recruiters still recovering from the recession, international search
opportunities can seem like goldmines.
But despite the profit potential in international searches, recruiters
still need to follow some basic guidelines to protect themselves.
put all your “eggs in one basket.”
International searches are time consuming and could demand a large chunk
of your energy; however, you should never put all of your search efforts into
one international client unless there is money already committed by the
client. Many international search
opportunities which seem initially promising can fall apart at any time before
money is exchanged.
everything in writing and make sure you have a sizable deposit from the client
before you begin working on their job orders. It’s a lot more difficult to
collect delinquent payments from an international client than a local one.
the deal. International search is time
consuming and requires odd work hours due to time zone differences. Make sure you charge a premium on these types
of searches according to the difficulty of the search.
out which country’s laws will be binding if there is a dispute over the
contract or payment. Some countries have
legal systems which are considerably less favorable to foreigners in business,
so check the laws and reputation of the client’s country before taking the job
the culture. For example, does the
client’s country require that employees who quit given considerable notice? In
some parts of the world, an employee must give two months notice. Find out any
laws and customs that could impact your search and prepare for them.