Afdeling Communicatie - Postbus 195 - 2700 AD Zoetermeer
ITALIAN EMBASSY (THE NETHERLANDS)
Alexanderstraat 12 - 2514 JL The Hague - The Netherlands
Tel: +31 70 302 1030
Fax: +31 70 361 4932