A few days ago, I read with interest a mother complaining in the Borneo Bulletin about how the Government is not giving her daughter a job. Apparently she has graduated from her Degree (with honours) 2 years ago, then immediately applied for a job in the Government but unfortunately is now still unemployed. She laments that her daughter is unable to apply for a job elsewhere because of the bond she has with the Government (due to the fact that she did her degree under a generous Government scholarship).
The next few days, I was in the Hospital accompanying my friend and as I was sitting in the waiting area, I overheard another conversation about finding a job. This lady, around her early 20s, fresh off University, was complaining how long she’s been unemployed (apparently more than a year already). Her friend sympathised of course, and then asked whether she has applied for a job anywhere, to which she replied that she has, “banyak sudah borang ku hantar ke SPA”. The friend then went, “inda kau apply arah private sector sementara menunggu?”
She won’t. As the private sector works on Friday.
I’d rather work on Friday, rather than not work for a year. Similarly, I am not the kind of person to wait for jobs to come back to me. I would do part time jobs with menial pay with what little talents I have and spend my money travelling while waiting for that one perfect job I covet.
I don’t know about you but I feel that it’s fairly easy to get a job in Brunei. Most employers are only too happy to give qualified people jobs really.
Having said that, I don’t mean the job is handed on to you on a silver platter. You need to actually work hard to find that job. But once you do, offers will come lining up to your front door.
So here I am passing down tips. I don’t think they’re secrets. If you had concentrated in your English classes you’d probably already know this. But well, most people don’t. A big chunk of the work lies in the following two documents, comprising of 2 A4 sized papers.
- An awesome awesome awesome Cover Letter to show how awesome you are. Really!
- The most amazing amazing Resume ever.
It’s basically all the best things about yourself, on two pieces of A4 paper.
I know many people overkill their resumes by putting as much information as possible and then end up with like 4 pages of their achievements. But actually you need to know one important thing about your reader: THEY DO NOT HAVE ALL DAY! Most of the time, they would only read the first page.
Be selective about what you put in and keep it to ONE page only. If you are applying for a administrative job, highlight your organizational skills, your teamwork aptitude and your high stress threshold. Similarly, if you’re applying to become a marketing officer, you’d need to highlight your creative side, your fresh ideas, and your attention to details.
Work your best to perfect the above documents. Show that you are an all rounder. And then, during the interview, DON’T MESS UP!!!
Another thing is, please don’t be a dumb ass and apply to only one freaking agency! Apply to as many as you possibly can! Be mindful of the classified section in the newspaper and keep a look out for job vacancies.
Another important thing is don’t be stuck up. Be open to new experiences! Learn new things about yourself. And most importantly, don’t be picky with jobs! One of my bestfriends was a candy girl before working for Shell and had an amazing time of her life. Another worked as a waiter in Nyonya, and now he is in a job where he can afford a Lexus. One friend once worked with a construction company tiling up walls (he has an engineering degree), and learnt Thai from his co-workers, but he recently renovated his home’s washroom and saved a lot of money tiling it himself!
Well, I’m just saying that it’s ok to work somewhere where you are totally overqualified for, and get paid peanuts. But it will make u a better person cause you’d always learn to be patient and when you eventually get to that job you covet for, you will know to treat your subordinates well.
Anyway, yes. Be open to new experiences! And if you’re waiting to be employed, good luck!