Can I get a job?
Before you can start looking for a job, you first have to investigate what documents and formalities you need in order to be legally safe as an employee in Belgium.
- Are you a European citizen? Visit Eures, the European employment services network for everything you need to know about the Belgian labour market, the living and working conditions and the rules about free movement in Europe.
- Are you a non-European citizen? Contact the Belgian embassy in your home country to find out if you are allowed to work in Belgium.
Find the job!
Made sure you can legally work here? Let’s find your perfect dream job! The website of VDAB offers you loads of information about jobs in Belgium. They also have a limited English portal, but applications are mostly in Dutch. In the job database of the VDAB you’ll find thousands of jobs for which you can apply. The VDAB also has an English site for foreigners called Work in Flanders, where it’s also possible to search for job offers especially interesting for internationals.
Get the job!
Last but not least… now GET THE JOB! For a lot of jobs in Flanders you will need to speak Dutch or have at least some basic knowledge of the language. Anyhow, a Dutch course won’t hurt! The University of Antwerp has its own language school Linguapolis which offers great Dutch courses for highly-educated people who want to learn fast. No time for an official course? You can already learn the basics with apps like Duolingo.
Frequently asked questions
Off course you’re not the only foreigner working in Flanders and most problems you’ll face will probably have been tackled by other internationals before you. So if you have any questions it might be a good idea to try and ask them in a facebook group like Expats in Antwerp and Expats in Belgium. Another great source of information is Flanders Today, an online English-language newspaper about everything that’s happening in Brussels and Flanders.
The team's tip!
Make sure you have a fresh breath during your job interview, so take a gum before you go in. Or even safer: a mint!