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Postby YankStuckinSuiss » Tue, 20 Sep 2011 1:11 am

Hi...I'm guessing you guys have been asked this question before, and I've read some previous threads, but here it goes...

I have 9 years experience doing I.T. support database applications support, often but not limited to help desk environments (level 2 or 3 support/high level) at a global level, with internal and external clients. I have also interacted closely with vendors. I have experience working in Asia, Europe, and in the U.S. I'm American, but I am a visible non-white and non-East Asian minority...

What do you think my chances are at getting a job only speaking English in a support environment? I do speak low intermediate Mandarin, but am illiterate.

I'm currently working for a Pharma Multinational in Switzerland, but very much want to go back to Asia. I've worked in Japan before and studied in China (Shanghai) a decade ago.
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Re: Advice for Experienced I.T. Business Analyst

Postby ecureilx » Tue, 20 Sep 2011 8:25 am

what makes you think that you must know Mandarin to survive in Singapore ??

Or did I miss something ?? :( :(

As for the job opportunities, that's fair play : if you are worth it, you will find your dream job ..

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Postby YankStuckinSuiss » Tue, 20 Sep 2011 1:10 pm

I know I don't have to know Mandarin to survive, but I thought it might be a plus on a job application.

anyway, I tried something risky to come to Switzerland. I quit my job in America and came here for 3 months as a tourist, and looked for a job. I found one in the 3rd month. :-)

Switzerland is notoriously hard to immigrate to for non-EU (Switzerland is not in the EU, but they have treaties)...

Would this be a good plan for Singapore? I know it is hard to get a job when outside the country, because people would like to interview you. I don't have plans to do this right now, but I'm considering it for the future, so trying to get as much info as possible.

Knowing if my job is even worth it is important, because if I take a risk, I want a chance to get a job, not t be told "no" constantly because my job is not even valuable enough on the market to sponsor a visa, because they have too many locals...etc.
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Postby YankStuckinSuiss » Wed, 28 Sep 2011 8:37 pm

A lot of views but no comments. :-|
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Postby BillyB » Wed, 28 Sep 2011 8:58 pm

Forget Singapore, forget IT and become a private banker instead.......

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Postby Asian_Geekette » Wed, 28 Sep 2011 9:06 pm

To the OP:

Consider EPEC. Some have been lucky and found jobs. Some weren't that lucky...

It's a risk you'd have to take.
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Postby YankStuckinSuiss » Wed, 28 Sep 2011 9:30 pm

Asian_Geekette wrote:To the OP:

Consider EPEC. Some have been lucky and found jobs. Some weren't that lucky...

It's a risk you'd have to take.


Thanks for the info.!!
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Postby YankStuckinSuiss » Tue, 04 Oct 2011 5:06 pm

Asian_Geekette wrote:To the OP:

Consider EPEC. Some have been lucky and found jobs. Some weren't that lucky...

It's a risk you'd have to take.


Does the EPEC allow me to enter Singapore one time to look for work (up to 3 months or so) or I can come and go as much as I want for one year? Maybe I come look for a job for 2 months, then leave, come back again in 3 months...etc?
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Postby medcheckonsat » Tue, 04 Oct 2011 5:15 pm

No.

But with EPEC you can apply for LTVP.
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Postby ecureilx » Tue, 04 Oct 2011 5:47 pm

medcheckonsat wrote:No.

But with EPEC you can apply for LTVP.


Which gives you "UPTO" 12 months long term visa ..

So, anything between 3 months to 12 months to find a job

BTW, you could also start your search in the banks / finance companies in EU/Europe, and ask for posting here ... that's how I know a few French friends and Brits landed here ..

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Postby YankStuckinSuiss » Thu, 06 Oct 2011 3:26 pm

So I got approved for the EPEC...what now? :) I know this sounds like a dumb question from someone too dumn or lazy to do research.

To be honest I have not done a lot of research into immigration issues yet, because I know this is good for a year and I've been really busy.

Generally though I can enter the country now to look for work. Correct?

Are there any cheap places for ex-pats to stay while job hunting?

I know I can get a pre-paid phone with a Singapore number while there - important for CVs. I'm thinking about coming there in January.
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Postby ecureilx » Thu, 06 Oct 2011 3:36 pm

YankStuckinSuiss wrote:So I got approved for the EPEC...what now? :) I know this sounds like a dumb question from someone too dumn or lazy to do research.

To be honest I have not done a lot of research into immigration issues yet, because I know this is good for a year and I've been really busy.

Generally though I can enter the country now to look for work. Correct?

Are there any cheap places for ex-pats to stay while job hunting?

I know I can get a pre-paid phone with a Singapore number while there - important for CVs. I'm thinking about coming there in January.


Read this forum, read this forum, and read more :D :D

And wait for the EPEC approval form, which states what you should do next.

And yes, you can arrive here and get a 30 day visa, before processing your LTVP ...

Cheap places?? Define Cheap ?? :) :) from 500 $ to 5000 $ .. expat accomodation is available ..

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Postby YankStuckinSuiss » Thu, 06 Oct 2011 3:54 pm

ecureilx wrote:
YankStuckinSuiss wrote:So I got approved for the EPEC...what now? :) I know this sounds like a dumb question from someone too dumn or lazy to do research.

To be honest I have not done a lot of research into immigration issues yet, because I know this is good for a year and I've been really busy.

Generally though I can enter the country now to look for work. Correct?

Are there any cheap places for ex-pats to stay while job hunting?

I know I can get a pre-paid phone with a Singapore number while there - important for CVs. I'm thinking about coming there in January.


Read this forum, read this forum, and read more :D :D

And wait for the EPEC approval form, which states what you should do next.

And yes, you can arrive here and get a 30 day visa, before processing your LTVP ...

Cheap places?? Define Cheap ?? :) :) from 500 $ to 5000 $ .. expat accomodation is available ..


As far as accomodations...I'm thinking $500 - $1,000 a month...

Will that get me some place that is not lice and roach infested? Well I'm guessing roaches are common in any tropical place, but you know..."within reason..."
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Postby nakatago » Thu, 06 Oct 2011 3:55 pm

YankStuckinSuiss wrote:Are there any cheap places for ex-pats to stay while job hunting?.


Yes; your friends'.

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Postby YankStuckinSuiss » Thu, 06 Oct 2011 3:58 pm

nakatago wrote:
YankStuckinSuiss wrote:Are there any cheap places for ex-pats to stay while job hunting?.


Yes; your friends'.


The closest friends I have are in Taiwan. That's not going to work. :(
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