Are you a status holder and do you live in the region of Nijmegen? Or are you already registered longer than half a year as an asylum seeker? Work or volunteer work is enormously important for everyone. It gives you a good feeling, you practice the language, you take care of yourself and you can develop your perspective on the future. Here you find tips and places to go to help you find work. If you receive the uitkering, you are obliged to actively look for work.
- Help with looking for work: WerkBedrijf
- Ask around
- Find work at an employment agency (uitzendbureau)
- Find vacancies yourself and apply
- Useful links while looking for work
1. Help with looking for Work: WerkBedrijf
Do you live in Nijmegen, Wijchen, Druten, Beuningen, Heumen, Mook en Middelaar or Berg en Dal? Do you get the "bijstandsuitkering"? Then a person from the regional WerkBedrijf can help you with advice and finding a place to work. Or advise you about starting your own business. The WerkBedrijf also gives courses and workshops that will help you to find a job. Of course language is important. But if you do not speak the language perfectly or speak English, you can still register here.
Also people in the AZC that are connected to the municipalities above can register already when they are in the local AZC.
- Directly to the jobs of the WerkBedrijf (in Dutch)
- Website WerkBedrijf Rijk van Nijmegen for who are looking for a job
2. Ask Around
Finding a job often works well through people you know. You tell someone about what you can do and what you are looking for. Then people will think of you when they hear about jobs. For that it is good to tell people you are looking for work. And tell them what you think are your qualities. Also being busy as a volunteer is always good - especially if the work fits your talents.
It is also possible to show online what you can do or what you would like. You could for example post on the local facebook pages about yourself, your language level, when and how much you could work. Online local facebook groups for this are for example:
It can be good to make a personal LinkedIn account. Many Dutch use LinkedIn to suggest each others network, and show positive references. A nice up-to-date LinkedIn profile is handy and looks professional.
3. Find Work at an Employment Agency (uitzendbureau)
Everywhere in the city you can find commercial employment agencies. An employment agency matches (temporarily) between people and organisations that need a (temporary) workforce. At an employment agency you can register for free. They have contacts with businesses that need workers. What do you do to find work at an employment agency?
- Make your cv: summary of work experience, education, name, address, contact data.
- Find the employment agencies in the region. Some famous names are for instance Randstad, Manpower, MaxFlex, Olympia, Adecco.
Click here for a map with employment agencies in and around Nijmegen
- Visit directly the agency. Then you can tell the recruiter - someone who works there - what you can do, what you are looking for, and show how motivated you are. They then will maybe register you (take your data). For that you should bring:
- identity card
- The employment agency will contact you if they have work that fits your talents.
- If you will start working, this agency will pay your income to you. Not the company you will work for.
Are you registered at employment agencies? Then always call after a week to the agency or return from time to time to ask if they have work. Then the people that work there will get to know you. If they have to call people, and they know you, the chance increases they will call you if they know you. Employment agencies match jobs with people.
4. Find Vacancies yourself and Apply
Of course you can try to find a job yourself. For example by:
- Ask in shops or at companies if they have work for you
Note: bring some cv's on paper with you to hand out
- Find vacancies in newspapers or online, and send an application letter with cv
- Directly apply online and send a digital cv
Here you will find a number of websites and facebook pages for jobs in and around Nijmegen
- Vacancies on Indeed.nl for Nijmegen (in Dutch)
- Nationale Vacaturebank for Nijmegen (in Dutch)
- Studentjob vacancies for Nijmegen (in Dutch)
- Randstad vacancies for Nijmegen (in Dutch)
- DHL Pakketbezorger worden | bring packages as a post man
(mid-level education - vocational, speak Dutch, have driving licence B)
But there are many many more ...
Google yourself to see what comes up! Employers will always try to Google your name. Do you have representative pictures online and adjusted your privacy settings? Are there pictures online or texts that are not so representative? Try to remove them and put yourself in the shoes of a possible employer.
5. Usefull Links while looking for Work
- 9 tips for safe online job search (www.werk.nl in Dutch)
- Work and looking for a job (www.werk.nl in Dutch)
- Werkwijzer Vluchtelingen (SER, in Dutch)
Do you have good tips for fellows to find work? Experiences that were bad or good? Let them know the editors here. Send us an e-mail. Maybe we can write about your experience and publish it here.