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Where can I buy a SIM over the www and reload it?

Postby Darth Vader » Tue, 16 Jun 2009 1:01 am

Hi Guys,

Looking for some local suggestions. I'm based in Europe and looking for work in Singapore, one of the problems (especially now) is that the agencies are only looking for local (e.g. ready to go!) people and with my European tel number it is a big give away that I am not in town.

Therefore I am looking for a local SIM that I can buy over the web and have posted to me and that I can re-load it when it runs out of money.

Or maybe some kind of forwarding service...

Any suggestions or thoughts? I know I'm setting myself for a bunch of 2am calls so maybe a message taking or voicemail service might be better???

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Postby Plavt » Tue, 16 Jun 2009 2:35 am

:???: :???:

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Postby Darth Vader » Tue, 16 Jun 2009 3:29 am

Plavt wrote::???: :???:


:???: :???: backatcha

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 16 Jun 2009 1:56 pm

So when they call you for an interview tomorrow at lunchtime how you gonna get there in time. The interviewer will already know you are the type person that will us sneaky means to get over an employer. Do you think that they would trust you? As a HR Manager, I find you out in a flash and that would be it. Full Stop.

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Postby Darth Vader » Tue, 16 Jun 2009 2:44 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:So when they call you for an interview tomorrow at lunchtime how you gonna get there in time. The interviewer will already know you are the type person that will us sneaky means to get over an employer. Do you think that they would trust you? As a HR Manager, I find you out in a flash and that would be it. Full Stop.


It's a good question, fortunately I have the answer but I don't want to drag the thread off topic so I'll keep my answer in the box I have at my side.

Being sneaky is a bit of a slur... Creating the conditions where I can be considered for a position at all (let alone) in the best possible light is part of an applicants job. Ensuring there is no 'dodginess' is part of yours as an HR professional. Its all part of The Great Game as Arthur Conolly said.

The problem I am facing is one of perception. As an expat already I am almost daily asked if I would consider roles for which I am not suitable but I am contacted ahead of other more suitable candidates because I am already in the country/city in question. The problem is that agents consider ill fitting locals ahead of better fitting people who would have to become expats because a large number of people don’t want to be expats. As I am already an expat this – in Europe – is not a problem as I am considered ‘on the mainland’ and regularly get shouts for most major European centres ahead of more suitable London based individuals. Who might be up for a bit of expat-life but YOU would never know as you won’t ever see their resume’s because they are not considered by agents.

When it comes to intercontinental however I might as well be in London and a non-expat, because (in this case) the SG agents only want local candidates (in this market). So whilst I am happily working at the moment and expect to be for another 18 months, I am keen to see any up and coming Singapore jobs in case a perfect one comes up. So now you know a bit more, am I still being too sneaky for you, because I frankly see it as smart and beating the agencies filtering system…

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Postby jpatokal » Tue, 16 Jun 2009 2:59 pm

DID offers Singapore local numbers that can be forwarded to a number of your choice:

http://www.didww.com/store.php

15.00$ setup plus 15.00$/mo plus IDD fees -- still probably much cheaper than roaming with a Singapore SIM in Europe.
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Postby Plavt » Tue, 16 Jun 2009 3:26 pm

Darth Vader wrote:
Being sneaky is a bit of a slur...


Why don't you answer sundaymorningstaple's question as your post simply makes you appear a devious individual as does your response?

I'll keep my answer in the box I have at my side.


This suggests you don't have an answer, not just to me but quite likely to many others. I really can't see any logic in what you are trying to do since at some point you will have to reveal your nationality subsequently the employer(s) will have to go through the usual channels of justifying hiring a foreigner over a local.

Ps: I doubt they need foreign bankers in Singapore in the current economic climate.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 16 Jun 2009 3:53 pm

Ya know... they might be looking for a local because they want someone that already has work authorization... citizen, PR, DP, PEP. So, what are you going to tell them when they ask about your employment status? +65 won't help there.


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