Go Netherlands! JD.com relies on a very international team

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  • Le 9 décembre 2022
Henry Zhang
EU Regional HR Director, JD.com - Amsterdam

Henry is a passionate HR professional specialised in strategic HR management with more than 10 years of experience in large international groups. Henry shares some first-hand advice about the job market in the Netherlands.

JD.com is a Chinese e-commerce company, with headquarters in Beijing and offices in Amsterdam and Paris among other countries. It is one of the two massive online retailers in China by transaction  volume and revenue, a member of the Fortune Global 500.
The work culture

JD.com Amsterdam relies on a very international team. The corporate values are influenced by this diversity with, on the one hand, the Chinese culture of the group, while on the other, the harmonious integration of certain Dutch traits. We see our customers as part of the family; therefore integrity, honesty, respect and trust make up our core values.
We place great importance on building reliable, long-standing relationships for the long term. At the same time, we also value a “can-do attitude” with an openness to collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and experience.

My advice & top tips

A good piece of advice for international students wanting to work in the Netherlands is to apply to the Dutch subsidiary of the big companies from your country.
When preparing your job hunt, remember that in Europe, LinkedIn is a very useful and popular tool. And make sure you investigate the official websites of the companies you are planning to apply/interview for.
And remember, there are no better candidates, everyone is unique. Good luck you are the future!

Myths & realities

Although English is the working language in many cases, in my experience I would recommend trying to learn some Dutch. It will help you to find a job quickly and navigate the cultural codes.

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