Despite her qualifications and language skills, she has been unable to secure a job in her field
A Malay woman who graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering has been working as a cashier in a 7-11 convenience store due to difficulty finding a job in her field.
What’s surprising is that she is fluent in Chinese, which should make her a desirable candidate for many jobs.
The woman’s story came to light when Twitter user Muhammad Afizie tweeted about his encounter with her.
While buying coffee at the 7-11 store, he saw the woman communicating fluently with a Chinese customer in Mandarin.
Tadi pergi beli americano kat 7 eleven ni,pastu ada customer dari Mainland China nak bayar kat cashier. Suprisingly adik cashier perempuan tu fluent gila cakap Mandarin.— Muhammad Afizie (@mdafizie) May 30, 2023
Terus la aku cakap kat adik tu “Adik,potensi awak luas ni sebab boleh cakap Mandarin,try la apply kerja MNC… pic.twitter.com/uChOHrM53k
Encounter At 7-11 Store Brings Attention To Woman’s Story
Impressed, he suggested she apply for jobs in multinational companies requiring Mandarin, English, or Malay language skills.
However, the woman revealed that she had already applied for such jobs multiple times but received no response.
She claimed that many companies went quiet and “ghosted” her after she sent in her application.
Despite her qualifications and language skills, she has been unable to secure a job in her field.
After Muhammad Afizie’s tweet went viral, netizens expressed their willingness to provide job opportunities for the woman.
At the same time, some netizens accused employers of being racist in not hiring Malay candidates even though they can speak Mandarin.
time nk cari orang kerja boleh pula perlukan mandarin speaker, tp time nak buat sale kat tiktok kena cakap melayu kah kah kah….sbb market malay luas kt tiktok…— Zul Fiqar (@zulfiqarori) June 2, 2023
Job Hunting Tips Shared
When he met with her again, Muhammad Afizie shared some job-hunting tips.
His suggestions included revising her resume to make it more professional and ATS (applicant tracking system) compliant and applying for jobs consistently in various places.
Cara nak dapat job in data analyst sama jer cara dengan cara cari kerja yang lain.— HarizSharif (@MHarizSharif) May 15, 2023
Saya bukan dalam mode job hunting tapi sentiasa test market.
Tapi tiap minggu ada jer recruiter approach dan call pasal vacancy. Ni cara saya buat 👇🏻
1. Buat resume yang mesra ATS dan guna cara… pic.twitter.com/RsfCql103w
He also advised her not to leave her current job until she receives an official offer letter from another company.
The woman’s story highlights many graduates’ difficulties in finding employment, even when they possess valuable skills and qualifications.
It also highlights the importance of networking and seeking out advice from others when job hunting.