By Kaitlin Madden
Job seekers hear a lot about the skills and qualities that employers want from their potential employees. They're looking for someone with a killer work ethic, technological expertise, leadership potential, a sense of humor, great communication skills -- it seems like the list could go on forever.
But what about the qualities that job seekers should look for in potential employers? What should applicants seek in the companies to which they are applying? Though it can sometimes seem as if job searching is all about what the employer wants, it's essential for job seekers to know what they're looking for in a company, too.
Below are a few things all job seekers should consider when evaluating potential employers.
by Anthony Balderrama
Sometimes we have lofty work goals: become CEO, earn a million dollars before we're 30, make the cover of Time magazine. And other times we have simpler aims. Perhaps the most universal concern of all workers, regardless of gender or industry, is the desire not to appear foolish.
by Justin Thomspon
If you’re like me, there are days when you hit the snooze button on your alarm or phone at least 27 times. Eventually you get up, throw on some clothes without the pretense that it’s actually an outfit and slink into work, as if you’ve been there the last hour.
The next time you go grocery-shopping at a supermarket, stop and take a closer look at the mass-market products you purchase. Have you ever wondered how they get from their place of production to the display shelves? The answer: Logistics.
Chan Hsien Hung believes that logistics is a branch of engineering that creates “people systems” rather than “machine systems”.
For Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Madeline Low, joining the Singapore Police Force (SPF) was somewhat of a foregone conclusion.
Imagine a vibrant workplace where employees wake up to the start of every workday filled with passion, enthusiasm and a shared commitment to perform their best. An organisation that truly backs the phrase “our people are our greatest asset” is precisely what employees in the retail and service sector need, in order to genuinely serve others with a smile. We speak to two employees from IKEA to find out more.
By Mabel Tan
If you’re keen to join a Great Workforce and a Great Workplace while actively contributing to Singapore’s development, look no further than the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), where the work is rewarding and is a place where you can make a difference.
Lim Choon Leng, the Assistant Director (Policy) with the Work Pass Division in the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), has this advice for fresh graduates looking for their first jobs.
“Success comes from doing something you believe in, or have a passion for—if wealth is part of that equation, that’s great; if not, that’s fine too.”
Choon Leng explains, “Of course, finding meaning in what you’re doing is a question that will follow you for the rest of your life. In terms of your first job, ask yourself what your inclination is – is it the private sector? Or does public service appeal more to you? Don’t worry if you do not have a confirmed answer now to what you would find meaningful in your work – most of us go through life only having an inclination on what we would like to do. It is the acting on the inclination that’s important. Avoid paralysis by analysis!”
Contrary to media stereotypes in Asian dramas, life as a uniformed officer goes beyond sitting around leisurely in the office and drinking coffee while waiting for emergency calls. We chat with two SCDF officers (sans coffee) about their wholehearted dedication to Singapore’s premier life-saving force.
Ever wondered what really goes on behind the scenes after you dial 995?
Meet Majors (MAJs) Eric Chua (above right) and Chong Wei (above left), two of the Singapore Civil Defence Force’s (SCDF’s) body of professionals trained to respond to all types of life-threatening emergencies round-the-clock.
Currently on secondment with the Homefront Security Division in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), both officers take time out of their busy schedules to reflect on their dynamic and challenging careers “protecting and saving lives and property for a safe and secure Singapore”.