新鮮人也有選擇公司的權利

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In my previous entry(新鮮人求職奮鬥記)I’d mentioned that two companies that I went for interview in KL actually shortlisted me, but I rejected the offers from both the companies. Why?

The two companies were Invention Marketing Group and Pacific Asiawide Group.

Invention Marketing Group
Level 24. 24 01-02, Wisma Goldhill,
Jalan Raja Chulan, Kuala Lumpur,

Pacific Asiawide Group
Suite 9-2nd Floor,
The Boulevard Building of Offices,
Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur.

I saw their posts on Jobstreet saying that they’re looking for vacancies for “Event Executive (Marketing Department)”, thinking that the job scope wouldn’t be much different from what I learned in class and what I did during internship, so I decided to give it a try and applied through Jobstreet, They replied me in a few days and asked me to go for an interview. That was the reason why I went all the way to KL in the beginning of September. Some people probably saw me in uni during that time.

Tuesday
So yeap, the first interview I went was with Invention. I remembered it was a Tuesday. The interview was just simple, and short. It was literally SIMPLE AND SHORT, probably just 5 minutes. Basically the interviewer just asked me about what I studied and my experiences in planning and organizing events. That’s all. She told me that her supervisor was not around and informed me to go for another around of interview on Thursday, morning, 8am. Heck, I was staying at Sunway area and you asked me to reach your office in KL at 8am. THUMB DOWN >__>

Wednesday
I went Midvalley for an interview with Pacific Asiawide. The staff showed me their company magazine while I was waiting for my turn. I realized that their company magazine was kind of similar with Invention’s. So I thought, maybe they’re two companies under one big organisation. Same as what happened in Invention, the interviewer just asked me about what I studied and my experiences, and asked me to go for another round of interview, too, on Friday.

Thursday
I woke up at 6am and reached the office around 7.45am omg ~__~ Walau damn early ok. I joined their “morning meeting”, it was, very energetic, and encouraging. After the “morning meeting”, the lady who interviewed me two days ago explained to me about the entire company, in depth. From how the company established to what were each and every of the staffs in the office doing right . at . that . moment. It might sounds like a joke, but, this around of “explanation” took around 3 hours. YES, 3 HOURS.

Friday
I went to Pacific again this morning. Oh by the way, I received call from Invention when I was on my way to Pacific, saying that I was shortlisted for the position, but anyway I still went for the second interview with Pacific. So one of the staff from Pacific started explained to me how the company works. It is actually the exact same thing as Invention. Both of the companies are under the same organisation, doing the same thing. The only different thing is the company name. But I have to say that the staff in Invention has a better explanation skill, lol. I wouldn’t understand a single thing if I didn’t go to Invention a day earlier. The explanation skill of the staff from Pacific was pure bad. I wouldn’t say I speak English fluently but hers was worse. She can’t even understand what I was trying to ask (have to buat tak tau a bit ma) even when I talked to her in Mandarin. Not sure if my speaking skill is bad, or her understanding skill -.- So after her super-content-less explanation, her supervisor accept me directly, on the spot.

Why I rejected both companies
I only really got to know what is this company doing when Invention explained to me. Not sure if any of you heard about it, but Invention AND Pacific are companies under APPCO. Appco is more to a direct sales kind of organisation. Their clients are mostly NGOs, banks, and telco companies. Basically the staffs in the companies are doing direct sales, not “event executive” as it mentioned. They go to a place, set up a booth, and start approaching people. Sometimes in a mall, sometimes in front of a bank, sometimes door-to-door.

This is not the job that I want. “Event executive” sounds glorious, but what you do is nothing different from “salesman”. I think anyone who graduate from secondary school can work as a salesman/saleswoman. Besides, there is no basic salary given. It is a 100% performance based job, which means, if I didn’t get any in sales that week, for the whole week I have to eat grass. (Yep, they pay on weekly basis).

