Finding Fresh Graduate Jobs in Malaysia
To many of us, graduating from our university courses feels like we have just made it, sleepless nights and many procrastinating hours all led up to this, the shiny degree in your hand. You’ve done it.
But, not too fast now, if anything, your journey has just started. Ahead lies a long road, a long road to get onto your career path.
In this article, we will be guiding you on how you, a fresh graduate, can start searching for fresh graduate jobs in Malaysia. We will go over things like the industries, a quick glance on resume writing, how to prepare for your first interview and so on.
If you are a fresh graduate yourself, congrats on graduating, but do stay and read through this article, you may find it rather handy if you need to know.
Why Is It Difficult To Get A Job?
First, let’s address the elephant in the room. It is a common issue faced by many postgraduates that finding and landing a job is easier said than done these days. I myself struggled for nearly a year to find one, but if anything, I consider myself lucky, some may go on for two years without a job, but it all comes down to a case to case basis and what degree you majored in.
Some older folks may say that it’s because younger people are lazy, and they will always try to put the blame on them. But in reality, there are more factors which cause this situation. For instance:
Reason #1: Employers Value Experience
When you send a resume to a potential employer or when you go for an interview, the first thing they look at is your own experience in the industry. Never your grades.
They want to know whether you have any real-world experience that you can offer that makes you stand out among other candidates applying for that job.
Unfortunately, many times, the job we apply for will be our first full-time job and our first real-world experience. So we find ourselves stuck, but there is a way out.
Most university courses in Malaysia require students to go for some form of an internship in order to garner that experience. So that when they graduate, they will have some form of industry knowledge on the job prospect they are going for.
But if your course did not offer a job experience in its program, then worry not. You can always search for internships on job platforms such as ours.
Many companies are aware that their employers are looking for experience, so some of them offer internship programmes for those looking to get some, although they may not pay as much as full-time positions, the experience you can garner from these internship programmes can be very valuable to your employability aspect for fresh graduate jobs.
Reason #2: Lack Of Interview Skills
Some universities do not fully teach you how to prepare for a job interview, this is something you will have to look upon yourself. Many times, we go into a job interview and our attempts to promote ourselves get shut down by an unexpected question we did not prepare for.
Just having a degree won’t cut it, it’s a nice little paper and all, but it’s all about your attitude as well. The saying “First impressions are lasting impressions,” really relates to job interviews. From the moment you step in through that door to the moment you leave, employers are always looking at your attitudes.
So to better prepare yourself, you should consider looking up potential interview questions, which are quite common, take a better look at yourself, and find ways, to be honest, but not too honest; interviewers don’t need to know your habit of watching memes or ASMR videos from time to time…
If you’re still in university, check whether there are coaching classes that can help with job interviews, or you could ask a friend or teacher. Most importantly, research the company your interviewer is from, some knowledge on what they do may impress them when it comes to your interview.
Reason #3: Unrealistic Expectations
Look, I get it, you wanna land that dream job and earn loads once you’re out of university, unless you are really lucky, that just won’t be the case. Getting to a good position requires time, and the time you spend getting to that position is, in itself, a learning experience to better yourself.
But coming back to your expectations, many fresh graduates head into a job market thinking they have got it all figured out and that having a degree will make them superior in every way.
While having a degree is nice and all, more and more younger people are getting degrees as generations go by. You need to understand that many other candidates are just like you and probably applying for the same job as you, while many things can make you unique, a simple degree won’t.
There is no way that you will be sitting in a comfortable workplace with a comfortable salary immediately, especially if you have minimal job experience. It is just not realistic. While they can happen, and with hard work, they might. Don’t expect it to happen in the first few years of your working life.
Coming back to the first point, experience is key, and so is your attitude, you must understand that getting to a position which suits you well takes some amount of effort on your part.
Reason #4: Salary Negotiation Skill, or a Lack Thereof
It’s common to feel like you’re begging or asking too much when the interviewer asks you about your expected salary. You must understand that the amount of money you make on your first fresh graduate job right out of university can have an effect on your future financial state. So you shouldn’t be afraid to negotiate higher salaries when the interviewer or employer asks.
Fresh graduates finding a job may feel like they won’t get it if they ask for a slightly higher salary, this was the case for me personally as well. But in actuality, employers need you to negotiate, they want you too, otherwise, they will not be asking the question about your salary in the first place.
In most cases, they may offer lower than expected, you can slowly negotiate to bring that offer up. By not negotiating, you might be getting lower than you are worth.
So, you must learn how you can properly negotiate a decent salary for what you intend to do in a company.
Reason #5: No Set Direction
When people come out of graduation, some of them may feel torn about whether they should work to further their education, or start their career path. Some may make travel plans before they work and some may just want to start work immediately or as soon as they can. This issue can be quite disruptive as people often hold back on getting work.
But then again, this is a case by case basis, it is often relieved by careful planning, but life is unpredictable and things may change when you least expect, throwing all your careful planning down the drain.
Everyone has their own unique and individual path, your path is your own and so is your journey. But it never hurts to look up what careers are available for your major or asking fellow graduates what their plan is. Talk to people, it may help and eventually, the light bulb in your head will glow.
Popular Industries In Malaysia
Here, we list the top industries that most are going for in the country. They include:
Industry #1: Computer Science
With Industry 4.0 on the horizon and Malaysia’s growing reliance on computers, this industry is going to remain among the top industries in the country. So, the need for more people who specialise in computing will only grow.
