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Thailand is Southeast Asia's central hub for technical and engineering companies. Operating a business here can be extremely rewarding; it also comes with a unique set of challenges. If your organisation is looking for top global talent to relocate, or searching for the most capable and experienced Thai executives, JacksonGrant can help.

JacksonGrant's consultants have an exceptional track record of recruiting elite executive leadership for companies operating in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia. With many decades of recruitment experience, our senior consultants have the gravitas, network, and industry expertise to attract top-tier executive talent. We are experts in Candidate Assessment; all of our Executive Search services are customised for each client's particular needs.

JacksonGrant knows how to find leadership candidates with the skills, character, and multicultural sensitivity required to help your business succeed. We have access to the most desirable passive candidates, the ones who cannot be found in recruitment agency databases, so you get great talent who are perfect for your roles. 

JacksonGrant is the representative office in Thailand for Cornerstone International Group. Cornerstone has a truly global reach with more than 60 offices in 40 countries. It is one of the world’s largest networks of top-flight Executive Search and Human Resource firms.

Cornerstone is consistently ranked by Forbes as one of the world’s best Executive Search Consultancies. By leveraging Cornerstone's extensive global network, we recruit elite executive candidates with world-class expertise.

If your organisation requires new leadership in Bangkok, Thailand's Eastern Industrial Seaboard, or anywhere in Southeast Asia, JacksonGrant is the best choice. Contact us today to get started with your search for elite executive candidates.

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Our hiring process

Stage 1

Our expert consultants align with you to define the profile of your ideal candidate, focusing on the job specification, key competencies and success criteria. Then we compare your requirements to the current market, putting together a list of potential candidates to target. By looking at the technical skill sets you need from your executives, the resilience, leadership and culture you're looking for we ensure we only present you with executive candidates that truly meet your needs.

Stage 2

After providing you with an update on our initial candidate dialogues we put together a shortlist of high-calibre candidates that meet your specifications using rigorous assessments and cutting-edge technology. The quality of our selection process and the detail of our screening ensures this is an efficient and thorough process for you. We also structure and oversee the interview and referencing process.

Stage 3

Finally, we provide detailed candidate reports based on an analysis of professionalism and personality that allow you to make your final candidate selection. We assist you in putting together an attractive remuneration package. Our assistance continues post-hire through comprehensive onboarding coaching so your new hire can acclimate to their new role and you see productivity from the get go.

Matching you with the perfect talent

As a leading technical recruitment agency in Thailand, we can match you with executive talent across the manufacturing, logistics, life sciences, infrastructure, and digital technology industries. Discover top calibre executives with the skills and leadership abilities you need to succeed. Trust JacksonGrant to find your company's next generation of leaders.

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Rhenus Logistics Co., Ltd.

JacksonGrant understands the logistics business. The company’s excellent network and consultative approach has ensured it is a vital business partner for our growth in Thailand & SE Asia. JacksonGrant’s groundbreaking RaaS solution has revolutionised our talent acquisition strategy. Having ongoing access to the full range of the JacksonGrant team’s experience means we can always get the right solution.

East-West Seed International Limited

I have been working with JacksonGrant both as a candidate and a client.

JacksonGrant has a distinctive approach to executive search: they strive to understand both the client’s and candidates’ cultures, expectations and motivations by establishing a close personal relationship with all parties. JacksonGrant genuinely cares for a mutually beneficial outcome. Besides, I was personally always impressed by the follow up post placement. I warmly recommend JacksonGrant as a very reliable and professional partner in executive search.

Cushman & Wakefield Services (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Since becoming our approved recruitment partner, JacksonGrant has has consistently impressed me with their holistic approach to recruitment and HR support. The consultants are always quick to respond and their specialist understanding of our industry ensures we were able to quickly hire candidates with the right fit for our business. JacksonGrant ask the right questions and look to add value at every stage of the process.

It is my pleasure to recommend JacksonGrant to any company looking for professional recruitment support in Thailand.

Lumentum International (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

As our company grows in Asia and especially in Thailand, it has been a true customer experience to work with JacksonGrant whilst going through the process of searching, filtering and appointing a senior executive.

JacksonGrant was able to quickly understand our needs very precisely, mainly because of their experience and practical understanding of the roles. We have a very successful partnership with JacksonGrant on all our professional opportunities in line with our strategy of growth.

