Does international experience count for much?
We have all seen the CV of somebody who appears to be a shiftless professional traveler, flitting from place to place.
Do they have enough relevant Australian market experience? How long will they stay before they get the travel bug again?
This is an extreme example, but employers should take a closer look at international experience.
Open-mindedness, independence and diversity of thought can be a valuable asset. Not only has the candidate most likely had to find and sustain a role without the familiar support network of family and friends, but they are likely to have been exposed to different work cultures, laws, operating systems and values while working overseas.
This can be useful for a business that trades goods and services overseas or has a multicultural staff.
Working in Asia, for example, will be increasingly highly-regarded as the Asia-Pacific region takes its place as the world's economic engine room.
According to research from Randstad, workers will vote with their feet anyway - 47 per cent of Australian workers would be willing to shift overseas for a job if the pay was superior.
Randstad CEO Fred van der Tang observed that it was "of concern" that so many Australian workers were considering taking their skills offshore and called for employers to build a strong employer brand to retain these workers.
The good news in the longer term is that Australians tend to want to return here for lifestyle and/or career reasons, richer for the experience. They should be welcomed with open arms.