Alumni Interview – Sau Do
Interview with International Alumni
Ms Sau Do – successful candidate of Tenzing Pacific
IAJN: Can you tell us about when you lived and worked in US?
Sau: I went to US in 2006 and lived there for 10 years. I got my Bachelors and Masters at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. I worked as an Assistant Manager for a beauty care company for 8 years.
IAJN: Why did you decide to move back to Vietnam?
Sau: I decided to come back to Vietnam for personal reasons. My boyfriend is working here and we’ve known each other for a long time and want to get married. With my qualifications, I felt it would be easier for me to find a job in Vietnam than for him to find a job in America.
IAJN: When you came back to Vietnam, did you face any difficulties in searching for jobs?
Sau: Yes, at first, I searched for jobs on Vietnamworks. I applied to a few companies, three companies invited me for the interview, two Vietnamese companies and one Korean company. But to be honest, I don't think I fit into Vietnamese companies, especially the way their HR team deals with the candidates. In the interviews, they often asked personal questions, not related to my working experience. They even asked me to wait for 30- 45 minutes. I didn't feel comfortable. With the Korean company, the director seemed to want to exploit me. The position was sales, but required me to do many other unrelated things such as interpreting and translating. Moreover, the salary wasn’t what I expected.
IAJN: How did you hear about IAJN?
Sau: I was using LinkedIn one day and I noticed my friend liked the post of IAJN International Alumni Launch Event. I immediately found it interesting and wanted to join the network. I registered to become a member to receive the invitation to join the event. Then, I visited the job-board and found it very useful. The jobs advertised there were a right fit for international alumni. If you look at Vietnamworks or other job-boards, you can see the companies requires the candidates to have working experience in Vietnam. It's hard for international alumni like me who live and work abroad for a long time – we don't have that kind of experience. The jobs on the IAJN job-board require the candidates to have real capacity and good English skills rather than working experience.
When I first read the job ad from Tenzing, I felt very interested. In the job ad, Tenzing stated that it wasn't necessary for the candidates to have experience in insurance industry since it could be trained. The candidates only needed to have the drive, capacity and enthusiasm to expand their network. I thought the job was a good fit for someone like me, who had just come back to Vietnam. I need a job that can help me to build up my connections and expand my network. I decided to apply and I got the job.
CONGRATULATIONS Ms Sau!
Read more about Sau's employer - Tenzing Pacific - here!
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