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Best way to secure IT job

Postby mattsg » Wed, 06 Jan 2010 11:22 am

Hi there, currently I am planning to relocate to Singapore. Right now, I am still working in KL (and living there too) as a IT Network Engineer but would like to work in Singapore. Are there anyone who did that as to how difficult was it to go for interview, getting the job, etc. I am planning to rent a room there for a start.

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Re: Best way to secure IT job

Postby nitro » Thu, 07 Jan 2010 7:33 am

mattsg wrote:Hi there, currently I am planning to relocate to Singapore. Right now, I am still working in KL (and living there too) as a IT Network Engineer but would like to work in Singapore. Are there anyone who did that as to how difficult was it to go for interview, getting the job, etc. I am planning to rent a room there for a start.

Cheers.


check out jobsdb.com & have a feel of the market. shouldnt be too hard for you to drive down for interview?

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Postby irvine » Thu, 07 Jan 2010 4:12 pm

I got my job from a listing on Jobstreet.com.sg ;)

Or, if you have a friend here, you could ask him/her to save the Saturday newspapers Recruit section for you.

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Postby mattsg » Fri, 08 Jan 2010 3:51 pm

Thanks Irvine,
Just curious, do you have to make a lot of trips down south for interviews?

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Postby irvine » Fri, 08 Jan 2010 9:33 pm

Two trips. But I was in KL, so it wasn't too bad. I did make sure even the first interview would be something that'd be worth my trip. I.e. a job you want, an employer who is genuinely interested in meeting you, and you're able to go.

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Postby irvine » Fri, 08 Jan 2010 9:35 pm

Oh yes, be sure to have yourself listed juicy and nice on LinkedIn too. I've got a few genuine headhunters emailed me from there so far.

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Postby mattsg » Mon, 11 Jan 2010 3:53 pm

Thanks for the advice Irvine. Really appreciate it. So how long have you been working in Singapore? How did you find the experience working over there?

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Postby irvine » Mon, 11 Jan 2010 9:53 pm

Been here 15 months now... well, I still prefer KL of course for the same reasons you know of, eg: more space, yummier food, mamak, friends, family, less restriction in living life, etc.

The only thing I appreciate about Singapore is money. But end of the day, we still need to use the money to buy very expensive housing. So back to Sq 1 if you ask me. LOL! I'm here bcoz my husband is a Singaporean.

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Postby irvine » Mon, 11 Jan 2010 10:03 pm

How is working experience here? Hmm, mine is ok, but I find some are quite "square", thinking in the box, following only the lines restricting them. That can be a frustration sometimes... but you could also turn that into your opportunity to shine then.. hahaha!

Some bosses will not hesitate to make you work late, depriving you of dinner time and even dinner. I don't like that. My superior did that quite a few times when I first came, well of course being a Malaysian Chinese, I would speak up if things aren't fair. Now she does her best to finish meetings earlier.

You will notice there is quite a difference between Malaysian Chinese and Singaporean Chinese. (Assuming you're a M'sian Chinese?) As for what are the differences, it's for you to find out! ;)

A piece of nice news... this year's O-levels top scorer is from... KUALA LUMPUR!! Woohoo... that says, we got smart people too hahahaahha.

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Postby john2010 » Tue, 12 Jan 2010 4:11 am

Thanks for the tips -- I'm in a similar situation, looking to find an IT job in Singapore. I'm working on the 'nice and juicy' LinkedIn profile, and am looking at the classifieds you suggested. My natural inclination is an IT position with a good administrative salary (although, I'm looking for additional resources to compare whether the salary's something I should expect as an IT admin...any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated). Thanks in advance.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 12 Jan 2010 6:56 am

john2010 wrote:Thanks for the tips -- I'm in a similar situation, looking to find an IT job in Singapore. I'm working on the 'nice and juicy' LinkedIn profile, and am looking at the classifieds you suggested. My natural inclination is an IT position with a good administrative salary (although, I'm looking for additional resources to compare whether the salary's something I should expect as an IT admin...any help/suggestions would be greatly appreciated). Thanks in advance.


YOu should look at a salary spread relevant to Singapore and not the US. You really need to compare apples with apples not oranges. A look at the Kelly tables or the MOM salary tables would be a good start. Check the stickies at the top of the forum.

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Postby john2010 » Tue, 12 Jan 2010 8:47 am

great suggestions -- thanks for the advice, especially since I was looking for those salary spread relevant to Singapore but wasn't finding it. guess i should've asked here. The Kelly and MOM salary tables are a great resource; thanks sundaymorningstaple! :)

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Postby mattsg » Tue, 12 Jan 2010 10:58 am

Hi all, thanks for the advice and the pointers.


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