Employment in a multinational organization can be the highest aspiration for many international career seekers. Pursuing employment with these organizations can be intimidating, however, given their size and scope as well as the aura of mystery and intrigue that sometimes surrounds them. These concerns are not completely unfounded; it can be much more difficult to get your foot in the door at a large multinational organization than, say, a smaller nonprofit. Some multinationals have downsized their staffs or streamlined their structures in response to reduced funding; many have strict hierarchical organizational structures. Most have language and experience requirements that may seem daunting to the entry-level professional. Some have strict national employment quotas. Despite these potential obstacles, however, multinational organizations still offer exciting opportunities for anyone seeking a challenging international career with truly global scope and impact.
In our interview with him, Fayezul Choudhury, controller and vice president of strategy and resource management at the World Bank, emphasized the importance of “cultural context” when you are attempting to get a job or begin a career with a multinational organization. Of course job seekers can still use the strategies with a multinational that they might with any other organization: submit a résumé and hope it gets noticed (although Choudhury warned that this approach may be a bit of a “crapshoot” because hundreds of résumés pour in each day); find an internship and work your way up; or use a personal connection. These techniques