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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 23 Jul 2010 2:14 pm

Louis, I am a long term PR with a local wife and two locally born kids who went through the local educational system. I am also the HR & Finance Manager for a 200+ staff local SME of which 60% are local. I was also in another local company for the 8 years previous to coming to this company where I was the ONLY non Singaporean. Guess what! I used to be tasked with vetting every business letter written to a western client in addition to my other duties due to the fact that the local could not write a proper business letter. And to listen to them speaking to their counterparts in other companies? Pure Singlish. Even the boss spoke Singlish as it's all he was capable of doing. I was always taken to meetings if the client was a Caucasian in an MNC as he knew he would embarrass himself otherwise.

What do you call "official" business? Only Parliament? I've heard Singlish there as well.

Anyway, this is not what the topic is about. And I think the OP would rather have realistic answers, not something that could have been dreamed up by a brainwashed civil servant attached to the STB.
Most of employers looking for staff are normally on a quite urgent basis. The posts need to be filled as soon as possible. So you can understand that it is no point for you to apply for jobs from another country
Maybe that's why local's tend to just walk off jobs without giving proper notice? Become a Catch 22 to a point where a lot of employers expect it? (Not giving notice)
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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Post by Saint » Fri, 23 Jul 2010 3:05 pm

Please refrain from identical multi posting as the Mods won't be happy :mad:

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Post by singaporeflyer » Fri, 23 Jul 2010 3:47 pm

Saint wrote:Please refrain from identical multi posting as the Mods won't be happy :mad:

:lol:
Looks Accidental :)

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 23 Jul 2010 4:45 pm

site's starting to slow down and hang again! :x
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Post by Plavt » Fri, 23 Jul 2010 5:17 pm

Luisloo,
I suggest you have a good look at a number of other forums relating to Singapore, at least one I know of has many expat posters who have been in Singapore a considerable number of years and even they are losing their jobs!

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Post by louisloo » Fri, 23 Jul 2010 6:18 pm

Plavt,
We have earlier in this thread that locals are disgruntled about losing their jobs, and now we have here about foreigners losing their jobs..

SMS,
As you said it, this is not what the topic is about.. Yes, i should have been more guided in my opinion.

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Post by Mad Scientist » Fri, 23 Jul 2010 6:47 pm

louisloo wrote:I am confused..I can't see what has this got to do with the OP wanting to know why her applications has no response and if her way of writing has to do with the disgruntle comments of other people.
I dont work for the garmenh. Just trying to answer someone who wants straight answers.
The problem is you are NOT giving the straight answers. If you care to read other post you know what I mean.
Is there a need for personal criticism?
I am not critising you but I hate when someone gives advise when they jolly well knew that it is the wrong advise. More so when many of us pointed out the error and you refused to accept!!!

Can you read the 2nd line..OP is already on the bandwagon..with or without the job, she is coming over.
Whether OP is coming over or not that is OP perogative. What we do on this board is to provide informed advise for OP to decide. When we do this we normally back this up with facts, local papers and Gahmen website.This shows our credibility and make this forum trustworthy to many.
I have lived half of my life here and has seven companies span over five countries. I employ local and expat alike . In total we have about 700 staffs over 7 companies. It is getting harder to employ expat. Even more so to retain my own staff that has been with me for more than seven years.They are like a family to me.
So do not come here to show that "I know" attitude to us. We have been here long enough to understand how the Gahmen works and nothing surprised us. Even we do not know why MOM reject many applications recently.
Unless you have facts and figures that we do not have, please go back to where you came from and stay there.!!
BTW cut this crap about Singaporean speaking proper English when on official business and Singlish on casual basis. If you are a native English speaker, you will know the English here is crap and completely incomprehensible.You need to bring your nose down as it is blocking your eyes.
The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.Yahoo !!!

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Post by Plavt » Fri, 23 Jul 2010 7:08 pm

louisloo wrote:Plavt,
We have earlier in this thread that locals are disgruntled about losing their jobs, and now we have here about foreigners losing their jobs..
My point was which you appear to either misunderstand or dismiss, I don't know which, is; if expats are losing their jobs there will be a surplus of expats in addition to locals. Your advice to the OP is providing false hope - end of story.

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Post by Gsav » Fri, 20 Aug 2010 8:42 pm

To Louisloo. I can't send you a private message as I haven't posted on here enough. However, I wanted to say thank you for your positive advice, and let you know that earlier in the week I received an excellent offer from an investment bank in Singapore and will be starting in a few weeks. Appears that my concerns were somewhat unfounded. Sorry that you appear to have been embroiled in such a negative discussion. Feel free to PM me :)

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 20 Aug 2010 10:58 pm

Gsav wrote: earlier in the week I received an excellent offer from an investment bank in Singapore and will be starting in a few weeks.
As we tend to collect anecdotal evidence (the only data we're privy to as MOM holds her cards very close to her chest), could you tell us how long it took from application to the MOM for the Employment Pass to your receiving the AIP (Approval in Principle) from the MOM?

Thanks.

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Post by Gsav » Tue, 31 Aug 2010 8:37 pm

I don't know the exact timescales as my company secured my Visa through an immigration consultant they employ, and I am not aware of whether they submitted the form immediately upon receiving it. However, it was less than one week from the time of me sending my completed form to the consultant and receiving the IPA.

It was also the same for my partner when he secured his employment.

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