JobsCentral & JobsFactory Presentation 2009

At JobsCentral and JobsFactory, clients and partners help form the intricate web of success that both companies have built over the years. It was with an air of familiar excitement that the JobsCentral & JobsFactory Presentation 2009 took place on Friday, 30 October.

By Nabilah Husna A. Rahman & Colin Lim

An exclusive event, the presentation was only open to clients and partners of JobsCentral and its sister company JobsFactory. Held annually, this year’s presentation attracted over 150 attendees from more than 90 companies, comprising mostly of HR personnel and representatives from organisations in both the private and public sector.

Featuring engaging talks by the Chief Executive Officer of JobsCentral, Lim Dershing, Managing Director of JobsFactory, Huang Shao-Ning and Content & Community Manager, Colin Lim, the event was an informative session aimed at keeping clients informed of recent developments within the companies, as well as relevant industry trends.

Sharing recent achievements
Firstly, attendees were given an insight into how this year’s JobsCentral Career & Learning Fair was extremely well-received in August. Shao-Ning announced that more than 70% of exhibitors and jobseekers expressed their satisfaction with how the annual event turned out, a clear indication of its growing popularity and effectiveness. Attendees were also given first-hand information about next year’s fair.

Shao-Ning went on to share more information about BrightMinds and BrightSparks, two key products by JobsFactory which have helped thousands of students to secure jobs and scholarships respectively. Both products consist of online portals and print magazines, which have helped employers and scholarship providers to brand and reach out to their target audiences.

The individual accomplishments of JobsCentral & JobsFactory staff were also highlighted, with Shao-Ning acknowledging the two winners of the inaugural IT Developers Award, organised by The Straits Times’ Digital Life. Eko Pranoto and Eric Koh were each awarded the prestigious prize for developing the BrightSparks portal and JobsCentral network portal respectively.

Unveiling survey results
Colin then took to the stage to share the results of the inaugural JobsCentral Work Happiness Indicator. A total of 5,460 working adults took part in this online survey, created to find out how happy employees are in Singapore. The results of this survey were widely covered in various print media (The Straits Times, The Business Times, TODAY) and websites (Channel NewsAsia, STOMP, Yahoo! Asia News), and you can download a free copy of the survey report here.

Attendees were also given a first look at the rankings for this year’s JobsFactory Employers of Choice Survey, an annual study about employer and career preferences of entry-level graduates. The full results of this closely watched survey will be available in late November, so do look out for them! Colin also revealed that the results of another survey about private education providers will be released in December.

Engaging social media
Last but not least, Der Shing delivered an enlightening presentation about the importance of engaging social media for organisations. Sharing interesting examples and anecdotes, Der Shing urged employers to harness the potential of social media, instead of ignoring its ever-growing presence. He also shared various strategies adopted by JobsCentral, which has established a presence on Facebook, Twitter and runs JobsCentral Community, a portal which allows jobseekers and working professionals to interact with employers and each other.

Following the talks, a lucky draw was conducted, which saw some attendees walking away with movie tickets and Chan Brothers travel vouchers worth up to $500. The event then ended with a networking session, which allowed clients and partners to mingle with JobsCentral and JobsFactory staff while enjoying the refreshments provided.

“I think the event was good, it was engaging and the speakers bring across their ideas in a very relaxing manner. It was short, sweet and concise!” said a representative from OCBC.

Also present at the event was Vincent Loh, a HR representative from AETOS, who expressed his satisfaction with JobsCentral. “I think JobsCentral provides good service; it’s more custom-made and tailored to our needs. We have received resumes from jobseekers through JobsCentral, much more than the rest.”

If you attended this year’s JobsCentral & JobsFactory Presentation, we would like to thank you for gracing the event. But if you missed out on the talks and networking opportunities, we hope to see you next year! In the meantime, rest assured that both JobsCentral and JobsFactory will continue to provide quality recruitment services.

To view more photos from the event, visit JobsCentral on Facebook