Monday, September 6, 2010

Job hunting and the concept of marketability.

A good advice for those who are just getting started with their careers or have been searching for quite some time now but to little avail: Focus on your marketability.

Marketability -- if you're about to go job hunting, it's the one thing you should focus on. Having difficulties with your search? This may be what you've been missing the whole time. It's no different than consumerism for franchises and businesses -- selling is the main goal. While consumers are what retail stores, restaurants, and similar entities aim to attract, yours are employers. We hope you're already getting the idea. Here's another: Being "the new trend" is what businesses strive for and they do everything for the goal. Yours should be to be the alpha candidate -- so top companies can't deny you, to get all the good offers. Keep your employee skills up to date and use your goals to your advantage, and you'll be on your way to getting all those rewards... to conquering the Singapore jobs market, so to speak.

Actually, to call this "good" is to sell it short; this may well be "the thing to do" when it comes to job hunting as far as the current trend is concerned, with only "say no to aimless applications" and "stay motivated" truly challenging it for the title. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has cited the connection between a labour force that's competitive and economic stability in his National Day Rally speech two Sundays ago. Panel experts at a recent ACCA Singapore and IIA Singapore roundtable have agreed that post-graduate qualification is critical in attracting and rooting high-grade talent [read more about it at]. Goals and findings on the importance of updating skills and learning have been cast; you have no reason to be hesitant. This is not to force you or anything, but each one of us plays a part on the economy.

It’s easy -- perhaps a little too easy -- to give up when faced with a grueling task such as this, but well, effort is needed in pretty much everything. And it's not like we'll leave you alone -- the idea's from us after all. When it comes to learning, Singapore has a lot of resources available for you. and Career Events are always offering seminars on a variety of career topics, from personal development to finance. For career tips on how you can improve your job hunting e.g. resume writing, job interview tips, Career Advice can fill you in like a dictionary to a dyslexic.

Career Events is done with "Everything you always wanted to know about handwriting analysis", but it has set another interesting seminar for October. Building good rapport has become part of modern society's norm to facilitate smoother working relationship. Attend EQ and You with certified life skills coach, Chiang Wen-Wei for only S$28 (incl. 7% GST) to learn ways to impress interviewers, all kinds. For more information, please call Pei Yan or Linc at
6861 1000 or email us at seminars may be on the hefty side but the qualifications of its trainers speak for themselves. You're sure to get your money's worth -- there's no way this won't be the case. A job well done is a standard for regulars, John Go, Ricky Lien, Christian Chua, Shirley Taylor, and Sandra Sandu-Reeves, so sign up now to the seminars that interest you. It goes without saying that marketability and employee skills have something to do with each other. happens to be a specialist in this department. From writing skills to negotiation skills, it offers seminars that can improve your employee standards. Upcoming sessions to note are People Management Skills by Pang Ki Lin on Sep 14-15, Think Smart Work Smarter by Tremaine Du Perez on Sep 15, and Think Fast Think Smart by Sandra Sandu-Reeves on Sep 21.

For your job hunting pursuits, has set Emotional Intelligence at Work on Sep 17. Dealing with difficult situations using EQ is part of the curriculum; Leslie Choudhury will teach you ways to make an impression.

If you want to know more, please take a look at this training calendar or contact at 6861 1000 or email to

In what ways can Career Advice help you with your job hunting pursuits? It'll teach you ways to stay marketable. Our interview with David Perry, co-author of Guerrilla Marketing for Jobseekers 2.0 is one good read at Another article that's sure to give you remarkable insights is How to excel at your job interview, our interview with Ms. Aimee Young,Consultant (Secretarial & Business Support division) at Robert Walters. Other recommended readings:

Cultural Competent Resume for the Global Market

Resume Errors Can Damage Your Employment Prospects

Your Voice can Make or Break Your Job Interview - So Speak Well!

How to Stay Consistent with Your Personal Brand Singapore
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