Why You Should Put Millennials at the Heart of Your International Hiring Strategy
There are three forces acting on the world of international hiring and assignments and these are creating a need for recruiters and HR to shift their strategic focus to the Millennial Generation (Born 1998 -2002).
This does not mean discarding Generation Y (Born 1965 1982) and Baby Boomers (Born 1946-1964), as a multi-generational hiring strategy will lead to diverse teams that are more flexible and adaptable and more high performing; I am fully behind multi-generational teams!
However, the demographic shifts that are occurring in the candidate marketplace cannot be ignored as they are beginning to impact a global company's abilities to attract international talent. For example, research from Deloitte tells us that by 2026, both Millennials and younger workers will account for around 50% of the workforce. This means that if international businesses want to be able to effectively resource their teams with international recruits they must begin to develop processes that are especially attractive to Millennials.
Older workers less keen to travel while younger workers are keen jet setters
Another piece of research from the CEB suggests that 65% of global leaders, (who tend to be...
As the Dutch economy continues to grow, some of it as a result of its fast-expanding digital economy, some have questioned the role of the Netherlands’ job recruitment agencies (uitzendbureaus) that have always played a significant role in its unique working culture. These temporary employment agencies owe their existence to the economic climate of the second half of the 20th century—a period of economic fluctuation within various sectors. In general, this is also evident in sectors like the agricultural industry, which calls on temporary workers based around the seasonal growth of crops. Essentially, a flexible economy calls for flexible jobs and recruitment.
The Flexible Dutch Job Market
Around 700,000 people work as temps in the Netherlands, making it the country with the sixth highest percentage of flexible workers, usually with the intention of getting their foot into a particular labour market or getting to know an employer or sector. Temporary recruitment agencies play a unique role in the Dutch economy because they are also the typical first stops for foreign workers looking to find work in the Netherlands; agencies also typically help new workers to find temporary housing for further...
Like many who graduate from university, it was a challenge for me to find a job that would cater to my academic strengths. I found myself caught in a catch-22 situation that many graduates find themselves in; needing to find a job for professional experience, but not having enough professional experience to land a job. Discovering volunteering opportunities can be an effective way to break the loop, and it shows future employers that you are a proactive individual that keeps finding opportunities where they can.
Having completed a philosophy degree, I wanted to find an opportunity that catered to my strengths in research and writing. Discovering a content writing position at Together Abroad meant that I could translate the critical thinking and analysis skills I had picked up during my time at university, and I could apply them to a business-oriented role that caters to candidates, business HR departments and general audiences. Being able to learn more about business topics in general and to get useful feedback for my writing has better prepared me for professional roles in the future.
Since being a writer for Together Abroad, I have explored a variety of different...
We live in a multicultural world, full of varied ideas, beliefs and cultural backgrounds mixing in constant flux. This phenomenon is contemporary to our increased globalization, where multicultural workplaces are not just a result, but the desirable mirror of a plural and diverse society. Diversity brings about debates on openness, inclusiveness, communication, and respect, while cultural competence, the ability to interact effectively with people from other cultures, becomes one of the critical skills to master in these working environments.
Cultural diversity manifests in the values, norms, and traditions that affect the way different members of a group typically perceive, think, interact, behave, and make judgments in the workplace. The capacity to adapt to a multicultural workplace will depend significantly on the awareness that each individual has of his or her cultural worldview, the knowledge of other cultural practices, the tolerant attitude towards cultural differences, and his or her cross-cultural skills.
Cultural differences affect almost all interactions at work, but the most significant are:
• Communications: how and when information is provided in an accurate and promptly manner; on direct or indirect ways.
• Team-building: some cultures are individualistic, others foster teamwork.
Last year November, the news buzzed with articles about economic discrimination between women and men. The Dutch News Broadcast NOS wrote a short article on why women are less successful when it comes down to salary negotiations. According to the article, women use insecure language more often; they downplay their own qualities and results; they have less confidence during the negotiations.
The article used the discrepancy between the salary of men and women as its topic to focus on the pitfalls of women, but it applies to anyone who wishes to tackle their salary. When it comes to negotiating, it is important to be prepared. Without decent preparations, the outcome will be poor, or worse, the impression made will not be one in your favour.
Check your market value
First, it is important to determine what the average salary of the potential job you seek might be. Sometimes, the job description gives an indication, but this is not always the case. To get an impression what the job will pay, check the company’s CAO. The major trade unions often provide these.
Unfortunately, not all companies have a CAO, when this is the case some additional research is necessary....
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