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Question : What are the best ways to find a job as a foreigner in Belgium?

Answer from Tanika Kenens, expert in International Career

First, you should pass by the VDAB. I know it's a cliché, but they do have a very large database. Especially for those who aren't aware, there's a program for expats with a higher degree of studies made especially for them. This program at iLabo is designed to incorporate high potentials as quickly as possible.

Apart from that, there are quite a lot of job fairs for the youngsters. Just type in 'jobbeurs' and you'll find tons of them. Try to go to as many as you can. A lot of international, larger organizations are there as well.

Next up are of course the typical websites and 'interim' agencies. It's good to keep those at hand, even though they seem uninteresting at first. Sometimes they let you do a short assignment, and if you can prove yourself while you're at it, you're up and away.

Don't forget the importance of networking! A good LinkedIn page and a nice network can do you wonders. Additionally, if you're good at it, a Twitter account as well, but you need to be good at it! Better to leave it be if you don't know how to work with it. I have personally placed students of mine thanks to my network and the same can happen to you. Someone knows someone who knows someone.

Expat pages also attract quite a lot of companies who are looking for people with your profile. Expat websites are quite unpopular in Belgium, but there are many on Facebook such as 'Life in Belgium', 'Brussels Connected' or 'Expats in Antwerp'. Companies tend to post some vacancies from time to time.

And last but not least, try to apply spontaneously as much as you can and try to show them your interest in that company in particular. We Belgians love it when you know exactly what we do, what we stand for and what our company policy is and if that's the reason why—you would like to work with us, even better!

If you don't speak these languages, the best you can do, is get started on learning them AND telling them that you are learning. Sometimes companies hire you with the promise that you will speak the language of a certain amount of time (often a year or two).

Another thing we are very fierce about is loyalty. We need someone to rely on, someone who will not run into the competition at every small opportunity.

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