I think 100% performance job is quite risky. But that is not the main reason I rejected both companies. The main reason why I rejected is because these companies does not provide SOCSO (Social Security Organisation) and EPF (Employees’ Provident Fund). I believe everyone (well, at least everyone in Malaysia) knows the importance of SOCSO and EPF I don’t think I have to elaborate on this part la hor?

I see they are constantly looking for vacancies, always looking for immediate starter, I guess this shows that their staffs come and go fast. I believe one of the reason most people joined the company without knowing more is because the companies use “travel opportunity” to attract fresh grads, they basically “brain washed” you with the “advantages” of joining the company. (That’s why the explanation took 3 hours) Besides, the figures that they showed you (when they were calculating around how much you can earn in a month) is really, not bad. Around RM2.5k and above depends on how many sales you get.

There were comments on forums saying that Appco (and all the companies under Appco across the world) is a fraud or scam. Click 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 for more.  I won’t say it is a bad company. I won’t say it is a scam la, if you understand their job scope, and if you’re happy with it, just go ahead. If you’re really good in doing sales, then you can probably earn a lot.

As desperate (lol) as I want to get a job outside hometown, as much as I want to leave home, I still turned down the job offered. Don’t accept right away when any company accepted you. Always keep in mind that it is not just the company who choose us, we have the right to choose company that suit us too.

新鮮人也有選擇公司的權利

Unpleasant experience at SG Checkpoint

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So this is my first English post in here. Although I seldom blog in English, but I thought even when I do, it will at least it would be a memorable post, but I didn’t expect it to be “memorable” in this way. Warning, this is a long ass not that long word post with no photos. I will try my best to avoid vulgar words LOL.

I went to Singapore two days ago, my mood was really good until I encountered a rude behavior by the immigration officer. I was at Woodlands Checkpoint queuing at the “All Passport” lane waiting for my turn to get my passport scanned and stamped to come back to Malaysia.

The situation was like this. It was my turn so I went in front of the counter when the transparent auto-gate was opened, and then I passed to the officer my passport. However, this female officer reopened the auto-gate and asked me to go outside the gate and read what was written on the white notice board. It was written “remove passport cover.” (not so short but in a formal and polite way).

I understand that it was my fault for not removing my passport cover but all these while, so many times I had been to Singapore, so many times I had passed by the custom counter, none of the immigration officers had asked me to remove my passport and there were no problem scanning my passport, so I thought it was okay, the thin transparent passport cover does not affect the scanning. Besides that, my aunt was queuing in front me of at the same lane, however, this female officer was really polite to my aunt and did not asked her to remove her passport cover.

This female officer then started lecturing me (when there were so many people queuing). She said “have you read what was written on it?” and I said “yes.” And she said “And then? Why are you not looking at me when I am talking to you?” Erm? Hello? What should I do when she was holding my passport and asked “and then?”. Please advice me.

I know I was at fault for not removing my passport cover at the beginning, but, I believe there is a more polite and better way to tell me to remove it next time. I wouldn’t mind even if she ask me to remove on the spot, but in a polite way. Asking me to go out of the gate to read the notice and asked me “and then?”, it was so rude.

What made me felt angry the most was what she said later. She said “You are at fault but why you started showing face. If you are not happy with me, please write in!” Yes, she said PLEASE WRITE IN. I didn’t really bother to layan her until she said that. So I really write in a complain letter about her #sorrynotsorry

Wait, that is not the end, yet. Next, instead of checking identity by saying “Jessica?” (they called name to check how fast you react to the name to check if you fake your identity or not), she looked at my passport and asked “what is your name?” She continued mumbling and finally stamped on my passport. Before I went out from another side of the gate, she raised her voice and said “It is not because you are young that’s why I am scolding you! Wah! ONE NINE NINE THREE!” Yeap, she addressed me as “one nine nine three”.

