I’ve recently started doing some Talent Management Consulting for a Technology start-up company in Singapore. An inspiring team of young go-getters, committed to investing in other start-up ideas they believe will change the world.
Coupled with their mantra of investing in innovative technology, they’re also becoming cognisant of the role people play in successful companies. As a result we’re working together onattracting the right talent into their organisation, and establishing a strong talent pool for further recruitment.
This of course involves a heavy University Relations campaign, and crafting your pitch to university students is key to a well received message. The best opportunity to talk at length about your company’s opportunities on campus, is via a recruitment talk. So, what exactly should an organisation focus on in this presentation? Below is a list of areas I’ve identified as pertinent. Continue reading
When an employee leaves the workplace, co-workers find themselves overloaded, absorbing some of the goner’s tasks until a replacement is found.
In other occasions, the person leaving is a manager or executive who has been in the company for a fairly long period of time. While they were working, things ran smoothly and everything was organized. But the moment they walk out the door, things go awry. People start talking about how good this person was and how things were easy when he was around but now that he or she has left, every day is a nightmare. You can miss the person and the steadiness associated with his presence when actually, when this happens, it means that this person got it all wrong.
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When you are working for a big organization training is something quite unavoidable, whether you like it or not. There are some of those trainings where activities consist in ice breakers and team building exercises. Now honestly, tell me how many times have you thought “please don’t” when the trainer introduced the activity?
Think about the last team building training or meeting where an ice breaker was used. Usually the memories shouldn’t take long to come by. Those trainings, done by -insert irony- “those guys at HR that have lots of free time”, tend to linger in your memory for two reasons:
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In a previous post I made public the views of thousands of NUS students about their career requirements. This article leads on from that and elaborates on what Employers consider in their hiring strategies.
As per the survey conducted last year, we can see that Passion, Communication Skills and Desire to Learn all reappear in the top 5, with Passion considered as the MOST important of these. Being Proactive and a Team Player are adjudged to hold prominence in the top 5 criteria also.
Some young job-seekers are at a loss when it comes to understanding what employers really mean when they look for “passionate” people. Continue reading
As many of you know, Gradkin has teamed up with NUS’ Radio Pulze to deliver a weekly show on Careers for young people. Last week’s show covered Personal Branding and how it’s relevant in today’s age.
It’s a buzzword we’re hearing more of, and many young people seemed to be confused by the concept. Below are the main discussion points which we elaborated on in the live show, and our responses.
Personal Branding seems like a recent trend. What is your definition and how did the need for a Personal Brand arise?
Well let’s first look at the concept of a “brand”. A Brand is intangible and refers to the perception that is created in other people’s minds. For example, Nike and Coke are strong product brands – When I hear Nike I think of superior athletic performance for everyday people and Continue reading