Talent Management: International Sources of Talent

A recent articles (Jonesing For Jobs Higher Unemployment May Be Here To Stay …Unemployment statistics – Statistics Explained – Eurostat – Europa) on European unemployment indicate that Spain (21.7%) and Greece (17.7%) have extremely high systemic unemployment issues.

For employers in Canada (or anywhere else) who have the wherewithal to use employees whose first languages and culture are Spanish and Greek there is an opportunity look to these markets for talent.

Apparently other jurisdictions (List of countries by unemployment rate – Wikipedia, the free …) apparently have high systemic unemployment rates, especially amongst the younger population.

Looking for talent in these high unemployment jurisdictions involves uncertainty and risks. These may include:

  • language issues
  • cultural issues
  • bona fide skills (may include professional association certification concerns)
  • supervision capabilities (understanding and with the skills to manage such employees)
  • passing national security and immigration concerns
  • etc.

However, opportunity is opportunity and those who know how to work around the uncertainties and risks will benefit if they make the efforts to source talent from high unemployment areas.



About 123stilllearning456

As a management consultant I am passionately interested in talent management and risk/uncertainty issues. In the area of talent management I propose that we seek strategies that look beyond the staffing/employee centric frames of reference. I have been frustrated at the "closing down on possibilities" by these more conventional staffing/employee centric approaches. I have been impressed where people have found systematic solutions to their talent management issues by going beyond the conventional approaches. In the area of risk and uncertainty, I am interested in making this topic relevant to more normal decision making situations. My conceptual foundation is to use the micro-economist's fixed/variable cost theme. I also think it is important to look at these issues for people through their emotional and psychological lens. As a premise I think risk and uncertainty only exist where there is a person who cares about possible events and its consequences. Hence, risk and uncertainty are social based concepts (no sentience, no risk and uncertainty). A major influence on my thinking in this area is Nassim Taleb of "Black Swan" fame. This BLOG provides me with an opportunity to express my thoughts on topics that interest me. As this is an online diary, content is more important to me than polish. I apologize if this distracts from readers' enjoyment and learning. Still I find this a useful way to live up to my namesake, learn more from others and hopefully provoke creative thoughts and ideas in others.
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