Monthly Archives: September 2009

Preparation and research

Through a local recruiting firm, Cindy (not her real name) had landed a meeting with the chief financial officer of a retail company that she hoped to work for. After exchanging small talk, the CFO asked her: “So, what do … Continue reading

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Champ of champs

The Malaysian Masters will determine who our best player is. WITH the excitement of the Malaysian Chess Festival and the KL Open behind us, it is time to start looking again at the more down-to-earth chess activities in the country. … Continue reading

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Choosing the right company for your job

Choosing where you work will always have a major influence on your career opportunities. It is always more secure to work in a growth industry as lay-offs and facility closures are financially and emotionally painful for any employee and his … Continue reading

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Snippets; acting uncool at job interviews

What to avoid when you go for job interviews: acting uncool. You may be drooling for that job, but don’t show it openly. Employers will quickly lose interest in someone who appears desperate for work. It’s also so uncalled for … Continue reading

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Game for more

Even on a limited budget, we can still host interesting tournaments that attract strong foreign players. ONE observation made by Malaysian Chess Federation honorary life president Datuk Tan Chin Nam at the prize-giving ceremony of the Malaysia Open last month … Continue reading

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Spirit of togetherness

The recent Merdeka tournament saw tremendous fighting spirit and the participation of a great number of foreign players. THE recent Merdeka rapid chess team tournament was a great success. The organisers had targeted 50 teams for the competition but the … Continue reading

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Capital protected

This appeared today in The Malaysian Insider regarding a move by the Monetary Authority of Singapore to ban the use of financial products with misunderstood names. Hopefully, Bank Negara Malaysia can take the cue and see how the use of … Continue reading

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Wanted: candidates with leadership skills

As the labour market tightens, organisations worldwide are strengthening their employer value propositions to appeal to young talents, writes SUZIEANA UDA NAGU in The New Straits Times this week. She quoted British American Tobacco (Malaysia) Berhad (BAT) human resources director … Continue reading

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Positive note

The Malaysia Chess Festival opened on a high note. BY my reckoning, the Malaysian Chess Federation (MCF) has at least drawn acknowledgement from Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek that the Government could have done more for the … Continue reading

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Commercial real estate to go bust next?

Looks like there is an alert out for the collapse of the Commercial Real Estate market in the United States if this article in The Wall Street Journal on Monday is anything to go by: Federal Reserve and Treasury officials … Continue reading

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