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The Job Search in Singapore

Job resources, resume and interview advice, and networking opportunities for Singapore are much more difficult to come by when you are an expat. Luckily, we have put together lots of information for your job search in Singapore. With our help you’ll have no problem finding work in Singapore.

It is always difficult to undertake a job search in Singapore as a foreigner. Different rules apply, rules you may not be familiar with yet, and what’s more, you will have to compete with well-educated local professionals. We want to give you some advice on how to master the job search in Singapore and how to find your dream job abroad.

The Job Search

Before you dive right into the job search in Singapore, it is important to take a closer look at the job market in Singapore and figure out which sectors offer the best employment opportunities. If your field of expertise is not one of them or if you are willing to work in a different field, it can’t hurt to upgrade your skills. Learning something new does indeed enhance your chances of finding work in Singapore. 

It is also advisable to contact as many recruitment agencies as possible, which is the best way to get in touch with bigger companies. In addition, job portals and newspapers are still essential to the job search in Singapore. Moreover, you should try to remain flexible. If your expectations are too high and you are set on one specific position or employer, you might be disappointed. Keep your options open and decide beforehand about the compromises you are willing to make. At the same time, though, you should keep the cost of living in Singapore in mind before you accept a job.

The Labor Market and Skills in Demand

Each year, the Ministry of Manpower and the Singapore Work Force Development Agency publish a labor market guide, listing jobs which they expect to be in demand in the upcoming year. The guide includes information on expected labor shortages in different industries, on average wage, and on the relevant skills and abilities for these jobs. Before you begin your job search in Singapore, you should consult the Labor Market Highlights.

But there are also Strategic and Skills-in-Demand lists for individual sectors, such as manufacturing, constructions, healthcare, finance, and tourism. You can use this list as a tool to help plan your job search in Singapore. The Ministry of Manpower is regularly trying to update said lists to give you an idea which skills are currently in demand.

Application Advice and Job Portals

When you have picked out a couple of job ads, it is time to work on your application. In order to be successful during your job search in Singapore, you need to make your CV rich in keywords. Scan the job ad for important key skills and mention these visibly in your application. That way, your future employer can see right away that you are suited for the position. If you then upload your CV to a job portal, it will be easy to find and most likely appear on the top of the list of search results.

Speaking of which, many job portals will push your CV further to the top if you log in regularly during your job search in Singapore, apply to different jobs through their website, and edit your application regularly. In Singapore, recruiters often prefer reading a resume in chronological order, so that they can see your experience and skills at one glance. If you apply for an executive position, it also makes sense to include a short summary of your key skills.

Writing Your CV

Throughout your job search in Singapore, your resume is the first impression your future employer will get of you. Thus, it has to make a clean, well-organized, and professional impression, beginning with your picture. A perfect photo shows you in business attire and from the front. Try to avoid funny angles and remember to smile as this will make a positive impression.

When you begin to craft your resume, it is important is that you stick to business fonts such as Arial as they are easy to read. Ultimately, they will make your resume look organized, in contrast to more creative or complex fonts. It is important that you explain your skills and experiences in complete sentences, even if you are using bullet points. This will increase your chances of finding work in Singapore. 


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