While citing experiences where expatriates were the main culprits, a local corporate executive is calling on prospective employees to be honest about their qualifications when job hunting.
Sherylene Francis made the call during the recent renaming ceremony for the Department of Labour & Workforce Development.
“Never say that you can do something when you know that you can’t. In other words, don’t lie. Remember the goal is, ‘the right person for the right job’. I have had situations where I have had to cover others’ role [because they were dishonest about their qualifications]. I will not say where but I’m relieved to say none of them were BVIslanders. I like structure, and I want to measure progress. [But] I cannot do both yours and my work,” Francis said.
“So, please no lying to your employers or potential employers as to what you know that you cannot do. And besides tying up two resources, and halting efficiency, you have done yourself a disservice and missed out on an opportunity for learning.”
Labour dept helped in my job search
In the meantime, Francis said the Labour department has assisted her more than once to land jobs.
“Scoring a job as a BVIslander in the offshore finance sector can be an exhausting venture. After several fruitless job interviews, I turned to the then Labour Department … Little did I know that the Labour Department was staffed with professionals and resources to assist job seekers such as myself.”
She then urged job seekers to prepare themselves while they await landing their next job.
“Hone your skills and develop yourself … you might even have to consider a new field of study or reinvent yourself. Go back to the drawing board. My case, for example, I studied for funds, worked in funds, loved funds, and life was near perfect. The market crashed, the hedge fund administrator I worked for closed the BVI office. The funds were not there anymore. No jobs in BVI for me,” Francis said.
She said she had to study new courses to make herself employable again.
“I did not like being back in the classroom one bit. But if I wanted this job, I had to do it. So, I passed, with merits,” she said.
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