APART from its infrastructure and geographical advantages, Malaysia also has plenty to offer when it comes to talent and recruitment.
The ability to speak various languages, for one, is a strength that makes the country’s talents attractive to companies, especially as international companies continue to tap into the opportunities in Asia to grow their businesses and profitability.
Agensi Pekerjaan Sheffield Executive Sdn Bhd director and co-founder Janice Tan (pic) said its aim was to be a business partner which supports human resource communities and business leaders in building businesses and changing lives.
Founded in 2012, Sheffield Executive as a talent solutions and recruitment services agency delivers customised talent solutions and recruitment services to meet the needs of Malaysian businesses.
“We pride ourselves in looking for new ways to serve our clients via the design and execution of effective talent acquisition strategies, from a single mission critical vacancy to mass hiring project needs.
“Talent mapping is a service our clients absolutely appreciate, where we do a lot of mapping through our network circles and headhunt the right talent,” she said.
That said, Tan also believes in putting people first. Besides identifying and connecting talents to suitable growth opportunities that help them thrive in their careers, Sheffield Executive goes the extra mile to advise on their potentials and provide pointers for them to succeed in their chosen roles.
It is all about people as it comes down to engagement with talents to understand their key motivations, which is key in finding the right fit.
“There are generally two things to consider and balance: the skills and the will. The quality level we provide is in the qualitative aspects rather than just focusing on what’s on paper.
“We spend a lot of time on the ground communicating with candidates face-to-face, because it’s through that engagement that you get to know their depth of thought, their emotions and what drives them,” she said.
This year, Sheffield Executive is focusing on project recruitment. In this, Tan stressed the importance of building a relationship of trust, as client companies must be able to trust that they are supported by agencies that uphold integrity and standards, as well as comply with the country’s rules and regulations.
Moreover, new technology trends such as robotics and artificial intelligence have brought about the existence of new roles in companies. The recruitment agency wants to help businesses with talent mapping and other solutions to address these emerging needs.
While there are many constant challenges and opportunities, she said the key is for talents to keep pace with change and constantly learn.
“One has to adapt to change and apply learned skills very quickly and people have to be open to learning new skills,” she said.
Sheffield Executive recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Asia Pacific University which will see the two parties collaborating in the fostering of graduates to be ready as the 21st century workforce.