Putting their best foot forward

Siblings (from left) Naseha Sakinah, Maisarah, Hasbullah and Mohd Afifi were among the early birds that turned up on the first day of myStarjob Fair 2019. — Photos: NORAFIFI EHSAN and SAM THAM/The Star

A GROUP of siblings from Alor Setar, Kedah, were among the early birds that turned up on the first day of myStarjob Fair 2019.

“I came here looking for a new job. I’ve been working with my current company for six years now, and I’m looking for a change in industry,” said Naseha Sakinah Abd Hamid, 30, who is presently working in the human resources (HR) department of a construction company.

Meanwhile, her three siblings are all fresh graduates eager to enter the job market.

Mohd Afifi Abd Hamid, 25, holds a degree in computer science and management, Hasbullah Abd Hamid, 26, a degree in hotel management and Maisarah Abd Hamid, 21, a diploma in record management.

“We’re open to any job offers that are available; they don’t necessarily have to be with a particular company,” said Hasbullah.

Mohd Afifi expressed hope that there would be quality jobs on offer and that myStarJob Fair would be held yearly to connect jobseekers with potential employers on the spot.

Organised by Star Media Group Bhd, the third edition of myStarjob Fair was held over two days at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

Star Media Group chief business officer Lydia Wang launched the event, which featured some 40 exhibitors running recruitment booths and activities such as resume writing and image consultancy.

The exhibitors came from industries such as finance and insurance, oil and gas, fast-moving consumer goods and automotive.

Many jobseekers brought along their resumes and some were interviewed on the spot by their potential employers.

A shiny Proton X70 sports utility vehicle at the booth run by Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd (Proton) attracted many visitors to make job enquiries.

“Our company is offering jobs in departments such as manufacturing, engineering, procurement, HR, finance, legal and IT at the Shah Alam headquarters and Tanjung Malim plant, as well as sales and marketing jobs at our offices nationwide,” said Proton manpower and resourcing senior manager Irwan Haris Zainal Abidin.

“Our remuneration and benefits are quite competitive in the job market.

“We also promote a work-life balance, as we organise regular recreation activities internally such as hiking, Zumba, treasure hunt and sports carnival,” he said.

Proton senior recruiter Nur Izzati Ramli added that the company has a Proton Young Talent Programme to groom fresh graduates into future leaders.

“There are also internal job opportunities for those looking at switching roles within a related field as part of their career development,” she said.

The team from brand and image consultancy firm Chapter One Asia Sdn Bhd was on hand to offer basic image consultancy and colour analysis tips to jobseekers.

“Humans are very visual. So we advise jobseekers and our clients to manage their image to look presentable and likeable,” said Chapter One Asia founder Wendy Lee.

“For young people especially, be aware of the general image you’re projecting. Never forget that you have ‘face value’.

“In a group of people with the same level of qualifications and experience, the one who dresses well and is well-groomed is more likely to be picked for a job or promotion.”

Lee also advised jobseekers to manage their brand on their social media profiles.

“Potential employers are likely to look at your LinkedIn profile and Facebook posts, so make sure your profile is tailored to the image you want to project and your posts are not all negative or controversial,” she shared.

Good friends Suresh Rajagopal and Reshvin Singh both came prepared in hopes of landing new jobs.

“I’m looking for a job in digital product management,” said Reshvin, who holds an IT degree.

“I took a software certification earlier this year to learn the engineering, marketing and sales aspects for products in the digital realm.

“The job market has been tough as I’ve applied for several hundred jobs over the past couple of months and only landed three interviews.”

Suresh, a civil engineering graduate, said he was looking at a career switch.

“I’m looking for a more niche job dealing with matters such as governance, international relations and policies. But I’m not particular about the company I work with,” he said.

Based on their job-hunting experience, the 28-year-olds said that their age was a disadvantage, as they feel companies are looking at hiring people younger than them.

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