Working with people is one of the most transferable skills that there is – right?
Putting language and cultural challenges aside at least, recruiting for a Finance Director in London throws up many of the same challenges of recruiting in New York, a banking recruiter in Singapore has a similar role to that in London... The markets may have a slightly different dynamic, the hiring companies might have differing processes and legalities may vary, but as and when those candidates walk into the room, the interviewer is still asking themselves the same questions - irrespective of the skyline outside the window!
It is, of course, a little simplistic to say that if you can recruit in London, you can recruit anywhere - but the huge numbers of people who have “gone there” and “done that” is a testament to the fact that it is more than possible. If you have the personality, the right blend of experience, life situation, drive, desire for a change, ability to fit culturally - then a dream career does not have to remain confined to your daydreams on a packed train commute into London!
At McCall, we have made many introductions abroad – the demand is high and growing hence why we have offices in Singapore (where our manager is Scottish!) and Sydney, and will continue to grow. Demand is especially high for second/third jobbers or management who want to experience a different country and lifestyle. The reasons vary from weather, sport, cost of living - in any case it is fair to say that there are more than a few commonalities regarding what makes a successful placement. Getting on the flight is one thing – staying out there, settling and thriving is something else entirely.
Firstly, you have to have an incredibly strong sense of “why.” There are various potential reasons and they have to be both meaningful and deeply felt enough to view the move out there as a medium-term move at least, long-term at best, rather than a short-term holiday. Getting in a long-term mind set and being realistic about exactly what you are giving up (in particular family visits and close friend networks tend to be the hardest) is one of the most important factors. You’ll miss all sorts of silly things about the UK (potentially the number of changes of weather in a day!) Ultimately if that is balanced out by a potentially amazing future in a country where you are more likely to lead the lifestyle you desire with ease (and less stress levels helps!) then you will leave with a beaming smile on your face…and have plenty of visitors!
Secondly, it helps to enjoy being highly social - you have built your UK network up over a number of years, but in many cases, you could be starting from scratch in your new country. You might be moving to a warm desk, but people don’t work with your desk, they work with you. The nuances will be different and it will take time to adjust – so get used to lots of storytelling, lots of listening and hopefully lots of laughs. If you slink back to your lonely flat at the end of the day, having eaten alone, you may not last there for long. You have to suck the marrow out of the experience; typically there are plenty of people who will be more than happy to help you do that, providing you are prepared to really immerse yourself.
Written by Julie O'Neill
We are celebrating our 25th anniversary this year at McCall. It’s a real achievement – when we started, the concept of rec to rec was totally new - so as the celebrations approach, we reflect upon our successes in the market (an ever-changing sector!) and the development of the business throughout the years.
McCall was established in 1992 as a small organisation and as the years went by the company grew into one of the largest and well established Recruitment–to–Recruitment specialists, part of the global Empresaria Group, with four office locations - London, UK Regions, Singapore and Sydney, Australia.
The 2 Managing Directors have each worked in recruitment for over 25 years, with the team collectively totalling nearly 200 years experience in recruitment overall! Hence McCall’s consultants are highly experienced professionals who are empowered to run their niche recruitment verticals with passion, to achieve the best fits and matches for both their candidates and clients alike. Often we have mapped out careers and placed recruitment personnel 4 times during a career spanning decades… we are always discreet, honest and have a real passion for our work. We genuinely enjoy networking with our peers and other recruitment professionals and suppliers - learning as much as we can about the sector and contributing where it’s valid, because we can recognise our industry evolves and therefore so do we.
As we approach our 25th anniversary of trading, we continue to register actively, and proactively source a wide variety of vacancies daily from Trainees/Grads, Consultants, Business Development and Account Management, through to Senior/Director level and Board Appointments, also well as facilitating joint ventures and acquisitions - thereby offering a thorough selection and choice across a broad remit.
The ethos and culture of McCall is to treat their candidates and clients in the fashion that they themselves would want to be treated and looked after. We love what we do and we are always aware that today’s candidate could be tomorrow’s client, or vice versa – we accept that international is both a huge opportunity and a great challenge for many of our candidates and we advise closely during the interview processes.
So as McCall continues to grow steadily and empower recruiters from across the globe, why not put your career in the hands of the market leaders – either to hire or if you want to generate a move – let’s face it, your future is valuable!
Peter Mills, our Singapore Country Manager will be visiting our UK offices next week!
If you would like to meet with Peter whilst he is here in the UK, then please contact him on the details below!
Old Church House
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