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Lifting the Veil of Doubled Payment Offers

Lifting the Veil of Doubled Payment Offers

By Robert Parkinson, CEO & Founder of RMG

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When it comes to the time of Chinese New Year, salary is always a hotly debated topic in the job market. People like talking about family and neighborhood issues at holiday parties and gatherings. Besides, it is quite frequent that peers talk about their work and staff treatment issues. For many years there has been much debate on what really drives people to change jobs. Various answers including salary, promotion, line manager style and organizational culture actually make people quite confused. I think that ALL those factors surely matter in job changing decisions.

According to RMG’s China Talent Flow Survey 2013 (TFS2), salary is the first factor that drives people to change jobs. It accounts for 69% among the all factors in our report. Post Chinese New Year is the peak period of job-changing. Quite a lot of people are actively looking for new opportunities with higher salary than their current companies. However, do you really think changing jobs for higher a salary is as wonderful in reality? As an old Chinese idiom says, there is no weal without woe. Making wrong choices because of being blinded by money is nothing worth celebrating in the year of the horse!

Before I start to share my experiences, I’d like to ask you a question about the definition of the word “occupation”. I have always wondered why nearly two-thirds of participants regard salary as the most important factor. As I check out the word on Wikipedia, I finally understand that people’s choice is closely related to the definition of “occupation”. According to Wikipedia, occupation is defined as a regular activity where people spend time to earn money. In this case, it’s quite obvious why people change jobs for money. From a psychological perspective, according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, in the beginning of one’s career they aim to earn enough to support basic needs. Moving on to the next stage, people work to get higher and higher payment to satisfy their wants. Finally people will enter the stage of self-actualization where they do not care about salary anymore. Most Chinese people start working from 18 to 24 years old. They will not stop until they are about 55 years old. Normally, people in the beginning and middle parts of the work life span tend to change jobs for higher and higher salary. However, not everyone can enjoy the process of changing jobs. If you happen to get an offer with a doubled salary, don’t be eaten up by your excitement right now. Today the job market has become mature and transparent. If you don’t know why you got such an offer, then you’d better reconsider it. Now let me share some career cases about changing jobs and salary with you.

 Have you calculated your working time?

Let’s say that right now you are a manager whose annual salary is about CNY 100,000. There are 3 offer letters in front of you, CNY 150,000, CNY 200,000 and CNY 300,000 respectively. How would you make a choice? If you would like to take the first offer, then I would congratulate you for your sensibility; if you chose the second offer, I suppose you would be willing to take some new challenges in your career. However, if you decided to go for the highest one, I would be quite worried that you might oversee the cost of working time. In particular, for those who are used to leaving the office when the clock hand strikes the number 6, you might quite enjoy the regular working times and 15 days annual leave with your current company.

Can you convince yourself that for a tripled salary, you can still enjoy your work? According to RMG’s senior IT consultant, a lot of IT companies do not pay for overtime workers, they are paid by projects. Data from RMG’s China Talent Flow Survey 2013 (TFS2) show nearly 40 percent of IT support and technical talent changed jobs in the past 12 months. In IT people change jobs quite often because they are looking for bigger or better projects to get more experience.

 Do you have a strong enough supporting team?

You will probably miss the big picture if you only focus on the money. What I mean by big picture is actually the work going on around you. For instance, the support from a company’s finance, recruiting and operations teams directly influence whether you can do your work successfully and efficiently. Say at the current company your KPI is quite good. It might not be 100% related to your work. Without the support from other teams, can you still achieve your KPI score?

In fact, there is always a good support network behind a successful manager. Imagine you go to the new company for a higher salary but end up with a less effective supporting team. Neither you nor the company will be happy. Worst of all, you will end up with an unpleasant resignation session. The logistics team leader in our company says that lots of sales managers in small logistical companies look forward to working on an international platform. They all want to show their excellent skills on a good platform where they can boom the business.

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Are you ready for a different corporate culture?

