09.11.2022 Human Resources Farvest decrypt International Talents Tech Web Summit

How to attract international talent?

Writer Laura Campan

Tech entrepreneurs, cash-rich venture capitalists, hungry to find the next unicorn, and international delegations met in Lisbon last week for a new Web Summit’s edition. 

Undoubtedly the perfect opportunity to understand how organisations can attract international talent in a fragmented recruiting landscape.

Since the onset of the Big Quit, employers have struggled to find new talent – is it because traditional recruiting as we know it today is over? 

For Turing CEO & Co-Founder Jonathan Siddharth, “Recruiting was never designed for a software world. If you look at traditional recruiting – whatever you’re working with a recruiting form, staffing form or a marketplace – is super slow. Not to mention that it is geo-constraint, you can’t access the global talent world”.

But what about Artificial Intelligence (AI) ? Couldn’t it help to enhance recruiting processes and therefore prevent global talent shortage from affecting your business? This is where Jonathan and his AI-powered platform come into play.

With over 2 million professionals, Turing helps employers – from global companies like Disney, Pepsico and Rivian – sourcing, vetting, matching and managing remote talent. “The greater the depth of our AI-powered platform – what we call our Intelligent Talent Cloud – the more likely it is you’ll find the perfect person or team members for any organization that needs talent.”

But are we really shifting to a fully remote model – or rather a hybrid solution?

For  Jonathan, we are about to enter in the golden era of remote work: “The coming years – following pandemic-induced remote work – are going to be wonderful. Isn’t it amazing that you can now build a Silicon Valley tech company from Lisbon or Paris? I raised about 140 million dollars in venture capital, mainly over Zoom. That’s such a wonderful time to be alive! You can hire, build and fundraise from anywhere – but it’s not without its problems…”

But if all is not yet rosy, how to overcome the challenges ahead? For Jonathan, the answer actually lies in three words: cooperation, connection and culture. 

If there are enough tools to maintain good cooperation, we still need to work on connection and culture – first, to allow co-workers from a global distributed team to easily connect, and second, to build a sense of belonging so everyone could be aligned and grow in the right direction. 

A comment La French Tech Director Clara Chappaz could not agree more. Indeed, for employees, connecting with their company’s values has become more important than ever. “One of the most drastic changes we’ve seen lately is that the clearer a company is about its values and the big problems it’s trying to solve, the more likely it is to find new talent. And I think this is where the next five years are going: how do we show employees –  but also customers – that they can be part of the solution? This will definitely be key when building a corporate culture.”

Credits: Web Summit Lisbon