Thanks to the internet, job applicants already have a lot of tools at their disposal to take on a more active role in their search for new employment. Statistics show that residents of the Netherlands take full advantage of these tools: a whopping 74,5% of the working population is on LinkedIn, an internet service that is mainly used for professional networking, employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs. You can achieve a lot by finding vacancies through search engines such as Monsterboard, Nationale Vacaturebank and Indeed, and by approaching companies directly. Time is usually of the essence when you’re looking for a job, however, and you might want to get all the help you can get. That’s why you should take a minute to look at recruitment agencies.

Recruitment agencies are responsible for attracting and selecting suitable candidates for certain positions in the workplace and can be quite helpful if you feel that your attempts in finding employment are not leading to the desired results, or if you simply just don’t know where to start. They will operate as an intermediary between job seekers and companies looking for the right candidate. There are numerous recruitment agencies in the Netherlands; some of them serve a large group of job seekers, others are more focused on certain areas of expertise.

Recruitment in The Netherlands
  • Hays: This is a large recruitment agency with offices worldwide. Last year alone they found 320,000 job seekers new employment. Apart from recruiting and selecting they also offer services such as assessment & development, outsourced recruitment solutions and career advice.
  • Randstad: Randstad is a Dutch recruitment agency with offices in Arnhem, Nijmegen, Elst, and most other cities. They also provide courses and over 100 online training programmes that will help you make sure that you are well-prepared for your next job interview.
  • Manpower: Manpower is a large player in the Netherlands. This company has been providing flexible staff solutions since 1948 and is active in over 80 countries. It serves small as well as large companies through various brands.

If you’re looking to contact a recruitment agency, make sure you find one that caters to your needs. Scan their website in advance or give them a call to test the waters before you officially engage with them. Although a recruitment agency often gives advice on how to improve your written account, it is expected that you have a finished CV with you. Are you having difficulty composing a CV? Check out our article Composing your Curriculum Vitae (CV) for the Netherlands.