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Fight for the right sort of talent

By Zheng Yangpeng | China Daily | Updated: 2013-04-23 11:12

Ng compared this process to marketing strategies used by consumer goods companies. You have to know your target candidates' genuine needs and try to fit your company's features to their appetites.

Generally, potential employees want to know the company's culture, salaries and development prospects. The HR department should give them this information, in addition to other information that may suit them, such as certain traits about the company that match prospective employee's interests and likes.

Be attractive

These days, large Chinese companies, especially State-owned enterprises, are increasingly popular among China's young job seekers. In its annual list of the 50 best employers in China, recruitment website listed 18 foreign companies. Chinese companies, most of which were SOEs, took up the rest of the list.

So what can foreign companies do in China to improve their popularity?

Ng said foreign companies should clearly demonstrate their commitment to China. This commitment can be shown by opening research and development or product development centers in China.

"It shows that they are not coming to China just to sell their products. They are also developing their products for China and for the world," Ng said. "When candidates see this, they will feel reassured."

Ng said it is also important for foreign companies to create a stable leadership. In the past, some multinationals' China branches saw a leadership reshuffle every six to 12 months. The frequent changes give employees a sense of instability.

In addition, foreign employers have to make sure growth and development opportunities are available to their local employees, he said. This commitment can be shown by making leadership as diverse as possible to break the perception of "glass ceilings".

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