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General tips for finding and applying for a
graduate job in Vietnam

 

GENERAL TIPS

According to Vietnam’s labour market update by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, young graduates from colleges and universities face an alarming unemployment rate of 20.75%. Intense competition requires graduates to make themselves stand out from the others. The following tips would be helpful in the application process.

1.    Cover letter

A cover letter is often sent with CV to provide detailed information why you are qualified for the job you are applying for. A good cover letter should explain the reason why you are interested in the specific position/ organization and identify your most relevant skills and experiences. In general, a cover letter should not be longer than 1 page and is comprised of following parts:

•    Contact information
•    Employer contact information
•    Cover Letter Salutation
•    Body of Cover Letter
-    Paragraph 1: Introduction: You can introduce about yourself and value you will bring to the company applying.
-    Paragraph 2: Body: Present skills, experience, education as well as achievement you gained.
-    Paragraph 3: Closing: Show your expectation  and passion sincerely when you work in company.
•    Cover Letter Closure
•    Cover Letter Signature

Templates:

  • In Vietnamese - https://huongdanvieclam.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/cach-viet-cover-letter/
  • In English -  https://huongdanvieclam.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/how-to-write-cover-letter/
  • http://tailieu.vn/doc/24-mau-cv-xin-viec-bang-tieng-anh-684016.html

Tips:

  • http://advice.vietnamworks.com/vi/career/viet-ho-so-thu-tim-viec/cover-letter-100-diem-vang-giua-bien-thau.html
  • http://news.bankcardvn.com/nhung-dieu-can-tuyet-doi-tranh-trong-thu-xin-viec-22419.html

2.    Curriculum Vitae (CV)

CV is a summary of a person’s educational and professional history. A standard CV should not be longer than two sides of A4 and include the following basic information:

•    Contact detail -  Name, address, email, phone number
•    Education background
•    Working experience
•    Social activities
•    Skills - For example: team work, communication, time management, specific IT skills
•    Reference

There is no “best” CV. However, the following rules should be applied:

•    Clearly structured: logically ordered, easy to read
•    Informative but concise
•    Accurate in spelling and grammar

Templates:

  • In Vietnamese: http://www.careerlink.vn/cam-nang-viec-lam/mau-don-xin-viec/mau-don-xin-viec-hay
  • In English: http://www.careerlink.vn/cam-nang-viec-lam/mau-don-xin-viec/mau-don-xin-viec-bang-tieng-anh

Tips:

For fresh graduates or people with no/ little experience

  • http://www.careerlink.vn/cam-nang-viec-lam/viet-cv-resume/cach-viet-cv-chuan-cho-nguoi-chua-co-kinh-nghiem
  • http://kenhsinhvien.net/topic/huong-dan-viet-cv-xin-viec-tu-a-den-z-cho-sinh-vien-moi-ra-truong.124185/

3.    Interviews

Only a small proportion of candidates are selected to the interview. So normally this is the last step for the interviewer to see wether you match the job requirements. In the interview, you are most likely to show your personalities, qualities, motivation and enthusiasim for the job. The advice would be: be yourself. However, several notices would help you make the most of your opportunity.

•    Research the employer and the position
•    Re-read your application
•    Think about possible question that can be asked
•    Appear professional with business-wear
•    Arrive on time
•    Be polite to everyone, including the reception team.

More interview tips can be found on:

  • http://advice.vietnamworks.com/vi/career/bi-quyet-phong-van.html
  • https://www.careerlink.vn/cam-nang-viec-lam/phong-van-viec-lam/ky-nang-tra-loi-phong-van-xin-viec

Below are some typical question and answer for the interview:

  • http://nghenghiep123.com/64-cau-hoi-phong-van-va-tra-loi/
  • https://www.careerlink.vn/cam-nang-viec-lam/phong-van-viec-lam/10-cau-hoi-phong-van-hang-dau

Useful Job Search Websites

Following are some of the most well-known job search websites in Vietnam which allow job seekers to find suitable jobs by sector, location, etc.. The websites allow applicants to register and create a profile which enables employers with specific requirements to find and communicate with appropriate ones.

No

Link

Language

Notes

1

Trieuvieclam.com

http://trieuvieclam.com/?lang=en&

Vietnamese

English

·      The website is well organized which allows users to search for jobs by keyword, location, category, employment type, salary range and date.

·      The website provides helpful advice when applying for a job.

·      Students can create their own resumes with no charge.

·      Currently, most of the content is only available in Vietnamese.

2

Tuyendungsinhvien.com

http://tuyendungsinhvien.com/

Vietnamese

·      The website mostly focuses on providing part-time/ full-time job and internship for students and fresh graduates who have no or little experience.

·      Users can search for information by employment type, job title and location for free.

3

Mangtimviec

http://mangtimviec.com/index.php

Vietnamese

·      Jobs are divided into different categories. The applicants can also look for job by employment type, title and location with no charge.

4

Vietnamworks

http://www.vietnamworks.com

Vietnamese

English

·      Besides providing various job vacancy information at leading employers in Vietnam, the website is also a source of helpful career advice.

·      Jobseeker can register online for free with simple process and get job alerts via email.

5

Nghenghiepviet

http://www.nghenghiepviet.com/

Vietnamese

English

·      The website gives access to thousands of job which are clearly categorized. Sample curriculum vitae forms for several fields of employment are available for applicants’ reference.

·      Besides recruitment information, users can look for various training courses provided by leading schools and training centres.

6

Careerlink

http://www.careerlink.vn/

Vietnamese

English

Chinese

·      Provides a variety of jobs by industry. Quick job search function allows to filter job by keyword, category, work location and posted date.

·      The website also provide helpful career news and advice.

7

Tuyendung

http://tuyendung.com/

Vietnamese

 

·      The website provides job searching function by keyword, location and category. However, the users are required to register to access full information from the advertised jobs.

8

Vieclam

http://www.vieclam.vn/

Vietnamese

·      This is a searching website which allows to find job based on keyword, location, and posted time.