Have you ever thought of taking the step to continue your career abroad?

I have! In November 2018 - I visited Amsterdam for the very first time and I started dreaming about moving here one day. After finishing my Masters, I was finally ready to make this dream a reality and made quite a bold decision to move here with no connections, no serious plan nor a job.

Amsterdam is definitely one of a kind; it charms you with its amazing architecture, delights with openness and diversity, yet most importantly gives you great opportunities to grow as a person and as a professional. However, the road to getting these opportunities can sometimes be long and bumpy.

Here are 5 tips which helped me and could help you too. 😉


1. Work on your Personal brand 🤸‍♀️

4 words: Update your LinkedIn profile! When was the last time you checked and really thought about your LinkedIn profile? However weird it may sound, many recruiters underestimate the power of their LinkedIn profiles and their personal branding. I should know, I was one of them. 

To be seen as a recruitment professional, you have to present yourself like one! Work on your LI profile, rewrite your about section, refresh your profile photo and describe your past role with key achievements. Think and write about how you stand out, what you are passionate about as a recruiter and how you can help your next potential employer or candidate. Make them want to connect with you! 

Last step: Share your updated profile with your professional network and let them know that you’re looking for a new role in Amsterdam. 


2. Apply and build your network in Amsterdam 🤳

First of all ask yourself what kind of companies, working environment or role would suit you best. Check the top companies and startups based in Amsterdam and the vacancies they offer. Once you find a really interesting and exciting opportunity, connect with its company recruiters and show them your interest. Don’t be shy and be human - always write a personal message and tell them what actually brought your attention to the company. It’s also a perfect way to validate the company’s culture and expand your network. Read more about personal outreaches in The Robot-Proof Recruiter from Katrina Collier, it will definitely help you with approaching your candidates as well.

What worked for me was actually connecting with WeAreKeen. In the beginning, I was interested in a client assignment but then an internal vacancy opened and I got the chance to apply for it. Connecting with a recruitment agency always broadens your job search as you’re not the only one who’s looking for a great opportunity for you!