Ask the Expert – Round 3 Questions and Answers

Ask the Expert questions




Ms Ruth Lim 
Staffing Leader, Asia Pacific

MSD – Asia Pacific HQ


*Answers provided are personal views of Ms Ruth Lim and does not represent views of MSD – Asia Pacific HQ.


There are fears of switching career and industry. What are some advices you can give to help? How to know if this is the right job for me? – M, Senior Executive

Switching career or industry is fine so long as the switch is a savvy one. This means – if switching industries, switch to the “sunrise” ones where career/growth opportunities are greater; and career switch must build on ones’ strengths and passion. It should preferably be an area where there is scope for advancement or lateral movement; in other words, do not work yourself into a corner

Is a cover letter necessary when I apply for a job? If yes, what should be in it? – Dennis, Fresh Graduate

Definitely – it differentiates you from other job seekers, especially if you are a fresh graduate who have only limited work experience. It gives employer more insights into you as a person; and your interests and passions.

A common question I always get during interview is where do you see yourself in the next 5 years, how should I answer that? – Zennie, Sales

Let the employer know that you are aware that in today’s environment, you are responsible for your own career growth. Share with him your interests and your goals; and how you aspire to work towards it. It is no longer fashionable to say that you aspire to be a manager, a director, etc in five years’ time.

I don’t have any working experience, what can I put in my resume? – Tiffany, Fresh Graduate

Your internship, part-time work experience – share why you did it and how it benefits you, your CCA also tells a lot of yourself; and any voluntary work that you have done……… The objective is to provide as much insights as you can to the prospective employer that conveys that you are a good candidate for consideration.

Should I negotiate with the hiring company on my salary and benefits? If yes, how should I do so? – Natalie, Fresh Graduate

You should find out the market salary for the job you are being interviewed for. With this information, you can negotiate if you believe that the company is offering you a salary that is below the market rate. However, if you are joining with other fresh graduates and the salary they offer applies to all the fresh graduates, there is limited scope to negotiate. In which case, you can decide to accept or walk away from it.


Check out the answers and questions by:

Mr Sriram Iyer - Round 1

Ms Rebecca Port - Round 2 

Mr CP Tham - Round 4


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