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My Experience Finding Work in Singapore

Postby alufolie » Thu, 07 Nov 2013 9:05 am

Lurking on here before I was moving to Singapore I often saw posts asking the question how to go about finding working in Singapore and I wanted to share my experience so far here...

For me my background is that I don't have tertiary qualifications. Started uni - didn't finish, I spent the last nearly 10 years working in Broadcasting as an IT Engineer straight out of school - so essentially I didn't have special skills that someone else in IT couldn't do.

Firstly, before I left Australia I decided throw money at global qualifications that might give me an edge so I spent 3 months completing these before arriving. (Apple, Red Hat & Avid)

Once in Singapore, for about 8 weeks I did try to send CVs on job street & utilised LinkedIn with no luck. It was clear on paper that I didn't really anything more to offer than a local would.

Undeterred, I joined Singapore social communities (these are mainly on Facebook) from this found out how to get involved in expat groups. I printed some name cards & started to go to local expat events to network - ANSA for me was also really helpful.
Through one one social event, I happened to meet an HR Rep for a large IT company in Singapore at a ladies lunch. It was a great opportunity to meet face to face and gave me an opportunity to "sell" myself.
Within a few days they called me for an official interview and at the end of the process finally offered me a position pending employment pass. Yesterday it was approved & the employment pass took 2.5 weeks for approval.

So that was my experience so far in SG. I found getting out to events & networking here within the expat communities so invaluable rather than just submitting CVs on LinkedIn and jobstreet etc... Crossing my fingers in the hope that someone might call one day.
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Postby PNGMK » Thu, 07 Nov 2013 9:29 am

You're absolutely right about how to find a job. I've never found one through ads - only through LinkedIn or networking.

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Re: My Experience Finding Work in Singapore

Postby ecureilx » Thu, 07 Nov 2013 9:33 am

alufolie wrote: ...


Happy to hear your persistence and networking efforts paid off ..

Though I am just curious, in terms of pay, are you on local terms or Expat terms ?? :)

And on an average, does it go above average vs Market trends .. or 'somewhere there .. ' ?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:29 am

Hey squirrel, have you gotten a Singapore Passport?!? You sound just like a Chinese Auntie! :lol: :lol: :lol:

"I am just curious, in terms of pay, are you on local terms or Expat terms ?? Smile And on an average, does it go above average vs Market trends .. or 'somewhere there .."

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Postby ecureilx » Thu, 07 Nov 2013 12:17 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Hey squirrel, have you gotten a Singapore Passport?!? You sound just like a Chinese Auntie! :lol: :lol: :lol:

"I am just curious, in terms of pay, are you on local terms or Expat terms ?? Smile And on an average, does it go above average vs Market trends .. or 'somewhere there .."


if I was a chinese aunty, I would have asked "How much you making " :D

nah, just idle curiosity in how those recruited in Singapore fare .. but after reading the post again for the second time, I think my question is moot :)


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