On September 9th, Global Cleveland hosted the inaugural Global Employer Breakfast at the InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center. This was the first in a series of corporate conversations that will focus on the expansion of the region’s talent pool. Nearly 60 people registered to attend on behalf of Cleveland-area employers, including the MetroHealth System, the Cleveland Clinic, Weatherhead School of Management, Cuyahoga Community College, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Antal International, and many more. Thank you to all those that participated!

Global Cleveland will continue the momentum from this initial breakfast with a series of conversations focused on international hiring. While we talk about the importance of global talent to the success of our region and to your organization, many obstacles remain that may prevent your organization from successfully bringing on international talent. Global Cleveland recognizes the significant hurdles that stand in the way, and through this program, seeks to provide a platform for employers, hiring managers, and immigration experts to come together and share best practices and offer solutions. One method is the International Hiring Trends Survey. This is an opportunity to share what your organization is doing, what you might be struggling with, and what you might be missing that other organizations are successfully doing. The results of this survey will be shared and discussed at the roundtable discussion on November 19, 2015 at ERC.

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An additional way for your organization to engage with international talent is to have your employees become volunteer mentors or job coaches for international students and newcomers. Global Cleveland’s volunteer program gives HR, recruiters and employees the opportunity to mentor an international newcomer one-on-one and help them with interviewing, resume writing, job searching, and networking. This is a rewarding experience for employees looking to volunteer, broaden their horizons, and make international connections. If you are looking to onboard or hire international employees, you can refer them to Global Cleveland’s volunteer network as well to get help connecting to Cleveland’s social opportunities. Global Cleveland’s volunteers help with every day needs like shopping or getting around, practicing English conversational skills, and learning about the fun, exciting things to do in the different Cleveland neighborhoods. This service is important because it will help new employees make social networks and get acclimated to Cleveland faster than on their own, thereby increasing their well-being and satisfaction. This is a great way to increase new employee retention and help to make our communities more welcoming. If you are interested in volunteering or know someone in your organization that might be interested, please contact Alyssa Golinar at Alyssa@globalcleveland.org