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Difficulty looking for work

Post by MiamitoSingapore » Wed, 25 Aug 2021 8:53 am

Hi,

I am an American interested in working in Singapore and I just completed a masters degree in Europe.What is the difficulty of getting an employment pass a non-singaporean/non-resident considering the relatively low unemployment rate in Singapore?

Thanks in advance

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Re: Difficulty looking for work

Post by Myasis Dragon » Wed, 25 Aug 2021 11:27 am

Your chances are close to zero if you think you will walk in cold and find a job.

Read prior posts by me and Strong Eagle which describe the issues foreigners face in obtaining employment.

The government doesn't want you taking jobs from locals.

Employers much prefer to hire locally.

Unless you're in a niche specialty and a true whiz bang, there is nothing to recommend you over a local.

If you want to work in Singapore, go to work for a multi-national with offices in Singapore and ask to be transferred. It's about the only way.

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Re: Difficulty looking for work

Post by Rocketboy » Wed, 25 Aug 2021 2:05 pm

Chances are very low but not zero, depends on your degree, if your Master thesis work was cutting age, lets imagine - brain computer interfaces or genomics - you have a chance to get in.

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Re: Difficulty looking for work

Post by MiamitoSingapore » Thu, 26 Aug 2021 5:06 am

My thesis is actually on southeast asian economics.

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Re: Difficulty looking for work

Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 26 Aug 2021 11:42 am

Is that something like being an armchair general?
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Re: Difficulty looking for work

Post by Lisafuller » Thu, 26 Aug 2021 8:09 pm

MiamitoSingapore wrote:
Wed, 25 Aug 2021 8:53 am
Hi,

I am an American interested in working in Singapore and I just completed a masters degree in Europe.What is the difficulty of getting an employment pass a non-singaporean/non-resident considering the relatively low unemployment rate in Singapore?

Thanks in advance
Not great unless you’re especially good at what you do. It would be smarter to get a job here through an American company with an office here rather than to try to seek employment with a local company.

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Re: Difficulty looking for work

Post by Lisafuller » Thu, 26 Aug 2021 8:10 pm

Myasis Dragon wrote:
Wed, 25 Aug 2021 11:27 am
Your chances are close to zero if you think you will walk in cold and find a job.

Read prior posts by me and Strong Eagle which describe the issues foreigners face in obtaining employment.

The government doesn't want you taking jobs from locals.

Employers much prefer to hire locally.

Unless you're in a niche specialty and a true whiz bang, there is nothing to recommend you over a local.

If you want to work in Singapore, go to work for a multi-national with offices in Singapore and ask to be transferred. It's about the only way.
Very well put. Last point is so true, it would be much easier to get transferred here working for an MNC than to try to seek out a job locally. Salary and benefits will probably be much better as well.

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