JacksonGrant is able to take a lot of the heavy lifting from our shoulders to allow us to focus on the needs of the business in order to get the right mix of talent either locally or from their worldwide network.

As we move forward in our growth model, JacksonGrant will be in step with us, advising and supporting our challenges in executive recruitment.

Stanley Black & Decker Inc

JacksonGrant has helped Stanley Black & Decker fill several key engineering positions in Thailand over the last few years. JacksonGrant’s attention to detail, their understanding of our business needs and their access to excellent candidates has made them a key partner to the development and growth of our business.

DB Schenker

I have worked with JacksonGrant for a number of years and during this time they have successfully identified several key people for our company from middle management to executive Country & Cluster leadership

As one of the leading global logistics providers, we require employees with a combination of multicultural skillsets, languages and attitudes. JacksonGrant’s network of local Thai and expatriate logistics professionals in SE Asia is exceptional and allows them to access candidates with specific technical skillsets when required. They are experts in their field and this market knowledge empowers their recruitment support.

JacksonGrant has a very personal and friendly approach to business and offer a supportive, motivating and highly professional service. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others looking for recruitment support.

Datapath Ltd

We have worked with JacksonGrant for recruiting senior sales roles to cover Southeast Asia, our engagements are always smoothly and successfully executed.

On each occasion, JacksonGrant impressed us with their responsiveness, professionalism, speed, pragmatism, transparency, and general ‘ease of working together’ throughout the process – from understanding our business and our target candidate profile, identifying and introducing appropriate candidates, arranging interviews and ‘backchannel’ liaising with candidates, and appropriately advising on expectations and next best steps. 

I would not hesitate to work with JacksonGrant for any future recruitment needs, and can confidently recommend JacksonGrant to anyone seeking recruitment services in the region.

KSB Pumps CO. Ltd.

I have worked with JacksonGrant for over eight years, whilst leading two different technology companies. Throughout this time, JacksonGrant has demonstrated experience and domain knowledge from support staff to front line technical and commercial leadership. We look forward to continuing a long-term partnership with JacksonGrant.

Diversey Holdings, Ltd.

When operating in the Thailand job market with 0.5% unemployment rates and millennials dominating the work space, having a reliable recruitment partner is paramount to the success of any business. That’s what we found in JacksonGrant. 

JacksonGrant spent time understanding the nuances of our business and the requirements for each job and they were able to provide us with good quality candidates, almost instantly. This is especially true for mid to senior level jobs. It’s a pleasure working with this team that blossoms everyday under Richard’s leadership.

DB Schenker
Rhenus Logistics
Schneider Electric

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Hiring advice and insights

What should you expect from a Recruiter?  And what should a Recruiter expect from you?
What should you expect from a Recruiter? And what should a Recruiter expect from you?

I have made my career in recruitment and it makes me very happy to see that the days of mass transactional recruitment appear to be almost over. We are returning to an environment where a proper consultative approach and genuine industry expertise are appreciated by both companies and candidates. So, as a potential candidate, what are the things you should look for from a recruiter? Your recruiter should be someone you can trust to genuinely help you make a considered and massively important decision – developing your career. Your recruiter should have a decent understanding of your industry sector and/or job function and they should have a profile that ensures they “know the market.” It is much more common for a recruiter to contact you with a specific opportunity in mind; it’s not so common for them to reach out just to get acquainted. I recommend establishing a relationship with one or two recruiters whom you value and trust. A trusted recruiter can provide invaluable advice on how to improve your current job situation – which often is the right step for your career a lot of the time. “I think you should stay in your current job” is not something we hear often enough from recruiters. Your recruiter should evaluate your CV and “matchability” to a specific position. But they should also take the time to explore your feelings, career goals, and outlook in your life as a whole. If you do not trust your recruiter to “add value” in this way, then you should not work with them. When your recruiter discusses an opportunity with you, they should demonstrate that they know the company that they are representing very well. It is their client, after all: they should know the key people involved in the hiring process, know how the hiring process will proceed, and understand the company environment and culture. The recruiter should provide guidance and advice to the point where you can confidently and comfortably make an informed decision on whether to take advantage of a new opportunity. Your recruiter should stick with you closely through the process of resignation, notice period, and onboarding in a new role. These times are really crucial to create a solid foundation for success in a new environment. Ideally, you should like your recruiter. You should feel that there is genuine empathy during meetings and phone conversations; communication always should be clear and constructive. What do recruiters expect from you in return? This is a very simple answer: openness and honesty. Once you have determined that you are interested to discuss new opportunities or your career in general with a recruiter, you should openly share your thoughts and feelings. Speak candidly about your previous career decisions and how things are going in your current job. You should share information about your hobbies & interests, and let your recruiter know what’s going on in your life: the best career decisions always are made when your personal feelings and long term goals are taken into account. Please feel free to get in touch with us at JacksonGrant if you want to discuss how to improve your current job situation, or seek a new opportunity.

