Why an Outstanding Resume is Not Enough to Get an Interview: Reason 3
The bias of many employers against people from other countries.
Even if you have experience in the same industry or sector as the employer, if that experience is from another country, expect the employer to prefer people with local experience. Of course, the logic from the candidates’ perspective is whether the experience has been gained in the US or South Africa or the UK or India or Indonesia or France or Iceland should not matter. If you try that argument on many employers they will tell you that there is no way you can possibly be as productive as quickly as a local who understands the idiosyncrasies of the industry, market and culture and the way business is conducted. Whether you think it’s fair or not, it’s what happens to many overseas candidates. Compared to a local, overseas job seekers can expect to wait 2 – 4 or more times as long to get a job as a local and might have only 20% as many interviews for the same types of jobs as locals. Of course, if you do strike an organisation which has managers from your country in influential or decision making positions, you will be better off. There are also employers who are more enlightened. Potential solutions are to identify employers with people from your country in decision making positions, make sure you have sufficient funds to mount an extended campaign, work for free to get local experience or identify employers where experience in your home country could be an advantage.