How To Tell How Good Your Overall Career Prospects Are?
When coaching candidates, many want my thoughts on how good I think their career situation is, or how good I feel their career prospects are for the future. They want to get a sense for whether their overall career is in a promising situation, or not.
It's likely to get better if you're...
a mainland Chinese in a situation where you have access/exposure to good development opportunities. These can relate to scope of responsibilities, global-caliber managers and resources, best practices, leading products/services, and a professional environment.
a mainland Chinese w/strong soft skills, like good communication and people skills, problem-solving skills, and proactive mindset that apply to China’s growing emphasis on developing its consumer and service industries.
a mainland Chinese w/strong leadership skills to develop others, build a team, and identify new opportunities for a growing organization, especially w/the constant search for top management talent by leading companies here.
It's likely to get worse if you're...
a mainland Chinese in a situation where it’s difficult to improve your capabilities and skill sets. Then relative to the rest of the market you’re getting worse.
a mainland Chinese w/weak soft skills that are needed to capture attractive opportunities, attain higher levels of success, and keep up w/China’s shifting economic landscape.
a non-mainland Chinese w/no China work experience, poor Mandarin skills, and a weak sense of China’s talent and hiring market to know how to compete and identify opportunities.
It's hard to tell if it will get better or worse if you're...
More Opportunities, More Competition
From what my recruitment firm sees, multinationals are committed to placing local staff into key leadership roles as a key objective to build their local management teams, develop better continuity for their top-level positions, and reduce expensive overseas hires. In fact, most of the hiring mandates we get today for director and above positions even specify a clear preference for local talent.
But while more opportunities are available into top-level roles, the continuing maturation of both the talent and hiring sides is creating higher standards and more competitive job market realities for everyone. For instance, while attending a top university, working for a multinational, time overseas, or an MBA used to provide clear competitive advantages, they no longer impress employers like before.
Better Ability To Assess Talent
雇主对于候选人素质和背景的评估，也更加透彻及规范。他们会更加深入地评估其关键的软技能，职业成熟度，职业兴趣及期望，以及是否适合该角色。过去，雇佣决定通常在HR及招聘经理的面试后就可以完成，如今，你可能需要通过4 – 6位关键人物的面试，其中会包括区域及总部级的高管。
In addition, employers are more thorough and disciplined in assessing the true quality of a person’s background. They go much deeper into evaluating your key soft skills, career interests and expectations, and fit for a role. And where hiring decisions used to be made after interviews with the HR and hiring manager, today you may meet 4-6 people for key positions, including at the regional and HQ levels.
Do You Have The Right Capabilities?
The localization emphasis, greater access to career development resources, and more international exposure means strong career prospects for local talent, as multinationals seek well-rounded mainlanders w/the capabilities and qualities to handle bigger roles. That’s the key point though. You need to show your ability to perform in those critical areas for handling these higher-level positions. Whether you feel more or less opportunities in today’s job market, better or worse career prospects for your future, or if these opportunities/prospects well be easier or more difficult to attain depends on who you are and what your current situation is. And this mainly comes down to how proactively and effectively you’re pursuing your career development for this market.