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“Global Talent”?

“Global Talent” is a big buzz phrase these days, isn’t it? Yet the more I talk with companies, the more I find this buzz phrase only applies to the really big firms…if at all.

When you go looking for work, do you limit yourself to a small geographic area, say about a half-hour radius around your home? Many people do.

Also, almost every job interview I went to in the greater Vancouver area included questions about my living in North Vancouver (accessible only by a couple bridges and backed up a mountain range across an inlet from the rest of the region): (Strategic Pause) “…Two bridges? Are you sure you can handle that?” In Vancouver, it’s two bridges to practically anywhere else, and the single highway is terrible. Yes, I’ve had to spend about an hour each way on the road every day for my entire professional career. So what. That’s where the good opportunities are, not in my nice safe bedroom community.

I guess to other people this matters. You’re limiting your opportunities to those within a very small distance. And most employers—they’re waiting for the perfect candidate to drop in from down the block! “Oh, this guy doesn’t live in Surrey, where we are. Cross him off the list.” Isn’t this ridiculous?

My personal recent favorite was a guy looking to build an international business, connecting North Americans with Europeans for something called dental tourism…and he was expecting to find an appropriate, talented partner in his small, inland town. In fact, he wouldn’t consider anyone from outside of his little burg. Riiiight. (He’s still looking.)

How much are you limiting your opportunities by searching only within a tiny region? Are you really in the “global talent” pool?

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Jason

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