Cornerstone Thailand : Thailand National Outlook 2023
Cornerstone Thailand : Thailand National Outlook 2023

As a representative of Cornerstone International Office in Thailand, our Managing Director Richard Jackson has written "Thailand: National Outlook 2023", which sheds light on the country's economic recovery from the pandemic. THAILAND: NATIONAL OUTLOOK 2023 Thailand’s economy is coming back after the covid pandemic. Analysts project the economy will return to pre-covid levels by the end of 2023. A strong tourism recovery is underway, and there has already been a steady increase in infrastructure investment. The global economic headwinds we are currently experiencing will impact Thailand’s exports: 2023 will be a difficult year for the Supply Chain and Logistics sector. Observer remain optimistic that Thailand will continue to attract foreign investment because it is a global hub for key industries that supply important global supply chains. MACROECONOMIC INDICATORS We are seeing a steady recovery, but it is uneven. Thailand’s GDP growth is projected to be 3.5-3.8 percent this year. This is a continuation of a recovery that saw GDP grow by 1.4 percent and 3.2 percent in 2021 and 2022, respectively. The country’s GDP contracted by more than 6 percent in 2020. Exports make up roughly 60 percent of Thailand’s GDP, but global economic jitters are already impacting export volumes. Covid actually boosted to the Logistics industry, but now that boost is over and affecting shipping prices. This could be the start of a rough time for logistics companies, as export volumes are expected to drop 10-15%. From November to December 2022, we saw the value of exports from Thailand reduced, from 22.4 to 21.7 billion USD. Tourism made up 19 percent of Thailand’s pre-covid GDP; now it is hovering around 10 percent. Last year, Thailand welcomed over 10 million foreign tourists; twice as many are expected in 2023. However, a complete recovery of the tourism sector is dependent on a continued increase of Chinese arrivals. The agriculture sector is picking up: in 2022, agricultural trade increased by 20 percent, making Thailand the 13th-largest exporter of agricultural products in the world. Thailand is still struggling with inflation, which peaked at 8 percent last year; it’s now around 5 percent. The problem is not merely the rate of inflation: the prices of daily staples like cooking oil, rice, eggs, & pork means real hardship for the working class. Add rising oil prices to the mix, and inflation could add to political problems, and present a barrier to full economic recovery. ALL EYES ARE ON CHINA Thailand’s fortunes depend in large part on what happens in China this year. Political and economic developments in China will affect Chinese tourism and consumer demand for Thai exports. There are three main ways that the Thai economy benefits from dynamics in the Chinese economy: tourism, factory relocation, and the post-covid increase in China’s domestic consumer spending. Consumer Electronics, Electric Vehicles (EVs), Biotech, and Aerospace are the main industries benefitting from the relocation of Chinese factories. Global supply chains that are overdependent on products made in a single country have proven to be extremely vulnerable. Multinational manufacturers – and Chinese firms themselves – have expanded, or are planning to establish new production and export hubs in Southeast Asia. Thailand is a beneficiary of this trend, especially the electronics and automotive industries. Since 2018, Thailand has been the second-most popular destination for factory relocations from China to Southeast Asia, next to Vietnam. The government is actively promoting the kingdom as a modern centre of manufacturing: for auto & EV production, advanced electronics, smart agriculture & food production, renewable energies, healthcare, defence and robotics. Over 92 percent of Sony’s camera production has been relocated from China to Thailand. From now on, all Sony cameras sold in the US, Japan and Europe will be manufactured in Thailand. Meanwhile, tourism officials anticipate 25 million foreign arrivals in 2023, a figure that has been revised upward due to the unexpectedly fast pace of economic recovery in China. The lifting of covid restrictions is also ramping up Chinese demand for imported products, something that may buoy Thai export volumes somewhat. SECTORS TO WATCH: EV MANUFACTURING Thailand is making great strides in the EV market. Examples of this development include FoxConn’s JV with the national oil company; Toyota’s announcement of a partnership with CP, one of Thailand’s most influential corporate entities. Other Major Japanese automakers are setting up EV manufacturing bases here; Elon Musk’s Tesla is operating in Thailand as well. The government is pushing for EVs to constitute 50 percent of domestically manufactured vehicles by 2030. To make EVs more accessible, 24 billion baht (approximately 717 million USD) in subsidies has been earmarked to support EV battery cell production. The current administration also intends to cut excise taxes