Some Filipino expats might find it intimidating to look for a job in The Netherlands for a number of reasons: The language barrier, the big cultural difference, the Dutch companies’ high standards of requirements and even the country’s rising unemployment rate.
Be that as it may, job seekers should not be discouraged. Instead, they should look at them as an opportunity to highlight their exceptional work ethics as well as good command of the English language.
Esther van Rossen, branch manager of Luba employment agency, one of the biggest manpower agencies in the Netherlands, offers some advice. Here are her tips:
Master the language
“Experience shows that Dutch companies in particular look for workers who, in addition to their own language, are adept with the Dutch language. It is important to know whether a person speaks Dutch and if he/she has control of the Dutch language,” Van Rossen says.
Although most Filipino expats have a good command of the English language, a high level of Dutch language will increase their chances of getting a job in The Netherlands. It should be at least level B1 or higher. It is also important to get a certification from accredited companies of your level of Dutch.
A Dutch language course costs between €400 and €5000. It is a worthy investment that may land you that dream job.
Convert your diplomas and get certified
“Diplomas from your own country are not always appreciated in the same level as the Dutch. It is important that any diplomas that have accrued, may be converted to a Dutch level.”
A bachelor’s degree from the Philippines does not necessarily equate to a high level of education in The Netherlands. But for Filipino expatriates who came to the Netherlands with a degree and working experience, they can have these evaluated and converted to the Dutch equivalent.
Properly evaluated credentials will help show your prospective employers that you are qualified for the job as much as the next Dutch job seeker.
Training certifications are also very important to Dutch companies. During job interviews, make sure you have all these documents, whether it is from The Netherlands or Philippines.
It is also helpful to enroll in short courses aimed at your prospective job to increase your chances at securing it.
Highlight your work ethics
“Besides education and experience, are particularly looking for candidates with good motivation to perform a particular function. Candidates who wish to grow in a temporary job would want to empathize with the best organizations.
An employee who knowingly chooses a particular organization because it suits their own identity and suits the development that they want to make as a person will grow in a temporary job.
In addition, a motivation to work, learn and develop yourself is just as important, perhaps more important than the diploma,” Van Rossen shares.
Most Filipinos have exemplary work attitudes. Highlight those in your resume as well as in job interviews. Being hardworking, determined, willing to learn and having a positive and happy disposition are a plus for many Filipinos looking for work in The Netherlands.
Use the social media
“I see a development in the use of social media in the search for a job. Think Linkedin and Facebook. It is important to have them.”
We should not only use Facebook to connect with our friends and families but also as a means of finding a job. Companies these days have their own Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin accounts where they sometimes post job vacancies.
It is very important to keep yourself updated with technologies that can help you search for jobs. You may also download phone applications that regularly update you of vacant positions.
“In some cases, it is not what you know but who you know.” You might be surprised that in the Netherlands, it also pays to be “well- connected.”
Attend events where you can meet people who can point you to the right person. Most Filipino expatriates here found their jobs through recommendations from friends and acquaintances.
You should also attend expat events to widen your network, not only with Filipinos but with other nationalities as well. Websites and organizations like www.expatica.com/nl, www.iamexpat. nl and www.access-nl.org regularly host expat meet-ups, job fairs and other events where you can build up your network.
Volksuniversiteit offers Dutchlanguage courses at a reasonable rate. It has branches all across
the country. Visit their website at www.volksuniversitiet.nl
You may avail up to 50 percent discount when you passed your Dutch language exams. Find out more at www.duo.nl
Want to have your diploma evaluated and converted to the Dutch requirement? These websites offers more information:
If you are a holder of educational titles like doctors:
This article was first published in the 2nd issue of The Filipino Expat Magazine. More articles on career development can be read via the online edition available here: http://thefilipinoexpat.com/the-magazine/