Finding a job in Dutch Posted by Karoly Molina on Feb 3, 2017 in Dutch Vocabulary
One of the latest additions to the inburgeringsexamen is the section titled Oriëntatie Nederlandse Arbeidsmarkt or orientation about the Dutch workforce. This section is meant to familiarize migrants with the general workforce of the Netherlands with some research assignments. One of the biggest steps in integrating and feeling “at home” in the Netherlands is starting to work (at least for several of my migrant friends and myself).
But how do you even begin?
Finding a job varies per field so I will not get into specifics, but there are a good amount of vocabulary and phrases that can help you.
Vacature / Vacatures
The keyword when looking through a company’s website is vacatures or vacancies. Another common title for this section is werken bij….
This is a pretty obvious requirement of applying for a job. You must have a CV ready with your levensloop or trajectory of education and work experience. You can go very simple and use a standard Microsoft Word template or find a more visual template on different websites. Remember that you should catch the attention of the person going through 10 or 20 CVs. In your CV you should include the following:
- personelijke gegevens- personal information such as full name, address, email, phone number
- opleiding- education listing the most recent degree/level first
- werkervaring- work experience listing the most recent job first; this section should include uitzendwerk (temporary work), vrijwilligerswerk (volunteer work), vakantiewerk (vacation/holiday jobs), bijbanen (small/side jobs) and stages (internships).
- overige activiteiten en interesses- the activities and interests you include should be relevant to the job; make sure to include any languages you might speak and the level of each
The following video explains in more detail what your CV needs. Make note of the useful vocabulary in the video. These words certainly come back in interviews.
Together with your CV, you should include a motivation letter. Here you are highlighting the qualities that make you the ideal candidate for a particular job. Do some research about the company and job so that you can include this here. I have been hearing of people who prepare Prezi presentations or even videos to replace the traditional motivation letter. Whatever you choose, make sure you take your time and feel comfortable with it.
What advice can you give someone who is looking for a job in the Netherlands or Belgium?
functie– function or job title
taken– tasks or responsibilities
volledige naam– full name
volgorder– order or sequence
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