My recruitment career in Vietnam
Linh Pham studied and worked in Singapore for over nine years before moving back to her home country, Vietnam, and taking on a new career challenge as a recruitment consultant at Robert Walters.
In less than three years, Linh has been promoted twice and now manages our HR division in Ho Chi Minh City. We asked Linh about her decision to move back home and her journey with Robert Walters Vietnam.
Why did you decide to return to Vietnam?
It was a combination of both family and career-related reasons; I started thinking about returning home when I was informed that one of my relatives had passed away. It was then I realised that I felt the full impact of living overseas – I was missing out on important moments in my loved ones’ lives.
I began exploring opportunities in Vietnam while keeping the option of staying in Singapore open. I applied for a sales manager position on the Robert Walters website and was rejected for the opportunity due to my lack of experience but the consultant I spoke with invited me to explore a recruitment career. My lack of experience in the industry was a concern for me initially but, after meeting people from Robert Walters, I was convinced that this would be the right career move for me and that was the reason I moved back to Vietnam.
What attracted you to join Robert Walters?
When I spoke with people from Robert Walters Vietnam, I was impressed by the high level of professionalism everyone showed. I knew that if I put in the effort, I would be given great opportunities. More importantly, everyone I spoke with had a sparkle in their eyes when talking about Robert Walters. They were all incredibly passionate and loved their jobs – it was infectious, and I knew wanted to be a part of that.
How were your skills from your previous role transferable?
I previously worked in sales and marketing in Singapore and was also involved in HR work such as internal recruitment and building our employer brand. All this experience was easily transferable to a recruitment role and helped me become a partner to my clients and candidates.
For example, I am able to identify strong HR candidates who would be a good cultural fit and help my clients and candidates position themselves in the best light. Additionally, my organisational skills help me plan, manage and streamline the entire process to ensure my candidates and clients only need to worry about what matters – whether they are a good fit for each other.
How has the company helped you achieve your career goals?
When I was exploring career opportunities in Vietnam, I was looking for greater career progression and sought managerial roles. Switching to recruitment meant that I had to start from zero as a consultant again. However, the management has recognised my ambition, efforts and results and have given me multiple opportunities to grow.
In my three years here, I’ve undergone various training sessions within the Vietnam office as well as other offices in South East Asia. This has been key to helping me excel – I’ve been promoted twice, working my way up to a management role in less than three years. I was offered the opportunity to grow the HR team and a combination of my training and support from the leadership team has enabled me to really make an impact – my team was recognised as one of the top performing teams in quarter one this year. It’s a fantastic achievement and I feel really proud to have helped build that success. I’m excited to see what else I can achieve in my career at Robert Walters.
Why would you recommend Robert Walters Vietnam?
I can confidently say that joining Robert Walters Vietnam was the best decision I’ve ever made. The team is great and there are endless opportunities for me to pursue. There isn’t a day where I have to drag my feet to work.
One of the things I enjoy most about working for Robert Walters is that I have the opportunity to contribute to the growth of the Vietnam market. Both local and multinationals are expanding rapidly, and the working environment is becoming much more professional and dynamic. There are so many opportunities for young Vietnamese today and I feel proud to be helping my candidates make the most of them.
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