for battery manufacturers to 1 percent. PTT, the state-run oil company is setting up an EV charging network infrastructure, with 7,000 outlets planned by 2030. Today there are only 139 charging stations nationwide. PTT inked a JV agreement with Taiwan’s Hon Hai Technology Group earlier this year to manufacture battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) in Chonburi. Chinese firms are also keen to manufacture batteries and EVs in Thailand. Automotive companies such as GWM, MG, BYD and DFSK are selling EVs at a lower price point to try and increase market share. Chinese automakers’ brand reputation has a long way to go, but Chinese firms have signalled they are ready to invest significantly in Thailand operations. Thai firms are expanding EV operations abroad. The CEO of Energy Absolute, Somphote Ahunai, met with Malaysian premier Anwar Ibrahim in January. The company has a JV plan in motion to produce and distribute electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries, and charging platforms in Malaysia. It must be noted that the global semiconductor shortage will likely continue for some time, and could be a short-term obstacle to Thailand's ambitious EV plans. DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY & EVOLUTION The tech sector is doing well, but elevated interest rates are reducing the availability of private equity capital that fuelled much of the recent rapid tech growth. Google, Amazon, and Facebook parent company Meta are cutting headcounts. Digital retailers Lazada and Shoppee are following suit, cutting thousands of jobs in Thailand. I predict the tech slowdown will impact recruiting for other industries. There may be a reverse migration of talent away from the tech sector, as tech professionals look for more stable, predictable industries in need of their expertise in digital marketing and analysis. Thailand’s position as a primary technology and innovation hub in Southeast Asia is bound to continue, despite this temporary slowdown in global tech. New long-term residency visas are being offered to foreigners with certain advanced technological skills. DEI & ESG Sustainability, gender equity, and DE&I has become even more important to multinational actors, and I think this trend will accelerate. Thailand is at the forefront of developing Southeast Asia’s Green Economy, especially with their EV policy. Most C-suite executives are now prioritising ESG and DEI, which are now an essential element of corporate policy. Efforts to end LGBTQ+ discrimination in the workplace is a big issue in the West. Thailand’s culture is more accepting of gay and transgender people, and they are far less likely to experience discrimination in the workplace. Gender equity in recruitment is making progress in Thailand, as companies make a concerted push to recruit more females proactively for senior leadership roles. TRENDS & POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS With international travel returning after covid, the MRO and aerospace industry is primed for growth in the region, especially Thailand. The U Tapao military base near Pattaya has been repurposed as an MRO hub with passenger terminals. Malaysia’s workforce is less skilled, and Singapore is more expensive so I expect Thailand will experience significant growth in the MRO industry, and as a logistics and tourist travel hub. Soon voters will go to the polls to elect the next Thai prime minister. Investors are hopeful that election results will provide greater clarity and stability, but it’s still unclear who will emerge the victor. No matter who wins the election, it’s safe to say that Thailand will remain receptive to business. The economy in Thailand has historically been resilient, regardless of domestic politics. WHAT THIS ALL MEANS FOR RECRUITMENT Current market conditions call for a renewed focus amongst executive recruiters on their clients’ organisational preparedness. Top leaders should cultivate the acuity needed for rapid adaptation in the event of market disruptions. Risk may need to be taken, ina proactive, calculated fashion, and innovation must be embraced. During the past two years, 52 percent of our executive placements have been female. We are responding to the increasing demand for DE&I in corporate leadership, and this trend will continue in 2023. I am seeing a movement towards skills-based assessment in 2023, another key recruitment trend. In response to rapid technology advancement, companies are transforming – this creates the need for new positions at every level. There is a greater need for Data Scientists, Directors of DE&I, and Sustainability Managers, for example. HR & C-Suite leaders need to re-examine the types of talent profiles required for these new roles, and adapt their hiring policies accordingly. Beside Thailand insight here, you can discover more 36 countries outlook here. For expert executive recruitment advice, we welcome you to contact JacksonGrant to learn more about how to prepare your leadership for future challenges and success. Our consultants are ready and able to help.

