Tuesday, October 6, 2020

JP Associates at the Asia Recruitment Awards 2020 Winner Gala (My Story)

JP Associates at the Asia Recruitment Awards 2020 Winner Gala

JP Associates at the Asia Recruitment Awards 2020 Winner Gala

JP Associates at the Asia Recruitment Awards 2020 Winner Gala


When you decide to swap your professional career for a small business, winning awards is so far away in the back of your mind. 

Lately I have begun opening up on how we started the business from my perspective, and it is humbling to see the look of disbelief on everyone's face. 

On the outset, it is a husband and wife business, dedicated to helping Malaysians find jobs in IT... 

But in the beginning...

Pre-baby we were a young KL couple living in a tiny apartment in the chic part of town; the house didn't need any cleaning because we never cooked and we even sent our clothes to the laundry shop so we didn't have to worry about it. 

On weekends we had high tea, KFC and pizza and sometimes only ate one meal a day because we were too lazy, sleepy and unmotivated to go out. We were absolutely not "entrepreneur" Type A people.

Then we moved into an empty new house (with no time for renovation!), I was heavily pregnant with our first baby and somehow we thought that would be a great time to start a business - just because I had 3 months of maternity leave from my marketing job. How hard could it be to figure out how to raise a newborn baby while running a business and also figuring out how to keep a household together? 

Right... we were idiots. 

But sometimes you need to be a little crazy to make a little crazy dream work. 

And so both the company and the baby is over 4.5 years old now and we also have another 2 years old (Yes. While working from home, being a part-house wife, part-business owner, I remember clearly being adamant that I wanted to get pregnant again FAST). 

I remember the days when I hardly got any sleep and days when I got a lot of sleep. 

I remember days of "closing the business" to go on holiday trips every month and every year overseas like it was no big deal (because I didn't know if you have a new business you should not take a day off) 

I remember hard days, frustrating days, testing days. But in all the days, somehow we were all super happy and the house was filled with a lot of love. Things just somehow always just turned out fine.

I now know that it is a stupid decision to have a baby and a new business and a new house all at the same time; I do not recommend anyone to follow in our footsteps. 

We are still living in a house that has not been renovated yet, and the business still has a long way to go before it can stand on its own legs. And the babies probably have another 15 years to go before they are independent adults who contribute to society. 

Steve Jobs says you can only connect the dots when you look back, so I hope that when we are truly free from the rat race, my crazy lifestyle will become a new blueprint, a new philosophy on how we (women especially) can have it all - the babies, the husband, the home, the holiday, the nails, hair and beauty and having the ability to afford it all by ourselves. 

Until then, winning an award or two in recognition of how far we've come is amazing and humbling at the same time. That we can stand shoulder to shoulder with public listed companies and giants in the HR industry is breathtaking. 

JP Associates has won GOLD for Best New Recruitment Agency, GOLD for Recruiter of the Year and SILVER for Best Specialist Recruitment Firm. 

We have grown x10 since we opened our first official office in 2018 and I am so proud of the team who believed in us and our unorthodox methods of getting the job done. 


JP Associates at the Asia Recruitment Awards 2020 Winner Gala

JP Associates at the Asia Recruitment Awards 2020 Winner Gala

JP Associates at the Asia Recruitment Awards 2020 Winner Gala

Here's to more recognition and awards as we run as hard as we can to meet the future! 

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