Do you need to speak Dutch to find a job in the Netherlands?
People from all over the world are moving to the Netherlands every day. The capital of the Netherlands and many surrounding cities are multicultural with many different nationalities. But how do you find a job if you don’t speak Dutch? It’s not that hard, because is the second language in the Netherlands. Most Dutch people speak really good English. That makes the expat life easier, but learning Dutch difficult. Dutch people want to make things easier for you and they will speak English with you when Dutch is difficult for you.
How do I find a job in the Netherlands that doesn’t require Dutch?
There are a lot of companies where English is the main language like Booking.com, Netflix, Nike, Shell, Philips, Unilever, Google, Ikea, KPMG. There are also, many startups in Amsterdam and other cities, that are looking for skilled international employees. Therefore, there are many choices and job opportunities for expats who don’t speak Dutch or are still trying to learn. The Netherlands might be a small country, but it has a big multi-national community and mentality.
If you’re looking for a job as a waiter or salesperson in Amsterdam, in most restaurants, bars, hotels and shops they might hire you only with English. But in other, smaller cities in the Netherlands, you’ll need to speak Dutch.But it also depends on your skills and experience and what kind of a job you are looking for.
Can you work in the Netherlands without speaking Dutch?
YES, you can. There are a lot of international companies in the Netherlands, expessialy in the big cities. Dutch offices have become the most English-speaking in Europe. But be aware though, that there are many positions you can’t even apply for without knowing the Dutch language.
If you are staying in the Netherlands for the long term or trying to build a whole new life here, it’s easier for you when you put some time and effort into learning the language. It will give you more opportunities and it will make your daily life much easier.
TIPS & TRICKS to find a job in the Netherlands!
- You can apply through employment and recruitment agencies like the Undutchables, Octagon Professionals, Progressive, Ambitious Peopleand much more, that can bring you in contact with the job opportunity that you want and fits your skills, but they also provide useful guidelines and offer advise. Another way is to apply directly at a company through their website or via LinkedIn or apply to relevant job sites such as: Together Abroad, Indeed, http://www.randstad.nl, Job in Amsterdam.
- Prepare a good CV for a Dutch company. It’s the very first impression of you.
- Dress to impress.
- It’s all about the first impression. Prepare good questions and smile!
- During the interview: in the Netherlands those are very important: teamwork, education, experience, attitude and taking initiative.