Oh, You Don't Speak Native Level Dutch....

 

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. 
 
 

Comments

Sorry to hear about your expat woes. I don't have much to offer (since I haven't even moved yet or had my own job search to deal with...). Have you considered looking into networking groups? For example, even though it's too far away for you, I just learned about http://delftINA.org/

I feel like I should log off and try to get back to learning Dutch now!

Hey Niki,
Thanks for empathizing. I have signed up for a few networking groups, but I haven't been too active on them. I should probably get on it. Learning Dutch is a plus, but I feel that it also depends on where someone lives and what they majored in while in University as to how easy people find work here. I didn't finish University, so I am not at this moment valuable to any Dutch companies. 
A lot of expats who have a hard time getting employed start their own businesses and have successes with that. I'm looking for more of a job then a career as I plan to go back to school this Fall. 

Hey Niki,
Thanks for empathizing. I have signed up for a few networking groups, but I haven't been too active on them. I should probably get on it. Learning Dutch is a plus, but I feel that it also depends on where someone lives and what they majored in while in University as to how easy people find work here. I didn't finish University, so I am not at this moment valuable to any Dutch companies. 
A lot of expats who have a hard time getting employed start their own businesses and have successes with that. I'm looking for more of a job then a career as I plan to go back to school this Fall. 

I am most definitely not an entrepreneur so I will not be going that route myself. ;) What will you be studying in school in the Fall?

Hopefully Tourism if I get in!

You might try putting your CV up on monsterboard.nl. Employment agencies and recruiters seem to use that site pretty heavily.

I look on there a lot.  But I haven't posted my CV, that is a good tip! Thanks!

Heya... one avenue to try is the multilingual route. I don't know if you speak otehr languages, but there is a whole spiel of jobs for languages other than dutch.
i'm thinking unique multilinguals recruiting agency, (google it), expatjobs as well...
you could also consider setting up freelance if you want to make it on your own?
 
best of luck anyhow!