How do I get a job in the Netherlands for Indians?

Updated on : December 3, 2021 by Evan Jenkins



How do I get a job in the Netherlands for Indians?

When I initially received an offer from a company in the Netherlands, it was through one of my references. I was in India at the time, but it took me quite a bit longer to process my work permit, it literally took me about 9 months. Although it is not the usual case with all employers.

I come from Software Testing and to stand out from the crowd and prove that you are better than the locals, you have to constantly improve your skills. Have authentic profiles from linkedin, stackoverflow and github. (these are applicable for all countries and all tech jobs, especially in IT)

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When I initially received an offer from a company in the Netherlands, it was through one of my references. I was in India at the time, but it took me quite a bit longer to process my work permit, it literally took me about 9 months. Although it is not the usual case with all employers.

I come from Software Testing and to stand out from the crowd and prove that you are better than the locals, you have to constantly improve your skills. Have authentic profiles from linkedin, stackoverflow and github. (these are applicable for all countries and all tech jobs, especially in IT)

Reserve at least a 6-8 month period of time to land in your dream job and in the country you hope to work in.

Getting a job abroad is a daunting and time-consuming task. Mentally prepare yourself for this. But don't be discouraged to get a job there.

Getting a job in the Dutch work culture is really challenging and they expect you to be very well organized, detail oriented and persistent. Does your resume, talks, little chats with recruiters / agencies / coworkers reflect this? So it's in good condition for referrals when positions open. However, searching on social media like Linkedin, etc. it will also increase your chances.

Personally, I have received a handful of interview invitations, job offers all over Europe over the last 3-4 years, but it is not an impossible task if you have the right skills, attitude, organization and patience.

Keep improving your skills and keep learning new things relevant to the job you are applying for.

Lastly, when you are looking for work in Europe, why limit yourself to just the Netherlands, extend your job search to all other countries and increase your possibilities? Once you are in Europe, it is your entire playing field to show your skills.

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There is a considerable difference in the chances that Indians living in the Netherlands and Indians currently living in India will get a job. With that said, I know many people who have been successful on both trips. It all depends on how the lucky lady smiles at you.

  • For Indians already living in Holland-

Make a really good CV and cover letter. You must adjust the CV to each application. Read the job description and try to guess what the job requires.

Try to learn Dutch. However, it takes a long time.

Rejections would be high, but you'll get the strange interview calls, kill him with

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There is a considerable difference in the chances that Indians living in the Netherlands and Indians currently living in India will get a job. With that said, I know many people who have been successful on both trips. It all depends on how the lucky lady smiles at you.

  • For Indians already living in Holland-

Make a really good CV and cover letter. You must adjust the CV to each application. Read the job description and try to guess what the job requires.

Try to learn Dutch. However, it takes a long time.

Rejections would be high, but you will get some weird interview calls, kill with your charm.

Go to various event trade shows, recruiting agencies, etc. They are useful.

Also, there are many other things that you will learn only when you are in the process. Remember that finding a job is a job in itself here. You need dedication and effort.

  • For Indians living in India:

Find a way to come to Holland. IT service companies are good options.

Hit the gym, brace yourself, add your good looks and charm and then find a Dutch partner, :)

So after coming here go to step For Indians Already Living in Holland.

Still if you can't come here

If you're very adept at some weird things that are hard to find, look through LinkedIn and various job sites and they might just be looking for you, who now! I know people who got direct employment in India.

Keep persevering !!!

I was in the Netherlands through TCS, therefore it was a delegation and I did not work for any company based in the Netherlands.
But I applied and received some offers (all through LinkedIn). It depends on some basic points:
1) years of
experience 2) skills
3) Communication skills: English is mandatory, but if you know basic Dutch, the chances are higher.
The first 2 points are globally relevant, but depending on the job description, the relevance of n. 3 increases. Also, keep in mind that references in NL work a lot.
All the best.
PS: I guess you didn't graduate / graduate from NL.

Gone are the days when you could look for work in India. First of all, you must have the work permit and the local language. No place in the world will offer you a job unless you reside in that country with a proper permit. (excluding jobs you get through a proper in-person network, not just through LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)

If you already have a work permit, then you should have already done your homework to find opportunities in your area.

It's actually easier said than going through the process. Plan accordingly and it will be helpful if you have some recommendations.

Find a company that is willing to offer you a job and is willing to make the necessary arrangements to guide you through the process of obtaining legal status here. To be honest, the chances of that happening are very, very small. So to put it bluntly, ask yourself what makes you so special. What skills does he have that a company cannot outsource, oddly enough, to Inda?

You also need to speak and understand Dutch. Many speak English, but to stay here for a long time, it is mandatory to understand and speak the language. I heard that the Dutch language is the second most difficult in the world. So good luck with that.

First start by framing good English sentences and write IELTS or TOEFL. Then contact a recruiter based in the Netherlands via linkedin or some job portals.

Lots of good advice, as a native speaker you could give advice, when having a phone / video interview make sure you don't speak too fast. While most Indians speak technically good English, Europeans often have a hard time understanding if you speak too fast.

You can not. Indians do not get a job in any of the EU countries. I have seen disappointed and depressed international students who move to study here, but they have no job offer. Not even STEM graduates from India get positions. Better to go to Canada or Australia.

Yes ... Indians get jobs in NL. Again, it depends on the job you are looking for.

In the IT industry, if your skill set matches their requirements, they hire you.

I have been researching on this topic for over 10 years and have come up with a cheaper and more reliable way for Indians to get computer programming jobs in any of the developed countries of the world.

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I worked for the Immigration Service in the Netherlands and part of my job was judging applications for work visas.

The Dutch government is very tolerant when it comes to (highly) skilled immigrants. They drive the economy and are very welcome for it. This is how the process goes:

  • The company that the qualified migrant will work for submits an application. This can be only for the qualified migrant, but it can also be for their partner and children. This application includes personal data such as name and age, but also includes the employment contract, the declaration of being a sponsor (where
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I worked for the Immigration Service in the Netherlands and part of my job was judging applications for work visas.

The Dutch government is very tolerant when it comes to (highly) skilled immigrants. They drive the economy and are very welcome for it. This is how the process goes:

  • The company that the qualified migrant will work for submits an application. This can be only for the qualified migrant, but it can also be for their partner and children. This application includes personal data such as name and age, but also includes the employment contract, the declaration of being a sponsor (where the company declares that it will be responsible for you) a copy of the passport (which will be checked for legality), a declaration background information (when the migrant worker declares that he or she did or did not commit any crime or that he / she has had illegal residence in the Netherlands, when falsely declared punishable by law), and information about the embassy that the qualified migrant will want to acquire his visa and about the date you want to enter the Netherlands. The proof of payment of the application is also included.
  • One of the "manipulators", like me, takes the case and reviews it. This means that they verify if everything required is there and if the migrant meets the requirements. These requirements include, among others, a certain salary that the company must pay to the migrant and an age requirement. If not everything is present, call the company. They are responsible for the application and must ensure that all documents are there. In the call we explain what is missing and give them some time to send it to the Immigration Service. When it is received, we review it and then the case is accepted or not. Of course, it is possible that everything is present and valid immediately. In that case, the request is accepted.

The question is, of course, whether it is difficult to obtain a work visa. The fact is, I handled cases like this for 3 months straight, sometimes handling 6 or 7 cases a day. I had to call a company about 5 times, because a form or a copy of a passport was missing. I did not deny a single request. If the company is professional and has everything in order, it is quite easy to receive a work visa.

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