How to find a job
How to get a job in the Netherlands
If you’re new to Groningen or have finished your studies and you want to access the job market, there are several approaches to take. The International welcome center north has a lot of useful information that can help you through the process of gettting a job in the Netherlands. They have for example information about job listing websites and employment agencies that are specialised in English vacancies, about how to apply for a job, how to write an application letter and what to do during the interview. Below we have listed some more information about the different approaches to take when looking for a job.
Job listing sites
The largest job listing site for the north of the Netherlands is Noorderlink. Most large companies and (semi-)governmental organisations place vacancies on this platform. It offers both jobs and work experience placements. You can filter jobs by language. Even if a vacancy text is in Dutch, it may sometimes be possible for a non-Dutch speaker to fill the position, so it can be worthwhile enquiring about this if you see a suitable position. Make it in the North is an online platform for talent, organisations and companies. The platform wants to help (international) talent in the North to start or continue their career and to connect companies and organisations with the talent they need. On the platform you can for example find a job portal, career events and a map showing companies in the North who have international ambitions. These are some other job listing websites with English vacancies:
There are a couple employment agencies in Groningen that can help you find a job. Below we have listed some of the biggest employment agencies, but there are many more in Groningen. Some employment agencies are focussed more on students or on specific branches. Make sure to check if an employment agency offers what you are looking for.
Through your network
Most jobs are found through networking and in the Netherlands this is certainly a very common route to finding a job. There are a lot of ‘hidden jobs’ out there. Being proactive and building your network is therefore a valuable way to improve your chances of finding a job. Below we have listed some options that can help you to expand your network:
Make it in the North is a jobs platform dedicated to putting internationals in touch with employers in Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland. The site caters to job seekers, startups and established businesses through listing job vacancies, hosting career events, highlighting the major business sectors in the region and allowing companies in the north to search for the right candidates. Make it in the North also has a map of available jobs across the north sorted by sector.
Noorderlink, a Groningen employment site, also has a dedicated section for internationals.
In the city of Groningen, the biggest employers are the University of Groningen and UMCG, an academic hospital. The province of Groningen (and the northern Netherlands in general) have five big employment sectors: agriculture (including dairy) and agri-business, health and bio sciences (with a focus on healthy ageing), chemistry (especially green chemistry and advanced materials), and the tech industry.
In Groningen, there’s Kwadraat and VentureLab North.
You can check out business.gov.nl for English-language information on financing your business, specifically for finding startup capital. You can find a business facilitator through the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.
Locally, the International Welcome Center North has plenty of resources for new businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs. You can also find regional facilitators through Founded in Groningen, and more information on start-up visas.
The main factor is whether you have a short-term or long-term visa – you can find out more through the section for start-ups on the IND website.