Offering multifaceted opportunities for exploration, be it shopping, international trading, tourism, or education, Singapore stands out on even if it’s just a tiny dot in the world map. As well, it is a great job hunting spot, where pay is attractive to most foreigners.

However, contrary to what I’ve heard and past beliefs, landing a job in this country is not as easy as it seemed. I’ve heard of many stories and know of unfortunate ones who spent months searching for a job and end up going back to their home country with hopelessness.

This year, the demand is even tougher, as the Ministry of Manpower tightened rules in accepting and approving foreign talents’ employment passes, trying to limit the influx of foreigners.

What’s more, effective December 1, 2011, the granting of employment pass eligibility certificates (EPEC), which made it easier for foreigners to be hired, was discontinued.

Side Note: In reply to Yahoo! Singapore’s queries on why the scheme was removed, a MOM spokesman said, “The EPEC Scheme was not meeting its intended objective of helping employers recruit EP-calibre talent.” Of the EPEC applications received each month, only less than 10 per cent were approved, he added.

Now, how can job-seekers living outside of Singapore get a job here? This question is overrated but since I’ve been asked to give out advice countless of times, as if I were some expert, in this page I hope to be able to provide sound suggestions to the hopefuls, before I exit.

On my part, I just got lucky, I guess. In any case,  here is the synthesis of tips I’ve collected:

1. Stock up on CASH. You will need lots and lots.

This is for your food and transportation expenses for the first jobless weeks, for advanced and deposit money for room or bed space rental, for utilities and other things. Essentials are as follows:

ROOM – Prices of room range from 300SGD to 1200SGD or higher, depending on the size of space, location, amenities and arrangements with the agents, main tenants or house owners. Staying in a HDB room or flat is much cheaper than in a condo or landed house. If you have not decided to stay for long, stay in rooms for transients instead, as some landlords require minimum number of months of stay (3-6 months) from their tenants.

FOOD – If you want to save up some more, you might want to look for a place where cooking is allowed. Most landlords don’t allow real cooking but just light cooking (e.g. noodles only). Eating out for every meal is costly (and might be unhealthy).

2. Don’t go touring around for leisure just yet. Save that for later; FIND a job first.

Let me lay down the facts: Time is limited and nobody can guarantee you’ll get a job. Recommendations by friends do not seem to work here as much as they do elsewhere. Relationships with friends are not judged by the company. They don’t get the job for you; your qualifications do.

It’s wise to spend every jobless day sending your CVs to recruitment websites such as JobsDB, JobStreet, JobHub, Strait Times, Monster, CareerJet, etc. Allocate about five hours per day reading along job offers online. Walk-in applications may also work but it’s better to apply online to save effort, time, printed copies of your resume and explore more companies with positions to fill.

Speaking of resume: Update your resume and specify clearly your skills and abilities to match the expectations of the employer and increase your job hunting success. Also prepare a nice and relevant cover letter which states your intent about the position and entering the company.

Many jobs, you’ll notice, are earmaked for local Singaporeans and Permanent Residents as written in the job ads, because they already are eligible to work in Singapore (they’re already here). Also, the government prioritizes them more. (Of course, what!) In this case, to be more efficient, use the advanced search form of the online job board and specifically search only for those who accept foreigners.

Side note: If you choose to display a Singapore address in your resume even if you’re still in your home country, you may do so. Just see if this will better your chances of being contacted.

When you’ve received an invitation for an exam or interview, entertain them and attend even if you don’t exactly feel to be part of that company, just to gain confidence and experience in facing the HR.

Sometimes, you can compromise and take a not-so-preferable job just to get a pass and prolong your allowed period of stay in the country.

3. Stay positive but be realistic at the same time.

On your first week, with all support and encouragement from family, friends and previous work mates, your confidence level maybe at its peak. On the second and nth week onwards, especially when you don’t receive good responses, your confidence level might be decreasing. But don’t be wary, as long as you have the patience to wait and resources to live by, you can stay.

Side Note: To quote Confucius, “It doesn’t matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.” I could not have been more primed to appreciate the significance of this message.

It’s normal to feel depressed, regretful and homesick. Give yourself some time to grieve, and move on! Just because today sucks doesn’t mean tomorrow will–until the last day of your visitor’s pass. Work on your own way to find hope.

