Here’s an interesting article that’s been going around social media recently about why many Malaysian fresh graduates remain unemployed. It seems, we can all basically sum it up to them having attitude problems. In fact, the article breaks this down into several key reasons:
Unrealistic salary expectations – RM3.5k to RM6.5k
Poor communications skills
Dreaming too big (it seems, if you are from a “small” university you should work with a small company)
Understandably, employers who agree with this are furiously sharing this article on social media, along with expressing their own frustrations with their experience of hiring Malaysian fresh graduates.
But many of the fresh graduates that I have interviewed or hired did not actually show such “bad attitudes”, therefore I am a bit confused. As a startup, our salaries are fairly modest. Yet we’ve hired many quality Malaysian fresh graduates. They are matured and capable. Their communication skills are good, their attitude is decent, and they certainly could work in any multi-national company, yet they are working in a small startup (are they dreaming too small?). Continue reading →
Linkedin is a great way to recruit and approach passive candidates. Yet some employers tell me that they haven’t had any success or that response rates are poor. As someone that has successfully recruited passive candidates via Linkedin without the paid recruiter account (i.e. I’ve been doing it for FREE!), I believe it’s all about using the right technique to approach these candidates and this makes a big difference in how successful you are.
Here are 3 of my top tips to help you be successful when you recruit via Linkedin:
In November 2016, I spoke on a panel at Young Corporate Malaysians (YCM) alongside Dato Hamidah Naziadin of CIMB and Mahuran Sariki, CEO’s Office at TalentCorp, regarding the Future of Work. We spent time answering questions from the floor, and due to limited time, I did not get the opportunity to cover some of the thoughts I had about the future of work. Continue reading →
Before we jump into how radical candor works, I want to write about the “conventional” or adviced method of giving negative feedback. In my previous jobs, we’ve always been trained to manage communication with colleagues, especially when giving negative feedback, using a common technique where you “sandwich” the negative feedback between positive ones, to get your message across but not hurt egos too much. The idea is that this allows negative feedback to be received without demotivating your team. Continue reading →
Last weekend, I went to YEC KL, organised by the same team from Alliance Bank Bizsmart Challenge, which WOBB was fortunate enough to be in the Top 20 last year. We learned so much from being part of last year’s Challenge, and made so many friends along the way. One year is a long time in the startup scene, so I thought it would bring back some good memories if I got to see everyone again.
I did write a post about the top lessons I learned from the program as soon I finished it, you can also read that post here. And almost one year later, here’s how some of these lessons have turned out. Continue reading →
I’m sure throughout your career, you’ve come across people who want to do as little as possible to get through life. It’s their self-identity, they tell themselves that they are lazy, and therefore they are. Sometimes this makes them feel cool. Sometimes this makes them feel smart. Continue reading →
I was on BFM recently, having a conversation directly with Gen Y talent about their careers. We had honest discussions about work-life balance, job hopping, taking a gap year, find work that you are passionate about etc. Many important topics that are on many Gen Y’s minds, yet they’ve never had the opportunity to speak out and actually get feedback about how these ideas work in reality.
Have a listen here, and if you have friends who may benefit from listening to this conversation, share it with them too!
We all know that using a recruitment agency in Malaysia to help your company with recruitment is expensive. However with fierce competition for talent and limited recruitment tools or options, sometimes companies just don’t have a choice. Continue reading →
If you manage a business, you’ll know that the quality of your people plays a big role in the success of your business. That’s why many leaders recognise the need to be able to recruit good talent. In order to balance the cost of recruitment while attempting to hire quality talent, employers spend a lot of time having to filter spam on job portals. Continue reading →