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Employers disappointed with Malaysian fresh graduates: new report

AvantiKumar | Dec. 9, 2015
Proficiency in English remains a major concern in JobStreet's latest survey, which also showed that fresh graduates have unrealistic expectations.

Chook Yuh Yng - Country Manager JobStreet 

Photo - Chook Yuh Yng - Country Manager JobStreet Malaysia.


According to online recruitment platform JobStreet's latest survey, employers are disappointed with Malaysian fresh graduates with 70 percent reporting that the standards of fresh graduates were just average.

During the unveiling of the November 2015 survey, Chook Yuh Yng, JobStreet country manager, said 24 percent of employers also believed that graduates' standards "were bad and only 6 percent said they were good."

 The poor ratings were not generally linked to their academic qualifications, but rather their poor attitudes and communication skills shown during interviews or at work, Chook said.

In addition, employers were asked why it was hard for fresh graduates to get hired, she said. "The top cited reason by 68 percent of respondents was that fresh graduates ask for unrealistic salaries and benefits."

 A previous JobStreet survey showed 60 percent of fresh graduates expected a salary of RM3,500 (US$818) for their first job while 30 percent want to be paid as high as RM6,500 (US$1,520). However, the average salary offered to fresh graduates is only between RM2,100 to RM2,500 (US$491 to US$585).
English proficiency

"Fresh graduates should do some research on sites such as JobStreet to better understand the expectations, requirements and salary levels offered by employers to prepare themselves for their interviews," she said, adding that proficiency in English continued to be high on the list of concerns in the survey. despite national efforts.

Sixty-four (64) percent of the respondents said that a poor command of English was the second reason behind fresh graduate unemployment. Being the main language for business communications, more and more employers are taking into account the importance of hiring candidates who have a good grasp of English.
Chook said the third factor to fresh graduate unemployment was "being too choosy about the job or company at 60 percent, followed by poor communication skills and demonstrating poor character during the interview."

When the respondents were asked what gave fresh graduates an extra advantage, 39 percent of employers said they would prefer those who have held leadership positions in their universities, 25 percent said they would choose those with high academic scores, 20 percent would select those involved in extracurricular activities and 16 percent would pick those who have done volunteer work.

"Jobstreet is the first in Asia to enhance its job ad format to Richer Job Ads, giving fresh graduates the right information they need about the company and job position before they apply. It provides key details such as the Salary, Job Description, Job Requirements and Work Location to ease the job hunt process and ensure that those who apply are serious and relevant" she added.

A total of 472 JobStreet clients, managers and senior managers across various industries in Malaysia participated in this survey conducted in November 2015.

JobStreet's online job board presently covers the employment markets in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. The Group currently services more than 230,000 corporate hirers and more than 15 million jobseekers in its database.


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