In the last couple of months we´ve been bombarded with news of two major multinational employment generators, HP and RIM (Blackberry), both stating they will be restructuring and downsizing their companies and will have to let go of thousands of employees worldwide which will probably affect our State of Jalisco as well. We know for a fact that since a couple of years back many manufacturers are making important cuts in their budgets by letting go of high paying employees, and instead looking
In the last couple of months we´ve been bombarded with news of two major multinational employment generators, HP and RIM (Blackberry), both stating they will be restructuring and downsizing their companies and will have to let go of thousands of employees worldwide which will probably affect our State of Jalisco as well. We know for a fact that since a couple of years back many manufacturers are making important cuts in their budgets by letting go of high paying employees, and instead looking for highly skilled young blood at lower salaries. When something such as this comes about most employees start to worry and wonder if they will be one of the unfortunate ones on the list to be let go. Yet others are more than ready for a possible job hunt and opportunity.
Having worked with mid and top management for several years I can say that an unexpected call of an enticing job opportunity by a search consultant isn´t always just a matter of chance. Most successful professionals strategically plan to direct the right opportunities to their doorsteps. So what are they doing right that we all should know about and how are they being seen in the job market yet at the same time not overselling themselves? Here are a couple of key pointers:
-If you´re just beginning in the labor market start off in a multinational company (MNC), most of these manufacturers can provide great training and can get you in synergy with a policy and procedure structured environment.
-If you´re already in a transnational company get noticed by mid and top management, most search consultants get names through referrals who are more favorably considered in a recruiting process.
-Know how to use social media to your advantage by cultivating a broad professional network such as LinkedIn. Join groups that are in your interest, invite recognized search consulting firms and designate some time to getting involved in discussions.
-Recognize when it´s time to move. Of course all companies want to hire stable employees, but if you´ve been in a manufacturer for several years maybe it´s time to see what´s going on out there.
- If you live in Jalisco you know how beautiful it is, no doubt about it but if a great career move is knocking at your door then it´s time to look beyond your comfort zone and explore. Many opportunities are lost because professionals don´t want to relocate, family plays an important role in supporting professionals when it comes to moving so from early on prepare your family for such a possibility.
-Be willing to take the time to listen or reply to a search consultant when she/he calls or sends you an email about a job opening. If you´re not interested at that moment give a recommendation or a lead. Make sure you are top of mind when the right time comes for you to make a move so send your resume and any updates along the way.
Overall, this would not be possible without the necessary competencies you need to possess to be competitive in your field and in the job market. Make sure you´re up to date with skills and certifications. If possible take training courses and seminars outside of your company, this will help you meet professionals from other multinational companies and add them to your network. Finally, because we aren´t located at the border cities we have to make a special effort to keep our English in tiptop condition. It´s not enough to be an advanced English speaker anymore we have to be bilingual and if possible bicultural or multicultural.
- Xochilt Acosta is an Executive Recruiter for MaquilaFind
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