This post is going to sound pessimistic, I don't mean it to be. Before you get all worried, this is just what I am experiencing right now. I have a plan, but since I try to inscribe as much as possible of my expat triumphs and struggles. Here it goes.
It has been well documented over this blog my struggles to find something to do with myself, as far as a job goes here in The Netherlands. After several strongly worded rejection letters citing my lack of experience, education, or Nederlands language skills, I took a break from applying and started concentrating on what I could do to approve a few of these criticisms. Just a warning when dealing with the Dutch, they don't bullshit around trying to save your feelings. I think that I am making headway on some of what I outlined, but more on that at a later date.
After about a month of emotional rest, I decided to give the job hunt another go last Friday. After lunch with a friend and armed with a Dutch looking Curriculum Vitae (resume) I decided to go to what I have named Temp Agency Lane here in Utrecht. There are like 10 of them all right next to another. I went into the first, and asked if they would be able to help me. No, absolutely not, we can tell that you don't speak very good Dutch and our clients only want Dutch speakers .Umm, err, thanks? So I went to the next, I got the same story, and it was the same at the next one. Each time getting more and more rude at the audacity I had to ask them for help. Needless to say, I stopped after 3, because I was about ready to punch the next person. Now before you dear reader, start with the well what were you expecting, you don't speak Dutch spiel. It was a Dutchie who suggested I go there because they worked through one that hired lots of Non-Dutch speakers, back when they were in University.
I wish I could say that it is just me with these issues. It is true that some people have an easy time finding employement here. But it seems that I hear a ton of stories similar to mine. Just a warning. Anyway, I'm not done looking for a job. I just want a part time gig anyway. I have faith that one will come. It is just a long and windy road and part of my journey.
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