Many direct searches require the net to be cast wide - in geographical terms at least. Combined with this, the individuals or teams recruited may be required for an equally diverse range of countries or cities.

Myriam Rispens works for both national and international companies and organisations and has recruited teams to be based in cities such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, London and Paris.

Her searches have covered the UK, France, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Finland, Poland, Iceland, Korea, Egypt and Israel, for example. But she has also carried out searches within Belgium itself in places such as Geel, Overijse, Veurne and Waterloo to name a few.

A good awareness of the company and country cultures involved is therefore paramount in any successful recruitment search, whether cross-border or localised.

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