Some managers will start looking for better career opportunities after working in a company for 3 to 5 years. The reason might be that they are looking for a new environment or there is a lack of promotional space. These kinds of managers will pay more attention t o s a l a r y and development opportunities. According to TFS2, in the past 12 months, the job-changing proportion of participants whose monthly salary is above CNY 50,000 is 37.24%. In comparison to others, the job changing rate for this group is the highest. Moreover, another interesting finding related to the highly-paid group is that 76.55% of those participants are above 36 years old. (See Chart 1 and Chart 2).

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Frankly speaking I understand that people like measuring their values at work based on salary. However, it is necessary for everyone to know that salary is not the only way to measure one’s value. In a lot of western countries people will have a New Year’s resolution. I am sure many Chinese will do something similar. Everyone will make a wish list for their work and life in 2014. Nobody looks forward to endless overtime, inefficiency from subordinates, or little attention being paid to new ideas. Changing jobs for a higher salary seems quite wonderful, but after lifting the mysterious veil, will you reap what you sow?

英媒:松下拟向派驻中国员工发“污染津贴”

资料图片:2012年8月29日,在德国首都柏林举行的消费电子展上,参观者在松下展厅观看“电视墙”。新华社记者马宁摄

  资料图片:2012年8月29日,在德国首都柏林举行的消费电子展上,参观者在松下展厅观看“电视墙”。新华社记者马宁摄

  据参考消息网3月14日报道 外媒称,日本松下电器产业公司开跨国公司先河,宣布将向派往中国的员工发放津贴,以补偿该国达到危险程度的污染对他们造成的危害。

  据英国《金融时报》网站3月12日报道,这家日本企业12日宣布这一变动时称,中国部分城市的PM2.5浓度极高。大气中直径小于或等于2.5微米的颗粒物能通过人的肺部进入血液,引发哮喘、癌症或心脏病。

  报道称,松下派往中国的员工通常都能得到比较优厚的薪酬待遇,因为外派中国属于“苦差”,但此前松下从未明确提及人们对中国可怕的空气质量越来越大的担忧。

  报道还说,挥之不去的雾霾已成为中国公众不满的焦点,尤其是在北京这样的繁华都市。北京曾在2月份遭遇连续一周的“有害”空气。空气污染也是外籍人员提到的离开中国的主要原因之一。

  松下没有透露上述津贴方案涉及的日本在华员工人数或具体金额。在中国生活的中国籍员工将不会得到额外津贴。

  据报道,一年来,其他公司一直在悄悄提高外籍员工的福利,但松下是第一家公开承认这一问题并为同意调往中国的员工提供津贴的公司。

  总部设在北京的猎头公司罗迈国际负责人罗伯特·帕金森说:“这是我第一次听到有公司在这个问题上如此直白。通常的做法是把它说成是‘发展中国家津贴’。”

  报道称,在日前开幕的中国全国人大会议上,国务院总理李克强表示政府将“向污染宣战”。几天后,一份有关中国74个城市空气质量的官方分析报告披露,仅有3个城市2013年达到国家空气质量标准。

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Beijing ranked among top 10 global cities

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But warning sounded over exodus caused by continuing severe pollution

Beijing has made it into the top 10 of the world’s most global cities for the first time, ranking eighth in the A.T. Kearney Global Cities Index.

The index, introduced in 2008 by the global consulting firm, includes 84 cities.

Beijing scored an overall 3.5 in five categories: business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience and political engagement. It stood out from other Chinese cities in terms of the number of Fortune 500 companies, international schools, broadband subscribers and museums.

New York, London and Paris have held fast to their positions as first to third since 2012.

“The increasing global importance of Chinese companies has helped catapult Beijing to fourth place on the business activity dimension,” A.T. Kearney experts say. “This, together with some improvement in scores for human capital and cultural exchange, has been more than enough to offset declining relative performance in information exchange and international political engagement.”

