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Postby daytripper65 » Wed, 15 Apr 2009 4:27 pm

It looks like I'm in good company hitting this roadblock.

I'm a teacher (master's degree, licensed to teach middle and high school,
overseas experience, etc.) Was originally looking for a job at an International School, but none available at my preferred one. I have young kids, and I've been enjoying being able to attend all the events, chaperone, and being home on holidays and days off. So I thought I would do something light and fun during school hours.

I'm a volunteer guide at a museum here so thought I would join a city tour guide organization, but alas, same 'ol same 'ol, PR's and locals only.
(Fine to volunteer, but try and get a paying job%$#).

I have called a million newspaper ads for PT tutors/teachers and same thing, "PR or local only." I finally contacted an expat organization who explained that while it is not illegal to hire us pesky trailing spouses, there is no incentive for them, only aggravation for the company, who has to adhere to regulations and endure added paperwork, etc. I was also told we are not allowed to tutor privately. They didn't get into the potential consequences of that but I would not want to jeopardize my DP, or my husband's EP.

From the threads I've read, I haven't come across anyone who has found a way around this. If you have, I'd like to hear how you managed to crack through and how you managed to appeal to the venues you were interested in, and get them to engage in this MOM process.

I'm off to navigate the threads for starting up your own business now. Perhaps I can start my own tour company. :mad:
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Postby pakjohn » Wed, 15 Apr 2009 5:59 pm

In my experience; getting a multi-national to hire you isn't impossible and the process of hiring a DP isn't that bad. Some of the companies I've done contract work for listed "PR or Resident only" on their ads but gave me a call back anyway.

I can't say about local compaines attitude towards DP's though. SMS suggested putting a kit together with your CV when applyng for work so the interviewer knows just how easy it is to hire a DP holder. I was going to do it, but so far none of the companies I interviewed with had a problem with hiring a DP holder.

I have noticed it's easier to get noticed if you say you'll do contract work; or at least it was for me. Also recommend you present your resume directly to some of the larger MNC HR departments and position yourself as a contract worker, with your background Human Resource would be a logical parallel career.

Good luck
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Postby Stoven » Thu, 16 Apr 2009 8:17 am

Have you tried applying at the ministry of Education? Try checking out http://www.moe.gov.sg/careers/teach/applying/expat/ if you haven't already.


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Postby daytripper65 » Thu, 16 Apr 2009 10:42 pm

Thanks, those are two good suggestions. I didn't think to add a brief explanation of the MOM process with my CV, nor did I apply with the MOE. I'll explore both of these options. HR might not be so bad either, depending on the company.

I also like the idea of starting my own tour company, and running that big hippo bus off the road.
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Postby carina wong » Fri, 17 Apr 2009 10:20 am

Hi

You may contact schools for contract jobs ie holiday programs since you have teaching experience.


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