Things to know if you’re looking for a job this year
by StudyMalaysia on May 2, 2018 | Top Stories
Did you graduate recently or will you be graduating soon? Will you be looking for a job this year? Here are some things you should know if you’re on a career hunt in 2018.
First, there’s most certainly good news if you’re looking for a job this year. According to JobStreet.com, their Job Outlook Report 2018 indicates that both employers and talent have a more optimistic outlook in 2018. It is expected that job opportunities for candidates in 2018 will be stronger than they were in 2017; about 30% of Malaysian employers have indicated an increase in hiring activity.
“We see both employers and candidates sharing a more optimistic outlook towards the job market this year. The key drivers of this sentiment are the rise of start-ups, expansion of local businesses, and entry of foreign companies that will lead to job creation and the need for diversified skills. Therefore, we can expect both job hunting and hiring activity to pick up in 2018,” said Chook Yuh Yng, Country Manager of JobStreet.com Malaysia.
As a job seeker, it would be good to list down what you’d like your new career to be like. For a start, you’re probably looking for a job that pays well and one that matches your skills and qualifications. So how much pay should you be expecting? It would be wise to check out the starting salaries of the jobs you’re interested in and do a reality check before submitting your CV and going for an interview. You don’t want to blow off any employment opportunities by asking for a package that is way too high!
Don’t forget that you’re likely to want a job that offers you the chance to advance to better career opportunities. It will probably be a plus if your job is not too stressful and gives you a good work-life balance. Do also think about the benefits that the prospective job offers. According to Job Outlook Report 2018, the top five benefits desired by employees are: health/medical insurance, transportation allowance, medical coverage for family/dependents, pension/retirement fund and flexible working hours. What are some of the benefits that you’d like for your job?
And if you’re looking for a job this year, you might be wondering which careers are in demand by employers. The Critical Occupations List (COL) 2017/2018 for Malaysia has listed 58 occupations that are skilled, sought-after, and strategic across 18 sectors in Malaysia.
These careers are:
- Managing Director and Chief Executive
- Finance Manager
- Policy and Planning Manager
- Business Service Manager
- Business Services and Administration Manager (others)
- Sales and Marketing Manager
- Research and Development Manager
- Manufacturing Manager
- Construction Manager
- Supply, Distribution and Related Manager
- Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Manager
- Geologist and Geophysicist
- Mathematician, Actuary and Statistician
- Industrial and Production Engineer
- Civil Engineer
- Mechanical Engineer
- Chemical Engineer
- Mining Engineer, Metallurgists and Related Professionals
- Engineering Professionals (Excluding Electrotechnology)
- Electrical Engineer
- Electronic Engineer
- Telecommunications Engineer
- Ships Engineer
- Aircraft Pilot and Related Professional
- Manufacturing Professional
- Specialist Medical Practitioner
- Environmental and Occupational Health and Hygiene Professional
- University and Higher Education Professional Teacher
- Financial Analyst
- Research and Development Professional
- Public Relations Professional
- Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sales Professional
- Systems Analyst
- Software Developer
- Applications Programmer
- Software and Applications Developer (others)
- Databases and Administrator
- Systems Administrator
- Computer Network Professional
- Electrical Engineering Technician
- Electronics Engineering Technician
- Mechanical Engineering Technician
- Physical and Engineering Science Technician (others)
- Manufacturing Supervisor
- Construction Supervisor
- Aircraft Technician
- Environmental and Occupational Health Inspector and Associate
- Insurance Underwriter
- Commercial Sales Agent
- Computer Network and Systems Technician
- CNC Machinist
- Electrical Mechanic and Fitter
- Rubber Products Machine Operator
- Stationary Plant and Machine Operator (others)
- Heavy Truck and Lorry Driver
In a nutshell, employment prospects are up from last year so that’s good news. But do make sure you spend some time on that CV before sending it out and brush up on your job interview skills. It also won’t hurt to check out the entry level salary of the job you’re after as well as monitoring which careers are most in demand when planning your career advancement strategy.
- Jobstreet: Outlook For Employment Better Than 2017
- Malaysia’s Critical Occupations List
- Survey shows positive job outlook in 2018
- The 100 Best Jobs
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