I am moving to Amsterdam in August when is a good time to start looking for jobs?

I have a degree in Business Management and English Literature and experience in Sales and Admin. What kind of jobs should I be looking for and when should I apply?

P.S: I cannot speak very good dutch yet


I am British so I don't think I have to worry about a Visa etc

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  • 10 years ago
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    Ok with a business degree and experience in sales & admin then I would look towards the International companies and look at jobs such as account management, order management etc etc - even if it is just to get you started on the ladder.

    If I were you, I would take a two-fold approach.

    1 - The first is that I would contact the job agencies in the Amsterdam. They will have a good idea of what International companies are in their area, what kind of positons come up & how often. A job agency is an 'Uitzendburo' or 'Uitzendbureau' and here is the link to the yellow pages in English http://yellowpages.goudengids.nl/displayhome.ds?lo...

    2 - Check out the job sites to see what you can find for yourself. There are also some sites in English where English language jobs are placed:

    The most famous one is

    http://www.undutchables.nl (which is also a job agency for English speakers)

    Then here are a couple more that I know of which are good for expat jobs



    What you can also do is check the Dutch version of Monsterboard and type "English" in the 'trefwoord' (keyword) field http://www.monsterboard.nl

    For the practicalities side of things then here are a couple more tips


    The first thing you need to do (within 5 working days of arrival) is to register at your local town hall (gemeentehuis), and then after registration you can obtain a BSN number (similar to the National Insurance number in the UK). My former town hall has the pages in English so you can read the details of what is needed to register here http://www.amstelveen.nl/web/show?id=174831&langid... and then about the BSN number http://www.amstelveen.nl/web/show?id=174916&langid...


    As a resident of the Netherlands you will need to have health insurance (mandatory by law) and the EHIC card will NOT cover you because you are a resident of the Netherlands and not a tourist.

    The NHS site confirms this "..if you move to the Netherlands to live but not work and do not receive a UK benefit, you may be eligible for up to two-and-a-half years of state healthcare cover, paid for by the UK. In this case, you will need to apply for an E106. - read here for confirmation and details on how to apply http://www.nhs.uk/nhsengland/healthcarenetherlands...

    <Banks account>

    As soon as you have your BSN number then you can open a bank account. ABN Amro has pages in English and also the internet banking is also in English so this is a good option if you don't speak Dutch http://www.abnamro.nl/en/prive/klant_worden/docume...

    <Leaving the UK>

    This is a good site to read as well because there are loose ends you have to tie up before leaving the UK (e.g. declaration to the tax office, unregistering yourself on the electoral role etc http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/BritonsLivingAbroad/Be...

    For the benefit (yet again) of Orla - once again, an EU(EEA) citizen does NOT need either a residence or a work permit to work in the Netherlands and foreign nationals should register at the town hall NOT at the police anymore (for a good 5-10years now already). I really wish you would stop saying this as it is not true

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  • 10 years ago

    my advice to you is to continue to work on your dutch because believe it or not, not everyone can speak english here and not everyone wants to speak english either. The mentality is that since you live in Holland you gotta be able to speak good dutch and if you can't than you gotta learn. You have good education so finding a job wouldn't be difficult for ya but work on your dutch.

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  • Orla C
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    10 years ago

    You won't need to worry about a visa, but you will need to go register with the authorities as a foreign national resident. When you get there, go to the nearest police station and ask them how you would go about this. It's just to weed out those undesirables who have criminal records in other countries.

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  • 10 years ago

    Assuming you're actually allowed to work I'd set up some preliminary contacts already. Try these guys. http://undutchables.nl/ I don't think you can afford to be too picky when you don't speak dutch yet.

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