How can I prepare for a move abroad?

first_img Previous Article Next Article How can I prepare for a move abroad?On 29 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Ihave been an HR manager for nine years and my next goal is to become aninternational HR manager, although my experience so far is entirely UK-based.Any suggestions on how I can prepare for such a move? What qualities,experience and knowledge will employers look for?CliveSussams, recruitment consultant, Malpas Flexible LearningManyHR professionals aspire to international roles as part of their careerdevelopment. It is not easy, however, to find such appointments if you have nothad any international or expat experience, even in more junior positions. Myinitial suggestion would be for you to seek employment with an internationalcompany which could give you the option of transferring to a suitable roleinternally or at least give you the opportunity to gain some exposure tointernational HR work. It may also be worth learning another language if youhave not already, as this may make you attractive to some employers. Tobe successful in an international role you will need to have a very retentivememory and good understanding of employment and social cultures, as well as asound grasp of best practice HR and remuneration development. LouiseWhite, consultant, EJ Human ResourcesYouwill need to convince a future employer that you have prepared yourself for theupheaval this role could have on your personal life, as you will undoubtedlyhave to spend considerable time away from home, which can be disruptive, tiringand lonely. Evenif you are predominantly UK-based, working with different time zones willresult in longer working hours. Tact, diplomacy and patience will be requiredto deal with different cultures and an understanding how culture impacts on theway business is carried out, is also essential. Tryto build up a network of contacts who you can turn to for advice oninternational law and consider taking a course in international HR, which willshow a future employer you are taking decisive action to achieve your goal.PeterWilford, consultant, ChiumentoFirst,you should explore opportunities within your current company. If it has aninternational arm and overseas opportunities, you should ensure you are wellinformed on the way these areas are developing and be clear about what you cancontribute. You should look to create opportunities to work closely withsomeone with an international remit – ask someone with such a role to mentoryou, to encourage that side of your development. In addition you should seeksecondments or project work abroad in order to build your experience. Ifyour own company does not provide scope for international work, you should lookto move to a company which does. Realistically, it would be highly risky for a company to appoint someoneoutside their company to an international role without a track record ininternational work, so that is unlikely to happen. You should consider asideways move to a company with international scope if it will lead, in thelonger term, to the work you desire. Froma skills point of view, although it would be easier to make the transition ifyou did have some international experience, it is still worth trying the jobmarket to see what success you have. Otherkey qualities for international work would be adaptability and flexibility,dealing with ambiguity, a positive attitude, open-mindedness, excellentcommunication skills, strong commercial awareness and resilience. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Comment on Agency recruitment is not dying. It’s growing! by Adam Gordon

first_imgComment on Agency recruitment is not dying. It’s growing! by Adam GordonShared from missc on 15 Apr 2015 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. As a recruitment research and marketing business, it makes no difference to me whether we support recruitment agencies or in-house teams but what I would say is, the majority of our (direct) clients are DIYing most of their recruitment internally and very effectively. The world’s biggest Pharma company is at 100% direct sourcing in EMEA (98% globally) just as one example. They didn’t always fill all their own jobs. I’m not trying to start an argument Greg before you call me a meat-head or a fuckwit but doesn’t this comprehensively contradict your point?Read full article Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more