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Take the small fish, or wait for the big fish

Postby louy » Mon, 04 May 2009 11:41 am

A friend of mine has been searching for a job for some time now in Singapore. Ideally, he would like to go work for an MNC in a finance role, or for a medium large size accountancy.

He has just been offered a role with a small local Accountancy firm. The salary is low and the benefits are a little limited. However, they will get him a working visa which will allow him to stay. It means he will not have to leave the country every month or so.

Is it fair, and practical to accept the role with the local firm and the working visa, whilst continuing to search for a bigger role ?

Would it affect future working Visas applications if he takes this role and jumps on in a few months time ?

or would it just be better to wait for a more suitable job to come along.

I know the economy is not good these days. What would you do in this situation ?

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Postby Bafana » Tue, 05 May 2009 2:20 am

Singapore sux without money. Wait for the correct position to come along.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 05 May 2009 7:17 am

I'll be the opposing view here. For Asians, it is often better to get your foot in the door. By this I mean, if it will pay your way, AND allow you to get local experience you will be better off.

I say this only if you are not a Singaporean and are from another Asian country trying to break into the Singapore market. This is from my personal viewpoint though as an HR & Finance Manager of a 200+ man SME here in Singapore. I often hire foreign accountants and they will stay around 1 year until they are relaxed with local accounting practices and have gotten their PR's. They are usually value for money (but not always - anything is a gamble) and we give them a foothold into Singapore.


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