Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Rant 2011..

It is the 3rd month of the year and it has been busy on the hiring front for most companies I can think off. The financial industry of course is always going through many transformation projects which need talent, apparently the government has approved budget for technology this year which will require talent, more hiring from multinational companies which require talent and most importantly there is just no excuse to blame non-performance on the recession which all of us has survived through the past year or so etc. It is back to the employee’s market although it is still tough to get a job that pays RM 10, 000 but yes there are a lot of jobs available in the market. So from maintenance mode to bring in the money mode in 2011…..or new career opportunities.

I was browsing through Jobstreet this morning and literally keyed in all sorts of keywords and really, even a driver can find a job in job street, there are actually advertisements for a driver!. I mean, we read in the newspapers about unemployment and how tough to get a job is, I mean frankly it is not hard to get a job! Really! We are generally fussy people especially professionals with varied skillsets but generally for anyone especially SPM school leaver’s there is employment. Although the level of English is important but not all job requires a c3 above in English.

I am now three quarter way through a project of a mass hire for one of my clients and I’ve learnt quite a few things from hiring managers as I get to liaise with them on a daily basis, these are some of the new trends:

- Searching up candidates names on Facebook after the first interview. (APPLICATION FOR EMPLOYMENT FORM) information such as email addresses are tools for Facebook searches. I for one have two email addresses one for entertainment and non professional use i.e Facebook. But still, remember that a level of sensitivity is required as you never know who browses your profile.

- Even though a candidate has spent less than a year a current employment, they will still be considered but usually not at a 20-30% salary increment, maybe 10%.

- LinkedIn is a great tool to get noticed if you have not already registered, yet there are a lot of professionals I’ve came across has no LinkedIn profile. But usually Middle Managers are on LinkedIn. Also btw, Linkedin is pronounced as linked-in and not linked or link-ed-in!  www.linkedin.com - http://my.linkedin.com/in/jonathanmonteiro

- On Jobstreet a typical Recruiter will spend less than 25 seconds on your CV before moving it into a prescreened or shortlisted folder hence it is good to be concise. Actually 10 seconds to be honest.

- A good chat over the phone on the first call ‘this is important’, you never know who will be giving you a call. Always be prepared if you are actively looking for a job.

The landscape of recruitment especially in HR is really changing. Yes the conventional recruitment methods are still very much in use such as newspapers, notice boards, online and other job-boards. But there are quite a few other alternatives which now have to be put in place to attract candidates like a special recruitment career page which a lot of companies use to get direct applications which goes into a database for recruiters to vet though, but again it is subjective because it could be an open application which does not get looked until such time later.
As this is a piece of rant and rave my next piece will perhaps touch on 10 things to do if you are looking for a job.