Friday, October 2, 2009

Job Hunting Hell in a Foreign Country

recently mentioned how hard it has been for me to find work here in Amsterdam. Most expats probably line up work before they head to their new country. But if you're part of a couple you probably found it's not that easy... As in our case, one of you probably found a job and the other made the move hoping to find a job once you got there.

This is more difficult than it sounds. Back home, I used internet job boards to find work, but in my experience as far as the Netherlands goes, searching for jobs online doesn't do you much good. My first steps after arriving here were to contact geological, engineering and environmental recruiters and after signing up with them, or never hearing from them I then contacted companies in these fields directly, even if they weren't hiring. This didn't work for me, but I felt it got my name out there at least.

Of course my job search would have been much easier if I knew Dutch, there is an abundance of jobs related to my field here, all posted in Dutch, none ever got back to me.

But I guess at the end of the day nothing beats word of mouth for getting yourself a new job. And so, 6 months and 1 day later I am gainfully employed and it's in exactly what I want to build experience in. Life was so good yesterday and now it's even better. 

10 comments:

Lizzy said...

Hey, congrats on the new job! Hopefully it'll be well worth the wait!

Invader_Stu said...

congratulations with the new job. I of expat couples who have experienced the same problem.

Jase said...

Congratulations Angela! That's fantastic news!

~Lopa said...

Ohh wow congrats..... party !!! :)

I know it's not easy, specially when we don't speak Dutch.
Happy for you :)

Jay said...

Congratulations! I've found it tough looking for work in my own country and native language, but you've shown that there's no barrier to determination :)

Life Abroad said...

Congratulations Angela!

AggieLap said...

I know how it feels regarding the job market for expats but I'm pleased for you that after perseverance you've got a job. Congrats!!

Herding Cats said...

Congratulations! I moved to a new city (not country) with my boyfriend and we both had a hard time. Everything got resolved though - and isn't it the biggest feeling of relief? Now you can finally enjoy Amsterdam to the fullest!

Angela Rhodes said...

Thanks everyone! :)

thamarai said...

Many congratulations!! :)