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Please Help! Hong Kong Chinese Working In Singapore

Postby Jean » Fri, 21 Jan 2005 4:36 pm

I am planning to move to Singapore with B/F in 3 months time. He got a job in Singapore and we are planning to married when we settle down.

I would like to get a job before I move there. I am currently working in Hong Kong and do not have PR at the moment. I intend to apply for one after Chinese New Year, or find a job first then apply employment visa.

I have been working in Sales and Marketing (exports/products) for 5 years and have a MA. I know that there are plenty of sales and mareking for electronics, chemical and petroleum. However, they are not my field.

1. Is it necessary to have related experience for whatever job that I intend to apply?
2. How big is the chance that I can work in a different profession?
3. Is it necessary to have PR first before I can find a job?
4. Is it true that it is more diffcult for Hong Kong Chinese to find a job in SIngapore (cause of the competition between Hong Kong Chinese and Singaporean)? Or is it just a rumor?

Please help!

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Re: Please Help! Hong Kong Chinese Working In Singapore

Postby ahong » Sun, 23 Jan 2005 2:03 pm

Jean wrote:I am planning to move to Singapore with B/F in 3 months time. He got a job in Singapore and we are planning to married when we settle down.

I would like to get a job before I move there. I am currently working in Hong Kong and do not have PR at the moment. I intend to apply for one after Chinese New Year, or find a job first then apply employment visa.

I have been working in Sales and Marketing (exports/products) for 5 years and have a MA. I know that there are plenty of sales and mareking for electronics, chemical and petroleum. However, they are not my field.

1. Is it necessary to have related experience for whatever job that I intend to apply?
2. How big is the chance that I can work in a different profession?
3. Is it necessary to have PR first before I can find a job?
4. Is it true that it is more diffcult for Hong Kong Chinese to find a job in SIngapore (cause of the competition between Hong Kong Chinese and Singaporean)? Or is it just a rumor?

Please help!


Hi Jean,

Just my 2 cents worth... Experience is a good to have in whatever jobs here in Sg. I do not know about the practices in Hong Kong but employers here do look at whether you have what is takes. Knowing and able to apply your strengths will put you in a strong position to land a job here.

If you are looking to work in a different profession, chances are that you have to "start all over again". Some thought may be put in whether it is alright to juggle adjustment to lifestyle in a different country and working environment together.

You may apply for an employment pass before a PR. However it requires a sponsorship by your employer. Thus more advisable to get a job first.

Generally i do not think it is more difficult for Hong Kong Chinese to get a job here compared to other expats.

chai

Postby chai » Sun, 23 Jan 2005 6:23 pm

Rely on your boyfriend for a while first. Life style and ppl mind set is completely different here, depends on whether you like HK or not, I found usually ppl who likes HK wouldn't prefer stay in SG for long. About looking for a job, do expect 20-30% pay lower compare with HK.

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Jean

Postby Jean » Thu, 27 Jan 2005 1:28 pm

So if I apply for employment visa, do I need to re-apply it if I want to change job?

Francis28

Postby Francis28 » Thu, 03 Feb 2005 4:07 pm

Jean, have you already found a job? May i know which aspect of sales and marketing are you looking into?

Anyway, i don't think you have to re-apply if you change jobs. All you need to do is to renew it once the expiry date is reached

Jean

Postby Jean » Fri, 04 Feb 2005 5:09 pm

Hi Francis,

To reply your question, my sales and marketing experience is mainly in products, such as textile, stationery, bags, gifts and premium and some personal electronics items.
Also, all my experience are for export market (international trade). I am also experienced in manufacturing in China. Some of the company that I worked for are actually factories. I have good contacts with factory in China and overseas customer.
Moreover, my current boss is from UK, so I am familiar to the way how they work.

With my experience and education background, do you think it is easy to get a job in Singapore? What sort of salary range I should expect?


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