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1 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. SPOUSAL/PARTNER SUPPORT BEST PRACTICES AND KEY SUCCESS FACTORS Alain Verstandig - President NET EXPAT Group Chicago, September 13 th 2011

2 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved.

3 Corporations vs. Spouse vision Corporations vs. Spouse vision How to balance resources with expectations? Aware of the need to do something Tighter budgets Multiple decision makers (business lines, host locations) Tested split family but it doesnt work Spousal assistance: Cash or support? More working spouses Lower expat packages (second income needed!) Stretch on families (commuting, split family) More demanding and results oriented Increasing female expats (with male spouses) Spouses/partners Corporations

4 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. Dual Career: Permits international survey 2009 Employment status of spouse prior to expatriation source Permits Foundations 2009: - 200 employers - 122 nationalities - 117 countries - 3300 expat spouses

5 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. source Permits Foundations 2009 Aspiration to work abroad… Dual Career: Permits international survey 2009

6 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. Importance of having the choice to work abroad Dual Career: Permits international survey 2009 source Permits Foundations 2009

7 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. The nature of spousal assistance over time 20 years ago: … anecdotal 5 years ago: mostly cash allowance (flat screen TV syndrome) Today: mostly support oriented (cash allowance disappearing) Successful spousal assistance = recognized as a competitive advantage by most corporations Permanent transfers: used as a mean to ease international recruitments

8 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. Expat partner assistance is offered today by 62% of corporations in the US 70% of corporations in the EU Recognition of non-married partner: 39% US vs. 77% EU Overall trend: less support offered in cash expensive (need to be grossed it up) money does not solve the dual career issue What do corporations offer? What do corporations offer? Source: KPMG, Global Assignment Policies and Practices survey 2011

9 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. Why is it difficult to find a job abroad? Studies Conjunction of multiple specific challenges: 0,1% to 5% of the local job market is open to foreign nationals No structured communication media for Job Ads relevant to foreign nationals Lack of local network and contacts for the expat spouse Local standards are different: Resume/CVs, interviewing techniques, negotiation techniques … A job ad is far from enough! Spouse are often over-qualified, but lacking local experience Work permits, availability of child care.

10 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. Misleading impressions in a new job market Misleading impressions in a new job market Cultural differences Hidden Part Visible Part Looks increasingly similar Still differs very much!!!

11 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. Example of Spousal Assistance Program Example of Spousal Assistance Program NET EXPAT Career Program Free exploratory session Highly customized Resources online My Job Hunt Manager Country Info … Proactive Job Hunting Results driven 82% success rate 17 weeks average duration Proactive Job Search Career Counseling Resume/ CV & cover letters Intercultural awareness Interviewing Techniques Preparation for selection tests Communication techniques Job Hunt Strategies Web-based Resources Center

12 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. Expat Spouse support Example of policy pre-departure coaching Individual sessions 4 hours 4 hours Social Integration Non Working Partners Choice of JSC or CP 6 hours Working Partners host-country coaching Repatriation Expatriation Decision WP = working Partners non WP = non working Partners Repatriation coaching: - SIR (non WP) - JSCR-CPR (for WP)

13 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. The positive impact of working abroad as a spouse… Positive impact Negative impact The positive impact of working abroad (I) Source: Permits international survey 2009 source Permits Foundations 2009

14 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. The positive impact of working abroad (II) source Permits Foundations 2010

15 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. The positive impact of working abroad (III) source Permits Foundations 2010

16 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. Real cases (I) Examples of spouse/partner integration German woman moving from Munich to NJ: Logistics specialist with 4 years professional experience. Substantial cultural shock; resume too long and not to US standards; inappropriate interviewing skills; afraid of making mistakes in English, leading to a lack of self-confidence. She scheduled counseling sessions with her NET EXPAT local expert; a few easy interviews were organized and her confidence rebuilt After 4 months: she obtains a first step entry job Not the ideal job, but led her to a promotion and a better job

17 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. Real cases (II) Examples of spouse/partner integration American woman moving from Chicago to Shanghai: Finance director, 7 years professional experience. Very direct, impatient, thought everything could be done by e-mail. Two days interviews planned in Shanghai with disastrous results (interviews delayed, unprepared local interviewer, offended by personal questions…) Valuable job opportunities lost. Finally activated her NET EXPAT support, got it done the Chinese way, approach and timing reset more realistically. New trip to Shanghai, job offer 7 weeks later.

18 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. The work permit issue A growing number of countries now allow expat spouses to work. Few important exceptions: Brazil, South Africa, Russia… What to do in countries where working is not an option? Career continuation type support Further education Non-profit (works for US citizen, but not for all cultures…) Beware of the risks linked to the freelance status!

19 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. Conclusions Importance of the exploratory session (assessment based on personality, professional experience, local job market, legal constraints) leading to the right job search strategy Be proactive: dont wait until the spouse is depressed! The first challenge is to find a job, the second is to keep it! Prepare the spouse to the new ways of working once the job is found HR branding: corporations can be people-friendly while being cost-conscious to build a positive image of international mobility Anticipate & Communicate more than ever

20 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. Thank you for your attention NET EXPAT Inc. Pinnacle Building - 3455 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30326 Tel: +1 404-995-7035 www.netexpat.com – clientrequestamericas@netexpat.com NET EXPAT has offices throughout America, Europe and Asia

21 © 2011 NET EXPAT ® - http://www.netexpat.com. All right reserved. Any representation, adaptation, exploitation, transcription, diffusion and any integral or partial reproduction through any mean and without the consent of NET EXPAT is illegal. Translation rights reserved. Some of our Clients 3M AC Nielsen AirbusAlstomAppleAREVAAstraZenecaAVIVAAXABacardi-MartiniBASFBayer BD Biosciences Europe BNP Paribas Boehringher Ingelheim BoschBP Bristol-Myers Squibb Cadbury Schweppes CGG Véritas Capgemini Cadbury Schweppes CargillCaterpillarCoca-Cola Colgate Palmolive Corus Group plc Danisco Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu DexiaDiageo PfizerPricewaterhouseCoopers Procter & Gamble PSA Peugeot Citroen Puratos Reckitt Benkiser RocheRolls-RoyceSanofi-AventisSchlumberger St Gobain SolvaySonySWIFTTchibo The Body Shop TOTALToyotaUBSUCBUmicoreUnileverUPSVallourec Voith AG Whirlpool.… DuPontEDF Euroclear Bank ExxonMobil GDF Suez General Motors GivaudanGlaxoSmithklineGlionGoodyearINGINSEAD International Paper Johnson & Johnson Jungheinrich Kraft Foods Leroy Merlin LOrealLVMHMarsMasterCard MBDA France Merck KGaA Merck Sharp & Dohme Methanex Munich Re Nestlé Newell Rubbermaid Nissan Europe NyrstarNYSE-Euronext


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