She's a recruiter for Freescale Semiconductor in Toulouse. (Toulouse used to be an underdeveloped dump but is now the aeropsace capital of Europe).
Paskal says: "I 'ave been ze recruitair for over the 10 years mainly pour les technical guys. "
She has a lot of degrees and speaks a lot of languages because Europe is a mass of little countries and many people working there believe that you have to be a linguist to get by. In fact, Pasky is now learning Japanese. But you know what? I'll bet that, really, you can just speak English and you'll do just fine. After all, they don't call it the language of languages for nothing.
Paskal believes that recruiting in Europe is fairly backward. England's okay but the rest?. No direct recruiting meaning "poaching" from your competitors. You've got to lurk around university alumni associations. They're really big there. Another problem for recruiters is that the French won't move for money. You've really got to sell them on the virtues of the new job in itself or in terms of a career.
And, sacre bleu, every country in Europe has different laws about how to manage confidential candidate information so that just running your HR software is a nightmare. And lots of places don't have the internet which is absolutely insufferable.
My advice? Paskal, it's time you emigrated to the USA.
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