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Kuala Lumpur - Employment
The service sector (finance, insurance, real estate & business services, wholesale & retail trade, restaurant & hotel, storage and communication, utilities, personal and government services) account for a major portion of jobs in KL. For expatriates interested to learn more about Malaysia's economy, there is a useful publication by the Department of Statistics available for download here.
It is illegal to work in KL without valid work permits. The job market in KL is very competitive, so much so that local fresh graduates are occasionally unable to find suitable employment. Some specialists are in constant demand in certain sectors and industries (for example, in the education sector, especially in the teaching of English Language; IT and engineering).
Hiring the use of a headhunter (local or international) can be costly. The less expensive option will be to check the classifieds in the newspapers or try websites that cater specifically to jobs available in KL, for examples, www.careerjet.com.my/jobs_in_kuala_lumpur or www.jobstreet.com.my. Alternatively, expatriates can try asking at the embassies or consulates that occasionally hire foreigners for administrative work. Expatriates who find employment while living in KL should note that the employment terms are usually on local terms.
When in Asia, it really pays off to network. Start by attending seminars or social events organized by business associations and societies. Various country's Chambers of commerce often organize such gatherings.
There are about 15 public holidays in Malaysia. Some public holidays are internationally known ones, such as Labor Day, Christmas and New Year's Day. Several public holidays are unique to Malaysia due to its Islamic culture (e.g. Prophet Muhammad's Birthday (Maulidur Rasul) and Hari Raya Puasa). The dates of these religious holidays are subject to change.
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