Be realistic about starting pay, fresh grads told

Some of the jobseekers who visited the Open Interview and Career Fair.

Some of the jobseekers who visited the Open Interview and Career Fair.

JOB seekers should not demand for high salaries in their resume when searching for job openings. advisor Edmund Teh said fresh graduates seeking for more than RM3,500 are not being practical.

“According to a survey, fresh graduates could demand between RM2,200 and RM2,500, while current employees can ask between 15% and 20% more for their new job,” he said when met at the Penang government’s Open Interview and Career Fair 2018 at Vistana Hotel in Bukit Jambul. for the first time also organised a ‘Resume Clinic’ at the carnival to help job seekers draft their resume.

Teh explained that a good resume should be short, precise and straight to the point.

Among the visitors were Mohammad Akmal Ramli, 25, and Mohammad Amirul Arif Rosli, 26, who just graduated with a Diploma in Networking from a government institution.

“We have identified several companies and we hope they will call us soon.

“The carnival is helpful as many companies are here and it made our task of looking for a suitable job easier,” Mohammad Akmal said, adding that most companies seek employees with job experience.

“They prefer to hire experienced staff compared to a fresh graduate,” he said.

The career carnival jointly organised by PenExpo Events and SME Association of Seberang Prai, saw 20 private companies offering up to 1,000 job opportunities.

In his opening speech, Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon said Penang has the lowest unemployment rate in the country.

“Penang’s unemployment rate is at 1.2% which is the lowest.

“This fair is aimed at helping jobseekers find a better job and career of their wish. It is also to initiate recruitment drive more effectively,” he said.

Also present were PenExpo chief executive officer Francis Wong and SME treasurer Leong Yook Kheong.