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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 05 Sep 2009 4:23 pm

Nah, that bunch over there would have diced him up so badly that there wouldn't be enough left to push the mouse buttons. We are nice here, we actually tell him why. The just shred 'em.

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Postby Asian_Geekette » Wed, 09 Sep 2009 4:16 pm

ceej1979 wrote:It flies in the face of reason. To claridy, Singaporean employers, in my experience do not give every single job they have to nationals, just because they are Singaporean, and qualified for it.

They have quotas to fill, of course. But if you are livinig there, apply for a job, and are qualified, you'll have a decent shout, no matter what your passport says.

I can't help but think people like you just come on here trying to put people off trying.

This theory that Singapore employers will only hire Singaporeans, for all jobs, is just plain false.


The government as an institution is there to look after the welfare of its citizens first. Hence, there will always be a policy of making sure that jobs should always be filled up by capable locals. If in the event, the position requires expertise (skills/knowledge) that is not readily available locally or there's no local who wants to take the job, then it makes sense to make the job available for foreigners. 8-)

ceej1979, please don't think that the people here are conspiring to put off people from trying. If you check, most online job postings and postings at the local newspapers, you'll see that majority of the ads will specify that the job opening is for citizens or PRs only.

Another option is to try one's luck by applying for an EPEC. However, the EPEC is not an assurance that you can get an EP when a company here hires you. The EPEC is just to give you a permit to stay in Singapore for a year to find a company willing to sponsor you for an EP so you can go and work for them. Sometimes, some companies will say they'll hire you but if the EP (Employment Pass) application is not approved, then sorry...

The reality sounds harsh but right now, it's even harsher with the recession.
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Finding a Job in Singapore

Postby letsgo4227 » Mon, 22 Feb 2010 7:06 pm

Hi,

I've been living here for over a year now but still luckless when it comes to getting a job. Currently i'm on an LTVP. I've tried all the job sites and even the classifieds in the newspapers. Can anyone who has secured a job on a LTVP help out or any guidance would be highly appreciated. I have a degree in Mass Communication but so far they are only accepting nationals and PR's. I'm even open to doing an admin job so long as I get a job. Please help.

Thanks

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 22 Feb 2010 8:06 pm

letsgo4227 wrote:Hi,

I've been living here for over a year now but still luckless when it comes to getting a job. Currently i'm on an LTVP. I've tried all the job sites and even the classifieds in the newspapers. Can anyone who has secured a job on a LTVP help out or any guidance would be highly appreciated. I have a degree in Mass Communication but so far they are only accepting nationals and PR's. I'm even open to doing an admin job so long as I get a job. Please help.

Thanks


If you cannot find a job in your chosen industry, what makes you think somebody will give you a doing something that any ITC graduate can do?

Sometimes, when things don't pan out the way you want, it's time to beat a hasty retreat back to you home country where the government has the responsibility of taking care of it's own citizens first.

Things are rough all over.

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Postby letsgo4227 » Tue, 23 Feb 2010 1:11 pm

If you cannot find a job in your chosen industry, what makes you think somebody will give you a doing something that any ITC graduate can do?

Sometimes, when things don't pan out the way you want, it's time to beat a hasty retreat back to you home country where the government has the responsibility of taking care of it's own citizens first.

Things are rough all over.

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Sundaystaple,

I hope you understand the fact that i'm already over here which means I spent money for a reason. Instead of giving me a negative and depressing comment on how somebody wouldn't give me a job that ITC graduates can do maybe you can offer other resources or links or rather even not commenting ok. Thanks for your help but I can do without negativity.

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Postby observer » Tue, 23 Feb 2010 10:13 pm

Fine line between negativity and reality.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 23 Feb 2010 10:24 pm

observer wrote:Fine line between negativity and reality.


And obviously our friend above doesn't read the local newspapers either. Or listen to the budget last night. The fact that she is already over here doesn't preclude the fact that while she is, there is a constant drain on the financial reserves, that, due to the absence of a job, can only get worse. But, if that's what she wants to do, and be offended by the truth and good advice, that's her prerogative as well I guess. No skin off'n my nose.