Flying to Singapore by yourself geared up means you’re not a baby anymore. Surely, you must have developed enough wisdom to do stuff you think you can live with. It’s time to prove you’re one independent professional to the peanut gallery.

The question is, will you continue hoping to be employed in Singapore or go back after a month? Seek answers from friends, relatives or trusted ones. Ultimately, your decision is your own. How good are you at listening to your conscience and translating what it’s whispering? Just asking.

4. Pray.

If you have not gone to Singapore yet, you have nothing much to lose. You’re just sending your resume online, and the only requirements are time, luck and hope. If you’re already in Singapore, adding to the list is money. In either scenario, it’s best to pray. If you’ve done your part as you should, the heavens will somehow repay you in ways that will blow your mind. That’s for sure.

So go back to the heart of worship. Pray that your resume gets noticed. Pray to be called. Pray that you get accepted. Pray that your pass gets signed and approved. Pray for satisfactory rewards. Pray for obstacles to come. Pray for decisions. Pray for patience.

In life, there are various assortments of challenges. It’s easy to say that we have to fight and overcome each one, but acting and doing so is just (most of the time) hard, I admit. In every struggle we surmount, we get stronger anyhow.

Even if you’re unsuccessful in winning that job post, trust that there will be a better opportunity knocking. And if in hindsight you don’t see it soon, build another door. Kapit lang. Smileys

Next week I’ll be visiting my chosen top 9 vegetarian restaurants in Singapore to try their most popular dishes. Reviews will be posted before I’m back home in MANILA!

dancing smiley courtesy of www.freesmileys.org

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162 Responses

  1. Gemma|My Dailies

    Singapore was my first choice of migration, God led me to US in the end. For real, I was planning to do all that you listed 6 years ago when I was contemplating on finding my luck there! How was your search?.. wait you did say you will exit.. and then that you got lucky… and you’re going back to Manila?!! lost! lol!

    Reply
    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hahaha. Yup, I exited already! I was back in Manila last March 2012. How I found a job there was through an online site. I went through the interview about five days after I landed in the country. Then I got accepted immediately! 😀 Wow, good for you, Gemma! You’re also lucky what! 😛

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    • vin

      hi mam i have read read tips i will flying to sg on april 22 finding my luck i’m also IT professional like you hope to find a job in sg

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      • vin

        thanks how i find my luck in sg to like my what company are you hired in sg ? sana nga makita ako agad before matapos tourist visa ko pwede po ba humingi ng payo ano maganda gawin ko pagdating ko

      • Rochkirstin Santos

        I was hired by HeuLab, an IT company that distributes learning software mostly to the Singaporean government agencies, schools and educational facilities. Once you arrive, buy a local sim, then apply to numerous companies straight away. 🙂

      • JD

        Hello! So far ito po latest post na nakita ko. Im planning din to visit sg for 3 weeks and basically to find job. .just afraid about the immigration. Are they strict on allowing us to visit sg?

      • Rochkirstin Santos

        If you have a hotel to stay and existing employment or business in the Philippines, you don’t have to worry a lot about immigration. Show them your certificate of employment, ID, and tell that your purpose is vacation. They may be strict if they see that you’re not a frequent traveler.

  2. Jo-ann

    My sister lives in Singapore and she is very lucky to have a prestigious job there as a restaurant manager. Good thing that she has the job already before the new rules come out.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Oh, good for her. Getting a job there has become much more difficult for foreigners in the recent years. Luck and chances of landing a job in Singapore very much depend on the candidate’s background, experience, and market demand.

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  3. Dems

    Oh, how my grandma and uncle bugs me to apply in Singapore, like every day! I was supposed to go last August 2012, because I scored an interview/exam but I didn’t have the funds even if I can stay at my friend’s house and my uncle will sponsor the tickets.

    My friend, whose family lives there, hasn’t find a job yet. She went home last December and will be back after the Chinese New Year. That’s the time daw kasi ng hiring :3

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      What many foreigners do to prolong their Singapore social visit pass is to fly to Malaysia or Indonesia and stay in transient hotel rooms for a day or two. However, since the immigration is already wary of these occurrences, they thoroughly interview people who do this for extension only to find a job in SG. Some buy a contract with a local agency in their home countries to ensure their employment in Singapore. If you consider this option though, the agency will have a cut and commission from your monthly salary. This is mostly the case, while others require a huge total amount to compensate for their “initial work” to get you through.