Industry #2: Cyber-Security
Our growing reliance on computer and computing systems brings about new risks. With hackings, the spread of ‘“fake news” and so on, plaguing the web, cyber-security is needed more than ever as we move into the future.
Industry #3: Engineering
Engineers have always been sought after ever since Malaysia became industrialised. There will always be a need for engineers and engineering technicians as the country develops further in terms of technology and infrastructure.
The sectors of manufacturing, construction, science and technology are all in need of engineers.
Industry #4: Finance
Finance is another one of those jobs which are always in demand and are always in need. So long as the banks are open, the money flows and finance comes into play.
As the saying goes, “money is everything” and in the case of jobs and the economy, it is. Finance managers, credit managers, and audit and risk management managers are all jobs which are in need of various financial institutions.
A financial analyst is considered a growing one in the digital industry.
Industry #5: Accounting
Money is all about numbers, so there is a need for people who can help manage those numbers. Accountants are those people and their job is more than just counting numbers.
These days accountants make recommendations to their company by providing financial advice that is strategically based on their calculations.
In Malaysia, accountants are needed to assist in the going of Islamic Banking as well as hotels.
Industry #6: Culinary
Food is a big industry in Malaysia, it is a huge part of our culture as our cities are filled with restaurants of all kinds, from street vendors to gourmet establishments. Chefs and any job in the culinary field will always be needed, especially in Malaysia.
Industry #7: Hotel
Tourism is huge in Malaysia with many tourists coming to visit our country from all over and most of those tourists need a place to stay. The hotel industry is always looking for more staff to help with tasks to keep the visitors happy.
Writing A Resume: A Quick Guide
A good resume is key in obtaining that interview for a job you have applied for. A resume is there to highlight your strengths and achievements and past work experience (if any). But it is not all about what you have done, a resume is like an advertisement, promoting you!
You can also make use of the many resume building software online to help.
Hopefully, you would have some time to learn about how to write a proper, well-formatted resume during your time in college. But if you have not, here are some basic tips and steps to follow:
Tip #1: Format
There are loads of templates which you can find online to help you with properly formatting your resume. The format must be clear and separated into different sections of information about yourself. You need to highlight your strengths and professional history to make it clear to those who see it.
Tip #2: Research Your Industry
By doing some research on the industry you intend to work in, you can determine keywords and factors in which employers of the said industry are looking for. You can do this by looking at job descriptions on listings and try to structure and word your resume around that.
Tip #3: Look At Examples
Taking inspiration from others can be beneficial, so take the time to look at examples of resumes that are relevant to your industries and build your own based on what you saw.
Tip #4: Sort By Relevance
Along with only including the relevant information, you need to make sure that the most important information, the one your employers are looking for, is placed first at the top of your resume.
This can include your experience, your degrees, your strengths and so on. Employers and hiring staff won’t usually look through the entire resume, as there are many other resumes from many other applicants they have to look at, so consider that in mind.
Finding A Fresh Graduate Job
Once you are out of university with a nice shiny degree in hand, it’s up to you on what you want to do. But it is best that you start your professional line if you do not intend to further your studies. If you have minimal experience then it is best that you seek internships as they can provide that experience to add on your resume.
As said before, most courses provide students with the chance to take part in internships relevant to their respective course.
But say you did not go for an internship and you want to do one. Well here is what you can do!
Tip #1: Do Your Research
Again, research is a very important step and sometimes it’s a quick Google search away, it is important to research your industry first to better understand what you intend to do. IT can also give you insight into what companies are looking for as well.
Tip #2: Don’t Wait And Do Nothing
Say you come out of an interview that you think you did great in. They tell you that “they’ll get back to you,” So you wait and do nothing. This should be avoided as sometimes they may never get back to you at all. If you had a great interview, that’s awesome! But never keep on looking when you come back home from it. It is always good to keep active and get back to the interviewers when they are silent for too long.
Tip #3: Try Volunteering
Sure it doesn’t pay, but it does give you some experience, and experience is priceless. Volunteering is a great way to contribute and help your community as well and if you volunteer for a noble cause you believe in, it makes you feel good as well. The experience you get from a volunteering gig can increase the chances of you getting hired.
Tip #4: Check your Personal Network
From family members and friends, to neighbours and professors, enquiring them about potential openings can help as networking opens up a hidden job market in which you can explore.
Tip #5: Seek Advice At A Career Centre
Nearly all universities have some form of a career guidance centre in which you can use to get information on what to do once you leave college. Even after graduation, you can still take advantage of this service. You can make appointments with professionals in your field and seek their advice on what to do next. Doing this actually set me myself on a somewhat coordinated path by taking an internship before landing a job. So from personal experience, it does help.
Tip #6: Don’t Limit Yourself To One Platform
Ensure that you use as many job portal websites to seek jobs, this can expand your search horizon and provide you with a larger range of choices to apply for.
Tip #7: Check Postings Frequently
This can relate to point number 2, the best time to apply for a job is at least 48 hours after one posting has been placed on a job portal. Checking job postings frequently, at least every day in the morning is a great practice to start with, especially if you are in need of a job.
Hopefully, this article can give you somewhat of a direction to start for your career journey. The way to get there isn’t always easy and going through some rough patches is common. But as long as you keep yourself motivated and determined to land that job, as long as you know how to value yourself as a person that can do it, you will land a job soon. It may not be today, it may not be next week, but determination will land you somewhere you can begin.
So why not start, and head over to our main page and search for the job you are looking for?