Recruitment Agencies in the Netherlands

By: Together Abroad 08-02-2013

Categories:** HR Trends in Recruitment,
Recruitment Agencies in the Netherlands

We are operating in a global jobs market, where aspiring international workers move from country to country, for a variety of reasons, such as: career development, better pay, to broaden their horizons or simply to find a job. The Netherlands has become a very attractive destination for overseas candidates for two main reasons; the first is that is ranked as one of the top 20 most liveable cities in the world, and the second reason is that it is currently enjoying some of the lowest levels of unemployment in the euro-zone.

So, what is the most effective channel for landing a job in the Netherlands? Well, a recent global survey by ICIMS of over 1,200 companies world-wide revealed that one of the main ways that people get jobs in today's market is via a recruitment agency. Yes, nearly 21% of roles are filled by recruitment agencies and they are second only to jobs boards in terms of their influence. This figure is likely to be higher for international roles as many companies recognize the difficulties of sourcing international applicants and choose to rely on recruitment agencies to help them do this.

The message is clear, therefore; if you are an international candidate looking to get a job in the Netherlands the best way to do this is to enroll with a recruitment agency in the Netherlands. There are three main ways to do this.

Go to an international job board in the Netherlands

The first way is too simply search on any international jobs board relating to the Netherlands and you will find that many of the job postings are being handled by recruitment agencies in the Netherlands on behalf of a Dutch Employer. Applying for these jobs is a great way of making first contact with a recruitment agency in the Netherlands in order to land a job.

Even if you don't find a suitable job in the jobs board, it is very likely that you will come across a number of recruitment agencies that are Netherlands based and who recruit international candidates. This is your target market and you should make a list of these agencies and contact them and provide a copy of your CV and a letter of introduction explaining your international career aims within the Netherlands. Check our own job board

Google search

The third way to find a recruitment agency in the Netherlands is to do a simple google search using the search phrase, 'recruitment agency Netherlands', and you will find a list of pages providing details of Netherlands based agencies, for example: provides a overview and list of recruitment agencies in the Netherlands who specialize in sourcing international applicants.

Selecting your recruitment agency in the Netherlands

Having found your list of recruitment agencies in the Netherlands how do you select the one which is right for you. We will write about how to choose a recruitment agency in the Netherlands in a later article as it is a broad subject which deserves discussion all of its own.

But, for now our recommendation for choosing a recruitment agency in the Netherlands (as an expat), is to choose one which has a clear focus/strategy for hiring international applicants. Usually, they will state quite clearly on their website that they are an international/multilingual recruiter. It is important that as an international applicant that you initially focus your efforts on recruitment agencies in the Netherlands that are geared towards hiring international recruits, that is if you want to maximize your return on your investment.

Good luck with your job search in the Netherlands.
We have a overview from Recruitment Agencies in the Netherlands on our Career Portal

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