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Tips for an Aussie looking for temp work

Post by Miss Swan » Wed, 30 Mar 2011 2:33 pm

Hi, my friend's coming to Singapore to attend her brother's wedding and she's thinking of staying for 1-2 months as she has been roped in to help out in the wedding prep. But she doesn't have enough money on her at the mo and would like to see if she can find a short work stint as a temp or part-timer in Singapore.

She's an Aussie citizen and doesn't have an issue working as a server (even though wages are much lower than what she can get back in OZ).

Can anyone point her in the right direction in contacting any bar/pub/restaurant/cafe who's keen to offer her a temp position? She's outspoken, cheerful and definitely service-oriented. Customers will love her!

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Post by ecureilx » Wed, 30 Mar 2011 3:09 pm

Miss Swan wrote:Hi, my friend's coming to Singapore to attend her brother's wedding and she's thinking of staying for 1-2 months as she has been roped in to help out in the wedding prep. >>
Can anyone point her in the right direction in contacting any bar/pub/restaurant/cafe who's keen to offer her a temp position? She's outspoken, cheerful and definitely service-oriented. Customers will love her!
If you have lived here long enough you will know that those on social visit pass can't be employed - and I checked with a bar operator I know - both said they don't need the risk of employing illegal workers.

Bars are the common target for the undercover / enforcement officers, and a caucasian girl (I assume your friend is .. ) will stick out like a sore thumb. she can only convince the bar owner to employ her as a 'customer relation officer' (I mean the non-seedy type .. )

In any case, most waitresses dont' get more than 800 $ basic + share of tips depending upon pub/sharing scheme in place .

My 2 cents .. maybe i am wrong ..

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Post by nakatago » Wed, 30 Mar 2011 3:40 pm

Not enough information about your friend but other people may find this useful: http://www.contactsingapore.sg/students ... programme/

Already mentioned here: http://forum.singaporeexpats.com/ftopic72057.html

and here: http://forum.singaporeexpats.com/ftopic74927.html

For recent graduates of select institutions of select countries, though.
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Post by Miss Swan » Wed, 30 Mar 2011 4:52 pm

nakatago, thanks for your reply. I just went to look at the criteria for the WHP and saw this:

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Contact Singapore (CS) welcomes full-time students, including those who have gained admission but have yet to commence study, and recent graduates below the age of 30 years, to apply for the Work Holiday Pass (WHP). Currently, only graduates from universities recognised at the national government level of the following 8 countries are eligible for the WHP: Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

My friend is 33 this year, and does not have university qualifications. Plus she cannot stay for 6 months. 3 months is the max she can afford as she has a dog waiting for her at home so this is going to be a challenging job hunt for her.

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Post by nakatago » Wed, 30 Mar 2011 5:06 pm

Miss Swan wrote:nakatago, thanks for your reply. I just went to look at the criteria for the WHP and saw this:

Eligibility
Contact Singapore (CS) welcomes full-time students, including those who have gained admission but have yet to commence study, and recent graduates below the age of 30 years, to apply for the Work Holiday Pass (WHP). Currently, only graduates from universities recognised at the national government level of the following 8 countries are eligible for the WHP: Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and the US.

My friend is 33 this year, and does not have university qualifications. Plus she cannot stay for 6 months. 3 months is the max she can afford as she has a dog waiting for her at home so this is going to be a challenging job hunt for her.
In that case, I don't think she can work here legally. I'd like to be wrong though, for her sake but I'm not optimistic.
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Post by ecureilx » Wed, 30 Mar 2011 5:10 pm

nakatago wrote: In that case, I don't think she can work here legally. I'd like to be wrong though, for her sake but I'm not optimistic.
And some of the non-natives you see in places like 1Degree15, are, here part of their course work ..

Nothing to loose anyway, since AU is in the FT pact with SG - so there may be some little hidden option ..

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Post by Miss Swan » Wed, 30 Mar 2011 5:20 pm

Exactly..and now I'm poking around to see what her 'hidden options' are...

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Post by nakatago » Wed, 30 Mar 2011 5:24 pm

Miss Swan wrote:Exactly..and now I'm poking around to see what her 'hidden options' are...
Well, if she's a performance artist...http://www.mom.gov.sg/foreign-manpower/ ... fault.aspx
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 30 Mar 2011 5:39 pm

nakatago wrote:Well, if she's a performance artist...
I've always wondered how all the hookers get here. It's mostly a performance innit! :mrgreen:

not saying your friend is. :oops:
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Post by nakatago » Wed, 30 Mar 2011 5:47 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
nakatago wrote:Well, if she's a performance artist...
I've always wondered how all the hookers get here. It's mostly a performance innit! :mrgreen:

not saying your friend is. :oops:
Those in Geylang or those found elsewhere? Elsewhere, I would assume are illegal anyways.

But seriously, now that you've brought it up, how do they get to 'work' here legally?
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 30 Mar 2011 5:50 pm

Especially as they all are carrying Singapore Medical Cards designed precisely for the sex trade workers! :-|
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Post by nakatago » Wed, 30 Mar 2011 5:51 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Especially as they all are carrying Singapore Medical Cards designed precisely for the sex trade workers! :-|
I could just imagine an awkward scene in MOM!

Given his wealth of knowledge, maybe SE can shed light on this!
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Post by ecureilx » Wed, 30 Mar 2011 5:52 pm

nakatago wrote: Those in Geylang or those found elsewhere? Elsewhere, I would assume are illegal anyways.
performance artist = Singers and musicians, from my little time working in bars - atleast, those days, when such applications are made (and it was in SIR Lavender) the officers used to ad-hoc ask the singer to sing .. :D :D And then it a-la American Idol - pre American Idol .. and it was fun sometimes to convince the officer that the singer is really a singer, as more than once, the officers have sternly retorted saying "ALL FILIPINOS ARE GOOD SINGERS, PROVE ME THIS ONE IS A PROFESSIONAL SINGER .. "

those in GL are a grey area - me gonna preserve my silence on that ..

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Post by nakatago » Wed, 30 Mar 2011 5:57 pm

ecureilx wrote:
nakatago wrote: Those in Geylang or those found elsewhere? Elsewhere, I would assume are illegal anyways.
performance artist = Singers and musicians, from my little time working in bars - atleast, those days, when such applications are made (and it was in SIR Lavender) the officers used to ad-hoc ask the singer to sing .. :D :D And then it a-la American Idol - pre American Idol .. and it was fun sometimes to convince the officer that the singer is really a singer, as more than once, the officers have sternly retorted saying "ALL FILIPINOS ARE GOOD SINGERS, PROVE ME THIS ONE IS A PROFESSIONAL SINGER .. "

those in GL are a grey area - me gonna preserve my silence on that ..
So, with my vivid imagination, I can now see an awkward scene where a sex worker or brother owner applying for a pass and then several counters down, someone singing a few lines for an officer.

Amusing...
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Post by ecureilx » Wed, 30 Mar 2011 6:28 pm

nakatago wrote:So, with my vivid imagination, I can now see an awkward scene where a sex worker or brother owner applying for a pass and then several counters down, someone singing a few lines for an officer.

Amusing...
That was then .. :D :D When everything was done at SIR .. no more sir.. all go .. to different places .. :D :D

Well, now the rules for performing artists is changed but a bit stringent - those who come on performing artist pass are allowed to stay upto 6 months, no extension, and they can't apply for another pass for the next six months ..

Well, it also has opened doors for small bars to bring in dancers, with a 1 M X 1 M dance floor, under this new category ..

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