Johnson Chng, managing director of A.T. Kearney Greater China, says: “Clearly Beijing went up in the ranking due to its rising importance as a business center in addition to being the political center of China.”

However, he adds, the air pollution issue is now a growing concern for many Beijing residents that, if not dealt with soon, will cause an outflow of talent.

“In fact, many of my friends and business associates have moved out of Beijing in the last six months, and many are indeed contemplating the idea, too, for the sake of their family.”

In a recent survey conducted by MRIC Group, an international executive recruitment firm, 47.3 percent of the 269 respondents in Beijing said they would like to relocate this year because of poor air quality. The most-preferred destinations, in order of popularity, are North America, Europe, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australasia.

As human capital weighs ever more among the five categories, some companies have to improve the working environment to retain talent regarding the air quality in Beijing.

“Companies should prepare air purifiers especially when the buildings don’t have such machines,” says Robert Parkinson, founder and managing director of the international recruitment group RMG Selection.

Shanghai, ranking 18th in the index, was the only city on the Chinese mainland that came close to Beijing. In fact, it scored higher than Beijing in human capital, given its larger foreign-born population. Shanghai also performed well in business activity.

Beijing lags behind Shanghai in human capital because of the capital city’s “size of the foreign-born population, scores of universities in the global 500, number of inhabitants with tertiary degrees, international student population and number of international schools,” says Chng from A.T. Kearney.

On the other hand, Shanghai ranked lower due to a less-ideal score in political engagement. Specifically, Shanghai is home to a smaller number of international organizations, diplomatic missions, think tanks, political conferences and local institutions with international reach.

The Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone will certainly help the city’s globalization in the long term. However, the impact and the speed of that depends on policy implementation as there are still many details to be sorted out in terms of how exactly the zone will work, Chng says.

Rankings of other Chinese cities in the list dropped. Guangzhou dropped from its rank of 60 to 66 this year because of a significant decrease in political engagement. Shenzhen dropped from 65 to 73 because of a decline in its human capital score.

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Beijing ranked among top 10 global cities

(China Daily Africa Weekly 04/18/2014 page23)

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The job market is tough for oversea returnees – Robert on CRI Today

China is viewed as one of the most promising emerging market around the globe, attracting a lot of Returnee to work here. Partly because of this, the talent market in China has become a heated topic. Robert Parkinson, CEO of RMG Selection, gave his opinions on the situation that these returnees have to face in CRI. With his human resource experiences of more than 10 years, he also gave his suggestions to this group of people.

随着近些年来国外留学的流行,海归就业已经是一个屡见不鲜且备受关注的话题。但是海归的就业目前仍然面临着很多的问题。罗迈国际的CEO Robert Parkinson 做客CRI,就海归工作市场的问题发表了他的看法。同时针对目前的中国人才市场,他也提出了自己的几点建议。

CRI Today pic Listen to the original radio here: http://english.cri.cn/7146/2014/04/04/2203s820547.htm

LinkedIn来了 你准备好了吗?

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提到LinkedIn(领英)职场精英们可能并不陌生,从2002年底成立到2006年,这个以在线商务社交为主导的网站在短短4年的时间里就吸引了2000万用户。根据领英官方数据统计,截至2013年底他们的注册用户已遍布200个国家且用户数量高达2.5亿。如果说乔治索罗斯是一条金融界的巨鳄,把LinkedIn 喻为社交职场届的大亨并不为过。不久前我的LinkedIn 邮箱里收到了一封中文版领英的试用邀请,毫无疑问领英最终还是进军中国市场了。在这个拥有14亿人口且经济发达的国家,中国职场精英是领英涉猎的首要目标。但如果精英们因为不了解LinkedIn平台而错过了这场社交盛宴中,岂不是非常遗憾?因此,我想和各界职场人士分享一下如何利用好这个求职和社交利器,我总结出了激活个人LinkedIn平台的十条建议。

