HeadHunt - In the News - 7 Apr

Raise your profile at work
Global - Despite your best efforts at work, do you feel that you are getting passed over for jobs or opportunities simply because of your low-profile in the company?

If so, how can you raise your work image and become the indispensable employee your boss and colleagues turn to for advice?

Get involved
- While you might have put your best foot forward in your work, sometimes your efforts might not be seen by your boss or senior
management. However, if you volunteer for opportunities around the office, such as leading your company’s corporate social responsibility day, this will allow your work to be seen by people outside your department. It will also allow you to build contacts outside of your department as well.

Talk to co-workers - Becoming a leader requires gaining the support of your colleagues, both in and out of your department. Take a few minutes every day to talk to as many different colleagues as you can. By engaging your colleagues in small talk, it would help build bonds while you learn about what makes your colleagues tick and their views on the company.

Share your ideas - If there are opportunities to share your work views, industry opinions or ideas for innovation in the company newsletter,
take them. Or if your company is looking for employees to share ideas in a talk, do it. This shows that you are an informed employee who is
constantly thinking about ways the company can improve. However, you should not use this as an outlet for showing off.

Top civil servants to understand public through community attachments

Singapore - Top-level civil servants will soon be attached to community-based organisations to help them get a feel for the concerns on the
ground. These attachments will also ensure civil servants will be able to create practical and relevant policies as well.

According to media reports, 17 administrative officers participated in the Community Attachment Programme in 2010. This year, this programme will be extended to other high-potential officers in the public sector.

Speaking at the 2011 Administrative Service dinner and promotion ceremony recently, Peter Ong, head of the Civil Service also added that the civil service is also taking efforts to expand and diversify its talent pool, ensuring that it goes beyond “scholarship holders”.

Southeast Asian managers report increase in work stress levels

Southeast Asia - Mid-level managers across the Southeast Asia region cited money and the opportunity to manage people as their top reasons for wanting to take on a middle management role.

However, research conducted by DDI also found that mid-level managers say they’ve experienced an increase in stress levels at work. Some of
the key factors contributing to the stress are the increased pressure to succeed, working across boundaries, and increased personal workload.

Despite the stress, middle managers are happy to stay in their company. More mid-level managers said they would rather grow their careers within their current organisation (37%) than look for a job outside of the company (15%). This survey was conducted among 2,000 midlevel
managers across Asia, Australia, Europe and the United States, and nearly a third of the leaders surveyed were from Singapore, Malaysia
and Thailand.

More jobs with higher pay wages for graduates

Singapore - Due to Singapore’s economic recovery, young graduates from the three local universities last year found jobs more easily than
their peers who graduated the year before.

According to the latest Graduate Employment Survey released by the Education Ministry, 99.9 per cent graduates from Singapore Management University (SMU) found jobs within six months of leaving school. This surpasses 2009’s figure of 96.8 per cent.

Additionally, 90 per cent of National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University graduates found jobs within six months.

The recent cohort of university graduates also received higher monthly starting salaries as well. Last year, the average monthly salary among
SMU graduates in full-time jobs was $3,271, or a 5.8 per cent increase over 2009’s figure of $3,093.

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