Headhunting

Last updated: Aug 2020
The HR Regulations Guide for Foreign Companies in China

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    Successful companies rely on many key assets, yet none are more important than human capital. To enhance their human capital, companies invest in high-level HR and recruitment. Their goal is to create the necessary foundation for precision hiring, because when hiring mistakes are made, companies pay a price. When it comes to China, it’s important to remember that HR in general, and especially recruitment, differ from similar practices in the west. As a result, recruiters in China must adjust their expectations.

    PTL Group specializes in recruitment services in China. Therefore, we’d like to share our important knowledge with you. The following article discusses headhunting in China.

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    Headhunting

    Executive hiring differs drastically from recruitment of personnel for mid and low-level positions. Naturally, available senior positions are rather scarce, and it can be quite challenging to find the perfect fit for each position. That is why the most effective recruitment method for executive-level positions is to directly approach senior managers with specific job offers.

    Like the rest of the world, hiring employees for senior positions through headhunters is a common recruitment practice in China, and is usually the preferred choice of local human resource departments. In fact, most foreign companies operating in China recruit approx. 50% of their management positions with the help of a headhunter, especially in the high-tech, internet, biomedicine and logistic industries. Recruitment in China via headhunting is a suitable strategy for companies that prefer to keep their hiring practices a secret, and to reach potential candidates that work for competing companies.

    Regulations in China change relatively frequently. For the most up-to-date regulations, please check in with us.