Finding a job

The benefits of having a job are well-known to most: money is one of them, but making new friends and gaining experience is equally important. Having a job might be a great way for you to build on your social network, especially when you’re new in a foreign country. You can meet new people and learn new skills that could come in handy during your studies.

Getting Started

Where to start, where to start?... First things first, we strongly suggest you have a resume (a ‘CV’) and an application letter ready. Consider your resume as a big business card – it tells your future employer exactly what they want to know and grabs their interest. Invest time in making a good and visually appealing resume!

The same goes for your application letter. Your employer is interested in applicants that can distinguish themselves from the dime-a-dozen that claim to be motivated team players. Show that you have more to offer than what the description of the job vacancy says. Looking for a template resume that’s easy to edit? We’ve got just the one for you!

Finding Job Openings

Now here’s where it can get difficult. Despite The Hague being as big and welcoming to international students as it is, jobs for English-speaking people can be hard to find. We suggest that you inquire within your own university (of applied sciences) first. Often they house an agency that provides jobs for students, either part-time or freelance. It might even be relevant to your studies as well!

As an alternative you could try to find work in restaurants or bars. Given that The Hague is an international city, it’s likely that they’re happy to employ English-speaking students so that their English-speaking customers can be better served. Try inquiring at an Irish Pub or a restaurant that focuses on foreign cuisine.

It might be helpful to try international clothing stores such as Bershka, Monki, Pull & Bear, ZARA, Mango or H&M; they often employ English-speaking people to work in their stores. Occasionally you’ll find English-speaking personnel at Primark as well.

If you’re looking to combine work with an outdoor activity such as cycling, then Deliveroo might be just for you. You’ll be able to determine your own working times while working as a delivery person for food across The Hague.

UBER Eats is an alternative to Deliveroo, but be aware! UBER Eats requires you to register as a freelancer, which means that you’ll need to register at the Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel). This will also require you to provide information about your income, VAT and expenses every quarter. Furthermore this might make it more complex for you to apply for student finance and for exemption from your water and waste taxes!

We recommend visiting sites such as studentjobs, indeed or youngcapital if you prefer to do your job hunt digitally. Also don’t forget to ask your fellow students if they can put in a good word for you, word of mouth is still a tried and true way to get things done!

Actually Applying

Time to seal the deal and show your future employer what you’re worth! Make sure you’re on time and wearing a smile. Consider how you look and dress – make sure that your employer would want you to serve his/her customers. Show your personality and don’t be afraid to admit that you’re nervous.

An interview is also the time to ask questions about the job. Here’s a checklist of things you should try to find out:

  • Will you be getting a set amount of hours per week, or a flexible (zero hour) contract?
  • What will your minimum wage be?
  • What will your working times be?
  • Are there any set working days or is it flexible?
  • Can you decide when you’re available for shifts or does your employer decide when you need to be available?
  • How long will you be under contract?

Keep in mind that your studies also require a lot of time! Your work should not get in the way of your studies. A full-time study takes up at least 40 hours a week, so make sure that it’s balanced!

Getting The Job

Congratulations, you got the job! Don’t sign your contract.

At least, not until you have read it over a number of times and have had it translated to you. Wondering if the contract is legally sound? JIP offers free legal counseling every Monday between 14:00 and 17:00 in The Hague.

If your employer issues working clothes, you might be required to make a deposit. You’ll receive this deposit back once you quit your job. Make sure you have some money ready - just in case there’s anything you’ll need to pay for out of your own pocket.

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