It is a fine line...... :wink:

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Postby letsgo4227 » Tue, 23 Feb 2010 11:19 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
observer wrote:Fine line between negativity and reality.


And obviously our friend above doesn't read the local newspapers either. Or listen to the budget last night. The fact that she is already over here doesn't preclude the fact that while she is, there is a constant drain on the financial reserves, that, due to the absence of a job, can only get worse. But, if that's what she wants to do, and be offended by the truth and good advice, that's her prerogative as well I guess. No skin off'n my nose.

It is a fine line...... :wink:


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Sundaymorning,

I don't believe in giving up and let's just fine print this that maybe what you're trying to say to any expat who reads this forum is go back to your own country which is not really a nice thing to say. I know what the reality is AND it can be changed if you keep trying :)

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Postby jpatokal » Wed, 24 Feb 2010 10:34 am

letsgo4227 wrote:I don't believe in giving up and let's just fine print this that maybe what you're trying to say to any expat who reads this forum is go back to your own country which is not really a nice thing to say. I know what the reality is AND it can be changed if you keep trying :)


You've been trying for a year now -- how much has reality changed so far? Best of luck with your search, but at some point you'll need to decide when to cut your losses... and SMS is suggesting that that time might be now.
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GIVE CHANCE TO EXPATS TO WORK IN SINGAPORE....

Postby batmanbegins » Thu, 11 Mar 2010 6:57 pm

Hi everyone, just wanted to share some things about applying a job in Singapore...once you sent you CV directly to employers they asked you for an interview though you already put from you cover letter that you are not having a PR neither you are not Singaporeans..they will still ask you to come..but after the interview, they will just that they need PR's and Singaporeans only...I think, this was unfair for expats who have the willingness to work but never given a chance...Just a question...How can expat be having PR or having Working Permit if they have not given a chance to work in the first place?...just an honest opinion guys...thanks...[/b]
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Re: GIVE CHANCE TO EXPATS TO WORK IN SINGAPORE....

Postby x9200 » Thu, 11 Mar 2010 8:35 pm

batmanbegins wrote:...Just a question...How can expat be having PR or having Working Permit if they have not given a chance to work in the first place?...just an honest opinion guys...thanks...[/b]

Brutally honest? Apparently if you can not find a job that welcomes you with your current skill and working experience you are not considered to be good enough for PR. Afterall you are a foreigner so why a government of a country you are not a citizen of should take care of you? You are welcomed to Singapore only If you have a set of skills that the local employers are looking for and can not find candidates among citizens and residents.

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Postby batmanbegins » Thu, 11 Mar 2010 8:47 pm

BRUTALLY SPEAKING....I'M NOT SPEAKING THAT I'M THE WHO WAS LOOKING FOR A JOB....I'M JUST HERE FOR A FRIEND AND HAVING A VACATION...HE JUST SHARED WHAT HE EXPERIENCED IN DOING SOME JOB-HUNTING HERE...JUST WANT TO ASK? ARE YOU A LOCAL SINGAPOREAN OR JUST AN EXPATS HAVE PR?...THANKS FOR THE REPLY...
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Postby x9200 » Thu, 11 Mar 2010 8:58 pm

Why do you ask for an honest answer if apparently you can not accept it? :???: I maybe sympathetic to your situation but facts are facts.

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Postby batmanbegins » Thu, 11 Mar 2010 9:15 pm

:D ...no problem...thanks for being honest...i just wanted to help a friend that's why...
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Postby irvine » Fri, 12 Mar 2010 1:24 pm

There are many factors when you want to be considered for an interview, to name a few: your resume is great, your picture shows that you are good looking, and you're not too expensive to hire, etc. Sometimes of course, it is sheer luck.

I totally understand non-PR foreigners are frustrated when they still can't land a job after many months or year. You just either try harder, start the next big thing, or go home. My own husband is a Singaporean citizen, has the qualification, >10 years experience, etc and he is still jobless... for 10 months now. And he is not the only one among his peers to face this.

What makes you so special if even a citizen has a hard time. Well ok, maybe some say hubby just has bad luck or hasn't tried hard enough. You try tell that to him and see the reaction you get.

Face it, times are STILL bad. You either get lucky, or you don't yet. If you want sympathy, get it from your girlfriends.


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