      Yup, that’s true–it’s best to get a job after Chinese New Year. And for this year, it is after February 10, 2013. This is because most Singaporeans and foreign talents resign from their job posts in the hope of securing one that pays higher.

      Good luck! 😀

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      • krystelle

        do you know agencies that hire filipino professionals who are in the core banking industry like me?

  4. Orly Ballesteros

    Singapore is the same as other countries. Jobs are harder to find! This is the reason why I recommend that we find a job in our country or create a business inside our country. By doing this, we contribute and add value to our country – hey we are number one in growth in Asia so opportunities are everywhere!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hey you have a point there. Why try in other countries when we have plenty of jobs here to fill in, right? While staying in the Philippines is okay for white-collared job positions, many others seek to earn more money abroad for simpler (lower-level) chores and responsibilities. Also, not everyone can be forced to stay if they dream of living and working in another place. Given a choice, I bet most Filipinos would choose to be with their families. Sadly, they have to make sacrifices such as this to survive.

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  5. jsncruz

    Jobs are easy to find anywhere as long as you have a powerful combination of great attitude, good qualifications (academic and experience-based), and talent/promise.

    I’m not sure if you mentioned it, but are you currently working in SG?

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  6. Khakiness

    I haven’t been outside the country and have not really considered working abroad so I don’t really know how it feels to be away from the Philippines, and to look for jobs outside. I agree in including stocking cash on the list. It’s actually like an investment in your part to spend some money for food and accommodation, aside from effort, for you to find a job.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      It’s quite a good experience to go overseas and work. You can be called a hero by the nation and you get to do other things you don’t normally do when in your mother home. You can test your independence skills as well. 🙂 If you don’t feel the need to work aboard, you are free to stay.

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      • Lea Rostata

        I am a graduate of Computer Engineering Technology and Bachelors of Technology in Information Technology. I have a 1 year and 11 months of work experience. Do you think I have a chance of getting a job in Singapore? Thank you so much!

      • Rochkirstin Santos

        Hello. What type of work experience did you have in almost two years? Were you involved in several projects? I think that if you can manage to successfully express in detail about your achievements and strong background in IT, you’ll have no problem in getting spot reserved in Singapore. Just trust yourself and don’t be afraid to take a leap, like a did. 🙂

      • Lea

        Wow thank you for the response! I worked as a
        Technician but I create and enhance systems using Visual Basic 6. I also maintain the database. Do you think I have a chance? I wanna try my luck after Chinese New Year.

      • Rochkirstin Santos

        Which database do you know how to maintain? If you know Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle and DB2, I think you can go a long way, since these are the most popular DBMS out there. Many companies will need staff to manage their systems data. You can also search for IT consulting jobs. Good luck! I hope you make it. 🙂

  7. Jerome Ibuyan

    Thanks Rockirstin! Very comprehensive and uplifting post and for the mom.gov link. Honestly, I consider to work in Singapore. I heard a lot of good news about that country. Maybe I should focus to have the number 1 first. =)

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  8. Arlene

    Singapore… I’ve learned the cost of living there is very high. It is imperative that you find your job the soonest time possible.

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  9. R.O.M.E.L.O.

    I think the best way is to go there when there is already a job waiting for you… a few years back, a friend offered me a job in Singapore but I turned it down… as much as I’m struggling in our country… I’d rather struggle here then struggle elsewhere…

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Getting accepted while you’re still not there is challenging. Singaporean employers tend to hire those who are already in the country; availability is key, especially if the position is urgent. Having a number and physical SG address to write in your resume will look better to them, in general.

      Well, good for you…you love our country so much (and also your family residing here) and I see nothing wrong in that. 🙂

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      • Rovie Ray

        I agree to this- availability is the key. I received a reply from an agency to advise them once i’m relocated because they will be requiring personal appearance for time to time interviews. You got some pretty good tips here. Kudos!

  10. Kenneth Ravida

    Singapore is the new Land of Opportunity, in Asia, But the Country is so small, would I still have a place in there?

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  11. Tony

    I am really hoping to land a job in Sg sooner than later, as I am worried that the government will just continue to make things more difficult for foreigners who want to go and work there. I am really looking to their management trainee/graduate schemes at banks etc.

