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SeedlyTV S2E10

Career

Fresh Graduates

Why do scholars usually have better career paths than non-scholars? Is this a perspective that gets to us or is this a reality in the industry?
Crystal Tan
Crystal Tan
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered 4h ago
I'd say it depends on the career path and industry you are referring to. Yes, better chances in traditional industries (government, public sector) - in the sense that you get your foot in the door more easily than non-scholars. Because that's how they've reviewed candidates in the past, and big systems are slow to change. No, not better chances in other industries. Nowadays I see a lot of employers hiring based not on your academic success but how you have applied that knowledge. Showing some form of initiative and drive by doing your own projects, stands out a lot more than having a paper A+ stamped with a scholar title. Of course, it all goes down to how you present it on your resume as well. Highlight what matters (more than being a scholar) - what makes you unique, a must-hire for that specific company. Show your potential fit, not your past credentials. Food for thought: If you do that and the company still doesn't see value in it, is that the type of company you'd like to work for anyway? :) Employers' hiring priorities say a lot about the culture of the workplace. So you'd have dodged a bullet if you missed out an opportunity that hired only scholars. I think in general, if scholars seem to earn more, it's not all because of their title, but because they've also likely undergone more training, showed better thinking, or (had the privilege to) experience more than non-scholars. And these are things that anyone, scholar or not, can cultivate too :) So I'd say - this idea of scholars = better isn't a black-and-white reality. Take what you can learn from this trend, and leave the rest :) All the best if you're job searching!!
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SeedlyTV S2E10

Career

If you don't know whether you can contribute to a company because the job role is something outside of your comfort zone, what should you do?
Coffee Cassio
Coffee Cassio, Consultant at Self-Employed
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 4h ago
I would say you might need to do an internal and external analysis. Internally, This could be in the form of taking a career profiling/ personality test to see what are my strengths and preferences; or talking it out with a professional like a career advisor. It is important to build self-awareness about what you LIKE doing (preferences) and what you are GOOD at (strengths). Then, consider what options you have based on your self-analysis.It is also good to consider your weaknesses and dislikes as it steers you away from making wrong career changes. Externally, you can perhaps look around within your organisation. Are there new problems that the company is facing right now? Are there projects that you can undertake to develop new skills in your current role? How can you contribute to help resolve some of the urgent challenges that your organisation is facing at this moment? Ask. Speak to your bosses. Perhaps you can help solve some of the issues they are facing and take on fresh challenges. Sometimes, you may be just tired of going through routine work everyday, and a new project might change your perspective. Check out my profile if you wish to discuss more about career advice and suggestions:)
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SeedlyTV S2E10

Career

COVID-19

Faced with economic uncertainties and a second wave of COVID-19 infections, what are the selection criteria companies adopt in recruiting their employees since they have a greater pool of candidates?
Coffee Cassio
Coffee Cassio, Consultant at Self-Employed
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 5h ago
I don’t think the selection criteria has changed drastically but the competition has indeed become stiffer. To stand out from the rest,you need to consider your edge. Sometimes, job descriptions are written in a “copy and paste” template with the generic prerequisites of 1-3 years for an entry level position. Do not let that deter you from applying though. From my discussion with hiring managers on new hires, we usually look for a best fit instead of a perfect fit. What this means is, we would still assess each candidate on a case-by-case basis after we deem their resumes as suitable for the next stage. Whether or not we hire a candidate with little relevant work experience really boils down to the way the candidate presents himself/herself during the application process (verbal /written communication) and the vibes he/she gives during the interview (non-verbal communication). Ultimately, we want to have someone who can fit well within the company culture. You can still impress your interviewers by being authentic (this doesn’t mean you can be rude or entitled or sloppy) and enthusiastic about joining the company. Focus on your value, the contributions you can bring forth to the organisation if you were to come onboard. To do this, you need to showcase that you have done your research thoroughly and ask ingenious questions (not questions that you can easily google) to your hiring panel. It would be great to have an interesting personality (share fun things about your hobbies, past times, volunteer, clubs and societies) so as to distinguish yourself from other candidates. Your past experience and skills in school or out of school could also be relevant to them as well. You just need to find a refreshing angle to package and “sell” yourself. In short, You shouldn’t be forgettable. Check out my profile if you wish to learn more about how to become a top candidate for your next job interview:)
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Career

Undergraduate

As a part time student, should I opt for a short term or long term? Which would be the better choice for me?
Coffee Cassio
Coffee Cassio, Consultant at Self-Employed
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 5h ago
Hmm, I suppose it depends on your long term financial and career goals? Perhaps you can negotiate with your future bosses about time off to bring your grandmother for medical checkups and see how flexible they are for (b). Another factor to note: Will you be able to cope with part time studies with full time workload? It could be taxing mentally and physically. Check out my profile if you need further suggestions and career advice :)
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Career

Fresh Graduates

Has anyone been working for Google or has experience interviewing at Google? Could you share any tips or guide from preparing for resume to interview?
Lok Yang Teng
Lok Yang Teng
Top Contributor

Top Contributor (Jun)

Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered 6h ago
You can try connecting with employees from Google with similar interest/same alma mater on LinkedIn. From there, you can ask them about their experiences, processes, and advice. If you feel you're going rather well, you can ask them for the hiring manager's profile or a referral. Usually, companies have incentives for each sucessful referral. Also, remember to reciprocate with either a meal or something you're able to benefit them.
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SeedlyTV S2E10

I just started a job 2 months ago, and realized I absolutely hate it - extremely political and the boss is unreasonable. Should I state my current experience if I apply for another job now?
Yes, why not? You will burn your youngth faster when you work for a company like that. If you extremely hate it and want to leave, state whatever you think you should say. If they have a negative mind, they don't want to change and that's good for you to leave. If they take your feedback in mind and change, they will see you as a valuable employee and keep you. If they fire you, you can also tell that story in the next interview if the interviewer asks you why you leave your previous job. It may be an advantage competitive for you during the interview. Just be honest with the interviewer, tell them the true story, you can build your trust easily. You can visit these job portals TalentTribe, Jobscentral, LinkedIn, Mycareersfuture and Jobstreet for your next job search :)
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Fresh Graduates

Career

I saw it on telegram that you provide assistance for jobs finding. How does it work?
ZT
Zachary Teo, Art Director at Ad Agency
Level 6. Master
Updated 7h ago
I think that Seedly have one of the better user experience and design in the market. However, I have to agree with YL that this new campaign is misleading. Initially, I clicked on the Telegram link and ended up on Seedly homepage, I clicked it again and I am still at the homepage. What further surprised me is the new banner that ask me to click on the notification bell button to sign up for the career package. I've already signed up for their newsletter and yet the banner repeatedly prompt me to do it. I know this campaign is to increase the newsletter subscribers but at least come out with a better banner to encourage sign up. Or have a confirmation after I clicked the banner. !
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SeedlyTV S2E10

Fresh Graduates

Career

COVID-19

Could you share a bit about which industries were hit positively during this COVID-19 and why were they so?
Malvin Tan WP
Malvin Tan WP, Writer at t.me/pwpfpodcast
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 1d ago
An example is the Grocery business - as more people eat at home they also stock up on more pantry. i.e Sheng Shiong net profit doubled in the latest quater published. However when things return to normal, would their revenue also return to normal? There’s an old Wayne Gretzky (professional ice hockey player), "I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been". Look for the fundamental shift in consumer behavior then you can identify the long term positive impact on market because of Covid-19.
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SeedlyTV S2E10

Singapore General Elections 2020

Career

Education

What do you honestly feel about local vs foreign talent when it comes to job competition in Singapore, and in which white-collar industries in particular?
Jeraldine Phneah
Jeraldine Phneah
Level 3. Wonderkid
Updated 14h ago
As someone who loves Singapore and her people, I feel saddened to see some of our local workers being discriminated in the country that they call home. The Workers' Party has brought up this issue many times during elections and in Parliament. Similarly, former Acting Minister of Manpower, Tan Chuan Jin, has also spoken up on this issue before "We have heard anecdotes of how in certain cases, heads of business units or HR managers have a preference for candidates they are familiar with or of the same nationality, for reasons that are irrelevant to job performance and irrespective of whether they are more competent than other candidates… We have also heard of situations where Singaporeans were retrenched or made to resign in the name of down-sizing, only to realise later that their positions were given to foreigners, who were coincidentally from the same countries as the business heads… Let me be quite blunt. Would these practices not sound discriminatory? Would any respectable progressive company endorse these practices? If this hiring is indeed because they care only about choosing familiar candidates and not about hiring the ‘best man for the job’, then such practices have no place in Singapore’s workplaces. Discrimination will not and cannot be tolerated." I do understand that in some circumstances, there is truly a real lack of local manpower and skills. However, I hope that there can be stricter guidelines when applying for Employment Passes to ensure that this is truly the case. Under the current framework, firms with at least 10 employees must advertise openings for jobs paying below $20,000 a month on the national MyCareersFuture.sg portal for at least 14 days before applying for an employment pass for a foreigner. However, employers can work around this by selecting the candidate first and then posting it on the MyCareersFuture.sg portal for show. To strengthen this, I feel that businesses should be required to submit a detailed description of local recruitment efforts done; numbers of Singaporean applicants, and reasons why Singapore candidates who were considered were deemed unsuitable for the position. This is a suggestion which WP highlighted in her 2020 Manifesto and I do find it would really strengthen our existing measures in place.
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SeedlyTV S2E03

Career

COVID-19

Is there such a thing as recession-proof jobs? i.e. a job that will never have pay or bonus cuts? If not, what should those in the recession-hit industry do, other than upgrade or take on part-time and temporary jobs?
I do think there are some recession-proof jobs. Here are some examples. - Medical Professionals - Mental Health Providers - Law Enforcement - Internet Professionals - Senior Care Providers - Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians - IT Staff - Teacher Besides those recession-proof jobs, there are some companies that are even thriving in this recession such as Fairprice Online, Foodpanda, Grab Food, Zoom, some grocery stores, online shopping platforms such as Amazon and a lot of other examples. If you are working for those companies in whatever major, you will feel safe. There are always some people who are suffering because of the recession and some people who are safe, not to say make even more money than normal. I don't what exact situation you are facing, so I cannot give you any deep recommendations, but here is a COVID-19 career resource that I found useful for myself and you may too.
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