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The views of managers and recruitment specialists in relation to migrants' opportunities in recruitment and selection processes in Australia

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Daly, AJ and Barker, MC and McCarthy, PC (2000) The views of managers and recruitment specialists in relation to migrants' opportunities in recruitment and selection processes in Australia. In: Transcending Boundaries: Integrating people, processes and systems, 6-8 September, Brisbane, Queensland.

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Abstract

Australia’s population is one of the world’s most culturally and linguistically diverse. With declining fertility rates, the overall intake of immigrants will continue to increase with the proportion of Asian immigrants predicted to rise significantly over the next 50 years. Despite many of these immigrants holding recognised qualifications and previous work experience, a high proportion are faced with unemployment or employment in positions, which are not commensurate with their knowledge and abilities. This paper which examines the views of managers and recruitment specialists is part of a larger study investigating the experiences of South-east Asian migrants in recruitment and selection in Australia. Surveys were administered to Master of Business Administration students who are currently employed in management positions. Due to the increasingly popular trend of outsourcing HR activities, 10 Recruitment Consultants were interviewed with questions based upon the managers’ questionnaire. The responses to questions relating to the difficulties that migrants are faced with in recruitment and selection, and recommendations as to what migrants may do regarding behaviour and training, were analysed. Overall, communication and cultural issues were seen as central to the difficulties experienced by migrants in recruitment and selection processes and therefore carved the basis upon which recommendations were formed. The findings of this study have implications for human resource professionals and employment support agencies who are actively involved with recruitment and selection in general, or who specialise in assisting migrants with job seeking.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Cross-cultural communication; Recruitment; Selection
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2008 05:40
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:42
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/6745
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