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Postby stevebags » Sat, 23 Aug 2008 7:27 pm

Hello everyone, I am impressed with this forum and the associated helpful responses. That being said……….

I am a recent graduate in civil engineering. I just moved to Singapore for my wife's job (she’s on an expat package) and have been seeking employment with a local company that works in neighboring nations building water treatment facilities.

Unfortunately, while I have 7+ years of professional experience in geophysics (1st degree), I am technically new to this field, so getting my resume past human resources has been difficult. Would applying for an employment pass help in advance of getting a job? Is this even possible? Would I require a local or expat package even though my wife is getting perks thru her company?

I am seeking any suggestions or potential contacts from those exposed to this field.

Thank you in advance for your time and suggestions.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Sat, 23 Aug 2008 11:00 pm

You can't apply for an employment pass. The employer applies for an employment pass and must state reasons as to why they cannot find local talent; hence the need to hire you.

Having said that, I'd say you'd qualify as an 'attractive' catch for the Singapore government which is trying to build skill sets and population.

Your best best will be to get here and start networking. There are a number of possible networking options including organizations like the American Chamber of Commerce.

Singapore is a small society, everybody knows everybody. You don't get to plop your CV on a desk and get a job... not at the professional levels. You do get to meet people who will get to know you and hopefully recommend you.

Cheers.


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