          1.明确搜索关键词

  我在工作中经常使用LinkedIn,所以我非常关注其搜索功能。使用LinkedIn搜索无非三个目的。第一,认识被搜索人,直接输入对方姓名添加联系人;第二,公司招聘,搜索职业技能关键词找寻潜在候选人;第三,个人求职,通过搜索公司或职位关键词寻找潜在雇主。除了第一个目的是强调社交功能,其他两个目的都强调了关键词搜索的重要性。想要开发并利用好领英,首先要明确个人搜索关键词。假设一名IT行业的交互设计师要设置LinkedIn,他的简介和工作经历中必须要包含以下关键词,“用户体验”,“交互设计”,“易用性测试”,“焦点小组”,“HTML”等等。如果没有这些关键词,有潜在招聘需求的公司在搜索交互设计师候选人时,该交互设计师必然不会出现在搜索名单上。因此,在设计LinkedIn界面的内容之前一定要先明确与自己工作相关的关键词,否则再华丽的界面也不会出现在别人的搜索引擎里。

  2.上传职业头像

  强调头像问题实在是因为我看到了太多账户惨不忍睹的拜访量。每当我搜索候选人时,我发现出现在前几页的人选都有头像,一般信息不全和没有头像的人选会出现在最后一页。从猎头的角度出发,当我寻找候选人的时候,我希望能够尽快找到合适的人选推荐给客户,请问我会优先浏览列在最后一页的人选吗?想必大家对答案都心知肚明!此外,对于已经有头像的用户我要强调一点,请认真审视你们的头像是否专业化是否职业化!猎头为相对中高端职位搜寻候选人时,他们是不会对某知名机械制造行业HRBP的生活照感兴趣的,所以请选择一张职业头像。

  3.添加联系方式

  在领英界面上有两处可添加联系方式。第一个是在职业头像下方的联系信息版块,该版块主要是为了已添加的联系人准备的,联系人之间可以相互查看邮箱,工作电话,手机号码,个人博客以及公司网站等信息。我也想和大家分享一下,领英进入中国市场后,中国用户可以添加微信微博等主流社交平台。另外如果你希望LinkedIn可以方便自己的工作,不妨添加上公司邮箱和电话,方便业务上想要联系你的人及时和你沟通。另外一个添加联系方式的版块在LinkedIn个人界面下方的附加信息版块,该版块主要是方便尚未成为联系人的搜索者准备的,当然如果你不希望频频收到被陌生人的电话,就留下一个邮箱地址吧!

  4.巧用网站选择展现个性

  联系方式版块中可以选择添加网站,不过选项中大有文章。如果你想添加公司网站,我并不建议直接选择“公司网站”这一项,因为选择该项之后,别人点击你的联系方式时看到的就是公司网站这四个字,并不是公司的具体名称,这显然不能达到为公司扬名的作用。那用户们该如何选择呢?我推荐大家选择“其他”这一项,当你选择之后,你需要填写未知媒介的具体名称,而这正好符合我们想填写公司名称的目的。在添加公司网址之后,别人进入你的LinkedIn界面之后就会直接看到公司名字,且点击公司名可以直接进入网站。同理,按照这个方式我们也可以将个人博客添加到“其他”选项中,让联系人们进入自己的个性博客阅读一览个人博文风采。我认为这一点非常重要,因为LinkedIn是一个国际平台,如果你是一个HR,不妨发表一些自己的工作的心得,与国外的HR们分享;如果你是一名IT技术工程师,不妨展示一些自己设计的项目,看看与西方设计师之间的不同。总而言之,希望大家巧用网站选项展现个性。

  5.完整客观的职业概述

  浏览LinkedIn联系人界面时,我经常会看到形形色色的职业概述。有些人会简单地写上一段自我介绍,有些人则展现了自己的工作业绩。每个人想强调的内容当然会有所区别,但是要铭记职业概述是个人LinkedIn界面留给别人的第一印象。这就像是我在面试候选人时,让他们做自我介绍一样,你呈现出来的精彩和别样肯定会吸引浏览者的目光。现在已经有职业概述的用户们可以反复修改自己的总结。其实,有些人可能会提到客观公正的职业概述写起来非常有难度,那为何不请同事或上司帮个小忙呢?请求他们给你一段简短的评价,这时你再整理职业概述就会客观公正得多。

