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Post by vipul.seth » Fri, 05 Jul 2013 2:25 am

Hi, I am a sales and marketing professional with 15 years of experience in marketing, business development and start ups in India. I am looking for a job in Singapore. Can someone advise on the best way to get started.
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Post by Wd40 » Fri, 05 Jul 2013 3:16 am

Forget It.

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Post by Mi Amigo » Sun, 07 Jul 2013 2:26 pm

AS WD40 implied, it is a tough job market here these days, and companies are finding it harder to obtain employment passes for people coming from your country. Have a search on this board and you will find many discussions about this.

One thing you might want to do is follow the suggestions in this thread about LinkedIn:

http://forum.singaporeexpats.com/ftopic89985.html

The key factor in all of this is whether you can bring to the table significant (and needed) skills and experience that cannot be provided (at least in sufficient quantity) by the local population. If not, then WD40's advice is spot on.
Be careful what you wish for

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Post by kooltilldend » Sun, 07 Jul 2013 10:07 pm

As much as I'd love to disagree with the other posters, they are sadly very correct.

I'm in Business Development myself and I even did my MSc. here (after having studied and worked in USA, Thailand and India previously)

The job market here right now is tough to say the least - being an Indian means it was hard for us anyways but right now its close to impossible to get a job here

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Post by AngMoG » Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:59 am

To add on to this, Sales and Marketing are jobs that are quite popular among locals, so it is a tough industry to break into at any time, but especially so in the current environment.

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Post by Strong Eagle » Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:18 am

AngMoG wrote:To add on to this, Sales and Marketing are jobs that are quite popular among locals, so it is a tough industry to break into at any time, but especially so in the current environment.
And "business development" is quite the scamming ruse. At the very least it implies a strong network of people that can be approached to increase a company's sales... either directly or through referrals. But how does that work when you intend to simply show up with no network and all of a sudden "develop business" for a company. I'm sorry, but I'd laugh the OP out of my office... if he ever got in the door in the first place.

"Marketing, business development, and start ups"... the very phrase raises red flags.

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Post by kooltilldend » Mon, 08 Jul 2013 3:15 pm

With all that said, my experience (so far) has been that locals do not like to sell into the domestic market so your best bet is to try and gain some experience selling into the SG market.

But even then, there's a reason why locals don't like to sell into this market - you'd find out too if you tried

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Post by Mi Amigo » Mon, 08 Jul 2013 3:32 pm

kooltilldend wrote:With all that said, my experience (so far) has been that locals do not like to sell into the domestic market
That sounds rather bizarre. What industry are you in?
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Post by kooltilldend » Mon, 08 Jul 2013 3:45 pm

Mi Amigo wrote:
kooltilldend wrote:With all that said, my experience (so far) has been that locals do not like to sell into the domestic market
That sounds rather bizarre. What industry are you in?
Travel but worked in a few now like events and fmcg

Not one industry of these has been where my local colleagues have asked for the SG market. In almost all, they'd much rather contact Australia or even areas like Malaysia, Indonesia, etc

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