Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Employment Hint.

There has been a lot of articles in the press lately addressing issues pertaining to enhancing your employment. But I find that the issues brought forward are too repetitive. Such as, do your research, write a good CV, networking etc. I thought I would share something which I hope it can benefit a few people.

Apart from all of those ways of enhancing employment here is a piece that a lot of people aren’t doing or thought of doing.

Firstly do your research, think about companies which you would like to be employed with or companies which you see yourself having a future with. Do some research on that company to see if they happen to have released or post any job advertisements or dive into their careers page. Check out their vacancies. Usually they would have an email address which you could write too, but believe it or not, you are usually one of the few hundred that has written in. Through this you are not only browsing their website but also learning their business. Other ways to see who are hiring in your own domain or specialty is, log on to Jobstreet and JobsDB and do a search based on your job profile. Check out the companies that are hiring ad GO DIRECT, because once again when you apply, you are some of the few hundreds.

Secondly once that is done and you have found something, identify the contact details of the company. This is where you need to take it a step further and a lot of times how we headhunters do it. Call directly and obtain the HR Managers or the person who is in-charge of recruitment’s email address or if you would like talk to the respective HR Manager, go ahead. Make sure you also get the names of the person. Of-course it is easier said than done, but this is a good way of showing initiative, drive and that you are serious in getting yourself employed. The receptionist is usually quite difficult when giving out information as such, but if you could convince the ‘gatekeeper’ and obtain the details you need, you will see that the HR Manager will be looking at your email when you are able to get into the door. Try to get the email address and e-mail your application through straight to the HR Managers email add or whoever the person is in-charge of recruitment is. When you are talking to the receptionist and she is still not wanting to give you the email address, you can usually say that you have tried multiple times and there is still no news or the link is broken and you need the HR Manager or Recruitment Managers email address.

Now your application is in their hands and hope that they will be giving you a call soon. You can also choose to follow up with them since you have the details. Just an advice, this is another creative way of getting employed. It is not an easy method and you could get blown off a few times, but if you hit it right, it could be your best opportunity. I believe this is also shows added initiatives and value that you carry simply by showing your interest.

All the best, let me know how it goes.


Monday, June 8, 2009


A lot of industries have been quiet for a few months. I am taking this off my head but speaking to a few headhunters lately, advertising, FMCG, manufacturing and production have been relatively quiet. Mainly, due to recruitment and headcount freeze as a cost saving factor and stimulus for business recovery for many of our clients.

Still the IT industry looks ‘ok’. I got a friend in the Enterprise printing business that said numbers are rising and there has been good activity in the banking and IT industry. In the first few months of the year, I could count on one hand how many assignments I had and now, the number of assignments have increased and we are back on our toes.

There are a few reasons why companies need to use headhunters now and they are:

Seeing that, even if they reach out to their future hires though advertisements and referrals, a lot of people generally are not applying because is it not that they are not comfortable with their employments but their current jobs offers security.

Some companies have not done their retrenchment processes properly hence when word gets out especially when unhappy employees have been laid off due to the unhealthy retrenchment process, the company will get a bad name and there will be a second thought to those who want to apply, unfortunately.

Should a company be awarded a sizeable project now, they will definitely emphasize on quality and excellent service delivery not by Malaysian standards because in this difficult times not only that it is hard to find projects and win projects but firms will definitely have to provide better service hence with a project generally employees will stick to their companies.

Well these are a few things I thought of as I write this, this hazy Monday morning. These are a few reasons why companies might have to rely on headhunters to reach out to the market and to assist them in identifying talent for their respectable companies. What I also enjoy most about my job is when I see myself opening doors for my clients too, I recently had a catch up lunch with my client about 3 weeks ago and I propose that they hire a good business development manager to spearhead into the market to bring in new business. This sprung up in my mind learning of my client’s business challenges and about a week or two before that I had a meeting with a good business development manager which now has been hired by my client. Cases like these apply to a lot of other businesses. Learning a clients business and challenges has its importance in relationship building because a deal is not just a deal, everyone can get a deal, but it is how you identify opportunities and also how you are able to find ways and add value to a clients business.

Also look out for a new page I will be creating, it will be my job page. Mainly some of the assignments which I am currently working on to share with you as I have more write ins and it is my part to help the jobseekers obtain jobs in my little way, if I can.