Global Trends Survey

Note: This article refers to a survey on global recruiting issues that all ERE readers are invited to take. You can jump to this survey directly by clicking here.

The world has gotten smaller this year, with more outsourcing, more interest in India and China, and greater talent shortages than ever before. At least half a dozen major American-based organizations, including HP and Cisco, announced large new investments in India. Global recruiting is happening with an increasing velocity and potential to impact business results. The shortage of certain skilled people and the varied demands of candidates have created a recruiting picture that looks very different from the one we saw two or three years ago. Some candidates are eager to relocate to another country so they can broaden their experience or for the opportunity to work on a particular project or technology. Others want to remain in their own country for family or other reasons. But whatever the case, the challenges posed by these desires and shrinking talent pools has created a challenge for human resources and recruiting. American firms, as well as firms in countries all over the globe, have begun to look in earnest for candidates outside their own borders. They are advertising and sourcing in multiple countries. Sometimes the recruiting is for a position in the local country, but just as often recruiters are seeking out people for their headquarters or for some other region.

In countries like New Zealand and Australia, people and skills shortages have forced most large firms to recruit outside their borders on a regular basis. But there is no clear picture of what is happening. Over the course of the next few months, I will focus on developing this picture and will conduct several surveys and telephone interviews to learn more about what is going on. Today I am launching the first of these surveys. It is designed to provide the outlines of the picture and to begin to develop insight into what you are experiencing. We will share the results with all ERE readers at no charge in both future columns as well as in a free PDF document that will be available at on my website.

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Please take a few minutes — probably not more than 10 — and complete our survey. Also, feel free to forward this email or the survey link to anyone you know who is doing global recruiting or who is responsible for it. The more responses we get, the better its validity will be. If you have responsibility for global recruiting either from here in the U.S. or from some other country, I would love to hear from you and set up a time to talk more deeply. Please email me at To begin the survey, simply visit or type it into your browser to complete my survey. Thanks so much!

Kevin Wheeler is a globally known speaker, author, futurist, and consultant in talent management, human capital acquisition and learning & development. He has founded a number of organizations including the Future of Talent Institute, Global Learning Resources, Inc. and the Australasian Talent Conference, Ltd. He hosts Future of Talent Retreats in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. He writes frequently on LinkedIn, is a columnist for, keynotes, and speaks at conferences and events globally, and advises firms on talent strategy. He has authored two books and hundreds of articles and white papers. He has a new book on recruiting that will be out in late summer of 2016. Prior to his current work, he had a 20+year corporate career in several San Francisco area tech and financial service firms. He has also been on the faculty of San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco. He can be reached at


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