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Is it just me or foreigners have no opportunites whatsoever here ?

I know plenty of expa lecturer earning 3k per onth wirh w p.other blue collar for 1.5 k per month w wp.

I'm sorry but I don't really understand your English.

Mike that is what happens when someone attends a local University staffed by cut price lecturers paid illegally  :D

Nemodot :

Mike that is what happens when someone attends a local University staffed by cut price lecturers paid illegally  :D

And is used to texting and not actually writing.  :whistle:

There are a number of criteria that employers all over the world, not just in Kuala Lumpur, examine when interviewing prospective candidates to fill any position - educational background, previous experience and inter-personal skills being the three most important.

One can hardly expect that an employer would fill any vacancy with anything less than the very best candidate that is available. It's easy to blame somebody else for an unsatisfactory outcome. It's interesting that the OP, herself, admitted that she had no experience and was not able to speak the language. Really, would YOU hire someone like that for YOUR company? If you were interested in staying in business and making money you certainly wouldn't.

If you have difficulty finding employment anywhere in the world, the first thing you need to do is conduct a rigorous self examination. You need to ask yourself WHY this is happening and come up with some very honest answers, many that you may really not like to admit.

It serves no useful purpose blaming others and crying about the situation if you don't have the educational qualifications, experience or inter-personal skills such as language necessary to land the job. You can continue searching until you starve to death and you still won't succeed. What you need to do is improve yourself in those 3 key areas. Take courses, learn the local language, work at other related jobs in the field in order to work yourself up to the position that is your true objective, while gaining valuable experience.

Don't just assume that if you don't get the job offer it's because you're an expat. Look around you, the person that got it was the most qualified - and that has no bearing on nationality. You may just as easily have lost the job to another expat than to a local.

William James Woodward, Expat-blog Experts Team

No language skills and no experience = no job.

Read what wjwoodward  has written.

This is crazy ! Xxx

stumpy :

No language skills and no experience = no job.

Read what wjwoodward  has written.

It is the modern generation. They never wanted for anything, spoilt by parents, spoilt by teachers and society, then the real world hits them. And they can't cope with the fact they won't get what they want when they wail like babies. If their Latte is too cold they have a depression and need a psychologist!

What we used to call an "useless muppets" but these days that is what most graduates are generally. No skills, no drive, no determination or resilience; and in many cases even for UK English standards that are appallingly bad.

U no w@ i mean bro, gimme job

BTW Stumpy you don't travel much do you..... :dumbom:

marvelous explanation really :)
but for me , the problem is to reach the stage of interview !!

Hahaha...I guess so  :D


No I have never traveled much at all.   :whistle:

stop chasing high salary... money you can't take to grave.... go back and live life in your own country even if it means lesser salary... learn to enjoy life... Life is Short... dont waste time chasing money as Death is chasing you instead...

Perhaps you should consider moving to the UK to study and work and go on from there. Seems that is what so many foreigners seem to do these days.

hi ..i just finished my bachelor in hotel and restaurant management and i had many experience in my industry og study, i would to apply a job here in KL but so hard for me..hope someone could help me F,22..thanks

Well join the queue with 30 million unemployed young Fillipinos looking for work anywhere. Malaysia's population is 28 million.

You do the Math! Or get very lucky and approach lots of hotels/resorts and do some real job hunting.

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Hey reemz, i am also struggling from past 7 months to get job in malaysia. The main obstacle is work permit. Feeling like they dont hire expat.Feelng like my all qualifications and experince just got dumped while i enter mamalaysia. I am not blaming the country but i am so much irritated. But still have hope and trying my best. Wish u goid luck too.

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You need some unique skill and some luck too. I believe there are companies looking for foreigners with expertise language skills.

am called Rose en am looking for a job,i can do office  work and any other sort of work

Rose - look out for jobs that need your language skills - that is the best way to try and find work in Malaysia that has immigration status.

thank you. am fluent in english so that means i shld look for english speaking jobs

No I actually meant languages other than English. That is because you will probably have skills that are not found among Malaysians - that is a criteria to qualify for a work permit (if you need one). The salary levels for office work are usually too low to qualify. There are many English mother tongue speakers in Malaysia. But if you have experience teaching English, then that would be a possible avenue.


There could be a number of reasons you're not receiving a positive response. I've done hiring for companies here before and there is a lot you need to know as an employee while looking for employment and an employer especially when needing a visa. I also do professional career development here for non-profit organizations, if you would like some help perhaps i may be able to assist. I've lived and worked in KL for 6 years. You can drop me an email at me[at]


thank you gravitas,,can i meet you some day there en brief me abt it dia

thanx my dia
am coming to malaysia this month but i wld love to help of geting a visa and a job  easily

Reemz :

I have been hunting for jobs for more than 3 months now and i have been called to a dozen of interviews yet no positive feedback whatsoever, i mean it is just frustrating how people are just so nice to you on the interview and then they just bail you for little reasons like being a foreigner with no experience .

Unless you will not give opportunities how a person is supposed to gain experience in the first place.


Help me out!

Have you considered relocating to Thailand?

Unless you failed to provide full-disclosure, re: your "experience level", then HR personnel already knew they would nothire you for that position, well in advance of your interview. In that case, the HR personnel demonstrated unethical behavior, by giving you hope, and wasting your valuable time by interviewing with you, in the first instance.

Considering the historical source, we're not surprised to read the content of your post. Best regards, and good luck in the future, hopefully with a lesson well-learned  :cool:

i dont know what do you mean

can we meet when i get to malaysia?

Which post are replying to, either by stated post number or quote  :/

Actually, I also am curious of "how the HR employers is thinking about hiring foreigners?".

For my case, the process of hiring was very fast, I applied 100+ applicants, and after 1-2 weeks, only 2 wanted to do interview with me, and I was hired at the same day too (One is in Malaysia which I accepted, and the other is in Philippines also accepted me). They are willing to give me visas. However, besides 2 companies, I was rejected by 98+ companies in the CV stage.

I heard from my current employer is that the process of hiring foreigners is very tired which many companies avoid. So I wonder what are the main factors that a company hired you (a foreigner)? (Besides language teaching, and rare skills such as IT, engineering + rich experiences).

Don't they think that if they hire more foreigners, diversity will enhance the culture and profits for them?

Kim - there are two different recruitment systems in Malaysia. For nationals of countries within the greater Asian area there is far more openness towards employment and development. Those countries are: Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Phillipines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Nationals from other countries have to meet different requirements.

kimluuthien :

Don't they think that if they hire more foreigners, diversity will enhance the culture and profits for them?


The company I work with has 24 staff, but 6 different nationalities which has Indians Vietnamese Nigerians Iranians Syrians and of course Malaysian. Before this, there was also British and Japanese and Indonesian. It's quite a diverse and nice work environment.

You must find the right kind of employers I suppose.

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