September 21, 2012 8:36:49 PM CEST
Agents work for the client, never forget that. If there is no 'English only' client with jobs, they aren't going to seek them out for your, or other English speakers, sakes. You are (don't take this personally) not very marketable in this market (recession) without conversational Dutch, and we're all feeling that. These agents don't work on commission or sales targets - they aren't going to go the extra mile for you, because you aren't paying them to do so (like the other thousand expats with various non-dutch native languages on their books)
It's hard, but not impossible. Try the main agencies - Creyfs, Randstad, or even PostNL as they are probably going to be recruiting for the Christmas rush very, very, soon.
If you are fussy and want plum jobs, or work only with 'expat job sites', you'll be going home (broke) really soon. If you are happy to sort mail, or work warehouses or commercial greenhouses (where English is the norm), then you will earn just enough to live on while enjoying the culture (or whatever drew you to Holland).
There is one agency who gets desparate for English speakers every October - add me as a friend and I'll give you her contact/job details.