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How Multilingual recruitment has changed over the last 10 years

2016-03-07 09:00:00 +0000 by Herbert Croezen


It was the end of August 2003 when I jumped on a plane set off for Ireland for that half a year to a year’s adventure in Dublin and a lot has changed for me since. First of all I’m still here so the short term plan became long term, my language job as a Dutch reservations agent has evolved to international multilingual recruitment agency owner at Careertrotter and along the way I found a great love for rugby and an even greater love for my wife. But that is not the change that I am referring to.

Multilingual recruitment has changed!

  • The Employers have changed

Let’s take a look – Dublin is where it all began for me. Dublin as we know it today is not the Dublin I knew it to be as a multilingual jobseeker in 2003.

Big tech giants like Google where just beginning to set up & they certainly did not have the 2000+ employees they have today. Oracle was present I believe but not at the size it is now. In comparison to then and now Xerox was the bigger player then as was UPS. While they are still present however they have moved a large number of offices & jobs to various other countries. But not to worry because Dublin has become a hotbed for cool tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and Hubspot. With such big players calling Dublin home – the have not only opened up but swung open for multilingual recruitment specialists like ourselves.   

It is interesting to see that my very first employer here in Dublin – Hertz, has now announced that they will be moving a number of their jobs, to where? Well that is certainly an interesting query. But it begs the question – who will be the big Multilingual Employers of 2020?

  • The Skills required have changed

The skillset required for multilingual jobs has certainly become a lot wider in today’s world. While most companies in 2003 were looking for Dutch 1st line support agents or German customer service representatives where language was the main deciding factor. Whereas today having the required language is just not enough anymore. Today, multilingual recruiters like ourselves are looking for Danish SEM Specialists or Dutch Web support agents with HTML skills.

  • Multilingual Recruitment is now Europe Wide

Today more and more cities are becoming multilingual & multicultural. When I started in Multilingual Recruitment in 2006, cities like Dublin, Cork and London where the favoured destinations and the places that were mainly offering multilingual jobs. I believe it was in 2009 when we first noticed cities like Barcelona and Krakow coming into the mix. Today if we take the most midsize to large cities across Europe, we can see there are more multilingual jobs available and that there is a strong need for international languages due to the face that there simply isn’t enough locally.

Why the change?

Well with the increased ease of centralising a Pan European operations within Europe and more nations being part of the EU it is very common save cost and open a pan European team. Furthermore, the internet knows no borders and the growth of E-commerce means not physical presence is needed to drive business in various countries just multilingual talent.

Will Careertrotter always be a multilingual recruitment specialist?

Yes and NO! Given that multilingual recruitment has gotten me where I am today, it will always be my first love and regardless of whether the fee is high or low I still enjoy helping people find a job that will help them build their career abroad. But we will start looking at expanding our services into different areas of international recruitment that is not language related but skill related so watch this space.

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