  6.工作经验中勿忘添加个人展示

  在LinkedIn上描述工作经历千万不要像在猎聘网上发简历一样,将项目经历写上七八页。好的工作经历描述都是以按点陈列的方式展现的,并且要将工作职责和成就分开陈列。这样你的LinkedIn简历给搜寻人留在的印象会是清晰简明而不简单!另外这里我还想和大家分享一个LinkedIn的最新秘密武器“添加链接”和“上传文件”。LinkedIn是一个展示个人职业生涯的绝佳舞台,尤其在改版之后,用户可以将媒体采访,文章发表,工作项目等以图片或者链接的方式添加在工作经历中。假如你是一名市场经理,将媒体在中国日报上采访自己的文章链接和截图添加在工作经历中未尝不是一个建立个人品牌的好方式。LinkedIn本来就是一个相对开放的人脉累计平台,职业发展进程中的精彩一刻不要忘记和联系人们分享。

  7.优化技能认可

  编辑技能认可对于关键词搜索非常重要。首先要明确个人技能,以猎头顾问的职业为例,技能认可会有“高级人才搜寻”,“职业咨询”,“人才管理”,“招聘”,“领导力开发”等等。明确不同行业不同职能的技能不是一件容易的事情,其中也包括不同国家的人会用不同的方式去表达技能,语言是大家需要注意的要点。我还曾经看到有50多项技能的猎头顾问,其中和猎头技能没关系的就占了40多个,由此来看,这样的LinkedIn用户对于累计技能认可太不上心了。其他联系人对于用户的技能认可会影响各项技能的排序,所以用户一定在编辑时考虑清楚自己的技能。

  8.添加项目经历获得联合品牌效应

  在我浏览过的大部分LinkedIn用户里,除了某些行业里的项目经理会添加项目经历,很少有人会想到在自己的LinkedIn上添加项目。可能大家对于项目的概念不是非常清晰,其实不管哪个行业,都会涉及到项目,只是行业里的术语不同而已。举个简单的例子,比如一家公司的市场营销团队一起为公司做了一个营销策划方案,这算不算一个项目呢?大家想一想需要团队合作的工作,其实都可以稍加修饰作为项目添加上。添加项目的好处在于用户需要指出一起合作的人或者项目经理,此时他们可以很好的为用户带来联合宣传的效果,巧借别人的知名度来提升自己的品牌效应。

  9.展示荣誉与奖项

  LinkedIn平台很好地诠释了定制化界面,用户可以添加上个人荣誉与获得奖项。如果你在行业里或者了知名奖项,一定不要只顾谦虚而忘记告诉LinkedIn上的联系人。展示个人荣誉会为你带来很多益处,除了让现有联系人对你刮目相看,也会激增潜在的联系人,其中也包括猎头更加频繁的联系。

  10.勿忘自定义公开档案

  最后一点建议是关于LinkedIn界面的自定义问题。有些用户会考虑到个人隐私问题,比如不希望别人看到自己的生日,兴趣,或者教育背景等。这时用户们并不需要删除这些信息,你可以自定义别人可以看到的LinkedIn界面。在编辑档案模式下,点击头像下方的“查看公开档案”,用户会进入自定义公开档案界面,在右手边的版块里用户可以自由选择想要公开的信息。

  中国市场上现有的招聘网站良莠不齐,现在LinkedIn进军中国市场,既为中国招聘网站添加了社交色彩,同时给各行各业的精英们带来了新的平台。如果你希望加入这场社交和求职的盛宴,那一定不要错过我的建议。请铭记,完整简明的界面是加入盛宴的门票!

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