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Thread poster: ItalianLinguist

Local time: 22:45
English to Italian
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Nov 22, 2005

Good morning translators!

I am planning to move to the NL due to the main fact that my partner's sister is facing a very strong therapy in Rotterdam...

A change for me is not going to be a problem as I can virtually work from everywhere, but for my partner – an information security expert, bilingual (EN/IT) - it is quite different. He has a very impressive CV - worked with all main IT companies in Italy and abroad – but doesn’t speak any Dutch. He had many interviews but always with no success because, he was told, he doesn't know (enough)the language although he is learning it and very fast.

I tried with many head-hunters, and had a positive feedback, but the whole process takes ages. I also emailed to relocation experts but still...

Could you, please, give me few suggestions about where to send his CV?I am looking for something different from, etc.

Do you know if there are industries or realities looking for an IT security manager? It seems the more one is skilled the more it is difficult to find a right place to fit in.

I hope someone can help us as the situation is starting to be very difficult to deal with.

Sorry if I bother you somehow.

Have a wonderful (working!) day!



Maaike van Vlijmen  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:45
Member (2009)
Italian to Dutch
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strange Nov 28, 2005

Sono rimasta molto sorpresa! I think it's very strange that he cannot find a job because he doesn't speak Dutch. I am Dutch (I moved to Portugal this year) and I know that there are many people in Holland who don't speak the language and still manage to work. Maybe it also has to do with the economic situation..
I will ask some friends of mine and see if I can help. I feel so sorry for him! I know how hard it is...
Cordiali saluti, Maaike


Local time: 22:45
English to Italian
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Thanks Nov 29, 2005

for your help and suggestions!
Have a nice day!!


Gabriela Tenenbaum (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 17:45
English to Spanish
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Nederland Dec 4, 2005

Hi, minuscola:

I know that getting a qualified job in The Netherlands these days is becoming more and more problematic, especially if you don't manage the language. However, IT experts are always required at most important firms around here.

The first thing I suggest you and your partner is to ask for an interview at any of the several international companies (many are in Den Haag/The Hague and Amsterdam area, not far from R'dam)like Shell, for instance:

Another possibility is to send CV's to international organizations like OPCW ( or to The International Criminal Court (,they are much more prone to hire expats or foreigners than locals.

I also suggest these sites that might help:


Wish you and your partner good luck and 'heel succes'!


[Edited at 2005-12-04 20:20]


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