Job & career services for internationals


Our team of experienced coaches understands the unique needs of the international community entering the Dutch labour market. We are here to provide you with support and guidance during your transition to the Netherlands and help you adapt to this new phase in your life and Dutch (work) culture – whether in the workplace or your personal life.

Job search assistance


Our coaches specialize in offering career guidance and assistance for individuals looking to enter the Dutch labour market or to transition to other roles within it. We offer a range of services tailored to your specific needs, including:

  • Career transition support: navigating the Dutch labour market
  • Interview preparation
  • Networking tips
  • Career guidance

The team of professional job coaches at Dijk & Van Emmerik will guide you through a personalized coaching process, empowering you to make informed career decisions and navigate the challenges that arise when pursuing professional growth in a foreign country.

Job coaching


Our job coaching services are designed to support your career success and personal fulfilment in the Netherlands, whether you’re experiencing challenges in your current job or looking to explore new career opportunities. Our experienced coaches work with you to identify your strengths, aspirations, and unique circumstances, helping you navigate challenges and pursue your professional goals. We offer coaching sessions that address your personal needs and goals, providing guidance in areas such as:

  • Identifying your skills, strengths, and career interests
  • Exploring opportunities for professional growth and development
  • Enhancing your communication skills and building professional relationships
  • Setting boundaries and managing stress and burnout
  • Boosting self-confidence and overcoming imposter syndrome
  • Navigating workplace dynamics and conflicts

Career guidance for refugees/asylum seekers


At Dijk & Van Emmerik, we understand that refugees face numerous barriers when seeking employment opportunities. We are dedicated to providing support and guidance to ensure that you can find meaningful and fulfilling work in the Netherlands. Our team offers a range of career guidance services to help you identify your strengths, skills, and aspirations while addressing any challenges related to language barriers, lack of experience, and cultural differences. We support you in exploring employment opportunities across different sectors and industries.

Our coaching for refugees

The support our coaches offer includes:

  • Identifying opportunities that align with your interests and skills
  • Creating tailored resumes and cover letters
  • Developing a job search strategy
  • Preparing for interviews and networking events
  • Providing additional training opportunities to sharpen your skills

Frequently asked questions about job coaching and job search assistance


Is coaching right for me, and how do I know which type of service I need?

Coaching can be tremendously beneficial for anyone who wants to achieve personal or professional growth. Whether you’re struggling to adapt to a new country, feeling stagnant in your career in the Netherlands, or simply seeking to explore your motivations and goals, our coaching services are tailored to meet your unique needs.

Our job search assistance service, on the other hand, is specifically designed for individuals who want to focus on finding a new job or switching careers. If you’re unsure which type of service would be right for you, we offer a free introductory call to help you identify your goals and determine how we can best support you.

What is Dijk & Van Emmerik’s approach to job coaching and career search for internationals and refugees?

At Dijk & Van Emmerik we understand that the cultural component plays a significant role when it comes to adapting to a new job position and navigating the career search process in a new country. Even if we haven’t consciously thought about it, culture has a profound impact on our experiences. Therefore, we consider this factor when designing a personalized program for you.

Our approach takes into account the specific challenges you may face in a new country, such as cultural differences in interviewing techniques, networking strategies, and resume writing styles. This allows us to provide tailored support and guidance that helps you effectively navigate the job market and successfully pursue your career goals.

How is the coaching financed?

Coaching can be financed in different ways depending on your personal circumstances. In many cases, companies and employers in the Netherlands have budgets allocated for coaching or personal development that can be used to cover the costs.

In other cases, individuals finance coaching on their own. If you fall into the latter category, we can provide a personalized proposal that considers the number of sessions and aligns with your budget. For more information on financing options and to discuss your specific situation, please feel free to contact us.

How is refugee career guidance financed?

We understand that financial barriers may exist for refugees, and we want to assure you that our services are available to support your needs when seeking for employment opportunities. We are committed to making our services accessible and are open to partnering with organizations dedicated to supporting refugees in their job search.

Please contact us to discuss options.

Where does the coaching take place and what is the frequency?

Coaching sessions can either take place at our offices located at Derkinderenstraat 24, near Lelylaan train, metro and tram station in Amsterdam or online, depending on your preferences. The frequency of sessions is determined by both the client and coach. Typically, sessions are scheduled biweekly or weekly, depending on the client’s needs and wants.

About our team


Most of our coaches are organisational psychologists aside from being experts in the job and labour market field. Part of our team made the transition from their home country to working in the Netherlands themselves and other (Dutch) team members have worked abroad as international professionals. Because of our professional knowledge and personal experience, we have firsthand knowledge of the difficulties associated with adjusting to a new country and culture.

Our vision

Working in a new country is a significant change that can bring about feelings of self-doubt, insecurity, and other overwhelming emotions, which can impact our performance in both work and personal life. Even if you have been living in The Netherlands for years, being an international individual still influences our perspectives, the way we live, and how we experience the world. That’s why we firmly believe that understanding how this transition impacts all areas of our lives is essential for achieving growth and fulfilment.

Speaking to a specialist


If you have any further questions about our services or would like to schedule a free introductory call, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Lorena Flores
Organizational psychologist and coach

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