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    Hello all, selamat siang.

    I'm a young professional who have just recently moved here to seek work. The reason for my move is because I have family ties in Indonesia. Being half Indonesian, I also speak fluent (perfect) Indonesian as well as writing. I consider this to be an edge here. I blend well with all sorts of people and communities.

    I received my B.A. in the United States with a degree in Communication and Media Arts. During my educational career, I also focused on public relations, business and marketing, all in which I have done well.

    My experience include design/brand consulting, press secretary for the United States State Senate in Indiana for one session, sales associate, customer relations and is currently running a side business that deals with business information consulting.

    I'm looking to work in a business/communications/consulting setting. I am best at dealing with people, giving presentations (I've given a presentation in the Indiana State Senate to introduce our Secretary of State), problem solving, critical thinking and excel greatly at writing. I know that many companies in Indonesia can use an individual life myself. I am confident of that.

    Please don't hesitate to respond here or by e-mailing me at [email protected]. I look forward to hearing from some of you.

    Best, and terima kasih,

    C.R.

  • #2
    So you're not an Indonesian citizen? Have you ever been? Married to an Indonesian?
    Sasa Bule is having a bayi!

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    • #3
      Hi Calvin, welcome to the forum.

      As someone who has just retired after years of working in Jakarta, primarily in communications, I can offer a little background and advice. Here are some thoughts I had while reading your post:

      + Jaime asked a very important question. The restrictions on hiring foreigners make it difficult for companies to employ non-Indonesians. But if you have Indonesian citizenship you will be free of those worries. The next best thing is if you are married to an Indonesian, since in theory that also allows you to work here. Thus, you should explicitly provide information with regard to that, here or in any instance where you are presenting yourself as a candidate for employment.
      [SIZE=1]
      [/SIZE]+ The fact you are genuinely bilingual will make you attractive to some employers (foreign rather than domestic, in most cases). It is a rare characteristic. You might be able to make a decent living as a freelance translator (assuming you are in a position to do that legally) as vanishingly few of the available translation resources speak English as a native language. Before retiring, I spent quite a lot of time cleaning up Indonesian-to-English translations done by native Indonesian speakers. If I had had access to a competent freelance translator with native-speaking English skills, I would have jumped at the opportunity to work with them. As an alternative to freelancing, you might be able to find work with a translation firm. The only one I know is PT Laksana Tata (Business Advisory Services) and they don't seem to have a website, which doesn't bode well. (I used them a few times and wasn't happy with their customer service, but I think they prefer to work with clients that have a far higher volume of work than we did). But you could look them up - they are easy to find via Google - and see if you wanted to contact them. You might also want to contact HPI (Himpunan Penerjemahan Indonesia) and see about becoming a junior member. HPI could also help you determine what credentials you would need to acquire to offer yourself up as a bona fide translator in Indonesia. (There are various tests and certifications available.)

      + At the risk of sounding like an old curmudgeon, you need to fix the typos in your post. Anyone styling themselves as a communications specialist should take care to present themselves as flawlessly as possible. Without trying I can spot three mistakes in your post. One glaring example: "an individual life myself." Before you disseminate similar material in the future, proofread, proofread, proofread!

      + This last bit of advice reflects my personal preference rather than a hard and fast rule, but my view is widely shared: skip the superlatives about how wonderful you are and just go straight to your accomplishments. I don't want to hear that you are a people person; tell me that you were an integral part of a multi-cultural team that developed a successful new product. Don't tell me you are good at problem-solving; give an example of a thorny problem you conquered. And please, never say you "excel greatly" at writing. It's an invitation for people to pick apart sentences like "[COLOR=#333333]Being half Indonesian, I also speak fluent (perfect) Indonesian as well as writing" - which passes muster for a casual reader, but on closer inspection is not correct. You don't speak writing, do you? The sentence should be rewritten as "Being half Indonesian, I also speak and write fluent Indonesian." (No one is perfect, and claims of perfection are automatically suspect.)[/COLOR]


      [COLOR=#333333]I apologize if I sound overly critical. That's not my intent. I think you might have a shot at succeeding in Indonesia if you approach matters strategically; the bullet points above are simply my attempt to help. Good luck to you.[/COLOR]

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      • #4
        Hi Calvin,

        you can send your CV to bungalikesbunga(at)yahoo.com as we are currently looking for branding consultant.

