Are you looking for a job? Feeling a little stressed out? Don’t worry, you are not alone. The job hunt can be a tough process, but there are ways to make it a little easier on yourself.

There are many reasons why people may get stressed when looking for a job. Some may feel pressure to find a job quickly, while others may feel anxious about the interview process. Additionally, some people may feel like they are not qualified for the positions they are applying for or start losing hope completely about the possibility of finding a job.

As an expat or highly skilled migrant here in the Netherlands, things might be slightly more difficult due to the fact that not all expats speak Dutch or simply due to the difficulty of hiring a Non-EU resident. In this article, we will give you some tips on how to keep a level head during your job hunt phase and eventually, hopefully landing your dream job.

5 tips for coping a stressful job hunt

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    Stay positive. It can be easy to get down on yourself during the job hunt, but it’s important to stay positive. Remember that you have a lot to offer and that the right job will come along eventually.

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    Stay organized. Keeping your job search organized will help you stay on top of things and avoid feeling overwhelmed. Create a system for tracking your applications, resumes, and cover letters.

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    Take brakes. Searching for a job can be a full-time job in itself. Make sure to take breaks and give yourself time to relax. Don’t forget to take care of yourself during this process.

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    Reach out for help. If you’re feeling stuck, reach out to your network of family and friends. They may be able to help you find leads or give you advice.

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    Be prepared. When you do get an interview, make sure you’re prepared. Research the company and practice your answers to common interview questions.

The job hunt can be tough, but following these tips can help you get through it. Stay positive, stay organized, and be prepared, and you’ll eventually find the right job for you.

To help you land your dream job, we have also prepared another article Things to know before applying for a job in Netherlands as an expat to help you be ready for you job interviews.

Non-EU expats

It can be more challenging for expats and highly skilled migrants to find a job here in the Netherlands compared to EU nationals.
The visa restrictions and requirements makes it harder to obtain a job which puts you at a disadvantages. However, from our own experience, we see that professional who persevere and keep on applying and not giving up are the same ones who eventually succeed in finding a job.

To make things a little easier, there are expat payrolling companies like All About Expats that can alleviate the most difficult requirement by providing their services and act as recognised sponsor for the hiring company.