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Postby germanguy » Tue, 11 May 2010 2:05 am

Hello guys,

I have applied online to a number of companies for a research position. Now could someone tell me how long it normally takes to get a response from them? How long should I wait after applying to recieve that dissapointment response of no jobs :D :D ?

Does anybody have any clue ?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 11 May 2010 7:04 am

Hell could freeze over first. Unless things have changed considerably without me knowing it, you will probably not receive any response at all unless they are interested. Professionalism is not rampant here. Although if you sent it via eMail, you might get an automated responses acknowledging receipt of CV.

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Postby germanguy » Thu, 13 May 2010 4:44 pm

Morning SMS,

thats a good joke :D of receiving an acknowledgement email in return, Yes its true that I got some acknowledgement reply. But I want to ask if and only if somebody is interested to hire me how long normally it takes to give a response.

Can anybody enlighten :o ?

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Postby geerang » Thu, 13 May 2010 4:50 pm

germanguy wrote:Morning SMS,

thats a good joke :D of receiving an acknowledgement email in return, Yes its true that I got some acknowledgement reply. But I want to ask if and only if somebody is interested to hire me how long normally it takes to give a response.

Can anybody enlighten :o ?


To be honest, it is quite hard to find a job online these days unless you are a niche professional like engineer, IT, etc. You might want to consider taking a short holiday in Singapore to look for a job, your English is not bad for a German so you might stand a chance.

Most employers will not even bother to reply your email if you don't want you. That is how they roll.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 13 May 2010 5:42 pm

germanguy wrote:Morning SMS,

thats a good joke :D of receiving an acknowledgement email in return, Yes its true that I got some acknowledgement reply. But I want to ask if and only if somebody is interested to hire me how long normally it takes to give a response.

Can anybody enlighten :o ?


Unfortunately, that was not the question you initially asked in your initial post.

The way it usually works with the unprofessional Singaporean recruiters is that it will reside in their database until it grows moldy (but they won't delete it as they need that to brag on how many CV's they have in their databases (forget the fact that those people are no longer available). So, if, and that is a big IF, they manage to get a Job Description that vaguely resembles your CV it'll be sent to the employer in the off chance that they might get a nibble. Then and only then will you hear from them. At that point, it could be a month but more than likely, several months as they will not bother to contact you for any further information UNLESS they have a client who is interested. IF you get a request for interest or further information, it could be months possibly before you MIGHT get a message/call to set up an interview and if you do, you need to ensure that the position is ACTUALLY live. Employers here don't really play fair either in that they will tell the recruiters that they "may" be needing a "special person" so be on the lookout. This means that they are submitting a tender and need to flesh out the tender with actual CV's. So, you are submitted and it might be 6 months before the results of the tender are out. If the company doesn't win the tender, no position and the company doesn't normally let the recruiter know either.

Using Local Singapore Recruiters is a crap shoot at best and a total snafu at worst. Unfortunately, it the only game in town. You are better off using LinkedIn.

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Postby germanguy » Thu, 13 May 2010 7:03 pm

To SMS,

Thanks for the great insight of jobmarket in singapore. I guess I can give it a year time to find a job there. Within that time If its not possible then I might discard singapore for job searching and move on to some other countries. :)

To geerang,

I have a Ph.d nanotechnology and currently a postdoctoral fellow in germany. I think my education is fine for looking for a job now. Only problem though I want to move out of germany. I am sick and tired of cold european weather :D .

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Postby x9200 » Thu, 13 May 2010 7:19 pm

germanguy wrote:Morning SMS,

thats a good joke :D of receiving an acknowledgement email in return, Yes its true that I got some acknowledgement reply. But I want to ask if and only if somebody is interested to hire me how long normally it takes to give a response.

Can anybody enlighten :o ?

Depends on what door you knocked. If it was the main entrance door it may take a good while. Academia/AStar or Industry?

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Postby germanguy » Thu, 13 May 2010 7:29 pm

To X9200,
I applied both to astar institutes and to some industries too. Its almost 3 weeks I have not heard anything from anyone. Thats why I am just wondering.. :???:

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Postby x9200 » Thu, 13 May 2010 7:47 pm

germanguy wrote:To X9200,
I applied both to astar institutes and to some industries too. Its almost 3 weeks I have not heard anything from anyone. Thats why I am just wondering.. :???:

3 weeks sounds a bit long but not impossible. If you did not contact the group leaders/section heads directly HR might have sent your resume to them and simply waiting for their responses. If you are more after any particular position you may want to call them and ask about the status. This can only create a good impression and you will get a real person to talk to, not who-knows-who or CV shredder behind a contact form.

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Postby geerang » Thu, 13 May 2010 7:55 pm

germanguy wrote:To SMS,

Thanks for the great insight of jobmarket in singapore. I guess I can give it a year time to find a job there. Within that time If its not possible then I might discard singapore for job searching and move on to some other countries. :)

To geerang,

I have a Ph.d nanotechnology and currently a postdoctoral fellow in germany. I think my education is fine for looking for a job now. Only problem though I want to move out of germany. I am sick and tired of cold european weather :D .


You are highly skilled and your English is rather fluent. You should have no problem. Have you tried the "Landed Permanent Residence" scheme?You might also want to consider Australia or Hong Kong as well. Looky: http://www.smcmc.com/faqs/faqs3.htm
Sgporean in France for one year master degree. Back to Spore by 2011!

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Postby germanguy » Thu, 13 May 2010 8:25 pm

To geerang,

Australia is in my plan next........... :D. I will wait for a while before applying in australia...

Anyway thanks for the information. I will look in to it.

To X9200

Thanks for your suggestion. I will keep in mind all the suggestions you gave and will act promptly :)

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 26 May 2010 3:45 pm

chris.klinton wrote:Job questions are asked after seeing your resume so keep your resume like that so it would like to ask you a questions on the basis of your topic....


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