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Paul Feeney is the Managing Director of Sanford Rose Associates® – Wayne, an executive search firm located in Wayne, New Jersey that specializes in finance, accounting, general management, operations, technology, management consulting, mining operations, engineering and project management recruiting.

Plano, TX 2/7/2017
By: Carol Patton

The war for talent has gone international, forcing U.S. organizations to fight to hold onto their most-skilled workers.

For years, overseas employers have been snapping up U.S. talent, especially those workers with science, engineering, math and science training. What has changed recently is there are now new players for American talent in countries such as China, Japan and Brazil.

Indeed, companies in the construction and energy sectors in China are recruiting U.S. civil engineers who can also serve as project managers, says Paul Feeney, managing director at Sanford Rose Associates – Wayne, a global recruiting firm in Ramsey, N.J., who has recruited professionals for companies in more than 30 countries.

Likewise, he adds, China and Saudi Arabia are purchasing massive amounts of land throughout Africa for commercial farms and may soon tap skilled Americans to operate them.

“The Saudis realize that oil won’t be there forever but there will be a need for food,” he says.  “Africa is the new continent where there’s going to be a lot of opportunities over the next 50 years.”

Even Japan wants more skilled immigrants: everyone from engineers and entrepreneurs to researchers and managers and professionals, according to a recent Bloomberg article titled Japan Wants Immigrants. The Feeling Isn’t Mutual. So much so that the Japanese government implemented a points-based immigration system similar to Canada’s, which assigns points for advanced degrees, language skills and work experience. The higher the score, the higher the chance of foreigners earning permanent residency—the equivalent of a U.S. green card.

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