The World is Getting Smarter and Smaller
How the Global Candidate Pool is Replacing the Need for Domestic Hires
The great chasm of language, proximity, and expertise once stood between the American job market and candidates from the rest of the world. It wasn’t cost-effective to consider an overseas hire. Companies searched locally for candidates who could communicate well with customers, understand American culture and trends, and be close enough in proximity to interact with the internal team. However, this pinpointed search for qualified candidates has since expanded far beyond American borders.
Today’s technological advancements have rapidly shifted any divide that once stood between America and the rest of the world, almost eliminating it completely. This elimination is also on trend globally. I’ve seen it when a client of mine was in Hong Kong interviewing for a job in Paris at Rexel, or how London-based jobs (or work opportunities in any compelling city) have candidate pools from around the world.
Qualified talent is now accessible both globally and domestically — making your full-time job market extremely competitive. No longer does your competition share the same country code; think more in terms of Bangkok, Mumbai, or Amsterdam.
In a nutshell, the world is not only getting smarter, it’s getting smaller.
How the global candidate pool is replacing your full-time opportunities
The language barrier used to be the ultimate barriers between our national talent and international talent. However, today the rate at which English is being learned in other countries makes the now fluent English-speaking global candidates as attractive as our domestic ones.
Take South Korea for instance. My sister spent two years there teaching groups of people how to speak English, from government employees to 3- to 5-year-olds. This is the norm now, learning English from a young age is on trend for the rising generation and decreases this great barrier that used to exist.
The middle class continues to expand into other parts of the world. Making strategic moves from rural areas to city centers, companies are gaining significantly more access to the Internet — making for more accessibility and viable employees. When job candidates don’t have to be physically present, this opens doors to global contenders, especially when they come at less expensive rates.
For instance, India’s gain on mastering IT skills has lent itself to American companies finding cheaper labor that is just as sophisticated, if not more so. As a whole, global candidates are proactively positioning themselves as desirable VISA-sponsored employees, removing distance and expertise as obstacles.
Outsourcing is not a new concept, but it is becoming your ultimate competition. The main negative effect of outsourcing is it increases U.S. unemployment. The 14 million outsourced jobs are almost double the 7.5 million unemployed Americans. With the strength of the global candidate rising, you have to prove to HR that not only do you bring the expertise needed for the job, you bring the heart skills, and a superior ability to communicate and elaborate within a team setting.
So what does competing against global candidates mean to you, the domestic job candidate?
Fewer full-time jobs on U.S. soil means your competition is really stiff. You have to bring your best “A-game” to the table every time you have an interview. The filtering process for the full-time job is very aggressive. Because the cost of recruiting someone is so high, most hiring managers only give their time to the top three candidates.
As a result of this, HR has gained more power in the hiring process. I recently spoke to an HR screener who indicated that business leaders are necessarily becoming more trusting of their HR representative’s judgment.
You are in a hyper-competitive market, not only with your global competitors but with the limited time of hiring managers. Be prepared to aptly express your answers to these questions and set yourself apart from the rest of the competition.
- What are my strengths?
- What are my weaknesses?
Convince your interviewer that you are superior to any global candidate. Your strengths must indicate that hiring you over a distant candidate will only bring growth and opportunity to the business. Knowing your weaknesses and how they pale in comparison to your global counterpart can be just as impacting.
Preparation is key
Don’t underestimate the significance of your HR conversations. Your first interview round is the one that makes or breaks your momentum. This is where you establish your positioning in the candidate line — and your unbeatable strength over global hires. Start strong and stay there.
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Regardless who or what you are up against, it is critical you present yourself as indispensable.
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