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Quinnox Solutions @ Jobsdb Career Fair 2012

Thank you for visiting us at the Jobsdb Career Fair 2012. The turn out was overwhelming and we really appreciate that many of you had joined the queue to deposit your cvs with us. We will go through all the profiles and contact you should there be a suitable job match. Here are some photos attached, see if you can spot yourself!

Join us @ Career Expo 2012

  Time for a Career Change? 


 Please visit us at:  JobsDB Career Expo 2012

Venue:  Suntec Convention Centre Hall 404

Date:  23 – 25 March 2012

Be Honest During Interviews

During interview sessions, many of us may feel pressured to present the best of ourselves and in doing so, some may resort to telling half-truths or lies.  Being honest is the best way to ensure a successful interview session and ultimately a good job fit.  Here is why:

Be truthful about your skills and experiences

–          In Technical hiring, it is easy for the interviewer to tell if you are bluffing your way through the technical questions.  Thus, it is better to simply say that your experience in the particular area is not so strong, then to answer the questions wrongly. 

We have seen many candidates who passed the first interview with flying colors only to fail the technical round.  They failed not because they were expected to know everything, but because they were not being honest with the interviewer (who is usually technically sound). 

Present the real You

–          By being honest about your personality traits and personal career goals, the interviewer is able to access and understand you thus putting you in the right role.  

The hiring manager needs someone aggressive in his team and you try to present yourself as an aggressive individual.   If this is not your real character, even if you eventually get the job, you may be miserable going to work. 

Conversely for a hire to be successful and lasting, the interviewers should also be honest and open about the role, scope, company culture and expectations of the new hire.

Send Your CV Now!

The year-end has come and traditionally, this is a low season for recruitment.  Candidates are waiting for their year-end bonus and most company executives are having their holidays or clearing their leaves.  With the poor economic forecast, news of retrenchment and hiring freeze reaches us every now and then.  It is also giving every one the jitters and more people are holding on to their jobs.

As the saying goes, in every crisis there lies an opportunity.  Many companies are still hiring but response to their job advertisements is poor.  If you happen to be an active candidate now, the good news is that you do not have much competition from the list of jobs available.  For those who are still sending out resumes and responding to calls, your chance of landing the dream job may be higher during this period.  So do not hesitate – update your resume and send it out now!

The Counter Offer – Should You Accept It?

Your boss did not seem to appreciate you and you see no career prospect in your company.  But just when you inform him/her that you have signed up for another job, your company decided to give you a counter offer that you cannot resist.  Do you take it? 

You may have to first ask yourself why you set out to look for the next job.  Think about the real reasons that prompted you to update your resume and go for job interviews.  What was the push factor for you?  Was it the money, the people or the management or did you just needed a change?  If your answer is all of the above, then there is no looking back. 

Counter offer seems to be the norm these days.  Thus, it is no surprise that many out there will not hesitate to take up the counter package.  After all, they are getting more money to work in a familiar environment with little or no change in job scope and a boss/ team they are used to working with.  Think about these questions:

  1. Why did the company give me the pay rise or promotion only when I tender?  Have they not noticed my efforts before?
  2. The pay increase/promotion looks good, but will the job scope remain unchanged and will I still be unhappy?
  3. Since I have decided to leave the company once, will the management and the team still treat me cordially like before?
  4. Did my company try to find out the main reasons of my resignation and will they or do they have the ability to address the issues that I was concerned with?
  5. Have I officially accepted the other offer?  Will there be penalties or any inconveniences for the other party if I withdraw my application now?
  6. Is it possible that I will still look around after this counter offer – for an even better offer?

This last question is a trick, but you may be surprised that some people did just that – take the counter offer and immediately show it to the next employer – hoping for a better deal.  Here is a reminder:  play your cards well or you may end up with nothing.

3 Job Offers – Which One to Choose?

3 Job Offers – Which One to Choose?

With the demand for skilled professionals on the rise, many are put in a situation where job offers are pouring in at the same time.  This is a happy dilemma, but the task of choosing your next career move becomes tricky.  These steps may help:

1. Ask yourself why did you set out to look for a new job? 

There must be a reason when you agree to go for that job interview.  Did you need a change of environment or relocation?  You were looking for a career progression?  You believe that there is a better job out there in the market?  What was the reason?

2. Analyse the stage of career that you are at now.

Take into consideration your age, your career expectations, your interests and family commitments into account.  Try to understand, evaluate and prioritise what is important to you.

3. Realistically, create an idea of your ideal job.

You may prefer a job with flexible time, or in a less/more challenging environment, or a globetrotting job that can possibly give you invaluable experiences.

4. What can you compromise on?

Is money more important to you or the ability to work with the best brains in the industry – even at a lower salary?

5. Now, take a look at the offers you have.  Weigh them according to which one is closer to your ideal.

6. Once decided, you may negotiate with the company (that you wish to join) for a better package.

If you have not gathered enough information during your interview sessions to make a good decision, try asking for another telephonic session with the hiring manager or the HR for further discussions into the role or the package.   

Once you have accepted an offer, it is a good gesture to politely thank the other companies who have offered you a chance to work with them.  Whatever you do, do not burn the bridge.  

Note:  It is generally not acceptable to:-

  1. Show your offer letter to another company in hope of securing an even better offer.
  2. Ask every company for the best offer and the highest bidder secures you – there can be no end to this and offers do not wait around for you. 
  3. Demand a ridiculous amount from your company if they want to counter offer you.

Once a company suspects that a candidate is doing any of the above, the offer is usually withdrawn and the candidate may be blacklisted. 

When I was a fresh grad…

With technology being so advanced nowadays, applying for jobs or simply knowing which company is hiring is so easy.  When I first started looking for a full-time job after graduation (years ago), hotmail was not a popular tool and social media was not in existence.  I remembered that we were still using dial-up access for internet and things moved very slowly then.

Being a fresh graduate, I had nothing to sell but my enthusiasm.  Mostly, I sent out job applications via snail mail.  Each job application “pack” consisted of the cover letter, the curriculum vitae, the stacks of photocopied transcripts and not forgetting the S$1 per print passport-size picture and the cost of S$0.50 postage per mail.  Applying to jobs in the past was a tedious task.  Employers expected you to follow all the instructions stipulated in their newspaper advertisement, or you may not be considered at all!

For companies that accepted applications through email (which was rare at that time), I will doggedly attach my resume with a perfect cover letter.  After many rounds of failures (no calls), I will tweak my email messages with some of them sounding really desperate.  With technology (i.e. emails), it was still difficult to land those interviews for a fresh graduate.

Eventually of course, I did get a job.  But being a recruiter now, and looking back at those days, I do have some clues as to why it was so tough for me. 

  1. I was overly ambitious and applied to many senior, nice-sounding positions which I was definitely not qualified for.  
  2. Even after landing an interview with a job in Sales, I told the company that I wanted a Marketing job. 
  3. The email which I am sharing with my “atypical” brother reads : dontmailme@singnet.com.sg

To all the fresh graduates out there:  watch your attitude, understand yourself and be realistic and most importantly – do not give up!

Welcome to Quinnox Solutions!

Quinnox Solutions specializes in providing search and recruitment services to companies across industries for qualified professionals in IT, Telco and Engineering.  We operate in Singapore and Malaysia.

Quinnox Solutions would like to share with you some interesting case studies that we come across in the course of our recruiters’ daily work, and any other topics that may be related to recruitment – specifically, technical recruitment.  You may read of the common mistakes job seekers made (without mentioning names – of course) and along the way, some articles that may be relevant to you.  We hope that you will benefit from our postings and do share with us your experiences too.  Visit us again soon!