As our interest in Vietnam grows, some of us will come to think about the possibility of working in Vietnam or, if we are already working there, finding alternatives to our current jobs. Despite being affected by the worldwide recession, Vietnam’s economy continues to grow and foreign direct investments lead the way in directing resources, including manpower, towards certain geographic areas and industries. Although the job market is tough and there is an abundance of people looking for work, one of the benefits of a growing economy is that new opportunities continue to arise, which will take advantage of skills offered by candidates with the right background.
The following list includes some of the popular online job boards with responsibilities varying from driving a car to teaching to managing a regional office.
- VietnamWorks: VietnamWorks is one of the largest job boards in Vietnam, containing nearly 5,000 job opportunities listed by over 3,000 companies. It boasts 260,000 registered users and more than 12,000 visitors per day. Jobs remain on the website for 30 days and are organized by industry, function, and level of experience. The website and each job’s general information can be viewed in either English or Vietnamese, but any detailed information about the job provided in either Vietnamese or English are not translated. Interested parties can register for an account, access career development readings, upload resumes, save job searches, and apply via the website.
- CareerLink: CareerLink contains over 6,000 job opportunities, which significantly outnumbers that of VietnamWorks because it keeps listings on the job board for up to 60 days. The website is featured in Vietnamese, English and Japanese, although detailed information are not translated when the language being viewed is switched. CareerLink, like VietnamWorks, provides additional readings on career development, but the reading list appears to have been last updated in 2008.
- Faro: Faro is an international staffing firm that was established in 1981 in Japan and expanded into Vietnam in 2006. It provides executive search and temporary staffing services as well as other human resource services. The website contains nearly 200 job opportunities focused primarily on the managerial level and geared towards candidates with advanced education or extensive experience.
- Careerjet: Careerjet is a catch-all job search engine that pulls job listings from company websites and online recruiting agencies, and encompasses over 50 countries. The search engine does not organize jobs into categories like VietnamWorks or CareerLink, so a job search is as good as the description and location entered into the search fields. For example, when searching broadly for jobs located in Vietnam, the engine returns over 16,000 opportunities.
- Tuoi Tre and Lao Dong: Besides the aforementioned websites, online Vietnamese news such as Tuoi Tre and Lao Dong also feature numerous opportunities.
While browsing through these job boards, remember that companies may employ other methods for relaying new opportunities prior to posting on public job boards. When looking for less experienced candidates graduating from colleges or universities, companies can tap into on-campus career centers and career fairs. As companies seek to fill more senior level positions, they may rely more on headhunters and informal networks. Therefore, it is important to keep a strong network of contacts, because you never know when you need others’ assistance.
If you know of other popular job boards out there, please share with us!