JobsCentral-TSOPE workshops are a great success!

Here at JobsCentral, we constantly come up with new initiatives to help you make informed career choices. One of the initiatives we rolled out, in partnership with The School of Personal Excellence (TSOPE), is a series of career guidance workshops that is aimed at helping you gain an edge in today's competitive market.

The workshops cover a whole series of topics from writing winning resumes to answering interview questions and are conducted by career experts and consultants. You can check out our photos from previous workshops here!

The exciting conclusion to the JobsCentral Learning Challenge!

Thousands of brains endured sleepless nights in an attempt to solve the JobsCentral Learning Challenge to capture the coveted iPad but there can be only one. The lucky person to stride off into the sunset with Apple’s latest product is Alex Heng!

The conqueror of the 20 evil levels of puzzles was all smiles when he laid his hands on the box. Four other lucky contestants also had something to show for their efforts. Moses Goh received some extra pocket money to the tune of S$300 while Md Azharuddin and Pathma Priya got for themselves an exclusive JobsCentral gift pack.

We have more contests in the pipeline, so stay tuned for much more exciting events! You can keep yourself updated by checking out our Facebook or subscribing to our Twitter feed.

Let’s have a toast as we celebrate JobsCentral/JobsFactory’s 10th year anniversary!

JobsFactory, together with sister company JobsCentral, celebrate our 10th year anniversary this year. Let us look back in time together and reminisce on how we grew from a 2-people strong team into one of the largest online job portals in Singapore!

JobsCentral and JobsFactory together is a rare local success story in the Internet business. We are proud to be 100% owned and managed by Singaporeans.

Our mission is to help jobseekers and students make better career and education decisions during each stage of their life. We have been fortunate to have grown the company over the past 10 years and currently we have about 2 million career seekers and 15,000 employers using our various media channels each year. Our channels comprise of job portals, scholarship portals, career magazines and large scale career fairs. When it comes to student recruitment services, we are the largest player via our BrightSparks and BrightMinds brands. JobsCentral currently operates in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Ask any entrepreneur, and they will tell you that starting up a business is never easy. Let’s hear from our CEO, Lim Der Shing about his start-up story and plans for future growth.

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The Inaugural 2010 JobsCentral Learning Award

Have you always wanted to upgrade yourself but lacked the money? Looking for some help to finance your future studies? Ever wished you would be featured in the media?

Look no further, we have the answers you need. JobsCentral is proud to present the inaugural 2010 JobsCentral Learning Award.

Sign up for any course listed on our JobsCentral Learning portal and after your enrolment is confirmed, apply for the 2010 JobsCentral Learning Award. All nominees will go through an interview process with our selection panel and the award winner will receive $1000 in cash, an award certificate and an editorial feature on JobsCentral and other associated media.

The award is completely bond-free and only requires that you be either a Singaporean or PR and a registered JobsCentral user. You can click here to get a free account.

The application period is from 16 June 2010 to 11 October 2010, so if you have ever wanted to pursue further studies, now is the best time to do it! You might just be the inaugural winner of the 2010 JobsCentral Learning Award.

For more information, click here.

The Overlooked Portfolio

Most students prefer to concentrate on the all-important academics, and tend to oversee the fact that the portfolio is becoming increasingly important. When adequately prepared, the portfolio can be the key to setting you apart from the other university or scholarship applicants.

By Janelle Lau

As the student population becomes more competitive, academic grades are no longer the only consideration for scholarship and university applications. In fact, local universities are setting aside 10% of their places for discretionary admissions, that is, admissions based on students’ achievements besides grades.

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Accountants need to be soft to be sharp

By Mark Billington, Regional Director, ICAEW South East Asia

Accountants might be focused on numbers but they should not neglect the importance of soft skills in today’s complex business environment. With Singapore embarking on a journey to develop the accountancy sector, the importance of non-hard skills have also recently been highlighted by Education Minister Ng Eng Hen.

Not only are soft skills increasingly sought after by employers and could help you climb the career ladder, it is also a requirement for efficient dealings with clients, customers, regulators, managers and other stakeholders.

Obviously, having a well-respected qualification, such as the ACA (Associate Chartered Accountant), is critical to build a successful career. However, that in itself might not be enough any more. If an employer has to decide between otherwise even candidates, demonstrating your softer skills might be the feather that tips the scales to your advantage.


Checklist for The Big Interview

The days of head-spinning application procedures, challenging written tests and endless fretting are over – Yes, you have finally received a call from your scholarship organisation. Take a breather and then it’s time to tackle the next challenge in line – the interview.

By Becky Lo

As most scholarship applications involve more than one interview and a sizeable amount of effort is required, it is best if you can start preparations earlier. On a positive note, you are one step closer to that coveted scholarship. Now, all you have do is to stand out from the rest and convince the company that you are worth every cent they are going to spend on your education.

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The Perfect Answer?

The bad news is, there is no ten-year-series to give you the perfect answers to memorise for the dreaded scholarship interview. But the good news is, here are some tips on six of the common questions asked and some of the best ways to handle them.

By Becky Lo

1. Tell me about yourself.
Interviewers often like to start off with this question, which may sound very simple but can be very tricky. Your answer to this question sets the tone for the rest of the interview and gives the interviewers the first peek into your personality.

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The JobsCentral app is now on Android!

Our popular JobsCentral app is now available on both the iPad and smartphones that run on Android 2.0 and above! We have taken all your feedback on board and come up with a new version of the app that will make your job search a much more immersive experience. The new JobsCentral app comes with a host of new features:
  • Browse jobs by categories – Managerial, Temporary, Marketing and many more
  • Search for jobs by keywords, job nature, qualification or position
  • Share job postings with your friends and family via email
  • My Account – Log in and view recommended jobs by your Job Agent
  • Sign up for a JobSeeker account
  • Apply for jobs with your JobSeeker account
  • Save your favourite jobs, courses, workshops and career articles
  • Fast location switching between Singapore and Malaysia to apply for jobs

Downloading the app just requires a few simple steps. Visit on your phone’s web browser and add it to your home screen after the app fully loads.

For iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch users:

1. Tap on the plus (+) icon at the bottom of the screen.
2. Tap on "Add to Home Screen."
3. Tap on "Add" at the top right corner.

Apple users can also download the app from the iTunes app store.

For Android users:

1. Add the page to your bookmarks.
2. When viewing all bookmarks, tap and hold "JobsCentral."
3. When a new dialog pops up, tap on "Add shortcut to Home."

We are always looking to continually enhance your job hunting experience. Do give us feedback on how we can improve our services for you. Feel free to visit the JobsCentral Forum and comment on the JobsCentral app here. Find out why the JobsCentral app is consistently among the top free business apps in the store today!

Finance professionals are taking home more pay but still feel unhappy

Professionals in the finance and accounting sector are enjoying a bigger pay package in 2010, in line with the economy’s recovery.

According to new survey results from Robert Half, 52% of finance professionals in Singapore received salary increments over the past year. This group was also rewarded with a bonus in the past year and are highly confident of receiving another bonus payout in 2010.

Despite the increase in wages, approximately 42% of Singaporean respondents were unhappy with their remuneration packages, claiming that it was neither fair nor in line with the rest of the market. An overwhelming number also felt that switching jobs was necessary in order to gain greater leverage over salary negotiations.