Valuing in-person interactions at job fair


Good for jobseekers and graduates to have face-to-face talks with recruiters

KUALA LUMPUR: After a hiatus brought upon by the Covid-19 pandemic, jobseekers and recruiters alike relished the opportunity of participating in a physical career fair with the return of the myStarJob Fair.

The 2022 edition held at the Pavilion Bukit Jalil Exhibition Centre saw thousands of jobseekers mingling with potential employers and also attending talks on career tips by industry personalities.

Khairul Adlan, 49, arrived at around 10am and was first in line in a queue of visitors to the job fair.

The jobseeker from Shah Alam visited several of the 44 booths at the career fair, and was even able to secure a walk-in interview with one of the companies there.

“I have been unemployed for about seven months now, so when I found out about myStar Job Fair from social media, I decided to register online and join. It is also free!” said Khairul, who was looking for opportunities in customer service.

Tejvinder Singh, managing consultant at human resources company Great Pyramid, said being able to meet prospective employees in person was very helpful for recruiters.

“As a recruitment agency, we do pre-screenings of jobseekers for our clients.

Thank you: (From left) Star Media Group chief business officer Lydia Wang, Mustafa, Mathew, Tejvinder and Star Media Group senior general manager, events, Corinne Chieng sharing a light moment after sponsors’ representatives receive their certificates of appreciation. — YAP CHEE HONG/The StarThank you: (From left) Star Media Group chief business officer Lydia Wang, Mustafa, Mathew, Tejvinder and Star Media Group senior general manager, events, Corinne Chieng sharing a light moment after sponsors’ representatives receive their certificates of appreciation. — YAP CHEE HONG/The Star

“So, it’s always best for us to meet the person face to face where you can better analyse their soft skill sets, before shortlisting them for our clients.

“I personally feel virtual fairs are not as effective. There’s nothing like a meet-and-greet or a face-to-face interaction,” said Tejvinder.

Great Pyramid is a diamond sponsor at the job fair, and has set up six booths with over 80 jobs in fields such as human resources, legal, finance and banking on offer for fresh graduates as well as experienced workers.

TalentCorp group chief executive officer Thomas Mathew said it was refreshing to be able to have a physical job fair once again.

“We do still have the risk of Covid-19, so all of us need to practise precautions,” he said.

“But it’s good to be physically able to walk around and talk to people face to face.

“A young undergraduate or a professional who’s seeking a job needs that interaction, and I think that’s very important. So, to be able to do this today, I think it’s fantastic.”

TalentCorp, which is a Platinum Sponsor, has set up four booths to promote its MyNext platform, a programme that helps profile students and graduates to analyse their strengths and increase talent value.

There are 33 companies participating in the career fair representing sectors such as oil and gas services and equipment, financial services, hospitality, food and beverage, retail, ecommerce, information and communications technology, and many more.

Malaysia Petroleum Resources Corporation (MPRC), which is the title sponsor of myStarJob Fair 2022, has taken up 12 booths showcasing opportunities from companies in the oil and gas field.

“We have booths by international companies like Petrofac Engineering Services, as well as local public-listed companies.

Parents, jobseekers and students made a beeline for myStar Job Fair 2022 and the Star Education Fair 2022 to find out about the many job opportunities, education courses and scholarships available at the Pavillion Bukit Jalil Exhibition Centre.. - YAP CHEE HONG/The StarParents, jobseekers and students made a beeline for myStar Job Fair 2022 and the Star Education Fair 2022 to find out about the many job opportunities, education courses and scholarships available at the Pavillion Bukit Jalil Exhibition Centre.. - YAP CHEE HONG/The Star

“We have over 300 positions to be filled, so we are calling on jobseekers to come visit us and understand what the industry is about, and what their prospects are in oil and gas,” said MPRC head of operations Mustafa Akbar Reza.

Also showcasing booths at the job fair are the Malaysians Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and recruitment firm FairWork People Connect Sdn Bhd, which are both gold sponsors.

Also held concurrently with myStarJob Fair 2022 is the Star Education Fair 2022, which is located in the next hall.

Visitors stand the chance to win the Huawei Watch Fit at the Register and Win contest at the myStarJob Fair 2022 today, as well as Soleus GPS watches, Joyoung Air Fryer, Honor Band 5 and 450 units of pineapple cake ice cream per day for the Spin and Win contest.

Participants who attended at least one career talk and stayed until the end to participate in the Q&A session are also eligible to win Seac diving masks.

To learn more about myStarJob Fair 2022, visit www.facebook.com/myStarjob and bit.ly/mystarjobfair

For enquiries, call 03-79671388 (ext1039), WhatsApp 017 231 1789 or contact events@thestar.com.my

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