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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

6 Great Reasons to Relocate Abroad For Work in the Netherlands

The world is becoming smaller and workers are becoming more globally mobile. Yes, research from CERC tells us that 25% of employees from 24 countries say that they would be 'very likely' to take up a job in a new country, which is 6% higher than last year.

But, even though many of you are very keen to move abroad for work to the Netherlands in order to take advantage of the global jobs market, many of you are not seizing the opportunity to work in a new country. We think that you may be missing an opportunity to make a substantial improvement to your personal and career development, and, since we are such strong evangelists of overseas work experience, we thought it would be a good time to outline 6 great reasons to relocate abroad – and these are shown below.

1. Move to where the work is

As many of you know, certain areas of the world are suffering with high unemployment levels such as Greece, Spain and Ireland. By working abroad, job seekers from these job starved locations can move to job rich locations with lower levels of unemployment, such as the Netherlands, which has one the lowest levels of unemployment in the Eurozone at the moment.

2. Increased Pay and Tax Efficiency (in some places)

Many overseas jobs come with excellent relocation packages, salary premiums and can offer low tax, no tax or very tax efficient environments, which enhance your earning levels. Of course, some tax regimes may be less efficient than your home country, so be sure to check the tax regimes of the countries that you are intending to go to, particularly if earnings and tax efficiency is your key reason for moving abroad.

3. Career Development and opportunities in the Netherlands 
Career opportunities may be limited in your own country, however, by moving abroad you have the entire global jobs market at your disposal, which means that you may find it easier to land a higher level and more challenging role. Thus, relocating abroad can help you to develop both personally and professionally. Are you looking for a job in the Netherlands?
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4. International Experience
Working abroad will give you international work experience which will make you more employable within multinational companies in your home country when you return. Why? Because multinationals value international business experience greatly. The reason for this is that language skills and cultural awareness may be able to help them expand their business or better serve customers in foreign markets.

5. Learn a new language in the Netherlands
A study by LECG reported in the Forbes Magazine found that graduates with an additional language earned between 2-4% more than those with just one language. Since one of the best ways to learn a language is to live and work in the native country, you can work abroad in order to learn a new language, increasing your earning potential and making yourself more employable.

6. Build your network
Working abroad is an excellent way to build, develop and strengthen your professional and personal network. Do not underestimate the power and importance of having a large and actionable network as you can use it to help you get a job and get ahead throughout the course of your career.

As you can see there are many great reasons to move abroad and if this article has convinced you of the opportunities that an international career can bring to you, why not check out an international jobs boards and see where it takes you? Good luck with your career, where ever it is!

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This article was originally published in Together Abroad.

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