Me and a friend are going across to amsterdam on the 28th feb, we plan to work either in amsterdam or somewhere close by to raise funds to continue our tour of europe, so the help we need....has anyone worked in amsterdam before? if so whats the pay like and wheres best to apply in or around amsterdam?, also we have got the details of a few hostels in amsterdam, does anyone know any we should avoid? or which one to stay at? also any info on the place itself or holland in general is appreciated
I don't know where you're from or what special skills you have to offer, but it's quite difficult for foreigners to find work in the Netherlands, and impossible if you're not an EU citizen.
As to hostels, if you want to stay for a longer period, it may be worth your money looking at hostels outside Amsterdam (e.g. Haarlem, Utrecht), which are slightly less expensive.
In regards to finding work The Flying Pig Hostel has positions listed. It says only if you have to be an EU citizen to get a job there but this implies a "paying job". We stayed at a flying pig just outside of Amsterdam in Noorwitz(?) and I saw a sign for a "work for your bed" type thing which you might be able to sort out while you are finding another, paying job in the surrounding area. The staff at all three of their hostels in Amsterdam were nice and helpful so maybe shoot them an email before you get there.
You will have quite a hard time finding legit work in the Dam. Trust me, you are not the only ones wanting to do that. The best thing you may find, is working in a hostel for free bed and food. If you speak good dutch, you could possibly get short term work, in a restaurant working for cash under the table. But like I said, there is a line of 1000's in front of you wanting to do that. If you have EU citizenship, then thats a whole nother story. Good luck.