    I have recently graduated with a bachelors in engineering, and have some previous internships at banks abroad, and so after unsuccessful applications to companies in Singapore (both foreign and local), I want to do a relevant Masters degree from a reputable business school. I realise that this will not guarantee a job there, but I just want to do anything that will maximise my chances, as I feel I am stuck at the moment.

    I spoken to some Singaporean friends, and they keep telling me that Singapore companies love qualifications from abroad and that I should go to US or UK for this, however, I believe that studying there e.g. NTU, NUS or SMU, would give me the advantage of living there, networking there and therefore more likely of getting a job. What do you think about this? My goal is just to get a job there, I mean a decent one, doesn’t have to be in the BEST company but I rather do a Masters in SMU and get a job there, than one from Oxford university and not being called for a job.

    Reply
    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I do believe that studying there and graduating from one of those uni you have mentioned will give you an edge to score employment. Many graduate students there are part-time workers in SMEs (small-to-medium) enterprises. If you can, try applying for these organizations. Though with less pay, you will get the experience working in a local company. Then make arrangements with your employer on your schedule. Let them know that you will be attending classes at the same time. Many of them allow that.

      Don’t expect to get the ideal salary you want immediately. Maybe wait about two years – then declare the asking price you think you deserve.

      Best of luck to you, Tony! 😀

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  12. Tony

    Thanks for your response! I wish I could even get a job at a SME there 🙁 but not even that. So the reason to do a masters degree would be to at least get a job anywhere (that’s banking/finance industry) in Singapore.
    You think from your view, many employers there value SMU a lot? I keep hearing that it’s not as well known or good as NUS and NTU, but yet, they do offer very innovative and attractive master programmes (pre-experience) that NUS/NTU don’t offer.

    I would have also thought, SMEs there prefer to hire locals? Because they don’t wanna go through the trouble of getting employment pass and also its cheaper to hire locals. So it would probably be more of the big and multinational firms hiring foreigners? Or this not the case? (But then again, BIG firms are hard to get into due to the highly competitive pool of local applicants coming from NUS, NTU and also Harvard, Wharton, Oxford, Cambridge etc. )

    Many Thanks for your advice 🙂

    Tony

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      SMU is a good school for master’s degree courses. Even my former boss was from there. 😀 But if you can, try to apply and get into NUS or NTU. By the prestige itself, bigger companies would more likely hire you albeit novice in your field.

      There is a double-edged sword of pros and cons for SMEs to hire foreigners and locals. If they hire foreigners, they can shell out lesser pay for income as locals demand higher (they believe they have every right to do so being in their own country). SMEs also believe that foreigners would have to be equipped with more talent and more determination before making that hiring decision.

      The theme right now in SG in terms of employment is getting strict, as mentioned in my post. Bear in mind that a good company will hire people who can perform, rather than someone who just a have a paper qualification from university or college. 😀

      You’re very much welcome!

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  13. msstubborn08

    I do have a question, let’s say you were able to get a job, but since your passport is just for vacation, will your employee give you time to fix your documents that you need? Will they help you, get your woeking permit?

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      By default, social visit pass is good for 30 days. Processing of your working visa or employment pass may take up to 2 weeks (including medical checkup and results).

      Once you are hired by the company, they will be helping you get your permit. You don’t have to worry about fixing your documents as it’s easy to follow up with MOM (Ministry of Employment) when they have your record and papers already. Some companies allow you to work, even if you don’t have the actual card pass yet.

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  14. Rid

    Hi

    I am trying to find a job for 3 months now. I am an experienced IT Business Analyst. Many of my friends found jobs as Software Engineers. It is very easy to find jobs for Software Engineers. Do you have any idea about any agents those who specialise in recruting IT Business Analysts? As the government has tighten the rules for foreign employment, it seems very hard to find a job nowadays.

    Thanks

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hello, Rid. You can try these three:
      1. Global Recruitment Consultancy Pte. Ltd.
      2. SM-Network Asia Employment Consultancy
      3. Empire Training Technology Center, Raffles Place, Shenton Bldg.

      Best of luck to you! However do note that you are required to pay placement fee to agencies and validate the terms of employment with them. For instance, from what I know, you should not pay more than two months worth of your salary as agency charge if you are applying for an E-pass (employment pass). Else if you are going for either S-pass or work permit, your employer should be the one to direct the payment to the agency. This is strictly under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act.

