They have the exec advantage

They have the exec advantage

SINGAPORE - Ambitious, eloquent and unafraid to seek new career challenges: these are the qualities a star executive should possess.

And these were the qualities My Paper scouts found in many candidates they signed up for this year's My Paper Executive search in the Central Business District yesterday.

Now in its sixth year, the hunt for Singapore's savviest young executive aims to uncover up-and-coming executives and maximise their potential by putting them through a series of workshops to improve their deportment, and business-networking and communication skills.

One game candidate who believes she would benefit from these workshops is Ms Geraldine Goh, 27, a marketing executive at Citibank. She was scouted, along with three friends, while on her lunch break.

Describing herself as a go-getter, Ms Goh hopes the contest would give her a leg up in the workplace, as it has for past contestants, who have gone on to bigger things.

"Given that it's a dedicated executive-search contest, I believe it will help me boost my business profile and make me stand out more as a professional," she said.

As for her edge over other contestants, she said that aside from being meticulous and very task-oriented, she has the gift of connecting with other people easily.

Still, she believes there is much room for improvement. "I'm looking forward to the workshops to help me brush up on my business etiquette," said Ms Goh.

"At the very least, I'm quite sure I will have fun with my friends who signed up."

Altogether, more than 130 executives were signed up yesterday - a 20 per cent jump from the first-day numbers recorded in previous years. This is a testament to the growing popularity of My Paper Executive.

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