the lynx wrote:If you're not a PR/Singaporean, probably it is their way of saying, "No, we don't want your CV at all, no matter how good it is."
I those those jobs/ads tended to be clearly marked 'SGns/PRs only' ... ?
To the OP: where are you currently located? In HK, or somewhere else? If you are not in SG, then you can pretty much forget about hearing from any recruiter in SG.
Well, first of all they are not allowed to say 'SCs/PRs only'. They can only say 'SCs only/preferred' now.
From experience, I have to say that recruiters in SG will mostly only entertain two types of people:
2) High-salary earners (i.e., above S$10K or so)
They may call you back if you are an excellent fit and if they cannot find SCs/PRs or residents (in that order!) to fill the role, but the likelihood of that is low because many are just plain incompetent and don't know what a good fit is for the role to begin with. I think they will often take the easiest route and just pick a couple of half-competent SCs/PRs and take them to interview.
There are the occasional competent ones - I once got a call that strove to understand more about my career - but in general, the above holds true. Additionally, a number of recruiters I have dealt with are just plain clueless, and I have had the case once or twice where I was referred for a role I knew I did not have a chance of getting.
If you want to find a job in SG from abroad, I would suggest going only for ads that are posted by the company directly, with some focus on MNCs, who have better hiring practices. The HR is often still not very competent, but in my experience still head and shoulders above most recruiters.