In this highly competitive and increasingly saturated market, most recruiters or recruitment firms realize that in order to stand out and present a broad range of solutions to their clients, they need to go global. Some common excuses to avoid the work of creating a global firm include: “it’s too hard,” “that’s what franchises are for,” “It is too expensive and time consuming to sort out labor regulations per country” Although each of these excuses have some merit, none of them should stop you in your global expansion tracks.
Try to set yourself above your competitors by keeping up on international market conditions and legislation. Your knowledge in these areas will be valuable in targeting where you want to expand and in what industries. One way to jump the international hurdle is to connect with like-minded firms throughout the world. A great place to start is through LinkedIn. Recruiters are pretty transparent on social media so they might be easier to find than you think.
Also, think about joining a network. There are obvious questions to ask as it relates to policies, operations and integrity before jumping into something like this, but if you’ve done your homework, your investment will almost certainly result in a positive ROI as well as global connections. Many international firms belong to a network such as NPAworldwide, where you can easily connect with local firms in the country your client is expanding operations to and can have their assistance in working globally or even split placements with them for their assistance on international searches.
What are some of the challenges you face with making your global footprint?