If you are not sure where to begin with your job search, then using a recruitment agency ('uitzendbureau' in Dutch) can be helpful. Recruitment agencies work with a large number of different companies, so they have good insight into a range of different vacancies that may be of interest to you. Moreover, they can assist you with locating not only suitable jobs but also may offer advice on your CV and interviews. If you are not sure where to begin with your job hunt in the Leiden region, then working with a recruitment agency can make your experience less stressful. It often also produces more results than if you search for jobs alone.
Working with a recruitment agency does not guarantee that you will find a job, but it can improve your chances by giving you expert advice and offering you the opportunity to discover vacancies that you might not otherwise have known existed. Before deciding to work with one, make sure to do your research on the different recruitment agencies available in your area, and, if possible, gather some feedback about each one from others that have used them. This can ensure that you choose a recruitment agency that best matches you and your career.
You can find a list of several different recruitment agencies at the bottom of our Finding a Job page.
Attending different networking events, volunteering, or signing up for workshops and short courses (some of which are free) can have a positive impact on your job search. Not only do you get the chance to meet others in the Leiden region, and further afield, but you also can add extra skills or experience to your CV along the way. It also gives you the opportunity to become more familiar with the Dutch working culture, which can help you when writing CVs and motivation letters, as well as during job interviews.
Plus, many jobs are found through word of mouth - whether because someone knows of a suitable vacancy or because someone can recommend a particular employer to you. Hearing first-hand experiences about working with different companies gives you more insight into the organisations and their strengths and weaknesses, beyond what you might see on a company website. This may help you to discover new organisations, or have a more nuanced perspective on companies that you are already aware of.