Before getting into an exhaustive job search, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re eligible to work in Singapore. There are different kinds of work permits based on your qualifications. The Ministry of Manpower in Singapore has published an online self-assessment tool, to gauge your likelihood of eligibility.
While the assessment can give you an idea, you shouldn’t take it as a guarantee that you’ll be eligible. Some factors, like permit quotas and your personal background, aren’t calculated with the online assessment.
Also, keep in mind you can’t apply for a work visa without a job in place and a salary offer that meets a minimum requirement. Therefore, applying for your Singapore work visa is one of the last steps you’ll take.
Luckily, Singapore is a multicultural city that’s home to many expats, and is typically welcoming of foreigners seeking visas. To obtain one, you’ll need a job offer, to pay a registration fee and to submit your application. You can apply for your visa online and have it processed in just 7 days.
Once your visas and currency exchange are in order, you’re ready to move to Singapore! As a multicultural hub that takes pride in its safe and friendly environment, adapting to life in Singapore can prove much easier than doing so in other Asian cities.
The majority of the people speak English and there are plenty of available (and excellent) cuisines. Finding housing isn’t the crunch that it can be in other business hubs like New York and London. For tips and information about living in Singapore, check out Living In Singapore’s excellent compiled list of expat blogs.
Job searches are much more straightforward now that most companies have websites that you can target directly. You will be able to apply directly for available positions listed through their website.
If a company you are interested in doesn’t have any relevant jobs posted on their website, reach out to them via email or phone to see if they are looking to employ someone with your qualifications and experience. If a company is not actively recruiting for your role, you may not hear back from them, but they may keep you on file in case a position becomes available in the future.
The recruitment process costs a considerable amount of money, so if an employer hears from a suitable candidate directly before posting a job, they might favor employing you rather than spending time and money searching for other candidates. Also, if a company is experiencing rapid growth, they may be particularly open to hearing from qualified people, even if they have not advertised a position. This applies to start-up companies that have not yet fully considered their staffing needs.
Make a list of companies that you are interested in working for and how you can contact them. Note their current job vacancies on your list as well. Think carefully when figuring out what you want to say to each company, and consider writing a formal cover letter to convey that you are familiar with them and to explain why you would be an ideal employee.
A job or career fair is a special event that aims to get companies and potential employees together to network and share information. These events are frequented by big companies that are looking to recruit large numbers of employees as well as fresh graduates for training programs. You will find organizations of all sizes, recruiters and possibly even colleges and universities at these events.
Job fairs are a great opportunity to network and distribute your resume to potential employers. It’s a good idea to research an upcoming fair ahead of time to find out which companies will be attending so that when you talk to their recruiters, you will make a good and knowledgeable impression. Remember to take your business cards and plenty of resumes with you. Depending on the type of job you are applying for, you may also need to take samples of your work, a portfolio and/or references from past employers.
Since you will be meeting with potential new employers for the first time, aim to make a great first impression and wear appropriate, professional clothing. It is also a good idea to make a list of questions that you want to ask the recruiters. You will make a memorable impression if you appear genuinely interested in a company. Also, ensure that you are friendly and personable when talking to potential employers and that you sound confident and maintain eye contact when speaking.
In the week following the job fair, be sure to follow up with the people you connected with. Even if you have decided that the company is not an ideal fit for you, it is polite to thank the individual and add them to your network. You never know when a contact will be useful in your future job hunt.