Global Cost of Engineering Talent

By Dave Nerz

Recruitment of engineering talent is becoming increasingly more competitive. The global financial crisis and the dramatic impact on manufacturers is a memory for most at this point. The search and selection of the best engineering talent has become a race to be first to the best engineering candidates with a lucrative offer. As this demand for talent continues, more companies in need of engineering talent will begin to look globally, use independent recruiters vs in-house resources, and start looking at developing their own training and talent pipelines. Read the rest of this entry »


Top 10 Tips for Your Candidates Undergoing Recruitment Assessments

By Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Amanda Davies, managing director for ISV, a TEAM Service Provider. ISV supports recruiters (in-house and consultants) and HR professionals worldwide with their candidate testing and screening process. ISV, part of Dillistone, is best known for its online testing software, FastPath and the new ISV Online.

Candidate experience – it became a topic of the moment a few years ago and shows no sign of going away. In fact, it could easily form part of Recruiter Buzzword Bingo (along with its friends ‘big data’, ‘war for talent’ and ‘uberisation’). Candidate experience has earned its place, though. It makes perfect sense to think about your candidate’s journey. Read the rest of this entry »


Don’t Be a Bad Apple!

By Veronica Blatt

Our guest blogger is Pam Robison of J. Gifford Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. J. Gifford Inc. is a small, quality conscious firm providing highly individualized recruiting services to clients on a local, regional, national and international basis. The firm’s recruiting activities are focused on professional, technical and managerial placement, as well as contractor and international staffing for clients. Pam is the Director of the US Midwest Region for the NPAworldwide Board of Directors.

Recently, while visiting a popular employment website, I came across a rant by a person who was fed up with recruiters. I’ve heard this kind of complaint before but I find most non-industry people are fairly naïve about the recruiting process. Nevertheless, I read on, and learned that this person had experienced what I call “the black hole syndrome.” Read the rest of this entry »


Global Expansion – What to Expect & How to Prepare

By Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Tim Bell, Chief Revenue Officer at People 2.0, a full-service Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company offering a best-in-class universal worker platform and complete Employer of Record platform for deployment of a global contingent workforce. People 2.0 is an NPAworldwide Alliance Partner.

Deciding to expand business operations into another country is never done lightly, and the hard choices and requirements for careful planning continue once you enter your new territory. The secret to a successful expansion is remarkably simple: effective planning. Effective planning is the bedrock of your global expansion and should receive your organization’s complete attention.

As you set up in a new country, there are a variety of decisions to consider, each one having potentially significant effects throughout your organization. Decision trees can help you see the potential consequences and causal links between decisions within your company’s infrastructure. With multiple factors to consider, it is imperative to have all options clearly presented before making final decisions. Read the rest of this entry »


Q3 Global Hiring to Remain Similar to Q2

By Veronica Blatt

global placement activityManpower has released the results of its third-quarter Employment Outlook Survey, which looks at global hiring plans across multiple sectors. Most payrolls are expected to remain flat or expand slightly compared to the previous quarter. The year-over-year comparison indicates a slightly stronger outlook. The complete results, including more than 40 countries, can be downloaded here. A regional summary of some noteworthy statistics can be found below: Read the rest of this entry »


Want to Work Globally? Just Ask!

By Sarah Freiburger

quarterly hiring outlookIn the recruiting world, many recruiters say they only work one city, state, or region. They may have a set group of clients they work with in that area, but could be losing business without even knowing it. If you have a multinational client, or a large business you work with that is headquartered in your area but may have satellite office elsewhere, you should try to win their job requirements outside of your geography. You may not have candidates in that area, but it is quite possible you know someone, or can find someone, who does!

Recently, an NPAworldwide member in China and another member in Pennsylvania, USA, worked together to fill a JDE ERP Business Systems Analyst role in the Machinery / Heavy Equipment Industry.

