Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Are you looking for a job, or waiting for the job to look for you?

Being an income-less fee paying in-service student and also a daughter with too much pride to accept any help from parents, I have no choice but spend my savings for the whole 11 months and opt for a part time job. Since my "part time" was officially over on last Friday, now I'm on for a job hunt.

So, being typical Bruneian (Amen!), I went online, typed in the popular website in Brunei and clicked on the "Jobs" ad and later typed in "Part time" in the search box.

To my surprise, 7 out of 10 ads posted are actually "Job Wanted" instead of "Help Wanted".

Like, what the.... Nevermind.

I mean, if you're desperate for a job, aren't you suppose to prepare all your CVs, stamps, and envelope and post it to all those companies you're interested to work with. Or at least, be more rajin and search online and email all the HR department your CV.

Instead of,

"Hi, my name is Nonnie and I'm 25. I'm looking for any part time job available. I have bla bla bla qualifications and my working experience is bla bla bla years. I have a valid driving license and my own transportation. If you're interested in hiring me, feel free to contact me at "

Waaaaa...... So bin-tua (big face) ask those bosses/hr managers to email you and tell you they want to hire you lagi. Steady.

Seriously, do you think its possible for them (the bosses) to email or contact you saying,

"Hi so-and-so. We read your postings in so-and-so website and we're interested in hiring you as a whatever-job. Please come to our office for a face-to-face interview together with your CV on whatever-day."

Its just so unprofessional!
To me lah.

Come on lah kawan, put more effort if you're really desperate for a job can or not? There's no such thing as free meal lah. If its so easy to get a job, then what makes you think that there's a 4% of unemployment rate in Brunei?

Being born in the 80s and 90s already earned us a not-so-reputable nick of being the:

1. Strawberry Group ( 草莓族 )

- Grow up in a "greenhouse" nicely protected, cute, sweet and nice to see, but once squeezed it'll be all rotten.

Meaning, we're a generation that put a lot of emphasize in dressing up and looking cool with gadgets and so on. But once we face stress or a blow/hit/strike.. we're unable to take it and collapse and just rot at home or waiting for someone to rescue us.

2. Moonlight Group ( 月光族)

- Or, loosely translated as "Month-Finish".

Meaning, spend every single cent they earned and have no planning in saving. Only care about eating (good food) happily, dressing up nicely despite of the amount they earned.

And.. not forgetting to mention about the "Princess Syndrome" that I talked about last April.

Of course, I know not everyone is like that lar. I'm not trying to stereotype here.

I just hope that we can all stop being so dependable on others and stand on our two feet. If you want something, go get it. But, with your own effort and ability. By that, I don't mean annoying your parents to no end asking for the latest camera/laptop/mobile phone or threatening them emotionally or physically. Okay?

No more spoon-feeding when you're old enough.


48 said...

haha first time first one..
very hard to read ooh..

Siok Ngi said...

Ah, our generation.... always kena scold as the lazy one and those-who-only-care-for-themselves type of kids...tsk tsk tsk......but yeah, people should put more effort if they are really so keen on looking for a job.

Anonymous said...

There's not enough market in Brunei for employers to offer part-time job. Most part-time jobs are either offered by relatives or parents' friends who give face and chin-chai employ.

I think tuition is still the best bet for part-time job in Brunei. And you're a teacher ler. Perfect job :D Money is better than waitressing as well.

Nonnie King said...

48 : Now normal liao.. Upgrading my photobucket needs money. =(

Siok Ngi : A lor, we're always being labeled as the useless and flashy one. But I know not all like that lah.

ANonnieMous : Very true! Part time jobs are harder to find than full time one.

As for your suggestions, I have some considerations thinking that.. since my course will ends in May and after that, I'll need to go back to my school and work. Wouldn't it be unfair to the students in the tuition school? Or.. I think too much?

Anonymous said...

Uhm...I think as long as the tuition school thinks it's ok, you shouldnt feel guilty at all. After all, May is better than nothing at all for the poor students :D

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