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A Human Resource Perspective On The PMET Tin Collector

Posted by Jeffrey: October 15, 2010 at 8:21 pm

This comment appeared in ¬†the article ‚ÄúJobless PMET collects tin cans to survive‚ÄĚ

I do not believe Singaporean employers are practising biased hiring based on the  race of a candidate.

If not, we would not be hiring so many people from other races.

Bearing in mind that most local businesses are started up by different communities  and are mostly SMEs. Do you think a Malay catering boss will hire a Chinese to handle his food?

This can only happen if the Chinese proves that he is clean in his ways when handling food in the Muslim context (halal), which requires certification, compliant on paper, etc.

The key question to ask is really this: do you still want to stay in that industry while holding on to the same relevant certification/experience?

For most people, I believe the answer is yes because  not only will it bring you more money but also  with the relevant industrial/ academic certification and experience then you are hired for that job.

That is unfortunately only in theory though. In practice, things can be very different.

HR people on the hiring only have one thing in mind: your certfication versus the hiring cost and if you are worth the pay you are asking for.

Mr Shafie has only A Levels. The first thing HR will  ask him is his certification (applies on advertising), which is considered non-relevant. But you can say he has ample  industrial  experience which calls for a good (higher) pay, however this factor  has already failed the first HR hiring filter. Let me explain why.

The HR will compare him  with a younger  graduate, or one with proper certification and a couple of years of relevant  working  experience.

Judging by hiring cost factor and hiring by paper alone, Mr Shafie would have lose out to the younger/lower qualification/well-qualified candidate.

That’s 2/3 factors against 1 good factor of longer years of working experience for him.

Yes, Mr Shafie can choose to collect cans and I can respect that.

However,  if he wants a job again and   employers ask him what was he doing the past few years, do you think he will say he’s been collecting cans? Even if he said so, what would an employer think of him?

This is about being adaptable in the working society. And being adaptable is all about making the right choices.

I really admired Mr Shafie, as if you ask me to do what he is doing, I think I rather be working as  a fast-food crew.

As long as anyone working on a job is agreeable,   as to what he  is doing, who cares as long as he  is doing his job well?

But obviously, I believe he needs more help if he wants to go back into computer programming again. Employers may be particular due to his past medical history of having stroke, especially so for big companies with medical benefits.

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3 Responses to “A Human Resource Perspective On The PMET Tin Collector”

  1. Daniel says:

    Hi,
    The article says that one can choose to work in the fast food as a crew member.
    I am 39 years old with a degree and 10+ years working overseas. My last drawn pay was 13k.
    I have applied to Macdonalds as a fast food crew. They have rejected me many times.
    Even applications for all their available jobs have been rejected.
    HR are not in touch with reality.

  2. jj says:

    I am 39 years old with a diploma and 20 years working xperience. I also have applied to Macdonalds as a fast food crew but also got rejected too.

    Want to get a fast food crew job also not so easy lah.

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