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HRTV: Small Talk on sugar-coating employees’ stories

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Singapore – Human resources (HR) leaders must be careful not to embellish employees’ stories when using them for recruitment purposes.

According to Paul McGrory, head of regional resourcing at Royal Bank of Scotland in Asia, HR should only help employees reflect on their work to tell their own stories.

McGrory said HR can ask employees “questions which reflect on what they have done that is representative of the brand, culture and values of the company” as a start.

In this latest episode of Small Talk, Sabrina Zolkifi and Lee Xieli further discuss how public relations are one of the most stressful jobs in the market, and why more Chinese employees are looking to switch jobs.

They also shared what HR can do to facilitate more flexible working arrangements, and had a candid discussion on why the Asian culture of saving “face”, and the fear of line managers can be detrimental to job satisfaction.

Glenn Tan, executive director of motor vehicle distributor Tan Chong International, used to host “power breakfast” meetings to allow his staff to share their problems in a more casual setting. However, he has stopped hosting them as some managers had begun picking on employees they thought were ratting them out.

“After a while, people didn’t want to say anything at the meetings,” Tan said.

Getting a dream job

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While doing some readings online (read: surfing the web at work), I came across an adorable article about how a six-year-old applied for a job at the National Railway Museum in the UK.

Sam Pointon was on vacation with his family when they saw an article in the paper announcing the retirement of the current museum director Andrew Scott. When the family got home, young Sam wrote a handwritten note to the museum which blew them away with his enthusiasm and passion. He was offered the position of Director of Fun instead.

Now that we’re done with the collective “aww”, there may actually be a thing or two we can take away from Sam’s story.

For starters, this is proof that you can snag that dream job at any age, as long as you’ve got the heart and the drive for it. Locally, and even around the world, the job market is faring much better, making it prime time for employees to jump ship.

But before you take the plunge, I’ve done a bit more research (yes, more time on the web), and listed out the top three things you should consider before switching jobs:

  1. Figure out what it is exactly that you want to do. There’s no point in changing jobs when you’re not going to be contented there either. Seek advice from friends and family, or even go online and try a personality test or two. You might even learn something about yourself you never realised.

  2. You’re never too old – or too young. Don’t let your age be a barrier to great success. With the right support and work culture, and just enough passion, you should be able to learn the ropes of your new career quickly.

  3. Have a plan. Changing career paths, especially mid-life, can be very scary and should not be an impulsive decision. Do some research on your new career’s industry, trends and what it takes to succeed. Get in touch with people in the field and ask them any questions or clarify your doubts. This will probably help you get a better idea of what you’ll be getting yourself into.

    Hey, if you could get any dream job, what would it be? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments box.

    Source: Letters of Note, How to Pursue Your Dream Job, Snag your dream job, Pursuing Your Dream Job Without Thinking Twice

    Written by Sabrina Zolkifi

    April 7, 2011 at 9:04 am