How to attract foreign employees in higher education institutions?
The second meeting of the ITMO University Council for international recruitment took place on the July 3. Representatives of the leading personnel agencies and HRM Department employees discussed the results of the last six months work and identified further ways of interaction in order to attract to university some highly qualified domestic and foreign specialists.
"A competition was held to fill the vacancies of the teaching staff. We received about 300 applications from candidates who compete for jobs in ITMO University on a par with re-elected employees.The competition was serious. Since February one can talk on the improvement of university recruitment services, the information system for specialists job application started its work. This convenient mechanism is used by department heads who leave an inquiry in our information system, and two weeks later they get the desired employee. In Russia the interaction between universities and recruiting agencies is not cultivated, however, in international universities, including top-rated ones, it is a normal practice: you need a researcher? - just refer to the specialists. Such cooperation is very fruitful. For example, after the December meeting of the Council, we began to interact with its member organizations on various aspects of HRM Department activity which once again underlines the effectiveness of the created structure," Denis Zhuk says.
"In accordance with the recommendations of the Council for international recruitment members we have expanded the list of resources where we were placing information on our offerings. Modernization of an information campaign, as well as establishing links with candidates and providing them with all the support helped to achieve significant results. In July, a special selective committee will analyze submitted applications, among which there are many candidates in Visiting professorship и Postdoctoral Fellowship directions," Olga Rodionova says.
"Far not all foreigners are afraid to bind their lives with Russia. On the contrary, many are considering a job here as a serious career move. Russia is a European country, and our millionaire cities offer attractive prospects for growth. In my practice, I often faced a situation when foreign experts were telling that they want to work in Russia and they were asking for advice and support in the implementation of this idea. Often foreigners are interested in the probability of professional development rather than in money. And it is this probability that should be used to attract them. One should offer them the opportunity to become a member of a dynamic and vigorous development of the university, seeking to take the place in the hundred best world universities, this method will work," Shamil Ismailov says.
"At job fairs taking place on a regular basis, usually there are no educational and research institutions, it's just not their target audience. Academics, even if they are looking for a job, do not go to these job fairs, because there are no their potential employers. It turns out to be a kind of vicious circle. As the part of the Day of the scientific and academic vacancies which will be organized by ITMO University for the first time in Russia, Russian universities will get an opportunity to express themselves as an employers, attract the necessary personnel from among the teaching staff and researchers, and reach a new level in personnel matters," Stanislav Kushelev says.