What is it like working as a Recruitment Consultant in Thailand
What is it like working as a Recruitment Consultant in Thailand

Recruitment is an essential aspect of any business, and it is no different in Thailand. As a country with a growing economy and a diverse range of industries, there is a constant need for skilled and talented individuals in various fields. Working in recruitment in Thailand can be a rewarding and challenging experience, and in this article, we will explore what it is like to work in this field. First and foremost, recruitment in Thailand is a people-focused industry. This means that as a recruiter, your primary responsibility is to connect employers with the right candidates for their vacancies. This involves sourcing potential candidates, reviewing resumes and applications, conducting interviews, and making hiring recommendations to your clients. One of the unique challenges of working in recruitment in Thailand is the diverse cultural and linguistic landscape. Thailand is a country with a rich and complex culture, and this is reflected in its people. As a recruiter, you must be aware of cultural differences and understand how they can impact the recruitment process. It is also essential to be able to communicate effectively in both English and Thai, as these are the two primary languages used in business settings. Another challenge that recruiters in Thailand face is the competitive nature of the job market. With a growing economy and a high demand for skilled workers, there is often a shortage of qualified candidates in certain industries. This means that recruiters must work harder to find and attract top talent. Additionally, with so many recruitment agencies operating in the country, competition for clients can be fierce. Despite the challenges, working in recruitment in Thailand can be a highly rewarding career. The industry is constantly evolving, and there are always new opportunities to learn and grow. Recruiters play a vital role in helping companies find the right people to drive their success, and this can be a fulfilling experience. Furthermore, Thailand is a beautiful and vibrant country with a rich culture and friendly people. As a recruiter, you will have the opportunity to work with people from all walks of life and experience different industries and job roles. This can be an enriching and educational experience that can broaden your horizons and provide you with valuable insights into the Thai business landscape. In conclusion, working in recruitment in Thailand can be both challenging and rewarding. Recruiters must be able to navigate a diverse cultural and linguistic landscape and work hard to find top talent in a competitive job market. However, the industry offers opportunities for growth and development and the chance to make a real difference in the lives of both employers and candidates. If you are considering a career in recruitment in Thailand, it can be a fulfilling and exciting career path. If you are interested in a career in recruitment in Thailand please reach out to our Director of Recruitment Operations at Alexander@jacksongrant.io

JacksonGrant Supports Clients’ Sustainability Goals
JacksonGrant Supports Clients’ Sustainability Goals