Do I look like I don’t have a name? How rude is it for an immigration officer to address a foreigner/tourist by their year of birth? (i mean how can they NOT address them by name?) Even though sometimes the other officers might not smile at us, but at least they showed their professionalism. They don’t simply raise their voice to others. I seriously have not encounter any officers acting as rude as her.

This female officer probably was on her PMS (i guess) and don’t understand that I was pissed not because I think I was not at fault, but her rude attitude. I think the ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority) should beware of the words their officers are using in an immigration counter. A person working in an immigration should also understand that they are not representing themselves as an individual, but a country. Immigration officers are the first person you see when you enter a country. They have to be polite for foreigners/tourists to have a good impression towards (nationality).

Unpleasant experience at SG Checkpoint

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【!!】字多無圖文【慎入】

鳳凰花開時,學子紛紛踏出校園,出去尋找屬於自己的一片天。

畢業後,在家放縱自己過著飯來張口衣來伸手的日子還去看了小鮮肉,過後終於覺得人生不應該這樣頹廢著(其實是發現自己越來越窮可以體會坐吃山空的感覺),看到朋友們都陸陸續續開始工作了,最後決定開始找工作。大學生轉上班族本來就是應該的事情,只是快和慢的差別而已。

找著之前為實習時期寫的履歷,修改了一些些,打開各種征聘網站,看到的幾乎都是寫著要至少一至兩年的工作經驗。這些公司都要有工作經驗的,但是如果沒有公司願意聘請大學畢業新鮮人,那要去哪裡找工作經驗啦 !!!!! 所以不管 !!!!! 覺得適合的 還不錯的就發了履歷表。(真的不要看工作寫要工作經驗的就打退堂鼓,如果你的履歷和自傳寫得不錯,其實很多公司還是願意讓大學畢業新鮮人試一試的)(當然如果他征聘個需要幾年工作經驗的經理,那你就別浪費時間了吧)鋪天蓋地地發了履歷,寄出履歷后滿心期待,漫長的等待,失望的無奈,最後等到的卻是石沉大海。難得有幾封回應,就會覺得特開心。

三月結束所有課業,四月五月是游手好閒的日子並沒開始找工作。開始找工作,是六月的事。六月至今,四個月的待業期。不是履歷石沉大海,就是面試過後就沒下文。有時候會覺得,是我讀的科系太不“專”了嗎?我可以做的事,好像大家都可以做到,並不一定要是公關系或活動管理系的畢業生才能做的事。有一種感覺,找不到工作的人,就會一直很難找到工作,不管再怎麼努力也仍是找不到工作。難道這是真的嗎?看到朋友們工作的工作,出國繼續深造的出國,而我到底在幹嘛?找不到工作的原因,是因為我的履歷和自傳不夠好嗎?還是在面試上出了什麼問題?

我 從畢業後 從開始上大學就一直不想要住家裡。不是家裡不好 (對啦,就是家裡不好啦!) 我比較喜歡擁有自己一個人的小空間,我喜歡窩在自己的房間做事,而在家我沒有這種自由。在家我總覺得我沒有自己的空間沒有自己的隱私沒有自己的自由,雖然是家人,但是沒有必要做什麼事都要在媽媽的眼皮下吧?誒 拜託 我22歲了不是2歲好嗎 >__> 誰喜歡這種一舉一動被監視的感覺 ==

好啦言歸正傳,就是因為我不想要住家裡,所以履歷都投給KL和新加坡的公司。也因為一直都有想要去新加坡的念頭,對在新加坡的求職範圍也自然放寬一些,即使不是本科也沒關係。(反正現在有許多人讀了X科系但是卻在做Z的事啊)(加上新加坡有這麼多人才,那些公司沒有一定要用我的理由啊)(如果你不算太好,哪間公司沒事這麼空閒聘請你還要幫你申請工作準證這麼麻煩)

