• Sjors TimmerSjors Timmer, 3 years ago

    Yes, I've done this. (moved from Amsterdam to London to Berlin).

    Perhaps the trick is to reframe it from hiring internationally to hiring you locally, after which you move.

    Unless you are exceptionally good, it's going to hard to have someone provide you with a full-time contract and visa after a few skype-calls. Meeting people face to face, even just for an hour, can make things happen a lot easier and faster.

    A first easy step could be to find an English speaking recruiter in the cities you're interested in and see if they are up for a Skype call. A bit more costly could be to go to a city for a short time and try to meet up with some local designers (meetup.com can be a good source to find events to meet people). Even more expensive (but it works the best) is to put everything you have now in storage , rent a local Airbnb for a month and start looking for a job.

    In most capital cities (like Berlin or Amsterdam) it should be possible to find an English speaking job (although UX jobs are a bit harder than UI jobs from my experience).

    I would also recommend to think in cities instead of countries (in most countries, smaller cities can be hard to get started if you only speak English).

    Good luck!

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    • Darren Krape, 3 years ago

      What were some of the ways you found recruiters? I'm trying Todd's suggestion of going through Linkedin.

      Also, curious to hear your thoughts on Amsterdam vs Berlin? I'm exploring a move to either one.

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      • Sjors TimmerSjors Timmer, 3 years ago

        Have a look for Cogs Berlin on Linkedin: http://cogsagency.com/offices/berlin/ should be easy to find someone who works with companies in your area of expertise.

        It's already a while back I worked in Amsterdam, I think what they've in common is that both have a lot of companies and you can get away with English. Amsterdam is also a wealthy, modern (and a bit touristy city). Berlin is something else altogether, it's great, but there's still a lot of work to be done to get the whole city in the 21st century (which also comes with the opportunity to do things differently).

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        • Darren Krape, 3 years ago

          I'll take a look at Cogs. Of the two, Berlin is definitely the one I am really excited about, so it is good to hear there are some interesting opportunities. Thanks!

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          • Sjors TimmerSjors Timmer, 3 years ago

            Yeah, there's quite a large english speaking UX community here. Another large employer is Zalando. Feel free to drop me a note, when you're seriously considering moving.

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