Recently, we had the chance to interview Wantedly‘s Country Manager, Andrew Tan, an entrepreneur with global experience. He is also passionate about giving back to the community and is currently mentoring youths as a Career Guide at Young NTUC, among his other admirable repertoires.
Andrew seeks to inspire employers and talents through Wantedly’s mission – To create a world where work drives passion, and that includes championing for an inclusive hiring scene in Singapore, where everyone gets to support well, everyone, including those with disabilities.
Virtual Mentorship with one of his mentees
During our zoom interview, we asked Andrew what are some of the things graduates can do to prepare themselves while they job hunt for that perfect job, and here’s what we have learned from him.
Given the pandemic, a lot of people think that this is not the best time to send resumes and contact employers. They believe that the market is negative, and they should just wait for it to become better before taking any action. However, Andrew opposes to that theory - if youths choose to wait until the economy recovers, it will be too late for them.
Develop a Personal Brand Online
In this age where employers look online for potential talents, it is crucial that graduates build their personal and professional brand online. Of course, Andrew advocates that youths should look into alternative hiring platforms like Wantedly, where they can steer away from the traditional way of hiring and have a more engaging job-hunting experience. Wantedly also allows job hunters to build their cover letters and resumes, in which they can link to their social media accounts too!
Find a Mentor
Naturally, new graduates have limited professional experience. Therefore, it is really beneficial to seek out a suitable mentor. These mentors have years of experience under their belts and can provide valuable insights about the industry in which the youths could leverage and weave into their own experience.
Learn the Importance of Following Up
Following up is both a hard and soft skill in which Andrew thinks is extremely important and easy to pick up. Take every communication and interviews as a potential chance to build connection, by simply following up after the session. Following up also allows you to express your sincerity, and even if you did not do as well, you could ask for suggestions to improve!
Andrew also believes each journey brings new highs and lows, and everyone should make a point to learn more about our strengths and weaknesses, as it is only when we acknowledge them, we can find ways to strengthen or overcome them.
Andrew on his experience as a Young NTUC Career Guide
1. What opportunity has Young NTUC given you after you started volunteering?
So much! Young NTUC is an ecosystem, with all the touchpoints to workers in Singapore either directly or through unions. During this period of Covid-19 pandemic, I am glad to have been able to contribute in one way or another, including the Virtual Mentorship where I have met more than 5 mentees and still am staying in touch with them, LIT Disco Career Symposium and LITerally Online Career Insights session.
2. What are some of your favourite or most memorable moments you have with your mentees?
My first mentee from LIT Virtual Mentorship is an aspiring social entrepreneur in the sustainable fashion space. While I had co-founded a social enterprise before, I knew that it would help her from another angle if I introduced her to my friend who is an expert in environment sustainability and that’s what I did. 3 of us now have a group chat where we share interesting insights about sustainability/sustainable fashion.
Another mentee of mine is a person with disability (PWD) that is actively seeking employment in an Administrative role. After the mentoring session with her, we identified together that she can improve on her communication skills in order to thrive in the workplace. In our subsequent mentoring sessions, my mentee and I will take turns to host the video conference calls as part of that “training”.
3. What is your biggest takeaway from the mentees?
In my mentoring sessions, I have met some mentees who are so hungry to learn and develop, that they inspire me to do so as well. Through the session, I came to recognize greater that we live in a world where information is readily available. Access to information is free, instant, and helps to level the playing ground. My biggest takeaway from my mentees is the realisation that everyone needs to be savvy or learn to be savvy in order to stand out and get noticed from the crowd.
4. What does Young NTUC mean to you?
Young NTUC is an inspiration to me, as I find myself constantly inspired by their initiatives that serves a purpose to help youths be more employable and career resilient.
More About Wantedly
Founded in 2010, Wantedly is a Tokyo-founded technology company helping job hunters discover jobs that ignite their passion. The social recruitment platform, where people and companies meet based on passion and values, rather than salary and benefits, was launched in Singapore in 2017. Through Wantedly Visit platform, Wantedly provides opportunities for talents to discover their dream companies, while allowing companies to showcase their brand story and passion projects to build their dream team.