Xianshu Zeng‘s success story is not only about professional progress. It is also proof that mobility in today’s world is possible if you have the correct pieces to the puzzle and timely effort is invested. After working for 3 years in China as a government official, in the public communications office, she came to Spain to pursue IE’s Master in Corporate Communications, hence graduating in July 2016. Upon graduation, Xianshu consolidated the jump of her life by shifting from working in the public sector to the private sector, and from her mother country China to a foreign country: Spain. She started last September as Communication Manager at Inmark’s HQ in Madrid, Spain. The company identified her as a key asset to the group, and thanks to IE’s Talent and Careers support and guidance on the Ley de Emprendedores, they were able to support her and her employer on obtaning a Spanish work permit.
How did you find out about this job opportunity?
Through the IE Career Portal’s job bank.
How did Talent and Careers and your IE experience help you during the recruiting process? Did you use specific career resources or did you come across useful information via an advisor or alumni?
IE Career Portal served as my essential source for information. I also enjoyed valuable consultancy service from Career Advisors.
Would please tell us briefly about Talent and Career’s support with your work permit process and a bit about the process itself? Tips? Suggestions?
- You should be very clear about every legal time point in the process. When I first got the internship offer, I immediately consulted Talent and Careers for supporting advice. From Talent and Careers, I knew from the very beginning that I should renew my NIE before it expired. So I started to apply for my new NIE two months before its expiration. So you need to plan ahead. Renew your NIE and apply for a social security number before your NIE expires.
- Another essential aspect in this process is your potential employer. The company culture and their willingness to support you is very key to the success of obtaining your working permit. There´s no way that I would have succeeded in getting this permit without the support of the company.
How was the recruiting process: stages, tests, interviews, etc.?
The first phase was to apply on-line through IE Career Portal with my CV. When my CV got selected, I went through two rounds of face-to-face interviews with the Director. I also finished a job hunting questionnaire issued by the hiring manager. In the questionnaire they asked about all past experiences, abilities and expectations in depth.
Would you want to share any tips or advice with student interested in applying to Inmark?
Besides your technical skills, I think soft skills are very important. It is key to show that you can work in a team, as well as in an international setting. Inmark is a company with branches in a variety of locations, so it´s very important to show your “international skills”.
Ley de Emprendedores
If you think you qualify to obtain a Spanish work permit through Ley de Emprendedores, please read closely the presentation on INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY SECTION: Law 14/2013 on support for entrepreneurs and their internationalisation available on the IE Career Portal >> Resources >> Documents Library >> search by keywords Spanish visa. Please keep in mind that IE is not responsible for processing work permits, however Talent and Careers will gladly provide more information and guidance to students and recruiters.
A message from Inmark
Thanks to IE Talent and Careers, and especially to Rosalía Rodriguez, Director of Recruiter Relations for her great support and advice during our recruitment process, we hired XIanshu, an IE Chinese Master of Corporate Communications graduate. The recruitment process was very smooth. I found the suitable candidate, a young talent profile that fit with Inmark’s expectations.
We were anxious when we start to prepare the labour contract. I realized that the lack of knowledge about the legal and administrative issues to hire non EU citizens is a tough barrier! That’s when Rosalia put me in contact with the officers of the Secretaría General de Inmigración, who kindly informed about the procedure to employ international high qualified professionals. Thanks to their help and effectiveness we managed to speed up the process. This is our success story!
Director Innovation Management at INMARK Europa and IE Business School Alumna
Inmark is in the management consulting industry. They have more than 20 years of experience working in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) field, have effective collaboration with over 200 research, industry and government partners across more than 30 countries worldwide, have participated in more than 50 EU funded research and innovation projects and boasted more than 8 years of experience promoting ICT research and innovation collaboration between Europe and Latin America.