Although electrical engineering graduate Tan Jun Xiang, 25, landed a job soon after graduating from National University of Singapore (NUS) in July last year, he learnt valuable lessons from the job-seeking process.
As an enterprise network engineer in telecommunications provider Huawei, his main task is to design and implement computer networks, and ensure all the networks are connected to one another.
Says Mr Tan: “I got the job offer through NUS TalentConnect as recommended by one of the advisors at Career Advisors at the Centre for Future-ready Graduates (CFG). As I did not know which engineering field to apply for, I sent my resumé to all the engineering companies that were hiring fresh graduates.
“The day after I submitted my resumé, Huawei called me and invited me to go for a job interview.”
He found the guidance from the CFG very helpful since he was one of many undergraduates who did not know how to write good resumés.
“Fortunately, the resumé critique session and the professional CFG Career Advisors taught me how to ‘repackage’ myself, including choosing the right attire, and having the right attitude and body language,” he recalls.
Mr Tan attended the NUS Career Fair 2017, which enabled him to network with representatives of various companies to learn more about the nature of their businesses.
He says: “Career fairs gave me opportunities to better understand a company. I prefer to listen to employees’ feedback instead of reading online comments.
“I also get a higher chance of an interview as most companies find their employees at career fairs instead of through online means.”
His advice to first-time jobseekers is to have well-prepared questions before attending career fairs so employers can address them. This is also the best way to train one’s communication skills, he says.
“Be positive and open to all jobs. Always accept feedback or advice from your employers, be it good or bad, because they are sharing their perspectives with you,” he adds.
Mr Tan also recommends building good relationships and networks with everyone, as the new friends you make may be your working partners or superiors in future.
“Sometimes, what you’ve learnt in school is not applicable or specific enough to your work and you may need to study again to pick up new knowledge or skills,” he says. “So work hard to adapt to the new working environment.”