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Career Survey 2009 Powered by Jobstreet.com

Career SurveysThe modern workforce is changing everyday. Today, we have heard about jobs that might not even exist 10 or 20 years ago. Our youths are the most important category of people in the country. Between the age of 15 to 35, some of them are pondering about the future while the others are struggling to climb the career ladder. Therefore, we need to know what our youths think about the current job market and career path.

Realizing the need to understand our current generation, Jobstreet, being Asia’s largest online job portal, initiated this research project to allow youths understand the job market better, and help employers to shape better job positions for today’s generation.

Here is the is summary of this Career Survey:

Participants

There are 3,217 youths participated in this career survey:

Age:

  • 46% of them are male and 54% of them are female.
  • 7% of the youths are below 17 years old.
  • 13% are between 18 to 22 years old.
  • 37% are between 23 to 27 years old.
  • 39% are between 28 to 32 years old.

Employement Status:

  • 40.75% of them have a job.
  • 40.41% of them are still studying and not working.
  • 15.54% of them are unemployed and looking for a job.
  • 3.29% of them are unemployed but not looking for a job.

Factors

Different people have different factors when it comes to choose a career:

  • 39% of youths would choose a career based on ‘stable and high income’.
  • 27.5% of youths would rather have ‘passion and interest’ in their career.
  • 3.5% of youths love to have a ‘high position’ whereas 1% of youths want to have ‘fame’.

It seems that as our youths grow older, they become more ‘jaded’ and less idealistic than the younger counterparts.

Inspiration

Talking about inspiration, 32.5% of youths agree that they are their own inspiration to pursue their dream career. However, 26% of the youths mentioned parents and family as their inspiration, 16.5% mentioned their friends, 11% mentioned teacher, lecturer and professor, and 8% mentioned successful people, idols and celebrities as their inspiration.

Curricular Activities

I am sure you remember that we need to participate in extra curricular activities to show how active we can be. Now, it is time to see if there is any good of it. 52.35% of youths said that extra curricular activities do contribute to their dream career and 47.65% disagreed.

Millionaire

Who doesn’t want to be a millionaire? Most of our youths think that they can achieve their first million somewhere between the age 30 to 40.

Perks

Moving on to the perks they look forward to get from a company. 50% of youths want flexible working hours. Good choice! However, 45% of youths (below 17 years old) listed gadgets to be their preferred perk.

Difficulty

62.63% of youths believe that it is very difficult to get a job in Malaysia these days. This proves to be true but if you keep looking, you will be able to find what you are looking for.

Loyalty

90.27% believe in work loyalty, which is good. Most employers appreciate loyal employees and reward them handsomely.

Training and Guidance

95.05% of youths believe that it is the company’s responsibility to provide job training and guidance to new employees. Good news is most companies do provide training and guidance for new employees.

Incomes

Most of our youths believe in the importance of high and stable income especially those who are 33 years old and above with an astounding of 53% followed by those who are 28 to 32 years old with 47%.

Working Hours

Are you willing to work longer hours for a higher pay? 56% of youths are willing to do so.

Overall, we can conclude that those who are below 17 years old are dreamers. Those who are male and between 23 to 32 years old tend to be corporate crusaders. As for those who are female and between 23 to 32 years old, they tend to be holistic hunters.

So where are you standing right now?

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We are still here and kicking..

Just want to assure the community that we are still here and alive. Altho not as kicking as we hope but we do come back with fixes and updates to try to make your experience better and less spammy.

The recent change we to finally fix the comment count that on everywhere, thanks for a fellow community member to point that out and i’ve been sitting on my butt for weeks and just waiting on it to fix it self :-)

Another thing you job seeker might notice is now the amount, the dollar, the moolah the thing that speaks loudest is in front of the post to make it much easier for you to filter out the noise and get your target.

Hopefully this makes the job providers to make a better offer and job seekers provides thier best. Both party happy that way. Ok from the techie geek . . . out.

Job-Scam Victims, Just When You Think You Are Smart

This article is by guest blogger Sarah Lam - Writing Consultant.

I will never get cheated”. People always say so. At least you think so.

