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Employers expect international experience, study finds

Posted on April 19th, 2012 Read time: 1 minutes

According to recent research, nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of employers regard international experience as an important or very important component of a senior professional's resume.

The study, which was commissioned by global specialist recruiters Hydrogen Group and conducted by ESCP Europe, reflected the input of more than 2,300 respondents.

Researchers also found that HR services continued to play a significant role, as 37 percent of respondents working abroad said they had found their current job with the help of recruiters.

"Candidates recognise that recruitment specialists provide them with access to the global organizations of their choice," noted Hydrogen Group CEO Tim Smeaton.

The study also found that stereotypes about workers seeking overseas employment no longer hold as much weight for HR administration. For instance, younger employees have traditionally been thought of as more likely to seek foreign positions. However, nearly half (45 percent) of survey respondents working abroad were more than 40 years old.

Recruiters themselves are also in demand, according to recent research from Wanted Analytics. Specifically, more than 6,900 recruiting jobs were advertised online last month – a 62 percent year-over-year increase.

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