Whether you are a candidate looking for your next role, or working at a company and involved in sourcing talent; our advice is; ‘get prepared!’
Of no surprise are the on-going skills shortages in New Zealand within areas like IT, construction, and engineering. We hear about these skill shortages through industry reports, postings via social media, or because of challenges faced within our own businesses. It doesn’t look like anytime soon we’ll get on top of this problem, so it’s important whether you are a candidate or hiring manager you are well prepared to take the world head on.
And here’s why.
As a candidate actively seeking a new role in today’s market, not only are you are competing with other great NZ-based candidates, you’re also competing with a generous number of overseas candidates who possess the same skills and experience, are able to be interviewed via Skype and be assessed via new cloud based technologies. The age old argument that physically someone needs to be present no longer applies. They are very much available and ready to relocate at a moment’s notice.
If you’re involved in the hiring process you face similar challenges. On the one hand, the very same candidate that you’re looking at will also be being targeted by offshore sourcing machines, which are armed with numerous benefits on offer to entice and position ‘their’ role as ‘the’ one to consider.
As well, companies globally are going the extra mile to secure the perfect candidate. For example, we recently worked with an English recruiter who supplies talent to a third party provider, who in turn supplies that talent into New Zealand for one of the many projects within a large utilities company. Internationally, news of the large infrastructure projects [like the ultra-fast broadband roll-out or the rebuild in Christchurch] are noted and watched with interest, and then acted on when it comes to securing the right talent.
So, in short, whether you’re a candidate or the hiring manager, today’s market is all about three things:
- Keeping the relationships you have tight with regular contact because this is where the art of the long game is won.
- When the time is right be ready to pounce.
- Focus on your point of difference and the value you bring. Be able to articulate those reasons clearly and simply.
Paul Brophy works with CXC Global, a company specialising in contingent workforce management. CXC Global started in 1992 and now manages 12,000 contractors across 50 countries and 5 continents.