When is the best time to look for a new job in the Netherlands?

Mark Korevaar our consultant managing the role

Summer is coming to an end, and during this period of reflection, many people conclude that it might be time to change jobs. But when it comes to searching for a new job, timing can be crucial. So, what is the best time to look for a new job? 

In the Netherlands, like in many other countries, certain times of the year are considered more favourable for job seekers due to various factors such as hiring budgets, competition, and the availability of hiring managers. In this blog, we will explore the best time to look for a new job in the Netherlands, taking into account the unique characteristics of the local job market. Whether you're a recent graduate, considering a career change, or simply looking for new opportunities, understanding the optimal timing for your job search can greatly increase your chances of success.

The Advantage of January and February

January and February are widely regarded as the best months to kickstart your job search in the Netherlands. During this period, many companies have just received their new hiring budgets for the year, making it an ideal time for them to actively recruit new talent. Additionally, the majority of workers have returned from their holiday vacations, allowing hiring managers to focus on filling open positions.

One of the key advantages of conducting your job search in January and February is the reduced competition. While some job seekers may assume that companies slow down their hiring activities during this time, the reality is quite the opposite. By capitalising on this misconception, you can have a strategic advantage over other candidates. With fewer applicants vying for the same positions, your resume is more likely to stand out and receive the attention it deserves.

The Potential of March, April, and May

While January and February are considered prime months for job hunting, the momentum often continues into March, April, and May in the Netherlands. Companies that were unable to complete their hiring processes earlier in the year may continue to seek suitable candidates during this period. However, it's important to note that the competition may be slightly higher compared to the earlier months. Also, due to many bank holidays during in this period, the recruitment process may take a little longer.

One significant factor to consider during this time is the pressure companies feel to wrap up their hiring processes before the summer months arrive. With employees planning vacations and potential delays in decision-making, companies aim to finalise their recruitment efforts before the summer slowdown. Therefore, if you start your interview process in early May, you may have a higher chance of expediting the hiring process due to the impending vacation schedules of key decision-makers. 

The Challenges of June, July, and August

As summer approaches, the job market in the Netherlands tends to slow down. June, July, and August are generally considered less favourable months for job seekers. Many hiring managers and employees take vacations during this period, making it difficult to coordinate face-to-face interviews or expedite hiring decisions.

However, despite the challenges, opportunities still exist during the summer months. In fact, the reduced competition can work in your favour if you're willing to put in the extra effort. While companies may have fewer job openings during this time, your application may receive more attention due to the decreased number of applicants. Therefore, if you're determined to find a new job during the summer, be prepared to exhibit patience and adapt to potential delays in the hiring process.

The Resurgence in September and October

As we discussed in a previous article, there's no better time to hire than nowAs summer winds down and people return from their vacations, September and October mark a resurgence in job opportunities in the Netherlands. Hiring activities tend to pick up during these months as companies aim to make final hires before the end of the year. Hiring managers and HR departments are back in full swing, making it an excellent time to apply for jobs and secure interviews.

During September and October, the hiring process typically moves faster compared to the preceding summer months. With fewer delays and less downtime, you can expect a smoother recruitment experience and potentially faster decision-making. It's important to seize this window of opportunity and proactively pursue job openings during this period.

The Considerations of November and December

November and December present a mixed bag of opportunities and challenges for job seekers in the Netherlands. While some companies may be eager to make final hires before the end of the year, others may slow down their recruitment efforts to focus on year-end tasks and preparations for the upcoming holidays. As a result, the latter part of November and the month of December can be relatively slow in terms of hiring activities.

However, this doesn't mean that you should halt your job search entirely during this period. By submitting job applications in late December, you can gain a head start on the competition when companies resume their hiring activities in January. While you may not receive an abundance of interviews immediately, being proactive can position you favourably for the following months.

How Marks Sattin Amsterdam can assist you with your next role

As a specialist recruitment firm with over 30 years’ experience, we've helped many professionals find their next exciting opportunity, whether that's within global organisations or growing SMEs. We work with many exciting companies in the Netherlands and can assist you to find the right role for your level and career aspirations. If this sounds of interest to you, please don’t hesitate to reach out anytime!


29/08/23
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