I ask myself – how international is the international job market? Or am I just very naïve?
For the past years there have been a flurry of different messages on the job market. In particular one message is recurring and that is that employers have a hard time filling positions because the competence is elsewhere. More and more I believe that is sheer nonsense. Employers and recruiters simply don’t want to recruit from anywhere but across the street.
For the ones like me, the labour market is international. I job hunt in six countries. It is absolutely no problems. But some time during the process one must meet. Then, the prospective employer either buys me a ticket, or I purchase and get reimbursed. There are never any issues.
Except for employers and recruiters based in the UK – or at least this is what it feels like.
And this is what got me speculating – why advertise one on an international job board if only candidates from next turf come into question?
The internet is per definition international so if you advertise on e.g. LinkedIn, candidates from other parts than from across the street will read the advert. And what more, we might just have the right qualifications for the aforementioned position.
Sometimes when I speak with London-based recruiters they get hooked on the fact that I am on “The Continent.” Oh dear, and we have a different currency,too. Sometimes, I point out that it is faster for me in Paris to travel to London than it is for someone in Glasgow. It gives things a perspective – although their attitude that I am literally on another galaxy remains unchanged.
Yes, I realise that recruiters are caught between a rock and a hard place and that their hands might be tied by the demands of their customer. But at the same time, their customer must be able to rely on the fact that they are presented with the best candidate. And what if that candidate should happen to be based “elsewhere”? Are we then put in the left heap for unsuitable candidates? I am convinced that when a future employer find (thanks to their recruiter!) “The” candidate the funds will be there.
There is really nothing to this blog post other than that I wonder how international the international labour market actually is…