About a hundred executives were recruited by talent scouts on Thursday afternoon for this year's My Paper Executive competition.
The annual contest, now in its seventh year, aims to find "the urban executive who epitomises the definition of corporate success".
A team of scouts went around areas such as Chevron House, One Raffles Place and Capital Square from noon till 2pm to look for candidates with style, charisma, eloquence, self-confidence and corporate-savviness.
One of those picked was business development executive Christian Rammie Su, 26, who said: "I believe the competition can help to boost my portfolio, help me pick up new skills and at the same time contribute more to my value as an executive."
To be eligible for the competition, which focuses on networking and people skills this year, candidates must be aged between 24 and 39, currently employed and have at least two years of work experience.
The winner will walk home with $10,000. The second prize is $5,000 and the third is $3,000.
Those shortlisted will be invited to a closed-door audition on April 5. Twenty finalists will be sent to business etiquette and efficiency classes to prepare for the final closed-door judging on May 23. Those who are interested can apply online at executive.mypaper.sg before April 2.
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