10 Things to do before you tap into global talent

04th September 2018

Problem: You’re tired of the endless battle for great talent.

Solution: Think globally

Here’s what you can do:

1. Stop being so pessimistic

“I’ll never find the right skills.” “But my friend Joe said he didn’t find the rights person overseas!” Get your head in the game. There are more than 7 billion people in the world, and they’re connecting faster than ever. You just need to have the right mindset.

2. Talk to someone.

You already have the connections- just ask around. You need to have a conversation with a professional based in another country.

3. Use LinkedIn

If you can’t do #2, then go to LinkedIn and do a search. LinkedIn is an excellent tool. Just follow your normal process and then widen the location net.

4. Review Your Needs

Review your basic job description and tasks to see which areas need to be “tweaked”. Don’t take too long here, you just want to start thinking about it.

5. Check with Marketing

Check with your marketing team or a marketing consultant to see if your talent attraction position is really a key differentiator. Everyone is offering good pay, snacks, drinks, and a nice work culture. If you're trying to attract global talent, you need to stand out. Take a look at this blog post for more information.

6. Be Culturally Appropriate

Have a think about your experience and do some research so you can get this right. You don’t want to upset the smartest person you’ve ever met by making a cultural faux pas.

7. Choose the Right Countries

You’ll probably want to narrow down your search for global talent by choosing a few countries to concentrate on. One key aspect here to consider is communication skills (for now, although technology like Google Translate is catching up). Luckily for us, English is becoming ubiquitous, and most countries have at least a basic level included in their school system.

8. Research Remote Work

There are tonnes of books on working remotely and building remote teams. I personally love Remote: Office Not Required. You can also read some Tips for Managing Distributed Teams here.

9. Discuss with your team.

Maybe your team members have ideas, reservations, and/or experience. It may sound obvious, but it’s easy to overlook employees who may have worked with remote coworkers in previous positions.

10. Tap into your international connections

Ok, I’ve already mentioned this. But I’m mentioning it again because it’s so important. In this multicultural world, it’s likely that you have some international connections you may not be aware of. Now’s the time to do some thinking and get in touch with them.

Any questions? Reach out to us to discuss how you can find global talent ASAP.