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  15. Singapore Jobs

    One of the ways to get a job easier is through a recruitment site named Headhunt Singapore. I have colleagues who got their dream jobs from that website 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Thanks for the suggestion. I have heard of that before and I have the impression that it only recruits people who have 10+ years of experience (those who are considered masters or experts in their industry).

      Reply
  16. Brian

    I liked your post! I am still doing number 4 since I am a bit hesitant to go there without a job. If I go there, would the recruitment agencies do their best to get you a job (which in other words, guarantee you that they find a job for you even if you do not want it)? If that would be the case, then I can just take a risk and pay these agencies. I guess, am a bit lucky I have friends who keeps on saying, “Move here!!! We want you here!!!”

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hello Brian. 🙂 I’m glad that you are staying positive on this. I can’t say much on behalf of the agencies since I don’t have a lot of friends who got their jobs in Singapore by enjoining in agencies. Mostly the professionals I know are IT people (same as me) who found jobs there through the following cases:
      a. worked as expatriates for the initial year/s, resigned from previous job and looked for another
      b. original status is tourist then successfully landed a job found through online sites and referrals
      c. studied there (got a master’s degree) and landed a job found through online sites and referrals

      But I guess if you pay them an ample amount of money per contract, they should fulfill their promise and search one that fits you most. You will be able to decide if you want to accept it or not — including the terms.

      If you have friends there, why not ask them if you can stay at their place for like 1.5-2 weeks and go job-hunting? That’s if you are willing to risk some $$ 🙂 Anyway, if luck does not come then take a chance and tie up with an agency when you come back. After about two years, you can start reaping and harvesting the benefits; the price you paid will be worth it.

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      • Brian

        I will be back there by June so I really hope luck is on my side, though it’s a bit scary for me since it’s my first time to look for a job as a tourist! If all else fails, I’d take a job making some coffee (one dream job even am in the IT-Finance field).. 😉 Thanks much again Rochkirstin! 😉

      • june

        hi im a disc jockey here in the phillipines im planing to go to singpore and look for a job . is it possible if i can get a job there? im a undergraduate.

      • Rochkirstin Santos

        What job or position do you intend to apply to? If you’re an undergraduate, it’s nearly impossible to land a good job there and be treated as a professional. Your choices can be in the F&B industry (events management staff, server, planning committee member, receptionist, etc.), in any company as a secretary (but I know that still they accept only those who have college diploma) or you can apply as a housekeeper. Sorry but that’s the reality.

      • Grezzlie

        What are the job opportunities and chances of me being employed in SG with almost 5 years of experience in BPO and an undergrad as well? Thank you. 🙂

      • Rochkirstin Santos

        Hi Grezllie, from experience and stories of friends who have been working in Singapore, undergraduates have smaller chances of landing a job here because employers prefer to get those with a diploma. To increase your chance, you may want to contact an agency so someone can help you find an appropriate company. 🙂

  17. SEO Expert

    Thanks for the great post. I am from India and I am SEO professional with 8 years experience, I applied to job related to SEO fields to more than 100 companies which i did through job sites. Its one month now and after doing that also i never get email or response from the employer in singapore. Is it difficult to get job in singapore for foreigners now days?

    If i visit singapore for two months on visit pass can i expect to get interview response if i am physically present in singapore rather than applying form india.

    Looking for kind reply

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hello SEO Expert, I say yes, it’s hard to find a job in Singapore nowadays. Look at the news everywhere and you’ll find that you’re not the only one who’s having troubles landing a job in Singapore. Locals are prioritized as the government now sides in the belief that they should give jobs to their citizens first before foreigners. One month of waiting is quite normal. Some people wait for three months on the average and when financial resources to support their stay are not enough, that calls for a signal to go back to their home country. I think for SEO, you can have your own clients even if you don’t travel to Singapore. Search for online clients as a freelancer and maybe you’ll find good ones and be successful.

