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Postby noskich » Mon, 03 Dec 2012 7:12 am

I second everything JR8 wrote. If you keep looking for a job for two years the longer you wait the harder it would be to get a job. Recruiters dislike gaps in employment, especially long ones.
I think it would be far better to keep working during those two years, get more experience, obtain additional education or certificates and all along try to obtain contacts in Singapore online.
Don`t give up everything for a promise of a job. Keep working until you get an offer.
Often in life we cannot get exactly what we want when we want it.
It might be easier for you to go to some other country like the Middle Eastern ones for example. And that route might eventually lead to Singapore where you want to go or make your goal much easier to achieve.
With experience and recommendations from a large Dubai-based company for example it would probably be much easier to score an interview in Singapore than with only experience from Pakistan.

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Postby offshoreoildude » Mon, 03 Dec 2012 8:28 am

Noskich has good advice. One thing pisses me off about subcontinentals and it is this constant attempt to short cut the system (to their personal advantage).
Now I'm called PNGMK

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Postby the lynx » Mon, 03 Dec 2012 9:47 am

noskich wrote:I second everything JR8 wrote. If you keep looking for a job for two years the longer you wait the harder it would be to get a job. Recruiters dislike gaps in employment, especially long ones.
I think it would be far better to keep working during those two years, get more experience, obtain additional education or certificates and all along try to obtain contacts in Singapore online.
Don`t give up everything for a promise of a job. Keep working until you get an offer.
Often in life we cannot get exactly what we want when we want it.
It might be easier for you to go to some other country like the Middle Eastern ones for example. And that route might eventually lead to Singapore where you want to go or make your goal much easier to achieve.
With experience and recommendations from a large Dubai-based company for example it would probably be much easier to score an interview in Singapore than with only experience from Pakistan.


I agree with JR8 and noskich, if you really consider one or two years gap to look for job, that precious number of years in your youth is better used in gaining skills and/or working on a legitimate job that can be used to boost your number of years in experience in your nominated vocation.

Please do not try the method that you have mentioned. Both Malaysian AND Singaporean immigration will not be happy and they can ban you for life trying to skirt the immigration laws. (BTW Malaysian immigration officers require you to have return flight tickets for your nationality on tourist visa)

Try other methods, at the very least, like LinkedIn like what OSOD suggested. If you can't afford to travel back and forth for REAL interviews and you can't afford recruitment agencies, then LI is your thing.

We meant well when we advise you against it. Flouting law is definitely what we strongly discourage so please don't say that we are discriminating you etc.

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Postby Zen77 » Mon, 03 Dec 2012 9:48 am

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Postby Zen77 » Mon, 03 Dec 2012 10:50 am

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Postby Strong Eagle » Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:28 am

Zen77 wrote:...like I said earlier needed to know how it can be more than 89 days without going back to home country.


You won't get more than 89 days without circumventing the law. Period. End.

Frankly, your approach to job hunting is all bass-ackwards. I personally know a Pakistani in the banking field who arrived from Canada on a PEP and had a job within 10 days.

If you cannot demonstrate specific skills and education that would make you an attractive candidate within 90 days, then you won't ever make it. Like a freshly caught fish, you have a "shelf life" in Singapore... IF you are lucky enough to gain an interview after being here for six months, interviewers will want to know what's wrong with you for not having already gained employment.

You are much better off prospecting for employment from afar, lining up interviews, then flying in. LinkedIn is the way to go.

And, as a side note, where do you think you would be living for "one to two years"? You cannot rent an apartment, or even a room, without a valid work permit... your choices are limited to hotels and/or Serviced Apartments.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 03 Dec 2012 11:30 am

There is not any guarantee that it will be granted, even with a local sponsor, so just be aware of that possibility, and make sure you have a plan B just in case.

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Postby Zen77 » Mon, 03 Dec 2012 12:09 pm

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