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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 10 Nov 2008 12:07 pm

You might do well to go back and read the last sentence of your first post again. Again, if you are here on a Dependent's pass, you came here with somebody else who was offered a job here. You are just tagging along for the ride as it were. That's what Dependent means. It does not mean you are owed a job just because your spouse was offered one.

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Re: So difficult to find a job in Singapore

Postby Plavt » Mon, 10 Nov 2008 8:34 pm

cherrykingxu wrote:I have been in Singapore for 2 months with a dependent pass and two years marketing working experience in China. And I found it is really difficult to find a marketing related job here. I got several phone calls and after they know I am not a PR, they said theyjust hired local people...



Why shouldn't they? Most Singaporeans are Chinese and are more likely to be familiar with Chinese language and culture than a foreigner. Your experience likely counts for little with a coming recession. You must remember any government will consider (quite rightly) its own people first. Unless you have a specific skill not available amongst locals or there is a shortage of local labour (unlikely at present) then you are on a loser.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Mon, 10 Nov 2008 9:20 pm

I think y'all moderators ought to lighten up on the OP. Her statements could be read a couple of ways... you've chosen the negative... could simply be a lament about not finding a job.

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Postby Hithnar » Tue, 11 Nov 2008 12:09 am

cherrykingxu wrote:Wish you luck...I just keep applying for job and have confident in finding a suitable one. I got one offer of secretary early Oct, and I refused it becasue we should have a very clear and bright career path than just survive ourselves. Cheer up, Hithar and let me infomed if you have a good news:)


Yay! I got my job offer today. I am so excited! I was almost giving up on working in marketing, but it seems that I found the perfect offer for me

Now I just stress that everything goes well with the Letter of Consent, the lady responsible for my hiring has no experience with DP holders, and I hope everything will go quick and smooth. It's a shame that LoC has to be applied for manually, hope that does not discourage the company.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 11 Nov 2008 6:59 am

It shouldn't, as it's a very easy process and I've never heard of one not being granted as long as the primary EP holder is in good shape.

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Postby cherrykingxu » Tue, 11 Nov 2008 9:02 am

Hithnar wrote:
cherrykingxu wrote:Wish you luck...I just keep applying for job and have confident in finding a suitable one. I got one offer of secretary early Oct, and I refused it becasue we should have a very clear and bright career path than just survive ourselves. Cheer up, Hithar and let me infomed if you have a good news:)


Yay! I got my job offer today. I am so excited! I was almost giving up on working in marketing, but it seems that I found the perfect offer for me

Now I just stress that everything goes well with the Letter of Consent, the lady responsible for my hiring has no experience with DP holders, and I hope everything will go quick and smooth. It's a shame that LoC has to be applied for manually, hope that does not discourage the company.


It is excellent news...Congratulations, Hithnar!
I will go to two interviews very soon today and hope I can do better:)
One more thing, what is your main channels for job hunting? I just login to Jobstreet & JobsDB website, every saturday's The Straits Times...That's all.

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Postby Hithnar » Tue, 11 Nov 2008 11:07 am

I did apply from jobsdb and jobstreet, but i tried to avoid their "quick apply" and would rather go for a direct e-mail. I also always wrote a cover letter.

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Postby calvink » Tue, 11 Nov 2008 11:15 am

Yeap Ops...She didnt mean it that way....Dont you know how to draw the fine lines of giving good advice without lashing out to ppl? Geez... 'Professional?'

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Postby Hithnar » Sat, 22 Nov 2008 1:09 am

Hey Cherry! Hows it going? How is your job hunt?

I've finished my first week of work today :D The DP took only 4 days to approve! :o

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Postby W » Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:58 am

Hey Hithnar. Glad to see you happy with your first week of work. Hope it's still going well. Can't believe it only took 4 days for your DP LOC to get approved. We moved here from New Zealand and my pass took nearly 8 weeks for approval from the day of my interview the same day they offered me the job! Well all the best with everything : )

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Postby Hithnar » Wed, 26 Nov 2008 6:50 pm

I was acctualy hoping my LoC would take at least few weeks as well :o I got caugh totally suprised and unprepared :oops:


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