Haria Djuli

Talent Acquisition Advisor
Last Updated: May 30, 2017
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"Nothing worth having comes easy" ~ Theodore Roosevelt


Recently, I was asked by a graduate on what he should do to boost his profile amongst recruiters to land his dream job with a leading energy company. The following is my advice to him:

  1. Academic Achievement.  Achieve the highest possible grade from your university.  Target for 4.0 CGPA or 1st Class Upper.  With around 250,000 graduates entering the Malaysian job market annually, recruiters need to sift through big volume applications and one of the filters they typically use are grades.  So, aim as high as you can while you are still studying.
  2. Leadership Capability. Much has been said about the employability of Malaysian graduates in recent years. Companies require graduates to have good leadership skills in areas such as influencing others, coordinating diverse people to achieve a goal, getting results in a team environment and leadership attributes such as delegating, supporting, coaching and directing others. Thus recruiters, looks for graduates with experiences in student organizations or with internship/working experiences. However, not everyone can become a president of an association in a university or get an internship/work opportunity.  My advice is that it’s not necessary for you to be a president to lead; if you’re a member, volunteer to lead an event or activity within the association. Alternatively, form your own association (Job Club anyone?) or join an organization outside of your university that does voluntary work.  As for internship, don’t wait till your last year to look for an opportunity.  Start in your first year. Can’t find an opportunity? Create your own project.  Get a few of your university friends and go out and help your local community to solve a problem or perhaps start a new business.  The point is to gain those experiences that will give you that extra edge in your CV and who knows, you might be the next Steve Jobs or Jack Ma.
  3. Proactive Job Search. You have spent the last 3 or 4 years in university and have an excellent academic track record. Some of you will have attended CV writing workshops and may have even invested in getting a professional CV writer to formulate your CV.   All good, but to land that dream job, you need to be proactive in your job search.  Here are tips based on what successful candidates do:
    • Start early. Don’t wait until graduation day to start submitting your application.  Resist the urge to take a break after your graduation. Opportunity doesn’t wait for anyone and if you must have that break, you can always ask the company for a delayed start.  Better yet, take that job and have a paid vacation instead!
    • Use social media and professional networking sites. Ideally if you are focused on landing a job within the energy industry, you should create a complete profile on targeted professional networks like NrgEdge.  You can also broaden your exposure by setting a profile on Linkedin.  Consider also creating your profile in other job boards that are popular in Malaysia such as Jobstreet or Star paper online platform. Follow companies that you want to work in on NrgEdge, Linkedin, Facebook or Twitter, so that you are kept abreast on what they are doing and get alerts for vacancies that they post.  Check their company website and apply. Do scrub your Facebook page or alter your privacy settings. Company recruiters nowadays may check your Facebook to see if you have the right character to join them.
    • Network. Referrals are one the most effective ways for you to get a job.  Reach out to family and friends and let them know you are looking for a job.  Be as specific as possible so that you are not wasting your friends and family efforts. Don’t say you are looking for any job unless you are really desperate and prepared to take-up any offer! Volunteer your time to access industry shows organized by the Society Petroleum Engineers (SPE), attend employment fairs such Graduan Aspire to reach out to recruiters directly.  Get industry and company information and apply to jobs. Build your online network via NrgEdge or Linkedin, for example search out your university alumni, connect with them and ask them to mentor or refer you.

Getting into your dream profession will not be an easy task.  You probably will get rejected multiple times and it probably will take you some time before you get that job.  You may even have to compromise and take another job to make ends meet.  But as the saying goes, “nothing worth having comes easy.”  As anything in life, we need to strategize, plan ahead, execute and adapt.  Then, persevere in your effort and Insha’Allah, you will achieve your dream, sooner rather than later.


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Haria Djuli
Advisor, NrgEdge


Haria brings with him over 11 years of experience in corporate talent acquisition in the energy, oil & gas industry. He had spent over a decade of his career with the Shell group of companies in various locations including the Netherlands, Qatar and Malaysia since 2005. Haria’s direct experience in working across various markets in Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia gives him a strong understanding and knowledge of the competitive nature of talent acquisition in oil & gas sector globally. His hands-on involvement in recruiting talents ranging from roles in senior management to technicians for both onshore and offshore operations has allowed him to appreciate the various complexities and intricacies involved in meeting organizational goals in talent management. As a firm believer that organisations need to develop their own talents to build a sustainable and successful business, Haria was also actively involved in campus recruitment programs both locally in Malaysia and overseas, where he also provided guidance to young graduates in universities about career advancement in the oil & gas industry.

 

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