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At my wit's end

Postby thickandthin » Wed, 25 Oct 2006 9:32 pm

Hello everyone!

I've virtually pulled all me hair out :???:
why? I just don't seem to be able to land a job despite having finished a masters in telecom
so, if you have any offerings; please save me from this mess

I would be ever so grateful for your help

cheers

Sam

thick.thin@yahoo.com

http://www.bestjobs.com.sg/resumes/senthil2201

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Postby Strong Eagle » Wed, 25 Oct 2006 10:21 pm

Are you a local or an expat? What is it you are trying to sell about yourself? That you have a degree?

Consider offhand, that you might best land a job by selling what it is that you can do to make a company more profitable or more efficient.

Have you researched the companies you have applied to? Can you walk in and say, "I see you have a problem and here is how I would solve it"?

Or have you walked in and said, "I need a job"?

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give me a job

Postby thickandthin » Thu, 26 Oct 2006 10:40 pm

Hello Strong Eagle,

many thanks for reading throuhg my post. Yes, I'm basically just walking in and saying give me a job, coz i 've tried extensively and had no joy.

Nevertheless I'm worthit, being a hard worker with a knack for analytics I can make a great contribution.

So if you can help, please have a glance at my resume I would very much appreciate it

http://www.bestjobs.com.sg/resumes/senthil2201

cheers

Sam

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 26 Oct 2006 11:08 pm

Sam,

I had a quick read of your CV. As a fresher, to be honest, you are wasting your time unless you have already obtained Permanent Residence or Citizenship. You do not have anything to offer a Singaporean employer that they couldn't get from a local university. Wish I could be the bearer of better options, but as a Recruiter with 14 years experience I don't see any real possibilities.

Additionally, any prospective employer seeing your online CV will spot the first thing that I saw. First of all, you are careless and did not proofread your posting. Check how you spelled telecommunication in the very first sentence that anybody would read.........

Graduate engineer

An entry level graduate position in telecomuunications, I have recently completed a Masters degree in wireless Communications Engineering. Languages spoken : English, Tamil

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Postby Strong Eagle » Fri, 27 Oct 2006 10:36 am

To add to SMS's comments: I too, believe that you will have a very difficult time getting a job in Singapore. As a fresh graduate you must compete against all the fresh graduates in Singapore, and the rules are set to give local Singaporeans preferences over foreigners.

First, a company would need to demonstrate why they could not find a local with your job skills. The fact is, they probably could not, and so an EP would not be issued for you.

Second, even if they could secure an EP for you, they would be reluctant to do so. As a new graduate you are an unknown quantity, and if you don't work out, the company is responsible for paying for your maintenance while you are here and repatriating you to your home country. It is a high risk that no one will take.

I would also question some parts of your CV... they are not effective in selling your self. For example, your objective says, "A self-driven engineering post-graduate seeking a position in a challenging environment that inspires creativity and values learning."

Can you see that this statement focuses the action on you? You want a place that inspires creativity. The company wants an individual that can inspire creativity. Companies only 'value learning" when it contributes to the bottom line.

You would be better off with something like this: "Recent graduate of prestigious university seeks entry level position in communications electronics where I can use my knowledge and analytical abilities to create new products, solve problems, and create revenue opportunities for the company."

As a BSEE myself (97), I can tell you that your education barely scratches the surface when it comes to the level of sophistication within the electronics companies, so you need to sell yourself as to the value you can provide if hired.

What are your strengths above your academic credentials? Can you get up in front of management and effectively communicate during a presentation? Can you clearly write reports? Can you lead? Do you have a nose for solving problems? Consider creating a 'profile' section that gives a rounder picture of who you are and what you are capable of doing. As written you CV is identical to a 1000 other graduates.

The upside is that you have a good technical degree and that is in demand. If you want to get to Singapore I suggest that you look for work in an MNC elsewhere... India, China, Vietnam, Malaysia... come to mind. Once you have work experience under your belt you can either ask for a transfer internally or change to a company that will put you in Singapore.


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