Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Hoping for the hopeless

There was a jobfair/careerfair/a fair that fresh grads put their hopes and dreams on last weekend. My company opened a booth there for 1. publicity and 2. hoping to recruit some 'potentials'. Do you still remember that recent years there is always this issue where the unemployment rate is so damn high among fresh grads in Malaysia? Well, after this 'fair' i have come to realise why...

So let me begin my barage of views and suggestions for the young hopefuls out there. This is what i noticed during the whole 3 days of the fair.

1. YOU KNOW that you are coming for a jobfair and YOU KNOW that there will be interviews or viewing from your future potential employers, yet you wear... CASUAL! Worse off is that for guys your HAIR is unkept and you are not clean shaven. For girls, you come as if you just 'happen' to drop by from your shopping spree. Hair all one kind, make up like you are going for some punk rock concert. That is already a BIG NO-NO when it comes to first impression. It shows that you are not ready, a sloppy person and a person that is not serious for the task. If we were to hire you the image of the company will be spoiled. We will have to keep reminding you that your clothes need to be ironed or washed. We have to inform you to cut your hair etc etc.

2. ATTITUDE!!

a) There were a handful... wait i take that back. I would say half of the candidates that approaches our booth thinks that this is some sort of funfair or some food fair booth where u can come and laugh and play. There were so many of them that came to our booth thinking of dropping their resume or CV. When we ask them to fill in a form they took the form and laugh, play, joke and not even take it seriously to answer the questions. There was this group that came and took the form and took their own sweet time to answer. And the best part is i saw them sitting nearby joking and playing among each other... HELLO... you are applying for a job le! not filling in some contest form!!!

b) There are some that come to the booth as if they are god sent to save our company. Just because you 'formerly' worked in a BIG corporation that doesnt meant that you are much greater then the people you are applying your job at! Coming here all gaya and all, telling us you work for this big company before bla bla bla yada yada yada... If you are that great how come you are still not working there??!!! and stop using big names to throw on us.

my verdict... attitude reflects your character. Imagine would i want to hire someone who dont even take things seriously and instead take your own sweet time and play around? What if i gave you an important task? die la! Arrogance... if you are so arrogant then if you would have come into our company and instead question the management and your co workers on every single thing. Teamwork will be diminished. And your ability is in doubt coz if you are really that good then how come you are applying a new job at a smaller company rather then your BIG company? maybe you are just not that good after all... Being HUMBLE gets you places. WHY? coz you want a job!

3) Alertness, well when i ask the applicant to fill in the forms, there were several very basic questions being asked. Simple and direct. Such as the name of the company, what do we do etc etc... well for one they cant even answer the first question... the name of the company!!! all just blindly apply coz they see us as a media company and 'glamour' hits their head instantly!!! Without even seeing properly or reading properly... they apply. Making them look silly. For me i think that you are not up to the task. Coz no.1 you are not alert at all! Half the answer is already on the question paper itself and yet they can ask around... sigh. My verdict... you have to be sharp and alert during this events. Read, see and think properly before you apply. Dun apply just because you see it as a glamour job...

4) Knowing your ability before you step into something... Some actually come to our booth and ask for positions such as DJ and Broadcaster when you know you cant even speak smoothly. Some is so confident they are willing to do anything... Now i know why there are so many people every year applying for american idol... Wanting to get famous! there was this guy that came straight to us and started blurting out how he wants to get a job as a speaker coz he loves to talk and talk... bursting to us telling his 'skills' and 'talent'. And when ask him to fill in the form... he have the guts to ask us... What is the name of your company? That is already a big turn off! My verdict... if you dont have such a big head, dont wear such a big hat! think before you act!

5) One of the irritating thing is alot of them never bring their resume with them. All also say can i give you the soft copy? can i send it to you? its always better to bring a hard copy of any documentation... is it that hard to bring 10-20 copy of your resume? And some are trying so hard to impress they actually attach all their certificate along with their resume! wow... thick as a book!! haha. Just the top 3 certs is good enough coz in your resume itself tells your other activities... but its ok coz its better to be safe then sorry. My verdict! always be prepared! bring hard copy documentations just incase!!!

6) Some people actually came to the booth while eating some snacks and ask if they can apply! Mamee to be exact. Bad no no again! you come here with your breath and hands smelling like dry hard noodle crackers with flavouring and filling in forms... another bad first impression. What if we hire you and we need to meet a client? I already have a bad impression on our country's immigration dept when the officer that stamps my passport is eating some oily chilli thingy and took my passport and stamp!!! my pass port can see the oil prints on the cover! That is a definate BIG NO NO!!! unprofessional!! time to eat plz go to the canteen to eat! and time to work please WORK!!! my verdict has been said!!!

Well now i know why there are so many unemployed fresh grad out there! i didnt want to admit when i read it... but with what i come through and what I noticed with my own eyes! there is a huge hole that needs to be mend and improved. I am also happy to see there are also quite a number of people with really good attitude that came and apply! Not to left them aside! just that with all the 6 problems i state above... it is what i noticed! so freshies! BUCK up or F*CK off!

2 comments:

Yoon Onn said...

Spot on, bro. You can obviously see which are those who are serious about job application and which are not. Majority were there just to try their luck (of getting new job), have fun, join the fun and/or showing off their balls (qualifications or current job).

Besides, I can say that most of them (freshies) were there for the sake of just to be there for their parents (to show that they are applying jobs).

koRnholio said...

couldnt agree more bro!

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