If you’re from the EU, EEA or Switzerland, you can search for jobs in Belgium through EURES, the European Job Mobility Portal. This is maintained by the European Commission and designed to aid freedom of movement within the European Economic Area (EEA). As well as looking for work, you can upload your CV and get advice on the legal and administrative issues involved in working in Belgium.
Belgian employment services
Each region of Belgium has its own public employment office where you can browse job vacancies in Belgium, upload your CV, search for training courses, or get advice on your job search from a consultant online or at a local office:
- Actiris covers the Brussels-Capital region
- VDAB covers Flanders
- Le Forem covers the Walloon region
- ADG is for the German community in Belgium
- ONEM is the national office of employment.
EU and NATO Belgian jobs
The European Union employs more than 40,000 people in various institutions, many of which are in Brussels. You do have to be a member of an EU country and usually also fluent in at least two or more languages. For information about working for the EU, current job vacancies both permanent and temporary, and to make online applications, see the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO). You can also check EuroBrussels for jobs in EU organisations based in Brussels.
NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) also employs a lot of foreigners but you must come from a NATO country to apply.
Check out vacancies at other international agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) based in Belgium in the press in your home country or on the agency websites. You can find the names of all the NGOs in Belgium in the WANGO directory.
Job websites in Belgium
Jobs in Belgium for English speakers
- https://www.toplanguagejobs.com/Top-Language-Jobs/Search/All/Belgium?TownOrCity=Belgium&search_location=Belgium&&Languages=English for English jobs and other languages
- US embassy https://be.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs/
Recruitment agencies in Belgium
Sign on with as many recruitment agencies as possible. They tend to specialise in different sectors. Look them up in the Belgian Golden Pages https://www.goldenpages.be/ (in English). They should be recognised by the trade federation Federgon https://federgon.be/en/home/ . You’ll also find most of the usual European and international employment agencies – such as Adecco https://www.adecco.be/ , Hudson https://be.hudson.com/en-gb/ and Manpower Belgium http://manpower.be/ – in Brussels and other major cities.
Teaching jobs in Belgium for English speakers
You can apply to become an English-language assistant in a state school or college through the British Council https://www.britishcouncil.org/language-assistants/become/belgium if you have an A-level, B1 or equivalent in French. If you have a TEFL/TESOL qualification you can look for a job with a private language school or business at TELF.com https://www.tefl.com/ , ESL Base https://www.eslbase.com/ or i-to-i https://www.i-to-i.com/ .
You can also check international schools in Belgium https://www.expatica.com/be/education/children-education/international-schools-in-belgium-100225/ , Belgian universities https://www.expatica.com/be/education/higher-education/study-in-belgium-belgian-higher-education-100219/ or language schools in Belgium https://www.expatica.com/be/education/language-learning/learn-french-dutch-and-german-language-schools-in-belgium-100094/ to see if anyone if hiring. Find more schools in Expatica’s listings of:
- Schools and education facilities in Belgium https://www.expatica.com/be/directory/
- Universities in Belgium https://www.expatica.com/be/directory/
- Language schools in Belgium https://www.expatica.com/be/directory/
Belgian jobs in newspapers
You can find job ads in the weekend editions of the main nationals newspapers:
- in Dutch – De Morgen, De Standaard, Het Nieuwsblad, De Tijd, Het Laatste Nieuws.
- in French – La Dernière Heure, Le Soir, La Libre Belgique, La Meuse, L’Echo.
- in German – Grenzecho.
Belgium, and especially Brussels, is a fantastic place to network with so many international companies and expats already working there. As a result, many positions get filled through word-of-mouth without the need for advertising. There are trade associations, business groups and professional bodies, and networking organisations.
Here are a few of them:
- American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium http://www.amcham.be/
- British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium https://www.britishchamber.be/about-you/meet-linkedminded-professionals
- European Professionals Network http://www.epnetwork.eu/ – based in Brussels
- Professional Women International (PWI) https://www.pwi.be/ – a Brussels-based multi-national forum for women in business.
You can also get in touch with other expats working in similar fields through meet-up groups https://www.meetup.com/find/?allMeetups=true&radius=5&userFreeform=brussels&mcId=c1001379&sort=default .
Make the first move – speculative job applications
Speculative job applications are an acceptable way to find work in Belgium. Find companies by searching online at:
- the Belgian Golden Pages https://www.goldenpages.be/ (in English)
- business directories like Kompass https://gb.kompass.com/ and Europages https://www.europages.com/
- the Federation of the Belgian Chambers of Commercehttp://belgianchambers.be/en/zakendoen-in-belgie/informatie-over-belgische-bedrijven/ which has links to registers of all Belgian companies
- Voka https://www.voka.be/eng , Flander’s Chamber of Commerce representing more than 18,000 companies in Flanders.
You can also look up international companies with offices in Belgium. When you submit speculative applications, make sure you find out which language to use and to whom you should address it.
Traineeships, interships and volunteering in Belgium
The EU offers traineeships for university graduates via the European Commission Traineeships Office (Bureau de Stages) https://ec.europa.eu/stages/ , otherwise internships or summer placements can be arranged by AIESEC https://www.aiesec.co.uk/ (for students and recent graduates) or IAESTE https://iaeste.org/ (for students in science, engineering and applied arts). Interships can also be found at Europlacement http://www.europlacement.com/ and Intern Abroad https://www.goabroad.com/intern-abroad .
For those aged between 17 and 30, volunteer programs are arranged by the European Voluntary Service (EVS) https://europa.eu/youth/EU/voluntary-activities/european-voluntary-service_en , where you work abroad for up to 12 months in exchange for board, food, insurance and a small allowance. Concordia http://www.concordiavolunteers.org.uk/ is another organisastion for volunteer opportunities.