On seeking jobs, again...

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On seeking jobs, again...

Post by Fabio77 » Fri, 10 Oct 2008 2:53 am

My plan is to spend some time in Singapore seeking a job in the chemical/pharma/nanotech sector.

How long may it take to get a job? Would 2-3 months be enough?
I have begun sending CVs to various private companies and applying for positions with research institutes, but no replies so far (it's just a week tho).

Is this kind of explorative trip a wise decision, or likely to leave me broke and jobless?

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Post by taxico » Fri, 10 Oct 2008 1:03 pm

why don't you continue sending out CVs and contact recruitment agencies in singapore to help you get a job before coming over when interviews are lined up?

internet has made it easy (and you don't have to pay them), especially if you have experience in the sectors you mentioned.

just my 2c.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 10 Oct 2008 1:08 pm

Frankly, I wouldn't come over here unless you already had an offer in hand. If you come over here on an exploratory trip you may well find a position but at the same time you will probably not get offered what you are worth. Sometimes it's a little bit harder from overseas to get a nibble, but it's generally more lucrative package wise.
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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Post by sierra2469alpha » Fri, 10 Oct 2008 2:15 pm

I'm with SMS. In todays telecommunications age, you can always contact people and even present yourself pretty well (maybe a short video interview?? - I saw someone put that concept to very effective use).

I also agree with SMS that you'll more likely obtain a better package.

Good luck, and post back if we can help more?

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Post by Fabio77 » Fri, 10 Oct 2008 6:03 pm

The thing is, I am feeling restless here in Italy - no good job, neither bad ones in sight.

They say that the crisis will cause Singapore economy to grow only 3% next year. Well, here a <1% growth is a good year.

In any case, thanks for the suggestions. I will add to my cover letter that I am available fro teleconference interviews.

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