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  18. stellargirl

    great post! heres what im planningto do. i’ll go there for four days, drop in my resume, go back to ph. and hope for the best. u think that would work? im going for vacay but im planning to make it a productive trip by sending in my resumes, starting somewhere.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Stella Girl, I think you would not need to go there if your intention is only to drop your resume because the better way is to stay there for at least two weeks and wait for these companies to contact you via an SG local mobile number. You will have good chances if you have higher availability. Four days may not be enough for them to consider your application, especially that it’s now already June. Also, resumes are sent online anyway and it’s not like you would go to companies physically to drop your CV. Hope this helps. 🙂

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  19. S8

    Hi,

    Thanks for the post. I like to inquire more on Immigration Singapore’s policy on visa run, visitors who entered Singapore, leaves within the visa period and re-enters again shortly, will immigration be picky this point? For the sake of safety, it is in the best interest to not risk violating Singaporean laws given the strict enforcement by the authorities.

    How about graphic designer positions? For individuals who have a master degree in design (from Hong Kong – English spoken institutions), what is the market for such qualifications in that industry?

    Thanks!!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi S8, sorry I forgot to answer you back immediately. Anyway, it’s better late than never, at least I believe so. 😀

      To answer your questions, it’s a YES. Immigration officers are getting strict in monitoring the visa passes | re-entry period. They have “sharp noses” now, able to detect quickly if you’re going to Singapore again to apply for jobs. Some people cannot escape being questioned and the interview may last for more than two hours. IF proven guilty, you would have to go back to your home country. 😐

      For graphic designer positions, with your qualification, I think you will pass. There are many advertising and marketing firms in Singapore that offer employment by contract. It’s a plus if you have programming skills as well.

      Also, basic requirements are that you know how to operate graphic designing-related software such as InDesign, PhotoShop, Illustrator, Acrobat, etc. A vast experience in that field is a must. Be prepared to showcase a portfolio.

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  20. Jaren163

    Great post! very realistic. Just a quick question is it advisable to go there in later part of the year say, November or decmber to do a job hunt?

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Jaren, thanks! I think it’s not very advisable because the employers most likely won’t want to give out the annual bonus to new employees especially to non-Singaporeans. The same is true during the pre-Chinese New Year season so your best bet is really the post-CNY. 🙂 And that’s around end of Feb or early March.

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  21. Flo

    Hi,
    i’m planning to go to Singapore this November to look for a job in the BPO industry. However reading you article Nov- Dec is not a very good time. I’ve also read some blogs saying that. However , i know someone who applied after chinese new year who literally went there and stayed for two months who wasn’t lucky enough to find a job. Now i’m confused, it ‘s good i did not book a ticket yet.

    Reply
    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Flo, in the end it might be just about luck and determination. Some people may be accepted even when the date falls on the season when there’s not much hiring companies. When a company sees that your resume fits the job, they will really go for your employment and process your working pass. I don’t think though that BPO industry is booming in Singapore because this type of company typically thrives in India, Vietnam and the Philippines where people are willing to accept lower wages than that of first-world countries like US and Singapore.

      The first step really is to find a place you can rent for about a month. Good site is gumtree sg. Once reserved, book a flight and prepare your resume. When you are already in singapore, buy a sim card and update your resume with new contact number. Then post your cv on job sites. Easier said but so much harder done. But this really takes patience. Good luck to you! 😀

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      • Jules

        Hello!

        I would like to commend you for writing this very helpful and informative article! 😀

        Just a question though, I am planning to move to SG on Feb. next year. I was just wondering if there is a demand for Process Trainers there as well as BPO professionals. Also, is it true that UP, Ateneo, and La Salle grads are given priority?

        Thank you very much for your insights!

      • Rochkirstin Santos

        Thanks, Jules! Process trainer is not that demanding though you can try applying to other related jobs as well and not limit yourself to that position/role. If it’s your first time to be working in Singapore as a foreigner and you don’t have an agency who can work for your employment, you can’t really decide if fate wants you to land at your desired job and more specifically your desired company.

        I think other more demanding ones you can go for are: product trainer, sales executive, business development executive and the like — as all these require good communication skills that I suspect you have. 🙂

        To answer your other question, I say YES. Employers hunt for professionals that have graduated from these top schools in the Philippines because they know the standards here as well.

        Good luck to you!

      • Jules

        thank you very much! ill definitely keep these in mind.:) (PS: ill be buying a laptop today as preparation for Feb. hahaha. I’m really excited and hyped up!)

