Malaysia is now moving towards the endemic phase of COVID-19, with the Malaysian economy gradually recovering from the impact of various lockdown measures across 2020 and 2021. Economic and social sectors have been reopening since August — which has also resulted in a boost in hiring, and a drop in the unemployment rate in the country.
While this recovery is expected to be a gradual process, United Overseas Bank (UOB) has also projected that the Malaysian market recovery will continue to gain momentum during Q4 of 2021 — and into 2022. This is certainly welcome news for many, not least fresh graduates who completed their tertiary education in 2021, and are looking for their very first career jobs.
However, with the rise in popularity of hybrid and remote work spaces in recent times, 2022 is set to be a wholly unique affair for fresh graduates (and many others, too). With that in mind, we’ve compiled a couple of essential must-knows for job-seekers looking for their first full-time positions, or even internships in 2022.
Even as economic sectors and physical workplaces open up, virtual interviews are set to remain. This means that fresh graduates should expect to interview for jobs over video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams — the home of most meetings around the world in 2021, of course.
However, you should always prepare for a virtual interview exactly like you would for an interview in person. Obviously, you won’t have to take traffic or parking into account, but everything else in your usual interview prep should be the same. Here are a couple of tips:
Ultimately, a virtual interview may be a unique experience for many job-seekers, but you should always make the effort to show off the best version of yourself, and your skills & experiences.
Finding a job vacancy that fits in with your requirements — remuneration, industry, job scope — is a challenge that most job-seekers are familiar with. This also applies to those of you who are looking for your first full-time jobs, which means that you ought to be extra careful when looking for the right job.
Nowadays, there are a number of platforms that cater to job-seekers and professional networking, such as LinkedIn and Jobstreet. While these platforms and services may be easily accessible and widely-available, it’s worth noting that you’ll be fighting with the masses when applying for jobs via these channels.
Instead, a good tip is to apply directly on potential employers’ websites. You should be able to find a section under “careers” or “jobs”, where most companies will list down available vacancies in the organisation. Be sure to go through the job description (JD) in detail, and when you find one that fits your skills and requirements, you can usually apply directly to the employers.
As the interview process goes digital, it’s worth remembering that resumes and CVs have also gone virtual in recent years. This means that you should pay close attention to your profiles on social media — primarily, LinkedIn. Keep your profile and resume updated with your relevant skills and experiences, and be sure to build your network with other professionals in the industry.
Networking is an important part of job-searching, and the right connections can offer advice, or even references to a suitable job. Of course, avoid spamming others with connection (or worse, job) requests, and try to gradually, organically build up your own professional brand and network over time.
And at the end of the day, professional social networking is also a huge benefit to fresh graduates as you’ll be able to learn from insights, experiences, and sharings from other industry colleagues and experts.
Learning should never stop — even if you’ve completed your formal, tertiary education. In today’s digital age, there are vast resources available to help fresh graduates upskill in areas that may not have been covered in formal education.
For example, Google and LinkedIn offer a wide range of certifications and courses to help aspiring digital marketers, while you can also look into platforms such as Coursera to learn, and upskill yourselves. If you’re looking for your first job, look into online courses and learning methods — many of which are free of charge — that are relevant to your line of work, or the career opportunities that you are lookin at.
This growth mindset shouldn’t end once you secure your first job — or any job. Learning on the job is a part of succeeding in today’s professional world, and you should always be open to learning new skills, and picking up new experiences throughout your career. This, in particular, is key to succeeding in the “new normal”, the digital age.
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At the end of the day, looking for your first job (or any job) is a challenge for all of us. And for employers, providing the right combination of workplace culture, employee engagement, and even salary can be a challenge — particularly in the new normal.
That’s where Digi’s super app, altHR, comes in. With an Onboarding module that helps employers engage new employees from the very first day by creating a successful onboarding journey, new hires can be taken through the usual onboarding processes — but virtually.
The altHR onboarding journey includes sequential steps and access to articles and videos on the company, company culture, leadership, and other relevant information. This allows new hires to track their progress, and to be effectively onboarded at the end of the process.
Meanwhile, admins are also able to generate reports of new hires, with information on these employees available before Day One. This can help with matters like security, or even to prepare equipment such as company-issued laptops.
Plus, with the Documents module on altHR, important onboarding documents can be easily accessed by new employees — making things easier for both admins and new recruits to the company. This functionality allows HR to publish and share documents with limited visibility to other employees within an organisation.
Ultimately, it’s all about digitalisation. The world is going increasingly digital these days, and this trend is set to continue in the years to come. HR professionals are often faced with daunting, often tedious tasks on a daily basis — tasks that have become even more difficult to handle in light of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
But help is available, if you know where to look. Let us streamline your HR processes by managing and automating day-to-day tasks, so you won’t have to worry about things like paperwork, privacy concerns, time-tracking, or onboarding challenges.
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