        Thank you

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        • #5
          Originally posted by pinky321 View Post
          Hi Calvin,

          you can send your CV to bungalikesbunga(at)yahoo.com as we are currently looking for branding consultant.

          Thank you
          Is that this job/company? http://www.livinginindonesiaforum.or...l=1#post476299

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          • #6
            Yes, correct

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            • #7
              Puspawarna,

              Thanks for the detailed response, and I appreciate your insight. I'll answer your points in the order you've listed.

              1. Regarding Jaime's question. No, I am not an Indonesian citizen and I am not married (yet ). My grandparents from my father's side are Indonesian.

              2. Thanks for the encouragement. Dan benar, saya memang bisa bahasa Indonesia! Again, I appreciate it. I actually would not mind serving as a freelance translator as a side job to refine my skills! Unfortunately, I do not yet possess legal work permit. I am currently under Social Budaya visa sponsored by my grandparents. I hope this will change however.

              Thank you for your references, I'll be on the look out for these translation firms.

              3. Regarding the typo and error in grammar, there's no excuse for these flaws. I must admit, I was quite exhausted when I typed my original post, but that is absolutely no excuse (thanks for pointing it out). I do consider myself an individual who possess excellent communication skills, so again, there's absolutely no excuse for my typos. I will however, say that in my work, I do proofread and very often over-critically. I'll link you to a work sample of mine and you will find no error in all of my final work.

              4. To each his/her own, but I can't help it, and I'll tell you why, and for two reasons. One, I served as a coach for middle schoolers when I was in university and the topic I coached to my students were of life improvement related subjects. I was essentially, a life coach to my students. I emphasize confidence in everything when I held the position, and this affects the way I present myself greatly. Secondly, this is probably your viewpoint if you WERE to be an employer, and that's fine. I have been in the position of employing people, and I do like my potential employers to have at the very least confidence regarding themselves. I believe it's okay, unless proven wrong, then you're a liar (goes to all individuals)

              I will agree that I should not say that I excel greatly at writing and make typos. This is explained on point number three.

              I'd like to thank you for the time you took to write for me. I always appreciate insight and criticism, that's how we all get better should we choose to accept it and learn to improve.

              I wish you all well, and if any of you would like to consider hiring me, please don't hesitate to contact me.

              Puspawarna, here's a few example of my work:

              http://www.indianasenaterepublicans....-for-hoosiers/

              http://www.indianasenaterepublicans....rmed-citizens/

              My supervisor, Brady Hagerty, had no involvement in the writing of these articles. But he was the media contact person as well as Press Secretary. These articles were 100% written and proofread by me.

              Best,

              Calvin Ray
              Last edited by raycalvin; 18-02-16, 02:48.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by pinky321 View Post
                Yes, correct
                Pinky321, I've sent a resume and Feby Bunga gave me a response. Please return to me tomorrow regarding interview decision.

                Best,

                Calvin Ray

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                • #9
                  Post #7 is excellent - If I were looking to fill a position, I'd hire you immediately based on the quality of your response. Again, best of luck to you.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Puspawarna View Post
                    Post #7 is excellent - If I were looking to fill a position, I'd hire you immediately based on the quality of your response. Again, best of luck to you.
                    I appreciate it and thank you for the added confidence. Of course, should you have any reference to a job, please don't hesitate to contact me.

                    Best.

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                    • #11
                      Calvin,

                      Please send your CV to [email protected]. We are seeking an expat for our marketing and communications team.

                      I can send you more information via email.

                      Regards

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ben_yahya View Post
                        Calvin,

                        Please send your CV to [email protected]. We are seeking an expat for our marketing and communications team.

                        I can send you more information via email.

                        Regards
                        ben_yahya,

                        Thank you for referring me to this position. I've sent you an e-mail with my CV/Resume.

                        Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

                        Best,

                        Calvin R.

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