Limitless professional search
shortage of skills! Can this word also no longer be heard?
Unfortunately, "smooth talking" does not help. We, at epunkt, see ourselves facing this difficulty in professional search. According to market-studies, 7 out of 10 Austrian employers have problems in finding suitable employees. However, the willingness of companies to expand the professional search internationally is unfortunately, limited. We are therefore, pleased all the more to report a success story in this sphere.
Looking for the best brains!
Our candidates always want to make a career in German-speaking foreign countries. Este, a 23-year old has always pursued this plan determined by his extensive technical qualifications and language training. However, despite his sought-after education and experience, it is apparent that only some companies are open to professionals from abroad. Even at epunkt, he was already in the race for some positions, ultimately, these were not (yet) right for him. Until now …
Language skills in all facets
Our candidate fulfilled all required programming and language skills for the job in question at Dynatrace. He attended a language school and during which he learnt five foreign languages: Besides his mother tongue he speaks Estonian, fluent Russian as well as English and German. He can even submit a basic skill-level in French and Spanish.
The entire application process was handled through epunkt in German and for a Skype interview, he was invited for a personal appointment to Linz. Our client bore the travel expenses and the overnight stay in the hotel, in order to have an opportunity to meet and get to know the potential employee personally. "Our client was very open to international candidates. It was only important to him that the candidate was serious about moving to Austria", said Brigitte Zibuschka, Manager of the IT-Human Resources consulting team in Linz.
If everything has worked out well, why is it that only few companies do this so far? The work permit or for non-EEA-citizens, the Red-White-Red Card is very essential here. This application must be made jointly by the company with the candidate. Since this is a costly and lengthy procedure, only large companies and corporations consider this. It is important that companies not only look at the challenges, but also tremendous opportunity arising from foreign national employees. Because so far, very few companies are looking for staff abroad.
For candidates from another country, it is often a major hurdle that many companies define command of the German language as an absolute must. The reason being, companies want to create a good basis for social integration. Often companies themselves are obstacles because in many cases it is not required at all for the job. For instance, software-developers can also perform their work even in the English language. "If companies are now open to the subject, they create a possible competitive edge" says Zibuschka. Her IT-Human resources consulting team in Linz place large number of positions with international talent.
Professionals from abroad are always in demand
Only recently, a Russian, who studied in Sweden, started working as a software engineer at another Upper Austrian client of epunkt. This success story should encourage you to be more open and and not shut oneself off from the available opportunities.
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