  22. Flo

    Thanks for your reply , yah i think its really about luck and determination because i know a lot of people who have experience who didn’t make it . I intend just to try my luck but if it doesn’t work then i’ll try something else. A lot of people i know there just tried their luck as well. Sad that the BPO is not booming in Singapore but yes i guess your comment is true , someone told me that as well. But i really appreciate your blog and your reply because i really don’t want to go there blindly , and your experience as well as others helps me in making a decision . thanks so much

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  23. Jules

    Hi Roch!

    I would like to ask to ask a few more questions if you don’t mind haha. I am wondering on how Singaporeans treat Filipinos in the workplace. Are they aloof with foreigners or is there a certain degree of racism? How are they as work colleagues?

    Thank you very much for your insights! I hope you’ll continue to write more articles like this. You are an excellent writer. 😀

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hello again. 🙂 I cannot generalize because that would be unfair, so I’ll just comment based on my experience. It could be that in the office we were so mixed (Singaporeans, Malaysians, Filipinos, Chinese, Indians and Viet), I didn’t not feel that there’s a pang of racism going on, although people who are of the same nationality grouped together a lot. Language is mostly the reason. This is especially true for Chinese and Viet — because they were the ones who had most difficulty in speaking English and thus mingling with the rest is the least of their choice.

      Everyone is professional in the workplace, even during lunch and break times. Unlike here, when Filipinos would talk about their love life and personal problems, people there tend to just concentrate on work-related topics, the government, recent news, weather and the like. Haha.

      Thanks much, Jules!

      Reply
  24. Prabhu

    Hi,

    I need an info.. I got a job offer from a consultant in Singapore as QC engineer in SMRT.. For processing my VISA they were demanding 1000SGD. Actually how much it will cost? Truthworthy to pay?

    Reply
  25. Kumar

    Hi Rochkirstin,

    I am kumar, a mechanical engineering graduate from India. I have 2 yrs of work experience in tool & die design engineering in unigraphics NX & Autocad software. I planned to visit sg on the last week of Jan 2014 for seeking job under travel visa. Is this the right time to seek a job in SG. Because I more concerned about Chinese New Year. I don’t know, is there a plenty of vacancies available in the companies during this period? i.e after 2 to 3 weeks of CNY. Since my travel visa would be over on the last week of Feb. I am looking forward to your suggestion.

    Reply
    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Kumar, I suggest that you delay your travel plan to dates nearer than the Chinese New Year. You will have more chances of landing a job faster. With your background and experience, I think can score high in the exams/interviews. Good luck! 🙂

      Reply
  26. Wendell

    Hi Rochkirstin,

    I’ve read the threads, I appreaciate your advice. By the way I’am currently working now as network and system administrator. I have 5 years experience in IT field. I’ve also passed for Cisco Certification last 2012. I’m planning to go to singapore this coming first week of March 2014 to apply a job. I’ve heard that IT there is also in demand. I don’t have an idea on my target month, if this will still have a lot of hiring. I don’t know yet also if my experienced are enough to fight the challenge. Thanks

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  27. ice

    Hello! I plan on looking for a job in SG this April 2014. Do you think April is a good month for me to look for work there? Also, how much will i need to set aside for 2 months? I’ll be living with my brother so I don’t have to worry for the rent expense. Do you think 100k is enough? Thank you for your time! God Bless! 😀

    Reply
    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Ice. April is quite late for Chinese New Year which will be on Jan. 31 this year, but still I think it’s a good time. For 2 months, 100k is more than enough. Sample: considering that you will travel (estimate S$3 * 60) and eat meals outside (estimate S$10 * 60) every day = S$480 or about PHP 16320.

      Reply
      • Ice

        Thanks Rochkirstin! 😀 Fingers crossed and by the grace of God, I hope that my sojourn in SG this April will be fruitful. Thank you very much for the helpful tips. God Bless you and your family.

  28. Andrew

    Good,informative article btw, Im Filipino, I would just like to ask..Does SG have a strong Research and development indsutry…and does it welcome foreigners???especially those with MS and PhDs

    Reply
    • Rochkirstin Santos

      I say the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore is strong, else it won’t be a strong country trading currencies with other countries. However, open jobs related to research and development are few.

      Take the current job market scene for example: In JobsDB, there are only 148 R&D-related jobs over 21,800 overall jobs. That’s about only 3/442. In JobStreet, there are 1,638 R&D-related jobs over 48,216 overall jobs or 16/471.