“For years, I have been telling my clients that through my membership in NPA, I can help them find candidates for their positions not only throughout the U.S. but also globally,” the PA-based recruiter said. “At last, one of these companies, a longstanding client with whom I have made many placements, ‘took me up on the offer’ (his words) and asked for my help in finding a Business Systems Analyst to work in their manufacturing plant in Kunshun, China.”

She posted the position on the network’s job sharing site, and reached out to several affiliates who had made placements with the help of members in Asia for suggestions on who to contact. Within a few days, several recruiters responded.

A Chinese-based member of NPAworldwide started the search quickly, as the client was traveling to Kunshun from the US to have interviews the following week. Despite limited time, they found several qualified candidates.

“Needless to say, my client was very surprised at the quality of the candidates we submitted but also the speed with which we found them,” the PA recruiter said. “My partners deserve the credit for this and they handled not only the recruiting but also all the candidate contact including setting up phone calls and in-person interviews when my client visited Kunshun.”

The happy ending, was that the two recruiters placed an excellent local candidate with a grateful and happy client.

In any cross-border deal, it’s important to have clear and consistent communication along every step of the way. After every interview, these two recruiters would promptly exchange client and candidate feedback, to ensure the consistency and timeliness of information.

To get this job order, all the Pennsylvania recruiter had to do was tell her longstanding client that she had the ability to help them globally. She then used the power of the network to collaborate across borders.

Don’t miss out on placement fees! Ask what your clients have going on elsewhere, and let them know you can help!


How to Get Into Global Recruiting

By Liz Carey

Want to Recruit Globally? All you have to do is ask!

In the recruiting world, many recruiters say they only work one city, state, or region. They may have a set group of clients they work with in that area, but could be losing business without even knowing it. If you have a multinational client, or a large business you work with that is headquartered in your area but may have satellite office elsewhere, you should try to win their job reqs outside of your geography. You may not have candidates in that area, but it is quite possible you know someone, or can find someone, who does! Global recruiting can soon be in your wheelhouse. Read the rest of this entry »


Latin America Region – The Land of Opportunity!

By Veronica Blatt

image of latin america Today’s guest blogger is Robson Barbosa from Selpe in Brazil. Selpe provides executive search services in the areas of automotive, mining, services, retail, healthcare, transportation, and construction. Robson serves as the NPAworldwide managing director for Latin America.

With the end of the “golden decade” of high commodity prices, national economies in Latin America currently face the challenge of adapting to a new reality in order to recover economic growth.

Although the region as a whole is barely growing, there are important differences within individual countries. Brazil has experienced a severe recession in the midst of political problems, but now is recovering with a lot of economic and tax policies made by the government. Read the rest of this entry »


Simple search techniques to uncover more top talent

By Veronica Blatt

sourcebreaker-logoToday’s guest blogger is Steve Beckitt from Sourcebreaker. SourceBreaker’s award-winning, intelligent search & matching platform delivers measurable results and provide genuine USPs to help you win and place more business.

Figuring out the best method to search for candidates with a specific job title can be challenging due to the hundreds of available variations for describing the exact same role. Read the rest of this entry »


5 Tips for Designing a World-Class Recruitment Website

By Veronica Blatt

image of web architecture to represent recruitment websiteToday’s guest blogger is Sam Ajam of BuzzRecruiter.com. Founded in 2006, BuzzRecruiter.com creates design and marketing buzz that serves the recruiting and staffing industry nationwide. Based in Silicon Valley and run by BizzwithBuzz, Inc, BuzzRecruiter.com specializes in using the latest graphic design, web marketing tools, and technology to boost your brand’s web presence and outshine the competition. At BuzzRecruiter.com, they always put the client first. BuzzRecruiter.com offers top notch customer service, one-on-one consultations, and custom solutions in responsive web design, graphic design, search engine optimization (SEO), web and interactive marketing, social media branding and content writing solutions. Read the rest of this entry »



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