Finding Jobs in Singapore

Friends and family can also help you to land a job, especially if they know someone in your dream profession. Get to know a variety of people with different backgrounds, because you never know who might be able to help you.

Some jobs that require prior registration are dentistry, engineering, land surveying, law, medicine, pharmaceutical and nursing. These professions are governed by local regulations, and it is compulsory for all registered individuals to comply with the rules.

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When they do contact you, call back quickly. If they arrange an interview for you, show your appreciation and tell them that you received the information. Even if you don’t land the job, a good relationship with the agency will give you a better chance of eventually finding the right career.

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At the end of the interview, ask some questions about the company – what values it has, what qualities it wants in its workers. Thank the interviewer for his/her time.

Application procedures vary, depending on the organisation and profession. While some companies prefer a CV, others use online application forms. Check individual company websites for details and to find out whether speculative applications are welcome.

Singapore has a lot to offer foreign graduates, being a highly developed country with one of the most successful economies in the world. Its cosmopolitan workforce is efficient and productive, and in growth areas such as IT, finance and software engineering, local talent needs to be supplemented with skilled foreign workers in order to meet demand.

Wear clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident, and always test them out before going to an interview. However, don’t look like you’re in a costume. A suit may not always be the best choice, depending on the atmosphere of the company.

Many companies will take one look at a badly written resume and throw it away. Also, Singaporean employers value paper qualifications, so be sure to emphasize them.

You will need to pay a non-refundable registration fee to submit your application. If you apply online, it will take 7 working days to process. For manual application, it can take up to 5 weeks.

Prepare carefully for your interview – you may not be meeting the interviewer personally, therefore you must articulate your professionalism over a phone call or a video call. Singapore is a multicultural country with a heavy emphasis on paper qualifications – you must display good English, a cosmopolitan attitude, and excellent qualifications.

Finding full-time or part-time jobs in Singapore, or anywhere else in the world for that matter, is never easy. It typically takes a considerable  amount of time and effort to get the job you want.

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The remaining work permits are for semi-skilled foreign workers, domestic workers and performing artistes. You can find out more about passes for trainees, students and family members here.

Opportunities are available to students undertaking undergraduate, masters or PhD degree programmes. In most cases, students must have completed the first year of their studies. Opportunities are usually arranged individually and directly with participating companies. Some organisations advertise work experience vacancies on their website, though internships in Singapore are highly sought-after and attract large numbers of applicants.

As local politicians seek to appease the population, the most recent figures show Singapore remains one of the easiest countries in the world to find work. The median period of unemployment for job-seekers last year was eight weeks, which is less than half that of Australia’s and compares well with other developed economies.

When talking to the recruiters, be cheerful and show interest in their organization. Ask some questions, or talk to them for a while to help them remember you.

Most companies in Singapore welcome speculative applications – check individual company websites for details. Networking is a big part of the Singapore business community. You can join professional organisations, such as The Law Society of Singapore or the Academy of Medicine, Singapore, to develop contacts in your chosen field. You can also approach networking organisations such as Business Network International – Singapore for help with business and job referrals. The Singapore Economic Development Board has information on companies that are moving to Singapore, so it may be worth approaching them for suitable contacts.

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