Isawan Kaeochotchuangkul is a rising star in the Sustainability sector: she was recently appointed Global Head of Sustainability at Rhenus A & O. Sustainability is a core value of JacksonGrant, and we welcome the chance to work with our clients on strengthening their Sustainability credentials. Khun Isawan is an excellent role model for aspiring young female Thai professionals, especially those who are interested in pursuing a career in logistics; also for any aspiring manager who is passionate about Sustainability. Isawan holds a Masters in Transport & Logistics from Technical University of Munich, where she also studied Marketing and Business Management. She graduated with honours from Thammasat University’s Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology. Nick Padovan, head of JacksonGrant’s Supply Chain & Logistics team, has worked closely with Isawan on a number of projects. We hope you will enjoy this conversation between Nick and Khun Isawan about how her career path led to a high-profile global role in the Sustainability field. Nick: Can you tell us about your career path? How did it start? Isawan: In 2015, I joined Rhenus as an Asia Pacific management trainee. Rhenus provides a unique opportunity for recent graduates to move between countries every six months and explore multiple departments. This gave me the opportunity to strengthen my skills from various points of view while getting involved in international strategies and several projects from different angle; Product, IT, HR, Commercial, as well as general Management. Over the years, I've come to realise that being able to see the big picture is something that really intrigues me. Rather than simply connecting ideas and getting things done, it's a process of gathering the pieces together to successfully reach a common goal. Nick: How did you transition into a Sustainability role? Isawan: Growing up in an area where water flows freely and air quality is ideal, I grew to truly appreciate direct access to it. However, through my travels and a few relocations to different countries, I have seen how fragile these necessities are in some parts of the world; how people who are less fortunate often must simply accept whatever is available to them. This can have huge impacts on their lives, as certain things may be impossible for them to do or acquire because of the environment and circumstances beyond their control. For this reason, I believe that clean air and water should be a fundamental right for all people, regardless of their place of residence. When the global discussion about Sustainability at Rhenus was underway and a position presented itself to be a part of that effort, I jumped right in. This industry contributes 20 percent of world-wide carbon emissions, so I saw this as a great chance to make a meaningful contribution. Nick: As Director of Sustainability, what do you hope to accomplish? Can you elaborate on Rhenus’ initiatives and the importance of sustainability in the logistics sector? Isawan: My goal is to ensure the organisation is working together towards a clear, achievable strategy for reaching sustainability. It is important for organisations to have a clear strategic direction that is communicated and adopted by every division and all employees. This intent should be communicated and cascaded down to each Rhenus employee so that everyone has a shared understanding of our goals and objectives, as well as how their job contributes to achieving them. With this understanding in place, we can work together towards a common goal – sustainability. At Rhenus Air & Ocean division, We separated our initiatives into three key areas: Transport Solutions: We highly focus on providing emissions visibility on the shipment level to our customers before providing options to make their supply chain more sustainable, cleaner, or carbon neutral. We are also focused on building long-term relationships with partners who have the same values as ours. Environment: We care deeply about managing our emissions scopes 1 & 2, from our assets and energy use to the materials we acquire for operations and our level of internal decision-making. Moreover, we strive for a positive impact in our scope 3 activities derived from assets outside of our ownership or control. We track all the data and work on a roadmap for continuous improvement to ensure that we remain accountable to society. People: We place importance on the good health and well-being goals as well as gender equality from the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. We develop initiatives in our training that are implemented within our organisation and bring visibility of these decisions to key decision-makers. NICK: What makes Rhenus different from its other competitors in terms of its Sustainability drive? Isawan: We are in a period of unprecedented change, as we transition from a carbon-emitting economy to one built around sustainable energy. As we attempt to meet this challenge, I strongly believe that logistics providers should be able to provide accurate, trustworthy figures regarding their emissions to design an effective strategy that can achieve carbon neutrality. At Rhenus, we understand the importance of sustainability, how it is crucial to our customers, and most importantly, to us all as global citizens. We've collected data from all aspects of our operations to create a comprehensive picture and solid plan to drive our sustainability agenda. We share this information with our key stakeholders and clients to help them make informed decisions that reduce emissions and maximise their savings. Rhenus strives to make a long-lasting and positive impact on sustainability. We aim to deliver value to our customers that will help them revolutionise their supply chain. Nick: Do you have any advice for fresh graduates and young professionals pursuing a career in sustainability logistics? Isawan: Sustainability is a (very) broad topic, and in my opinion there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. Therefore, don’t stop learning, be creative, and keep challenging the status quo!

