你揀我揀你

2010/10/03

將於研究院畢業,再遇五年前本科畢業時的問題,究竟找甚麼工作好?

先描述自己背景:本科於香港諗電腦,研究院於美國亦諗電腦,兩文三語水平一般,幾乎零工作經驗,社交能力一般。在美國,每年有幾百個有同樣履覆的人投身職場。跟一眾「第四代香港人」一樣,我知道自己不喜歡甚麼,但不肯定自己想做甚麼。現想找份薪金不錯,有挑戰性,有前景,不沉悶,但工時不太長的工作。不過,實際上,因為缺乏經驗,我對於自己具體的工作期望,確實茫無頭緒。

打開各大機構的招聘網頁,是琳琅滿目的職位空缺。以網上百貨公司Amazon為例,單是美國境內跟電腦有關的空缺便上百個。驟眼看來,覺得總有三兩個適合自己的在左近。但仔細留意每個空缺對求職者的要求時,卻發現它們都大同小異,極之generic。它們都要求應徵者起碼有四五年類似工作經驗,最好擁百般武藝能以一敵十,有上佳的溝通能力,曾在團隊裏擔任過領導又做過隊員,要熟知三種編程語言四套系統。

不禁問究竟這上百個不同的崗位實際上有何分別?如果一個應徵者能勝任其中一個空缺,他就能勝任其餘大部份的。而這問題並不侷限於某一公司裏,如果將Google、Microsoft、Oracle、IBM等等科技巨頭的招聘網頁並列在一起時,他們的要求其實極為相近。又或者不要那麼好高騖遠,隨便打開報紙上的招聘廣告,很多時候廣告裏除公司名稱外其餘資料一律相近。究竟撰寫這些廣告的人,知不知道自己想要甚麼的?還是,只是在人有我有我情況下把所有要求都寫上來。

來一個常見的見工問題:為甚麼要你對我們公司有興趣?我心裏的卻回應是:不如你解悉一下為何你對我有興趣?在云云generic的招聘廣告裏,我抱著人有我有的心態,把簡歷投進貴公司的人事部的信箱裏;然後貴公司在云云generic的簡歷間,選中我和一干人等進行面試。在這個角度下,似乎勞資雙方都不太肯定自己想要的是甚麼,公司們誤打誤撞地選擇一批誤打誤撞的人面試,然後希望最後會大團圓結局。

但為何,人們只會批評年青求職者不知道自己想要甚麼,卻鮮見批評招聘廣告太過公式化太generic?

(刊於同日《香港經濟日報》)

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10 回應 to “你揀我揀你”

  1. Says:

    >卻鮮見批評招聘廣告太過公式化太generic?

    1.因為响香港係人簡你;
    2.公司心知任何人也可勝任任何post──以前我很幼稚地以為讀完Archi梗係做Archi,到後來才知陳栾迅又係讀過Archi、吳彥祖又係讀Archi、一度microsoft在港的CEO又係原本讀Archi、跟住Brad Pitt又話去讀Archi...做的事與讀的書可以兩無相干,只要你有能力便可。

  2. chuan Says:

    以我的经验,那些广告都不是针对新人的。

    大公司招新人都有固定的程序。

    Google对engineer是统一面试,offer好像也是固定的,然后进去以后根据兴趣分配岗位。Research或者marketing或者其它是分开的。

    Microsoft是对你有兴趣的部门面试你,然后根据你的兴趣给offer。就是说拿offer的时候应该已经告诉你工作的内容了。

    所以如果你知道你的兴趣,一定要说清楚。

    • Justin Says:

      我清楚自己的興趣和能力,也知道幾間大公司都需要類近background的,可就是在招聘網站上看不見這樣的post。

      • Echo Says:

        Because the reality is we have excess supply of U/Master /PHD graduates , and HR have the concern if the advertisement is too specific ,it may cause discrimination issue.

        In the business world,it could be over 1000 applicants for 18 places, and the HR finished all the screening within 2 weeks, I just wondered how reliable of the screening cause I talked with some HRs before, they may no have any working experience related to company’s business before , especially in foreign countries. Which means they don’t actually understand what does your qualification /resume means, they just responsible for elimination .

        My strategy is trying to reach the line manager,cause they are the one who want to hire.
        Read company’s 3 years annual reports,know what they have done and what they want to do in the future, or problem need to solve ,try to come up some practical ideas or solutions and show my initiative with action and voice.
        In fact, reading annual reports is also beneficial to me, as it’s way to know how much I like the company .In a way it also helps me know more about myself, what do I want to achieve in my life, what can I do right now, what do I need to do in the future.
        self referral is a long road and quite risky ( doesn’t follow the normal procedure) ,but I guess life is about taking risk ,Wish you may find the career target that makes you want to take risk!

      • chuan Says:

        还是我个人的经验。

        似乎都有一个generic post for new hire。

        所有的fresh graduate(ugrad/master/phd)都是通过选这个post。

        Google是分engineer/research来面试。然后有一个hiring committee统一给offer。

        Microsoft在面试你之前会给你一个表让你选择你的兴趣。这个非常重要,应为on-site interview你的一般是你感兴趣的方向的那个部门。

        当然这纯粹是个人经验,而且每一年可能都有变化。

  3. John Says:

    We can talk in private if you have question, and it is not the company do not knows what they want.

    • Justin Says:

      Sure I will talk to you.

      I know the company knows exactly what they want, but just somehow things look too alike and generic on job ads…

  4. Says:

    That’s what interviews are for. Just apply as many as you can then you can pick and choose. Getting into the details in a small ad is not that easy, most hiring managers just too lazy to do so. Being generic can get them more potential interviewees. Sometimes they will do a phone interview first to screen out people. And after all, if you will be working with other people, how they see you fit into their group is also very important.

    Good luck lah.

  5. Says:

    以我所知通常只有蚊企先會由個 manager 寫 job description, 大企通常都係搵個連詩都唔咩黎既 admin 出 post, 佢都係為兩餐,copy and paste 交功課既啫。


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