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Postby irvine » Fri, 12 Mar 2010 1:26 pm

Oh, and a note to those who are considering to come to Singapore to look for a job, you may want to consider holding back that until after the elections here.

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IRVINE CHATTER....

Postby batmanbegins » Fri, 12 Mar 2010 5:08 pm

you know what, irvine, i dont know you...if you cant say something good better dont say anything instead....i'm not here for sympathy of job...I join this forum to just help a friend of mine...and please read before you react!...but anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts with your husband...hope he'll find a job soon...but for for me I'm just having a great time here singapore for vacation...and I have a job in our country just to let you know...thanks...no offense meant... :) :D
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Postby irvine » Fri, 12 Mar 2010 9:43 pm

The keyboard is mine, and I can type what I want. If you only want to read all the good and nice things, then why are you here? Why not this forum be called the Feel Good Forum?

Don't you know some of us will give it to readers as is? Isn't that one of the reasons people come to forums?

While Singapore has foreign talents to thank, they are now in a stage where they need to 'take care' of their own people, hence the tightening of PR and work pass approvals. Perhaps it is just not a great year for finding a job, so don't take it personally that these things are just not happening the way it could be when times were good.

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Postby ysksky » Fri, 12 Mar 2010 9:46 pm

so hard to find job, always the same question. "Are you PR?" =(

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Postby irvine » Fri, 12 Mar 2010 10:10 pm

ysksky, do you stand out from the rest of the applicants? If yes, you could actually stand a chance.

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Postby sofke » Mon, 15 Mar 2010 10:59 am

Hi all,

I don't understand that some people try to discourage foreigners of their chance of finding a job. Take me for example: I'm 24 years old, have a Master (but who doesn't these days!) in Economics, and only 2 years of working experience in the finance department of an MNC. I've been here in Singapore 1 month now, and already got 2 joboffers in that time!!! Next week I can start working here, also at an MNC.

So I dont have any "very special, unique" skills that locals here don't have, and I just have 2 years of professional experience, and still found a job very easily. I also know some other young expats who just came to Singapore without work, and in less then 2 weeks time found a job.

If people here are trying to say it's almost impossible for foreigners to find a job here, that is just a big lie...

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 15 Mar 2010 11:39 am

Wow! Just because you found a job, then that means anybody can find a job? Either that doesn't say too much about you or it tell volumes. I have to wonder how you got a masters with you thought processes. Of course, it's possible that you are being grossly underpaid in the position you have been accepted for. You didn't say whether or not you had gotten your employment pass yet. Also, what pass were you issued.

If you had taken the time to read some of the threads here, you will note that there are a substantial number of posters here who have been rejected or not able to find positions. That doesn't mean you cannot find a job here but is does mean that you odds are slimmer than before. Somehow, with your myopic viewpoint, I feel sorry for your employer.

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Postby x9200 » Mon, 15 Mar 2010 12:06 pm

Half of this thread is generated by people complaining about difficulty or practical impossibility of finding a job and then we have sofke, a new member of this small society throwing some thunderballs (yeah, I am exaggerating) on those who tried to explain why for these people it may be difficult to find a job. You were saying:
So I dont have any "very special, unique" skills that locals here don't have, and I just have 2 years of professional experience, and still found a job very easily. I also know some other young expats who just came to Singapore without work, and in less then 2 weeks time found a job.

So what is your message? If you are an average as you suggested who are all these hundreds if not thousands complaining souls here and there? Just very very unlucky ones?

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Postby Plavt » Mon, 15 Mar 2010 8:44 pm

Why is it so hard for some people to grasp that only certain positions are open to foreigners provided they have the relevant qualifications and experience? The alternative being to start a business which will provide jobs for Singaporeans or if you are sent by a company for whom you work for, there is enough information on this board. :roll:

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Postby sofke » Mon, 15 Mar 2010 8:56 pm

Exactly my point! Don't waste your time going for jobs in Jobstreet/Jobcentral,... because that will get you nowhere, it's 95% just for Singaporeans. Try from the beginning other methods like contacting companies directly, or, much better still, networking!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 15 Mar 2010 9:17 pm

You still don't geddit do you. :roll: Dog help the company that is interested in you. Which, by the way, you still haven't answered my earlier questions.

Almost smells like a troll to me. :-k

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Postby intellectualsmuse » Tue, 16 Mar 2010 6:52 am

sofke wrote:Exactly my point! Don't waste your time going for jobs in Jobstreet/Jobcentral,... because that will get you nowhere, it's 95% just for Singaporeans. Try from the beginning other methods like contacting companies directly, or, much better still, networking!


1. How would contacting companies directly help if the position is anyways for a Singaporean/PR? You don't mean to say that Jobstreet would advertise the same position as being for Singaporeans/PRs when the company is open tot aking foreingers do you?

2. Yes contacts ALWAYS help. That is a matter of luck though. A lot of us may not have any contacts in the professional sphere here in SG.

Hence all of the above considered, it is difficult though not impossible at this time to find a job here in Singapore-pure probability!
For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know.

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Postby sofke » Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:09 am

I don't lower myself to insulting people and I don't want to wast mye time handling jealous people, so I prefer not to answer any more. Goodbye, go and insult others now

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:20 am

Actually, you insulted every poster on this board who has had a difficult time finding a job. :roll:

More likely, you don't have a good answer and the challenge is the best way out for you. That way you don't have to commit yourself do you. You don't even have to defend you rash initial statements. Neat. Bye. :wave:
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Postby irvine » Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:21 am

Sofke is for real? Good luck and happy working in your new found joy.

Those who manage to get a job and work pass, great. Those who hasn't yet, either keep trying or face the reality and the MOM. Welcome to Singapore.

If anyone thinks my words are discouraging, wait till you get the big mean bosses. You won't even know what hit you.


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