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The Job Search in Singapore

Are you dreaming of working in Singapore? Then be aware of the competition of highly skilled natives and expats alike. To help you prepare for the challenge of finding a job in Singapore, we have put together lots of information on CVs, interviews, and job resources.
Get acquainted with the labor market before starting your job search in Singapore.
  • Finding a job in Singapore is not that easy as there are many skilled workers in the country. Try to be flexible and open to work in a different field of expertise or for a different employer.
  • Your CV is the first impression you make with your future employer, so make sure it is well organized and rich in keywords.
  • To find out which industries and skills are in demand, consult the Ministry of Manpower’s Labor Market Guide where you’ll find useful information on the job market and predictions for the upcoming year.
  • Make sure you are well prepared for your interview. Read up on the company, brush up on your knowledge in the field, and — most importantly — ask questions to show your interest.

 

It is always difficult to search for a job 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.

Willingness to Learn and Flexibility: Job Search in Singapore

Before you dive right into the job search in Singapore, it is important to take a closer look at the job market 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 will 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 offer.

Are Your 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, average wages, and the relevant skills and qualifications for these jobs. Before you begin your job search in Singapore, you should consult the Labor Market Highlights.

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 these lists to give you an idea which skills are currently in demand.

Keywords and Regular Updates: How to Make Your CV Stand Out

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 a CV that stands out. 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.

Further, make your CV rich in keywords. Scan the job ad for important key skills and mention these visibly in your application so that your future employer can see 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.

 

We do our best to keep this article up to date. However, we cannot guarantee that the information provided is always current or complete. 

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