Published On: Fri, Mar 9th, 2018

New Working Opportunities in Singapore

Singapore is a city-state in South-East Asia, and is famous for its entrepreneurial and inventive business culture. The country is among the most highly developed states, and boasts of one of the most accomplished economies in the entire world. As a result, it has a lot of working opportunities for foreigners seeking jobs. The country has been experiencing growth in information technology, finance, and software engineering, thus requiring skilled foreign workforce, working together with the local talent to meet the rising demand. Having the correct qualifications and skills required for a job will boost your chances of securing employment. However, a foreigner working in Singapore will require an employment pass in Singapore.

Keep in mind that the Singaporean government is open to hiring foreign professional experts. You can find new working opportunities in the following sectors:

  • Main industries. These include banking, biochemical sciences, oil-drilling equipment, information technology, communication and media, and electronics and precision engineering.
  • Other growth areas. These include financial services, consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals, and engineering.

Applying for working opportunities

You not have to necessarily be in Singapore to apply for jobs, as applications can be made online, provided you have registered with the job sites. A variety of application procedures can be used, where you either use your curriculum vitae, or fill an online application form. Remember you first have to obtain a secure job before you are given a work permit. Initially, interviews can be done via telephone or video conferencing, while some large companies will invite you for an assessment where you will perform some practical tests to ascertain your suitability for a particular job.

The following sources can update you on the new working opportunities:

  1.   Websites for jobs
  2.   Recruitment agencies – these include associations of employment agencies, Singapore yellow pages, and Hudson Singapore.
  3.   Other sources such as Singapore’s ministry of education, and the job portal for Singapore’s civil service

The following tips can guide you if look to find work in Singapore.


Confirm your eligibility to work in Singapore

Prior to looking for a job, it is important to know what is required of you to work in Singapore. There is a variety of work passes and permits that you need to qualify for. Generally, it is required that you possess the relevant qualifications and experience for the particular job. You will only apply for the work pass after landing a job.

Knowing your job sector

Analysis of your potential job sector will be key to securing employment. How fast you will obtain a job will entirely depend on your area of specialization. While some areas are growing at fast rates, others are stagnant or in a decline. For instance, sectors like tourism and computer science are in a constant growth, and hence it is easy to secure a job.

Apply for the job

This is done online after sourcing for jobs through job websites, recriutment agencies, and other methods.

Tackle the interview

It will take you between 2 to 4 weeks to be invited for interview if you are shortlisted and meet the minimum requirements.You must prepare very well for the interview which will mostly be by a phone call or video call. Singapore employers put a lot of emphasis on paper qualifications. You should also portray good mastery of English, a multicultural attitude, and courteous demeanor.

If you are successful, you will receive a job offer communication which you should consider carefully. You should then make all the necessary arrangements like applying for your work visa and other necessary documents, depending on your area of specialization.

Author: Jack Botsford

Public domain image/JJKuek at the wikipedia project.

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