Many get a chance at new job opportunities


Choices aplenty:The Star Education Fair and myStar Job Fair 2023 at Setia Spice Convention Centre in Penang. — CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

GEORGE TOWN: Clutching their resumes and eagerly looking for new job opportunities, many visitors left the myStar Job Fair 2023 here with the promise of landing a whole new career.

Mandy Tay, 26, said she found two companies with work opportunities just in the first 15 minutes of exploring the fair.

“I just got here and have my eyes set on two booths with great opportunities for me. I am a supply quality engineer and am looking for quality or process-related jobs.

“While I can look up jobs online, face-to-face interactions give me a better gauge of the company,” she said when met at the fair at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre in Bayan Lepas.

Tay said by speaking directly to company representatives, she could learn about the firm’s work culture, benefits, and its expectations.

“These fairs help us speak to more than one person and see what works best for us, as well as where we can fit in,” she added.

With a myriad of companies offering jobs from engineering and accounts to sales and clinical research, there were opportunities aplenty for all, including those seeking work in Singapore.

Questra Clinical Research Sdn Bhd director Dayang Jok said as a one-stop centre for clinical research management, it was looking for professionals to help clients with safety and product registration.

“We assist product owners in clinical research services. As our industry is a niche market, we need those with a medical or lab-related background. We received several resumes,” she said, adding that it was looking for healthy volunteers to support the testing process for clients too.

PGF Insulation Sdn Bhd human resource and administration assistant manager P. Sivathirukumaran said the response at his booth was great, especially for vacancies in engineering.

“We have over 50 applications and while most of the applicants are freshies, it is encouraging as we can help them grow. There are potential employees and we will be contacting them for interviews,” he said.

Sivathirukumaran said the company, which is located in Seberang Prai, was looking for electrical, mechanical and shift engineers as well as shift electricians, manufacturing specialists, process technicians and interns.

“We take in those with diplomas, degrees or those with experience, and offer them training. This is our first time joining the fair and it has been a good way to reach out.

There is competition among companies as most of us are looking for engineers but what we can do to stand out is the work environment and benefits that we offer,” he said.

S&D Tama Malaysia (Toyota) human and resource executive Rohini Sharma said this was the firm’s second time at the fair.

“We already have 20 resumes to consider. Last time, we hired three candidates from the fair and are hoping to hire more this time.

“We are offering executive positions in accounts, sales and customer service as well as administrative positions at all our three outlets on the island and mainland.”

At the PE Land (Penang) Sdn Bhd booth, its human resources and admin manager Trudy Tan said the firm was looking for potential employees for a variety of roles.

“We have two companies, one for mall management and the other for property development, and there are vacancies for both.

“As our mall management team is expanding, we need more staff for our supermarket like retail executives and security personnel, among others.

“On the property development side, we need an accounts assistant and marketing executive,” she said.

Sunrise Events & Production Pte Ltd, an events company in Singapore, was also at the fair to scout for local talent as it is expanding its marketing team.

Its human resource executive Tiffany Goh said the firm has been looking for candidates across Malaysia and Singapore.

“We are an events company but focused on marketing. We help other companies promote their products, mainly household appliances. We are looking to hire sales representatives and roadshow promoters now,” she said.

The two-day myStar Job Fair 2023 that ended yesterday was held side-by-side with the Star Education Fair 2023.

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