我去KL面世也去了幾次,但是每一次都貢龜。這樣馬六甲——吉隆坡幾趟來來回回,還住在廉價旅館,連續幾次這樣下來,老實說了花了不少錢啊 >< 其實最後有被兩間公司錄取,但是基於種種原因,as much as I want a job,as much as I want to leave home,我還是拒絕了這兩家公司。【原因點這裡】

就這樣,從公司選擇我,到我選擇公司,到繼續變身無業遊民的日子。
我不是土豪家庭,沒有土豪老爸老媽養我,雖然面試到一個境界的時候,當你看到面試邀請函還會不自覺發出一種 “蛤~~~~又要去面了哦?”的這種心態。唉,我的22k什麼時候才會進口袋啊 ╮(╯﹏╰)╭

其實,社會新鮮人有新鮮人的優勢,有工作經驗的也有有工作經驗的優點。一些公司只想要僱用有工作經驗的人,也一定有公司會喜歡剛出社會的大學畢業生。總之呢,履歷就是不斷投,面試就是要一直去,until you get a job。當然有一些小細節不可忽視。比如回復各公司的信件不要隔太久,面試當天也要穿的得體,不要遲到等等。這些基本的都能讓公司看出你個人的責任心。

每一次去面試,最討厭的問題除了 “自我介紹” 之外,就屬面試結束前的最後一個問題,“你還與什麼問題嗎?” 我有看過一篇文章說,自我介紹最好介於60-90秒之間,內容也一樣要快狠準!在這60-90秒這內,你要告訴公司的主管你的姓名年齡學校和科系還有工作經驗。沒有工作經驗的就說說實習的時候都做了什麼。至於最後一個 “你還有什麼問題嗎?”的這個問題,雖然有時候不想回答“沒有”,但是真的就沒有嘛!後來我也是看了網上的文章,在這個環節可以問 “在我應征的這個職位,怎樣才算是做得非常好?” 主管通常會回答你對於這個職位的期許。那樣以後如果被選中了,你也可以一主管說過的話當目標,朝那個方向邁進。

有看過一篇文章說過,新鮮人求職,平均要投66封履歷。

同時,調查也顯示,新鮮人平均要投過13.7封履歷,才會獲得一家企業的面試機會;同時得再面試4.8家公司,才能真正找到一份工作,換算下來,新鮮人如果想得到一次錄取機會,大約要投遞66封履歷表。

其實,寫了這麼多,即使我現在也找到工作了,可我也還是不知道要怎樣才算是找到一份好的工作。我覺得,每個人對“好的工作”的定義都不同。有些人注重工作環境。好的工作環境,表現自然比較好。而有些人比較注重薪水。薪水符合想要的,即使環境差一些也沒什麼關係。

新的工作,就是一個新的轉折點。是個改變的起點,是個重新出發的機會。
怎麼可以選擇不全力以赴呢?

新鮮人求職奮鬥記

喧鬧中的安靜

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在陌生的城市中體驗當地人的生活,是一件快樂的事情 ♥ 。
(雖然說馬來西亞人在新加坡並不算體驗什麼當地人生活啦)

現在這時代,出國旅行越來越普遍了。可如果來匆匆,去也匆匆,只在著名的旅遊景點拍照留念就稱滿足,那就失去了旅行的意義。趁旅行的時候,逛逛各國小鎮的跳蚤市場,更能體會一番異國風情。每一個地方,都有屬於自己的那萬種風情的小鎮。走進這小鎮,放慢腳步,一定會發現,那個地方,也有著童話般的生活、有著精彩萬分的故事。一定會有一些什麼事情,讓你流連忘返 ♡♡♡♡

上個星期因為一些事情去了新加坡一趟。辦好事情的時候才下午1點,還有一整天的時間讓我耗。由於不想要呆在家裡,卻又懶惰出門(是怎樣啦!)😇 天使與 😈 惡魔交戰一段時間,最後天使勝利🌟!用手機上網查了一些比較安靜的咖啡館 / 雜貨鋪 / 書店等等,發現有一些人在網上介紹了永錫街。

永錫街在網上的資料真的不太多,中文的英文的都不太多。所以找到了想去的地方後,還得查查怎麼去到那個地方才敢出門。因為網上資料不多,表示不太有名。到了才問路人是一個方法,但是如果路人都不知道怎麼辦!所以還是自己查查吧!

