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1. Posted by aurorepetite (Budding Member, 2 posts) 19 Oct '12 08:07

Hello Globetrotters :),

I am thinking about moving to Holland in a few weeks, i always loved the country and its people, so why not giving it a try for a year or so.
Is there any of you out there also wanna move there ? Can someone tell me briefly how much would it app. cost for the first two-three month?
I have just moved back home from France where i have been working and studying in the past 3 years.

I already got in touch with a recruitment agency in Amsterdam and i hope to find a job in customer care or international sales soon, but Dutch companies seem to prefer interviewing those candidates who are already in Holland, so i guess once i get there it might be easier (ok not THAT easy).
Unfortunately i do not speak Dutch, only English, French and Hungarian (my mother tongue).

Can some of you tell me your experiences and if anybody plans to move there too, how are you planning it?

Dank U wel Guys, xxx

Hajni :)

2. Posted by Neetuagarwal (Inactive, 4 posts) 19 Oct '12 08:32

There are international companies for which the language of communication is English, but these tend to be around Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Hoofddorp, Schiphol area and then some are located around Den Haag & Rotterdam. The kind of jobs are varied from warehouse picking/packing (which don't require much skills/education) and then there are a bulk of jobs around order processing, call centers etc but generally they would look for higher education and also a second foreign language would stand you with a better chance of securing a job. I used to work for a Japanese multinational company whose European and Middle East African HQ was in the Netherlands and this was office based with SCM, marketing, finance etc, and so there were a lot of positions (about 500 in several locations) but also the demand for these jobs were pretty high including from Dutch native speakers.

Then there are internaitonal organisations such as the UN and these are located mainly in and around Den Haag. My husband works for one such organisation, but the vacancies command applications worldwide and an average position can command anything up to 1000's of applications, plus in some cases it is only open for the nationalities of member states.
As for living day-to-day, well you can live in and around Amsterdam and survive in English, but the further you move out then the more Dutch is a requirement, plus of course it will make your experience easier in the long-run if you embrace the language and throw yourself into it.
Anyway, hope this gives you a couple of ideas and things to think about

Best of luck:)

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Oct-2012, at 09:13 by Neetuagarwal ]

3. Posted by aurorepetite (Budding Member, 2 posts) 19 Oct '12 08:40

Dear Neetuagarwal,

Thank you for your fast and really informative answer :) !!
I would like to look for a job which is related to my educational background and working experience such as International Trade or International Relations. I really hope my plan will work out, it would be the 5th country i live in !!! Hupp hupp Holland !!

All i need is a room or an apartment to rent, do know by any chance a reliable website?

Many thanks :)

4. Posted by autocash (Budding Member, 2 posts) 20 Oct '12 05:24

I see you are determinated and open-minded - that's the basic ;). I think your languages are your pros. Maybe learn smoe German. It's not hard to learn and can be usefull in this part of Europe.

All the best!