4 Ways to make sure you get the right job for you
4 Ways to make sure you get the right job for you

Congratulations, you’ve decided that now is the time to find a new job in Thailand! If you’ve begun to look for a new role, you’ll know that there are thousands of jobs posted every day. But knowing which new job is right for you can be a challenge. If you don’t try to narrow down your options you can spend too much time applying for jobs that don’t offer you the right career progression, learning development, salary or benefits. And we know that can be time consuming and demoralising! But with a little thought at the beginning of your job search you can make sure that you are applying for jobs that use your skills and meet your needs. How to know if a new job is right for you Before you begin your job search it’s helpful to sit down and write out a list of things you need from a role, and things you would like from a role. Ask yourself the following questions: What do you need from a new role in this moment? This can be things like pay, working hours and healthcare benefits. But also, the chance to work in a multinational environment, opportunities to work overseas or to flex your language skills by working at a predominantly English-speaking company. Anything that you want a job to provide you right now. Where do you see yourself in the next five years? How about the next ten? What are you aiming for in terms of your short and long-term career progression? Do you want to be a senior executive, are you looking to switch fields, work abroad or even start your own business. What skills and experience will you need to achieve those milestones? To reach those ambitions you’ll need specific technical skills, soft skills, and experience in other roles. Any job you are looking for should provide you opportunities to develop those. How you answer those questions will help you determine the things you require from a job role such as: Opportunities for growth The chance to develop new skills Clear career progression Good work-life balance Competitive pay and benefits Once you know clearly what you want from a role it becomes much easier to know if a role is right for you by looking at the job description. The next step is to build useful strategies into your job search to help you get the job offer you want. 4 strategies to help you find a job that supports your goals These four steps will provide you a framework for your job search and will help you secure your dream job offer: 1. Decide what you want from your next role By asking yourself the questions above you can determine what you need from a role right now and what will be useful to help you meet your long and short-term goals. 2. Review the top employers in your area Put together a list of top employers in your area and the roles they offer. Use job descriptions to note down the skills that are most in-demand. This will help you establish a benchmark of what employers in Thailand are offering and what skills and experience they are looking for in return. It will help you focus on areas you need to upskill. 3. Update your CV and professional channels The jobs market in Thailand is changing and employers are now increasingly looking for business English and digital skills in the technical and engineering industries. If you don’t have the skills employers are looking for in your dream role, now is a good time to take an extra class or online qualification. Make sure your CV is up to date. It can also be good practice to tweak your CV for each role based on key words and skills you can find in the job description. You should also take some time to update your professional social channels, such as LinkedIn. Make sure you have a professional photo and that you have included your latest jobs roles, skills, and experience. You want to ensure you are making the best first impression to potential employers or even recruiters! 4. Get in touch with a specialist recruiter like JacksonGrant! A specialist recruiter, such as JacksonGrant, can be an excellent way to be sure you are applying for the roles that fit your ambitions and job requirements. Our consultants will always work with your short, medium, and long-term employment objectives in mind. That way you always get jobs that match your skills and experience, making for a smoother job search and better results. Our support doesn’t end when you find your perfect role. We continue to work with you throughout the different stages of your career, providing objective and impartial career advice and feedback allowing you to grow and develop as a professional. Find your dream role today! At JacksonGrant we put our candidates first. We only send you relevant roles that match your interests, skills, experience, and industry knowledge. Cut down your job search time and connect with technical employers across Thailand with the opportunities to help you grow and develop professionally. Check out our current vacancies or submit your CV directly.

How I Got Started in Recruitment: By Leaving My Comfort Zone Behind
How I Got Started in Recruitment: By Leaving My Comfort Zone Behind

