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Re: What's the job market like?

Postby Primrose Hill » Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:25 am

AndrewV wrote:
ecureilx wrote:
AndrewV wrote:any tips will be appreciated..


Are you employed now ?


Yes, but severely underpaid for the responsibility I am holding (in my humble opinion)

Who isn't :D

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Re: What's the job market like?

Postby ecureilx » Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:47 am

Primrose Hill wrote:
AndrewV wrote:
ecureilx wrote:[quote="AndrewV"]
any tips will be appreciated..


Are you employed now ?


Yes, but severely underpaid for the responsibility I am holding (in my humble opinion)

Who isn't :D[/quote]

Under paid you say ?

Add me to that list

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Re: What's the job market like?

Postby nakatago » Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:52 am

Primrose Hill wrote:
AndrewV wrote:Yes, but severely underpaid for the responsibility I am holding (in my humble opinion)

Who isn't :D


Members of parliament. :P

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Re: What's the job market like?

Postby Barnsley » Tue, 10 Mar 2015 1:50 pm

zzm9980 wrote:
Primrose Hill wrote:MRT grind?


Yeah, seriously. Take Circle and Downtown lines, they're pretty empty. Especially as a Katong Girl, you'll be 3 stops away from the Dakota stop. I get from Katong/Joo Chiat to Telok Ayer in about 25 minutes every day. Pleasant as can be.


Actually the circle is very busy between Paya Lebar and Bishan at Rush Hour times.

I sometimes try and get the MRT going towards Harbourfront from Tai Seng and it can take 2 or 3 MRT before you can get on an MRT.

After Bishan though , its empty as everyone gets off there :D
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Re: What's the job market like?

Postby Primrose Hill » Tue, 10 Mar 2015 2:21 pm

MRT from HV towards Harbourfront gets really busy too but everyone gets off at Buono Vista and I squeezed in. Sorry. Years of conditioning on the Northern Line

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Re: What's the job market like?

Postby Barnsley » Tue, 10 Mar 2015 2:25 pm

Primrose Hill wrote:MRT from HV towards Harbourfront gets really busy too but everyone gets off at Buono Vista and I squeezed in. Sorry. Years of conditioning on the Northern Line


Circle line does appear to have "hot spots" , heading into MRT stations where you can change lines appears to be busy.

Like I said over 90% of the folk on the MRT get off at Bishan when heading toward Harbour Front , its amazing.

One minute you can barely breathe next minute , its like a ghost train :D
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Re: What's the job market like?

Postby Girl_Next_Door » Tue, 10 Mar 2015 2:54 pm

If you are in financial sector, I would say the prospects are reasonably good, even better if you are senior management level. There had been a lot of emphasize by regulators to FIs to place Singaporeans at senior management level and if you have overseas exposure, you will definitely be a strong candidate. Of course, like all jobs, the more senior you are, the fewer jobs there are.

In terms of contracting, I still think Singapore contracting market is not ready yet. Most banks pay a fortune for contractors from the Big 4. Independent contractors are not as common in other markets like London & New York.

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Re: What's the job market like?

Postby AndrewV » Tue, 10 Mar 2015 4:02 pm

Any tips on how to break into mid management positions in IT (non financial sector)? currently holding an entry level management position (Managing a team of around 4, budget accountability around 1.5 Million USD, running a 10Mil usd one off project - fixed bid)

hoping to hit around the 120K SGD per annum salary range (currently around 90-100). I'm not a high flyer like most here :(

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Re: What's the job market like?

Postby Barnsley » Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:54 pm

AndrewV wrote: I'm not a high flyer like most here :(


Is this in Singapore or on the Forum?
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Re: What's the job market like?

Postby Katongirl » Thu, 12 Mar 2015 6:38 am

Somehow I find there's an invisible plateau in mid-level jobs. You need to get that lucky break into the next level up. I was getting 54k in a miserable local chinaman company doing senior specialist job; the juniors were getting 30+k. Then someone (through Linkedin) contacted me for a regional apac role in an mnc. The salary leaped more than 50% and they even paid off more than half my notice period. You should have seen that chinaman boss' jaw how it dropped and he refused to talk to me ever since. I went on to enjoy myself in the new job working with very smart people and did projects that benefited not only apac but also global offices. I learnt a great deal there.

So, identify jobs that you want and develop yourself beyond it. Make yourself so excellent and irresistible that they must have you.

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Re: What's the job market like?

Postby ecureilx » Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:56 am

Katongirl wrote:.. chinaman boss....
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And I recall you are a returning SGn.


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Re: What's the job market like?

Postby the lynx » Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:00 am

AndrewV wrote:hoping to hit around the 120K SGD per annum salary range (currently around 90-100). I'm not a high flyer like most here :(


HAHA.

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Re: What's the job market like?

Postby PNGMK » Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:04 am

Katongirl wrote:Somehow I find there's an invisible plateau in mid-level jobs. You need to get that lucky break into the next level up. I was getting 54k in a miserable local chinaman company doing senior specialist job; the juniors were getting 30+k. Then someone (through Linkedin) contacted me for a regional apac role in an mnc. The salary leaped more than 50% and they even paid off more than half my notice period. You should have seen that chinaman boss' jaw how it dropped and he refused to talk to me ever since. I went on to enjoy myself in the new job working with very smart people and did projects that benefited not only apac but also global offices. I learnt a great deal there.

So, identify jobs that you want and develop yourself beyond it. Make yourself so excellent and irresistible that they must have you.



Good post. Very true - the high earning Singaporeans I know (not many) are really a class above their lower earning countrymen.
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Re: What's the job market like?

Postby Wd40 » Thu, 12 Mar 2015 1:28 pm

AndrewV wrote:Any tips on how to break into mid management positions in IT (non financial sector)? currently holding an entry level management position (Managing a team of around 4, budget accountability around 1.5 Million USD, running a 10Mil usd one off project - fixed bid)

hoping to hit around the 120K SGD per annum salary range (currently around 90-100). I'm not a high flyer like most here :(


Dont target the salary. Target the right company which will let you grow to that level. I mean even if you are not offered a hike but if you are offered in a better company/domain you should take it.

Targetting salary is a very tricky thing. You could easy find yourself in a dead end job and priced out of the market.

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Re: What's the job market like?

Postby Girl_Next_Door » Thu, 12 Mar 2015 5:17 pm

Wd40 wrote:Dont target the salary. Target the right company which will let you grow to that level. I mean even if you are not offered a hike but if you are offered in a better company/domain you should take it.

Targetting salary is a very tricky thing. You could easy find yourself in a dead end job and priced out of the market.


I agree with what you are saying. My career was mediocre for the initial 10 years of my career before I joined the current company. Within 5 years of joining, I got promoted twice and my pay has more than doubled the initial pay that I am drawing when I joined. To a certain extent, I guess the organization works well with my personality and workstyle as well.

Sometimes, its tempting to leave for a 20-30% increment but if you are going to be stuck there, it doesn't really make sense.


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