Friday, March 25, 2011

Hot jobs this week..Shift in global hiring trends?

Last week, about 110 international recruiters, the members of NPA, The Worldwide Recruiting Network’ gathered in San Diego, California for the 55th annual conference. While I missed it this year, I have the pleasure of being updated by Veronica Scrimshaw who listed out some of the major highlights gleaned from conversations over the 3 days meeting:
Business is GOOD. Recruiters from all geographies and niches report a sustained increase in hiring activity, with many seeing business activity at 2006-07 levels.

Assignments are difficult. Client expectations are high, and recruiters are receiving extremely hard-to-fill recruiting assignments after internal recruiters have tried—and failed—to source the right candidates.

The candidate shortage is worldwide. NPA's international recruiters from all four corners of the globe are reporting a dearth of exceptional candidates for their client openings.

International recruiting opportunities are increasing. NPA recruiters are receiving more international assignments as their clients build or expand operations in other countries. Skilled ex-pats continue to be in high demand as clients look for local talent as opposed to relocating foreign candidates.

Candidate loyalty to existing employers is low. Fear of making a poor job move is the only thing that makes an employee appear loyal."

Dave Nerz, President NPA chips in that there is an increasing need for locally based recruiters with international recruiting connections. "

As the world has become smaller and flatter, many companies are participating in a global economy. Not all of these companies have a history or the desire to do business with the biggest franchised & corporately held international recruiting firms. This creates a new opportunity for the nimble and connected one- or two-person international recruiting firm."

At Options, across the world in India, I do see a large part of the above happening -in consonance with the above observations made by my associates!

Right now, we are working on a bunch of exciting opportunities this week-and most of them are looking for topnotch global talent to spearhead their foray into new markets and take advantage of the emerging opportunities in India. Here a few pointers.

a) preference for professionals with international experience;

-Director level candidate for a MNC in a ground floor opportunity to establish and cultivate a Hyderabad based captive IT delivery centre to serving its IT needs across the enterprise and around the globe.

- Head for a Business School @Chennai. Ideal candidate would be someone who has an exposure to management education abroad, and has good business acumen.

b) preference for professionals prepared to cross pollinate expertise:

- A National level position based @Chennai to spearhead the concept of a promoting partnerships in the Education space-for setting up schools/colleges across the breadth of the country. The ideal person would have had a strong sales background in the consumer durable/FMCG industry -with a strong hands on operational experience across different zones-preferably with scouting alliances for franchisee development earlier!

-HR professionals with 12-15yrs exp in Talent acquisition/PMS/ Learning & Development -for a growing company in the Power sector. Positions exist at their corporate office in Hyderabad.

- For a UK based BPO in the insurance/financial services domain, based in Mumbai, we are on the lookout for Premier MBA with 2-7yrs experience in Consulting companies.Ideal person would have had prior experience in solving business problems -and have exposure to at least 2 of the 3 following areas:

1. Quality /six sigma and process improvement

2. Business transition /migration/ project management office

3. Analytics

Do you think I missing out on any other trends?

Is it that, post the attempts of 'rightsizing' of companies in the last 24months, companies are quite content allowing the present team to multitask, juggle & stretch- and manage, while still waiting for the elusive 'perfect match'? Most middle & senior managers that I have come across recently, seem to think they have been working lot more extended hours -beyond their bandwidth...and unable to spend as much time interviewing!!

I look forward to having your inputs!

BTW, for a bunch of openings with a prior proven track record in the domain, please visit our career site!

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