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churmie
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Need pointing in the right direction!

Postby churmie » Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:53 pm

Hi

Know doubt you will have read countless posts on countless forums of people wanting jobs in Singapore.

Well this post is not that much different! Only I am visiting Singapore hopefully for a week in early May, with the sole intention of securing work out there. Well to even get an interview would be nice, given the difficulty of getting my CV noticed on various websites and through Recruitment consultants.

So if any of you guys have any tips on who to call and who to visit both before and during my my trip, it would be enormously helpful and I will forever be in your debt.

My current plan of attack is Michael Page and various connections I have found on Linkedin.

My biggest concern is that 1 week will not be enough, as there is usually a decent time gap between first and second interviews?

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Postby beppi » Fri, 14 Feb 2014 1:07 am

One week is not enough (in fact, one month usually isn't either).
You should contact potential employers a month or so before your trip and mention your visit dates and that it would be a good opportunity for a personal discussion. That way you may get an interview or two.
Don't put your hopes high with recruiters, although Michael Page is one of the least bad.

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Postby churmie » Fri, 14 Feb 2014 2:38 am

Thanks beppi.

My hopes are not high, I realise it's a very competitive Job market, but it will give me a chance to meet a few people and probably give me a clue as to what my expectations should be! I would dearly love to work out there, but I understand the greater resistance to hire foreign workers and that there are plenty of qualified/experienced professionals already residents out there.

But where there's a will!!! :wink:

I can't spend a month out there, as my current employment could not afford for me to be out of the business for such a continuous amount of time...

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Postby ohmz52 » Fri, 14 Feb 2014 2:56 am

Just apply to large firms who have offices in singers
The grass is greener on the other side.

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Postby pisceangirl » Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:46 am

My suggestion would be to put together a list of firms in Singapore that you'd like to work for based on your domain of work. Look for jobs posted, apply to them and use Linked In and reach out to potential Hiring managers at those organisations in parallel. Even if the people you reach out to aren't hiring, they can point you to others in the company who are. That gives you a much better chance IMO.

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Postby BoroBoy » Fri, 14 Feb 2014 5:21 pm

I was recently looking for a job in sg but there isn't much opportunity for my skill set and seniority level at the moment. Pretty much all of the recruiters ignored me because they currently don't have any roles except mcgregor boyal. I sent my cv to them and I got a call the next day. They told me there was no roles but discussed my options. They even took my cv to some hiring managers to proactively look for a role. In the end I accepted a role in hk but they were the only decent agency I encountered.

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Postby churmie » Fri, 14 Feb 2014 5:31 pm

Thanks guys for your help.

I will add McGregor to my contact list, along with Hudson I think. I will do some research on direct contact with companies out there also too. I have applied for over 150 jobs now through the recruitment sites and Linkedin, but it feels like I am just going through the motions now.

I did get a invitation for an interview on one occasion, but the recruiter read my CV wrong and didn't realise I was based in the UK. Needless to say, I didn't hear from the Recruiter again! Hahaha (have to laugh).

I will definitely visit first week in May. If I am successful I will buy you all a beer! Just one though. It ain't cheap in Singapore!

Cheers again guys and I hope you all have a good weekend...

Lee Churm


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