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Working in the US: High-Tech Company Model vs HR

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For developing countries’ high-tech professionals, working abroad is a big opportunity for several reasons. Companies from central countries can offer higher salaries, better professional opportunities, and avant-garde projects, among other benefits.  

However, finding these kinds of jobs isn’t always easy, even in high-demand areas like IT. And even when someone is able to find such a position by his own means, there are ways of improving hiring conditions.  

In this article, we’re analyzing two of the most popular ways of finding a remote job abroad for high-tech workers, focusing on the pros and cons of each one of them.  

Human Resources searches vs High-tech company  

There are mainly two ways of entering the US job market if you are living in another country, which are:  

  • Through human resources hunters. 
  • Through a specialized high-tech company.  

As you may imagine, each of these methods has different varieties and specifications according to cases and sectors, but they can be basically divided into these two categories.  

Let’s see what they have in common, and which one is better according to each professional’s interests. 

 

Finding job through HR searches 

One way of entering an IT team of a US company is through an HR search, being contacted on different social media according to your public skills and characteristics. This method usually scans databases for specific projects, which implies short labor relations with a company, differentiated from in-house hiring. These contracts are usually for short-term, specific tasks.  

In the first place, HR-found contractors are very well paid, as they are profiles who resolve problems on very short notice and are highly skilled in specific areas. They also have a lot of flexibility for work, as they don’t have fixed schedules; they often work for goals. 

However, it’s a hiring method that is usually unstable, as professionals must be constantly seeking new projects, passing interviews, and selling themselves. HR companies work as an intermediary, after whose contact between the hiring company and the professional, leave the process.  

Besides, starting from zero in each new project blocks actual professional growth: there’s no real progression between projects, and it becomes impossible to generate a process of experience accumulation.  

The particularities of high-tech companies 

In the case of high-tech companies, the differential is made by proficiency and talent. In contrast to human resources hunters, high-tech companies’ goal is to supply whole technical solutions, which makes it necessary for them to be a part of the entire process, remaining there from the beginning to the end.  

Some of the typical ways of hiring are:  

  • Consultancy 
  • Projects 
  • Specialized teams 
  • Product development 

In the case of Inclusion Cloud, we supply software solutions focusing on top technologies, such as Salesforce, Oracle, AWS, blockchain, and a large pool of open-source stack techs. You can check the rest of our expertise domain here. 

How does this affect workers?  

Mainly, it provides a more solid structure for them, that reflects directly on three key factors. 

 

People working in high-tech company
People working in high-tech company

Long-term working relationships 

For long projects and regular tasks, US companies tend to look for warranted profiles. Most of the time they need communicative, experienced professionals who can join their everyday workflow, including meetings, reporting, and so on. Therefore, they need to combine fast onboarding with certified professionals. High-tech companies are their warranty at this point. 

This creates a steadier and longer project perspective for high-tech companies’ employees, who can focus on their tasks instead of finding new projects and getting accustomed to new companies from three to five times a year.  

A structure of assistance 

US working life is quite different from the one of developing countries, like Latin America and East Europe. Unlike in developing countries, agile methodologies, digital culture, and updated technology are current there. Besides, specific skills are valued, and they know exactly what they need.  

Therefore, it is an important change to have the support of a tech company that helps and trains him in the different elements the worker needs. Frequently, high-tech companies have training programs, coaching meetings, and guide their professionals until they are fully inserted in their new positions. 

Access the IT big leagues 

Finally, most of the biggest companies in the world prefer making use of solid, trustable companies rather than finding profiles through HR hunters or freelance apps. Basically, they prefer having proven people or teams, which have the warranty of a company that supports them.  

This basically means that there are tons of positions that directly can’t be reached without the help of a high-tech firm. And most important of all, these positions are those of major seniority, biggest companies and obviously, best salaries.  

This way, starting to work in a high-tech company will be the best means to reach the big leagues of the IT job market. 

If you are an IT professional and want to check out our open positions, you can do it here. 

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