My journey to become a successful recruiter with JacksonGrant has helped my personal growth and development. Embrace the Potential for ChangeA couple of years ago, I was working as an investment consultant. It really wasn’t my thing. It was a high-pressure environment, intensely competitive and cutthroat. Even worse, it was boring. I was unfulfilled; I felt like my career was stalling.I wanted to find a new job. But first I had to open my mind to the possibilities.I have a close friend who has experience in the recruitment business. She knows my skill set and personality, and suggested I might be good at recruiting. I have experience in sales, so it seemed a good fit. JacksonGrant Recognised My TalentI began doing some research online, looking at all the recruitment agencies operating in Bangkok, big and small. I reached out to all of them via email, and applied for every headhunting vacancy I could find on the job boards. As I learned a bit about the business, I started to feel that a big international agency might not take the time to really train and teach me; it takes time to become a good recruiter. JacksonGrant is the only agency that called me back. They saw my potential and wanted to train me from scratch, even though I didn’t have any recruitment experience. JacksonGrant gave me the opportunity to really learn and build a new career. Exceeding ExpectationsI had no idea what it would be like to work in recruitment. I didn’t know anything about the job, I only know it was possible to make good money as a recruiter. I wasn’t very enthusiastic at first, but neither did I have any preconceptions – it’s important to start a new job with an open mind. When I started to actually do the work, I found it really interesting. A new recruiter needs to do a lot of research to understand our clients, to learn about the different jobs and skill sets required. Most of all I found it fascinating to learn about the various industries. Recruiters have a unique perspective on the economy. All of the research we do to keep track of the job market provides an overview of how the economy is shifting, and where multinational investment is being directed. As a recruiter, especially a junior recruiter, I have to be ahead of the curve.For example, if I am working with clients in the Logistics industry, I need to compile comprehensive lists of companies operating in the region. I need to find out what they are good at – and where they are perhaps struggling. I look into market share, emerging trends, all the data I can find to understand the big picture. I found I have an aptitude for research and analysis. It has given me an inside view on the industry landscape in Thailand and beyond, and that helps me be a good recruiter.I also enjoy the work environment at JacksonGrant. It’s more interesting than my old finance job, and the office is more close-knit. Headhunting can be frantic and a bit of a mess sometimes, but I am surrounded by friendly human beings who lift my spirits and share a common goal.MentorshipJacksonGrant has really given me the chance to learn that I was looking for. Alex Grant has been a great mentor. He allows me to make my own mistakes and learn from them. He sees the potential in me and invests time and effort in my career development. We have honest conversations about what I want to learn and achieve. The process involves a lot of self-reflection. Together, we identify my weaknesses and the areas where I want to improve. I am encouraged to attend training sessions and seminars. We Need to be ResilientAs a recruiter, you are in the middle – between the client and the candidate. Your stakeholders are human beings. Unlike finance, there are no fixed variables in the equation. The variables in headhunting are always changing and moving.I love the personal touch involved with recruitment, but that is also the most difficult part: recruiters need to balance everyone’s needs and desires. When your stakeholders are human beings, you have to accept that you do not have control in the same way you do with financial investments. It is frustrating when I think I’ve made a deal that will satisfy all stakeholders, but at the last minute a candidate changes their mind about making a move. People change their minds, and there are a lot of factors in their decision-making, things happening in their personal lives, that you just can’t control. At moments like this you need to be more resilient and accept that this is a very personal business. Like surfing, sometimes you must go with the flow. Sometimes you will crash out. It happens to the best recruiters. We need to accept that we can’t control the outcome, and move forward despite any setbacks. Resilience is a key aspect of successful recruiting.Building ConfidenceAfter the first four or five months, I almost gave up. I felt really desperate. I had made a few placements, but I didn’t think my performance was good enough. I felt like I was failing. I told the management team that I may not be cut out for this. Thankfully my bosses listened to my concerns, and moved me to the Supply Chain and Logistics division. Then something clicked. After changing specialisations, I started to be more successful. I got to know the market and my clients better; I became more familiar with the candidates; my network reached a tipping point and started to expand. “Maybe I can do this,” I thought. I began making more placements, and started to feel proud of myself. Before I had no confidence. But now I was working in an industry that felt like the right fit for me.This year I am working with Manufacturing and Engineering sectors, and increasing my knowledge about more industries in Thailand. Closing a Big DealLast year, I started to achieve my goal of closing senior roles. My biggest placement was the head of new product development for a luxury consumer electronics company. Our client has a big production hub in Thailand. The company was setting up a new team dedicated to expanding operations, and created a high-profile new position to lead this team. JacksonGrant got the recruitment contract to fill this role. I worked hard on it, and closed the deal just before the end of 2022. It was a tough position to fill, and strategically very important for a blue-chip company. It is the most senior position I have hired so far, and I will always remember that feeling.Keep an Open MindI didn’t expect recruiting to be interesting. I just knew it could be profitable. But now that I’m a year-and-a-half into the job, I really enjoy it. Now I’m in it for the long haul.I am working very hard, but I feel energised and refreshed. It took five or six months to adapt and get up-to-speed.When I completed my first year at JacksonGrant, I was approached by a big global recruitment firm. But I’m not interested to leave JacksonGrant for a giant international agency. I learned so much in my first 18 months about recruiting, manufacturing, engineering, supply chain and logistics. I feel there’s so much more to learn here. I like working at a smaller firm.I want to tell everyone who reads my blog that it is so important to keep an open mind and try new things. When I started this job, I had no idea what recruitment was about.I was ready to jump out of my comfort zone. That’s when you will see the world differently. You will see what you are really capable of, if you go out into the world and see for yourself how many things you can learn. But you must be open-minded to learn new things. When you see the world in a bigger perspective, you will change your attitude and your mindset about what you can do and achieve.If you’re looking to hire personnel, or you are a candidate ready to seek new opportunities, I’d like to hear from you. Please visit my LinkedIn profile and send me a message for more details.