Things aren’t looking great I must say. Does anyone think there will be any improvements by year end/next year?Global Player wrote:Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
This is also my impression so far. Pre pandemic I never had issues to land at least some interviews in Singapore - but currently zero reply. Hence my question if companies even go for new EPs nowadays. Some openly announced they don't hire overseas candidates due to the travel restrictions (e.g. Google, Visa).
As the observer mentioned, most of those postings are for 'internal transfers in disguise'. They may even invite you for the interview, and reject just afterwards without any good reason.Global Player wrote: ↑Tue, 15 Feb 2022 11:58 amWhat I don't get is that there are open jobs like crazy if you look at the job boards of MNC's and filter for Singapore. E.g. Microsoft and Dell have 120+ open jobs, Singtel, Citibank, DBS more than 500 posted jobs - it looks there is a lot of demand for candidates.
I understand and support the Singaporeans first approach. But I doubt all roles can be filled by local candidates. I'm wondering what is the key cause that companies don't go for overseas candidates? Are the recruiters reluctant to put in the effort or is it really the government what makes it difficult for companies to get EP's approved? So that it even doesn't make sense for recruiters to put in the effort to hire a foreigner.
I know, right? But this is the direction given from our leadership.the observer wrote: ↑Tue, 15 Feb 2022 9:01 pm
Same at my previous company - we had to posts jobs externally for every role, even we already had internal candidates for it.
Pre pandemic I had interviews with Citibank for 2 different jobs. The interviews went exceptionally well but I got rejected - as you said without any obvious reasons. Probably it was something like a smokescreen interview but they decided already for an internal candidate.
Recruitment agencies and foreign candidates don't get along well. Even pre pandemic I had the impression that every agency approach got ignored when you are a foreigner. A recruiter informally told me that most of the companies approach them for local candidates as big companies easily can get foreigners by themselves - they don't need an agency for it.
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