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5 fast-growing fashion and food tech companies share what will get you hired

On 12th April, we had an incredible time at our hiring event, Career Catalyst 2019, in collaboration with e2i, where close to a hundred of you joined us for an evening of mingling with business leaders from the fastest-growing companies in the consumer services industry!

Attendees gained insights into the shifting career trends with SkillsFuture and received valuable career advice from the panel of trailblazers behind FoodZaps, Naiise, Share Food, Style Theory and REFASH, where these business leaders dropped the bomb on their hiring secrets. Zilingo also joined in the fun as one of the companies hiring at Career Catalyst 2019!

If you’ve missed out on all the juicy tips, we’ve got you covered! Here are the key highlights from the panel discussion with Naiise, Style Theory, Share Food, REFASH and FoodZaps:

1. Naiise

Trailblazer: Dennis Tay, Founder and CEO of Naiise

Q: What are the key qualities you look out for in a candidate?

Dennis: Passion, innovation, and a hunger to challenge yourself to improve yourself. You need to care about our vision and our customers.

Naiise structures itself as a company that provides opportunities for growth. Our current Management Trainee started off as a Junior Designer, and has been involved in our expansion to Malaysia, as well as our Jewel at Changi Airport project.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you have received so far that you’d like to pass on to millennials, especially those looking to join your company?

Dennis: “Keep learning” is my philosophy. I will fire you if you tell me you have learned everything

Naiise is hiring! Check out their open roles here: bitly.com/Naiise_

2. Style Theory

Trailblazer: Brandon Do, Head of CX at Style Theory

Q: What are the key qualities you look out for in a candidate?

Brandon: Problem-solvers and creative thinkers. There’s no one like us - a fashion subscription business. This makes us unique and the problems we have to solve are also one-of-a-kind, so we don’t really care if you have a business or arts background.

For example; Many things can go wrong during delivery. We have to consider the material of clothes, size of boxes, and how couriers handle the package, etc. How can we design processes to optimise these problems and how can we chunk them into smaller pieces so we can solve all the bigger issues?

Q: What is the most important factor Millennials should consider when looking out for a job?

Brandon: Focus on what you want to learn and find a company that lets you do that.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you have received so far that you’d like to pass on to millennials, especially those looking to join your company?

Brandon: Don’t worry too much about the job title, what matters is what the job entails and how that will help you achieve your career goals. I did telesales early on in my career and I’m still grateful for all that that experience has taught me; how to help customers.

Style Theory is hiring! Check out their open roles here: bitly.com/Style-Theory

3. Share Food

Trailblazer: Loo Pei Wen, Head of Sales and Marketing at Share Food

Q: What are the key qualities you look out for in a candidate?

Pei Wen: Someone who knows all about the business; exactly what we do. If you come without any knowledge of us, that’s a no go.

Someone who can articulate their individual skills. What can you, as an individual, contribute and how can we grow together?

Someone who displays an open-mind, and a great learning attitude.

Q: What is the most important factor Millennials should consider when looking out for a job?

Pei Wen: Determine your objective, set a milestone for yourself and find a job that will bring you there. You should ask yourself: Who do you want to be and what do you want to achieve in 5 to 10 years?

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you have received so far that you’d like to pass on to millennials, especially those looking to join your company?

Pei Wen: Never be too comfortable. When you feel too comfortable you’re not challenging yourself or learning enough.

Share Food is hiring! Check out their open roles here: bitly.com/Share_Food

4. FoodZaps

Trailblazer: Chelsea Chan, Co-Founder of FoodZaps

Q: What is the most important factor Millennials should consider when looking out for a job?

Chelsea: You need to assess if your skills match with the job.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you have received so far that you’d like to pass on to millennials, especially those looking to join your company?

Chelsea: Be proactive at all times. Don’t blame others for any problem you face. It’s also important to be very supportive and helpful of others in your team.

FoodZaps is hiring! Check out their open roles here: bitly.com/FoodZaps_

5. REFASH

Trailblazer: Aloysius Sng, Founder and CEO of REFASH

Q: What is the most important factor Millennials should consider when looking out for a job?

Make sure you perform your due diligence before applying for a company. Do a background check of the company, assess the company’s potential and see if it’s in an industry you love.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you have received so far that you’d like to pass on to millennials, especially those looking to join your company?

Believe in what you are doing”, was what the CEO of Reebonz once told me over a cup of kopi.

It was hard for REFASH to come around when we were just coming out of an accelerator. I recall an instance at the boardroom when a senior executive said to me “You are just a glorified karang guni.” That was hard for me to hear.

We are not the most tech-heavy, but we believed what we were doing affects the greater good - and our investors had trust in that too. REFASH still managed to thrive without all the “sexy” technology.

REFASH is hiring! Check out their open roles here: bitly.com/REFASH_

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