Too bad you never know when someone will cheat on you.

It is time to review again, how you can avoid scams whether you are looking for work or business opportunities.

There are eight tips to remember.

1. Too good to be true.

When someone is making an offer you can’t even believe it, chances are the offer is a scam to lure you into giving all your hard-earned money to the irresponsible people behind the scam.

2. Use your common sense.

I am sure you are old enough to think logically at all times. If you come across a job offering you all the money you want and yet you have nothing much to do, just how true can that be? There is no free lunch.

3. Get rich quick? Think again!

There is no such thing as get rich quick scheme that really works. With so many stories around the world involving get rich quick schemes, you should have known better that they are all scams.

4. Think hard before you agree on any deals.

Yes, think, think and think again many times before you say ‘yes’ to any deals anyone offers to you. If someone offers you RM5000 a month just to work as a data entry at home, think of those who earn RM5 per hour as a data entry in the office. If it is so easy to earn RM5000 a month, then there won’t be anyone working for a mere RM5 per hour.

5. Why pay for a job when you are supposed to get paid to do the job?

This is the question you need to ask yourself when you are looking for a job. Job agency? It is better to do your research before engage in any job agencies to find a job. Never pay any money to get a job.

6. Ask as many questions as possible during interviews.

When you are going for an interview, make sure you ask the job scope, the salary range, the working hours, the terms and conditions and of course, the benefits of working for the company. Chances are if any of the answers are suspicious enough for you, they lied. Think of as many questions you want to ask so you get to know more about the company and the people behind it.

7. No one offers you a job before an interview.

Just as much as we want to know our potential employers, they want to know about us too. Therefore, usually before you secure a job, you have to go through interviews. If someone offers you a job without having an interview, beware!

8. Look out for work-at-home scams.

Scan the newspapers and I am sure you get a lot of classifieds claiming that you can earn big money while working at home. I don’t deny the possibility but it is the way they conduct the business that is the scam. I know there are many people who wants to work at home. In fact, I am working at home.

Once, I sent a payment of RM80 for an ‘instructional CD’ complete with the ‘materials’ I need to start my own home business. I realised that whatever I have received from them are useless or to be exact, garbage.

Usually, they will talk about how much you can earn by doing small jobs such as sending out letters and so on. Then, they will proceed to ask you to pay a ‘small’ amount of fee to get started. By that time, you will believe it is true that you will hand the money to them instantly. The payment is usually through bank-in. Beware! Never trust such a scheme. It doesn’t work. They are the only ones who will be rich and you will get poorer as soon as you bank-in the money.

With these tips, I hope you will be better equipped the next time you search for a job. Good luck!

How Do You Apply For A Part Time Job?

This article is by guest blogger Sarah Lam - Writing Consultant.

Yes, I know you want to apply for a part time job so you can earn extra money. However, do you know the proper way of applying for a part time job? I will keep this short and precise so you will know what you need to do next.

1. You might not need a resume for a part time job but sometimes, the employer would ask for one, so be prepared and have your resume updated.

2. Dressing should be neat and tidy. You can dress casually when you go for an interview but never wear something too sexy or inappropriate for an interview.

3. Since this is a part time job, you will need to be sure which day you can work and the timing so when the employer ask you, you already have an answer.

4. Answer all the questions when being asked. If you are being asked to fill in the application form, fill in properly with all the compulsory parts filled in.

5. Sometimes, you might have to apply online. If so, make sure you send a proper email when you apply for the job. Be sure to follow the instructions given by the employer.

6. If you are requested attend a walk-in interview, be sure to be there early instead of being late. No one wants to hire someone who is not punctual.

At AsiaPartTime, you should have noticed that most people apply for a job through the comments even though some of the employers request application through email. Although they will receive a notification about your application through the comments, but sometimes, they don’t give a look at it all.

I have received some applications without a proper resume, or without resume at all even though I have specified that in the job ad. This is a turn off. By knowing what the employer expects from you, will increase the chances of being hired. Skills are important but etiquette is important too.

I blog at Writing Consultation, a blog about freelance writing. Feel free to drop me a message if you wish to contact me.

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