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.
According to the Harvard Business Review, hiring good people has been a challenge for over two thousand years. The first attempt to select people in a scientific way dates back to 207 BC, when officials of the Han Dynasty in China created a long and detailed job description for civil servants. Even then, many of the hires were unsatisfactory.
The recruitment and selection processes are always evolving. To remain knowledgeable of the market, you need to be aware of the global trends. Consultants should know how to analyze what will become a trend, in order to adapt their processes and act according to market needs.
Recently I was discussing global trends in the recruitment and executive search markets at the recent NPAworldwide Networking Meeting in Rio de Janeiro. I can say that Brazil is on track with regard to recruitment and selection. Both in the US as well as here, recruiters are a great ally at the time of hiring employees and provide a “two-way” system in which entrepreneurs can trust and get more interaction, flexibility, commitment and intensive communication with recruitment firms.
Despite the retraction in the Brazilian economy, the economies in other Latin American countries like Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Peru and others from Asia (China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, India) project an average growth of 4.1% for the year 2016. With this economic growth, companies have to hire more professionals for executive positions to meet the demand of the global market.
Moreover, entrepreneurs have realized that investment in training is a key differentiator for candidates who wish to gain leadership positions in the world market. Brazil is still working to increase the level of education and professional training offered to young people to address and conquer the challenges involving the country’s development. An alternative to remedy this lack of preparation is for companies to invest in training, which can be customized according to the profile and role of the employee.
The labor market offers various opportunities and to win them, job seekers must be prepared to face the new challenges. Several companies based in Europe and the USA bet on foreign professionals for leadership positions and management. To capture them, they bet on consultancies, through executive search, to offer personalized services and find the best professionals for the company’s profile.
In addition to the tools used in the process of recruitment and selection, a new way of hiring is gaining ground in the enterprise market. The use of technology, as well as various social networks is the new frontier for global hiring because it allows greater interaction between the candidate and the company. So, beyond the trends noted above, job seekers are advised to keep an updated professional profile on these networks to contribute to greater visibility for headhunters.
The recruitment and selection market has undergone profound changes in recent years, a result of liberalization, the development of new technologies and the mobilization of human capital internationally.
Today, the vast majority of candidates use the Internet as the main tool for seeking work, which is accessed not only through desktop computers, but also mobile phones and other devices.
For more specialized functions, including director and management positions, companies continue to rely on assistance from executive search firms. These recruitment agencies and executive search consultants increasingly use online databases and social media pages such as LinkedIn or Xing, to seek candidates globally and contact them directly.
Thus, for companies, the future is to develop career sites and easily-navigated, mobile-friendly recruitment platforms to facilitate applications via mobile devices. At the same time, applicants must ensure their online presence in professional websites and networks to optimize their job search.