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My first job was on a farm picking fruit in South East Queensland and my first job with a major company was at McDonald’s as they opened their flagship store in the medium size town I went to high school in. And while I never aspired to the McManagement position they always pushed, it certainly did teach me a few things about work ethics and the fact that I didn’t want either of those jobs as an adult.
In my 10 years living in Vietnam, I’ve been involved in numerous discussions on the workforce, how it has evolved and transformed to accommodate the country’s industrialisation. Occasionally the issues of gender equality arise. From the corner pho seller to the construction worker and powerful business leaders, women make up slightly more than half of the Vietnamese workforce. It is also interesting to note how they have tackled their career barriers over the years.
Although having a relatively low unemployment rate compared to other countries in Asia, Vietnam is facing a tough challenge with its younger workforce. By the end of 2014, 6.3 percent of youths between the ages of 15 to 24 were out of a job; which is even more alarming when 20.75 percent of fresh graduates (aged 20 to 24) are unable to find work.
In 2014, global unemployment broke the all-time record, with 201.8 million people without a job, and an unemployment rate of 6 percent, unchanged from 2012. It is estimated that there will be more than 215 million jobseekers by 2018. In the Asian region, the unemployment rate stood at 4.3 percent in 2014. Compared to others, Vietnam has the third lowest rate (2.08 percent), after Thailand (0.8 percent) and Singapore (1.90 percent), and followed by Malaysia (2.70 percent).
A relatively new sector in Vietnam introduced in the revised Labour Code in 2013, subleasing facilitates the assignment of an employee to a company in need of short-term help. Although this form of work is welcomed, there remain a number of shortcomings to be addressed, most notably in limiting private employment agencies from offering the full range of workforce solutions.
Talent is the most important, tricky, valuable and invigorating part of every company’s makeup. Without the right people, a company cannot perform, grow or succeed.
Your phone rings and the person calling says they’re a headhunter. Or a recruiter. That’s great, because recruiters (aka headhunters) are people who help source candidates for employment in companies and, if you’re looking for a new job or would consider leaving where you are for a better opportunity, then this is the call you want to get. But, it’s important to know what kind of recruiter they are. There is a difference.
Here’s a quick overview of the different types of recruiters you may encounter in your career.
Business leaders don’t think twice about engaging an outside expert for legal advice or accounting assistance. Yet they will balk at the cost of engaging an outside recruiter to help them resolve their hiring needs.
One of the best ways to ensure we keep focused on our priorities and stay on track is to create a personal business plan. This can help us guide our daily activities and tasks, allowing us to spend the majority of our time on our ultimate goals.
Social Media is a powerful tool… for good and for evil. As quickly as it can boost your presence, it can also tear it down. What you post on your social media profile can put you out of the running for a job you want, or even cost you one that you already have. Simply put, most recruiters and headhunters will check your Social Media profile. 78 percent of recruiters will type your name into a search engine to see what comes up, and 63 percent will look into your social media sites as well.