永錫街 (Yong Siak Street) 是距離中峇魯MRT站 (Tiong Bahru MRT Station / EW17) 不遠的一條小街。步行個7-10分鐘應該就可以到了。出了MRT站,打開Google Map,就根據Google Map的方向走。我是這麼做的。永錫街真的不太好找。走到某些地方的時候我一度以為自己走錯路了,經過一個工地,還經過一些比較安靜沒人的街道。有想過要退縮,可看看地圖的方向,都沒錯啊!所以還是跟著地圖走了。(老實說,因為實在新加坡我才敢,在馬來西亞就算是光天化日我也不想要一個人走經過工地和無人的小街道啊!)

這是一條安靜的街道。我去的時候是下午三點多四點,街道上很安靜沒有什麼人。這條小街有很多很有特色的小店,比如聚集各種英文書籍于一店的 BooksActually,售賣陶瓷精品的 Strangelets,專美售賣兒童書籍的 Woods In The Books 等等。

第一間踏進的店是 🌟 BooksActually 🌟 。BooksActually里售賣的書籍種類繁多。文學、自傳、時事、歷史、人文科學、影視、旅遊等,各種不同類型的書籍你都可以在這裡找到!可是我不太常閱讀英文書籍,所以也就沒買。小書店的後面還有售賣各種古董家具和各種小玩物。喜歡收集古董的話,不妨來這裡看看,也能找到一樣你喜歡的東西!

▲ BooksActually ▲
9, Yong Siak Street,
Tiong Bahru Estate,
168644 Singapore.
Tel: +65 6222 9195
Mon: 11am – 6pm, Tue to Fri: 11am – 9pm
Sat: 10am – 9pm, Sun: 10am – 6pm
Website // Facebook  // Twitter // Instagram

去的第二間店鋪是 🌟 Strangelets 🌟。Strangelets售賣比較多精品。有陶瓷品,皮製用品,精品文具,bath bomb,香皂,香薰等等。雖然售賣的東西不太適合我,可是我很喜歡Strangelets的外觀。白色的門超漂亮der ♡♡♡

▲ Strangelets ▲
7, Yong Siak Street,
Tiong Bahru Estate,
168644 Singapore.
Tel: +65 6222 1456
Mon – Fri: 11am – 8pm
Sat – Sun: 10am – 8pm
Website // Facebook  // Instagram

過後去的 Woods In The Books 由於 不能拍照 📷 我就不多說了,網上還是有一些關於 Woods In The Books 的介紹,大家就自己去看唄!逛了 Woods In The Books 過後去了一件咖啡店,進去才知道那間店的名字叫 PoTeaTo。PoTeaTo是一件非常隱秘的小店,沒仔細看都沒看出那裡有一間店呢!也許是因為不算有名,而且地方隱秘,我進去的時候店裡完全沒有客人啊 :O

點了 Rainbow Cheesecake 🌈🍰 和 Strawberry Mint Tea 🍓🍸 后選了一個位子坐下,開始寫寫手帳 📝 ,記錄一些關於永錫街的小事情 ♡♡♡ 一開始我以為 Rainbow Cheesecake 的味道應該不怎麼樣,畢竟多色素的食物都不太好吃,可是 Rainbow Cheesecake 的味道還不錯,比我想象的好多了 🍴

▲ PoTeaTo ▲
78 Yong Siak Street, #01-18
Singapore 163078
Tel: +65 6221 2488
Tue – Fri: 12pm – 10.30pm,
Sat: 10am – 10.30pm
Sun: 10am – 9pm.
Website // Facebook  // Instagram

喧鬧中的安靜