10 Terrible Habits of Malaysian Jobseekers

Before you send your job applications, be sure to get rid of these 10 terrible habits first!
Jaideep Patel
Publisher, gradmalaysia.com

So, you’ve finally left university after years of lectures, exams and annoying classmates. Everything seems so exciting now that you’re ready to start looking for that dream job, rubbing your hands gleefully in anticipation of that first pay check.

But wait. Are you really ready?

In most cases, the answer is no. Many Malaysian graduates make the same old mistakes when they start job-hunting. While it may seem obvious to some, these mistakes are costly to those who are not aware of them. In most cases, not being aware of these blunders can deny job seekers from landing good career opportunities – which may come few and far in between.

So before you send your job applications, be sure to get rid of these 10 terrible habits first!

Terrible Habit #1: 
Not checking your email regularly

Terrible Habit #2: 
Ignoring phone calls from recruiters

Terrible Habit #3: 
Forgetting you even applied for the job in the first place

Terrible Habit #4: 
Not researching employers before applying for jobs

Terrible Habit #5: 
Cancelling interviews at the last minute

Terrible Habit #6: 
Sending countless applications without following up

Terrible Habit #7: 
Waiting to see where your friends go before making your move

Terrible Habit #8: 
Taking your time to decide what you want to do after you graduate

Terrible Habit #9: 
Expecting your university to help you find your dream job

Terrible Habit #10: 
Demanding a high starting salary without finding out the market average

If you feel that you have some (hopefully not all!) of the habits listed above, you can do a few things to prepare yourself for the job market.

Pick up new skills

You may need to wait a while for the right opportunity to finally come your way. Having your applications rejected is commonplace, but there is more to it than sulking. Spend the time learning a new skill. It can even be a new language, or acquiring hard skills. Either way, having additional skills may come in handy: employers will appreciate the value you can add to their organisation.

Work for free (or hire yourself!)

There is nothing wrong with volunteering for a cause, or starting your own business, while you wait for full-time employment. You can even work part-time, or take on a freelance project. All of these can be valuable additions to your résumé; even if your option is starting a small business and being your own boss for a while.