If you are only looking for candidates locally, you are seriously limiting your access to the best candidates. We live in a global society, and top candidates come from all over the world, not just the city or region where you do business. Whether you are looking to hire someone in your office or to work remotely, international job candidates present you with a more diverse talent pool to choose from.

Here, Toronto recruiters outline some key considerations for hiring international job candidates:

1. Post Ads on International Job Boards and Social Media

Toronto recruiters encourage hiring companies to recruit internationally

Casting a wider net can have a big impact on the quality of candidates you attract. You may have exhausted the talent pool locally. If you want to broaden your reach, identify the top international job boards for your industry.

Social media can also be a great tool to connect with candidates who are far away geographically. Use social media to identify top talent in your industry outside of Canada. Look for passive candidates, work on building relationships with top contributors, and communicate the value of your employer brand to attract international candidates.

2. Leverage Technology to Recruit

Technology has certainly made it much easier to connect with and recruit talent, regardless of location. Use video conferencing to conduct interviews and meet candidates virtually. Telecommute and use other social technology to communicate with candidates throughout the recruitment process.

3. Outline the Relocation Process

Relocation plays a big part in an international candidate’s decision to come to work for your company. Clearly outline the relocation process for them. Explain the perks of relocating and how your company will help in the process. Will you cover moving expenses, help them secure a work visa and required documentation, and find a place to live? Make the transition as easy as possible for them.

4. Be Open to a Remote Role

Sometimes international talent is interested in working for your company, but they are not interested in relocating. Being open to having remote roles can help you still take advantage of international talent, even if you can’t have them in-house all the time.

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IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Executive Search / Board & C-Suite, Technology, Media, Digital & Marketing, Accounting & Finance, Financial Services & Insurance, Cannabis, Startup, Data Science, Consumer, eCommerce & Retail, Operations & HR, Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Engineering, Legal & Professional Services, Pharmaceutical & Life Sciences, Non-Profit & Sustainability, and Sales. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Randy Quarin Executive Search

Randy Quarin

Randy co-founded IQ PARTNERS in 2001 and currently operates as a Senior Partner, focusing on business development within executive search, media, and sales recruitment. His accomplishments include building over a dozen digital media sales teams for digital start-ups, publishers, and mobile app developers. He has also helped launch an international smartphone manufacturer from the ground up, building its entire hardware, software, and sales teams.

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