      Most of them do not welcome foreigners, but the posts must not be a hindrance to opportunities. When I was applying and desperately needed a job in Singapore back then, I sent my resume to all job posts regardless of whether it specified “Foreigners Need Not Apply” or not because sometimes that is preferred but not really a requirement. In any case, stay positive! 🙂

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  29. Fairybabe

    Thanks for the tips girl, I am going to Singapore this March. My experience is into Sales & Marketing. Fingers crossed for my Job hunting in Singapore 😀

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  30. KUMAR

    Hi Rochkirstin,

    Once again I am kumar, I contacted u in this site a month back. I will be in SG on mid of Feb for my job hunt. Since the last month, I applied through 5 job websites namely, Jobstreet, monster, JobsDB, Jobscentral, Stjobs with my local contact number & adress for various jobs. Still there is no response. But I applied for those jobs whose deadlines are on mid of feb – 2014. Could you please tell what are all the other ways to search for a job in SG other than online jobsites. Meanwhile, in MOM website, I came across licensed job employment agencies. Shall I approach those job agencies for my job?. And too i don’t know the functions of those licenced job agencies. Do u know the functions of those job agencies? If yes, Please explain.

    Reply
    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Kumar, I think the reason why they are not getting in contact with you is that you don’t have a SG contact number and SG address. Of course these employers would prefer people to hire who are already in their country for faster processing and accessibility. Other than these sites online, you can try employment agencies but note that these companies often get a cut or a percentage of your income while some get the net income and then pass you your income (less the income they profited from). I’m sorry I can’t name a lot of agencies since I have only known one. It was my friend’s and she did not advise to get help next time with it because of too many hassles.

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  31. shichi

    Good day!
    I am trying my luck in SG these coming April, this is my second time flying to SG but this time my niece is with me for her summer vacation and me planning to find a work there. Is it possible that Immigration will notice that I am planning to work in SG? If ever, give me ideas on what to answer them. Thank you!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      If you’re coming with your niece, then it will seem that you’re on vacation. If you asked about these questions pertaining to work, you can say that you’re not interested in working in Singapore because you have your family back home and you are planning to start your own business or entering school for higher education and so forth. Additional tips: don’t carry lots of clothes and lots of things in your baggage. Packing heavy bags will be subject to suspicion. Stay calm and normal. Look the immigration officers into the eye and don’t be nervous. Lastly, smile. 🙂

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      • SHICHI

        Thanks for that wonderful tips 🙂 Another thing, I am also in BPO company but like you said BPO is not blooming in SG, can I still apply for F&B or on sales even if I don’t have experience as a substitute? can you give any related job opening with my experiences?

      • Rochkirstin Santos

        Yes, you can apply for positions in F&B. I know many Filipinos get employed because of their warm personality and hospitality. Also, Filipinos are more patient and have attention to details so customers won’t get upset. It’s best if you already know someone in the company you want to join so he/she can just refer you – it’s easier to get in that way. I think you can also be an assistant to executive managers in an office or a salesperson.

  32. Wink

    Hello,

    Is it advisable to trust agencies there in SG? Or applying online and waiting for the employers to call would do? I am planning to stay there for a month and I was told that I should go to recruiting agencies right away for me not to waste my time. And do you have idea how much should I pay the agencies? I’ll wait for your reply. Thank you.

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    • ppackiyaraj@gmail.com

      hi R Santos
      i am packiyaraj. am a power Engineer, i have 3 years experience in thermal power plant.now am i came travel for job searching on my relative field. i was uploaded my resume in job db,job street, job central but no one contact me. then i gave my resume all consultancy but they are asking Singaporean and pr holder only how can get opening job in Singapore pls tell me some tips

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      • Rochkirstin Santos

        Hi Packiyaraj. The first question is that do you think the demand for that job is hot in Singapore? Before going there, you must have studied the market. If the need to fill out the vacancy right away, then employers might just take their time in getting candidates and calling them for an interview. How long have you been waiting for a response? Two weeks is acceptable as companies especially big ones reviews a lot of CVs in a day. Yeah, I agree that most of them really prefer Singaporean and permanent residents. If you have made all the tips suggested above, stay patient and hopeful – keep sending your resumes online to more companies. There are those who waited for three to four months before they’ve been granted a job. But in the end, it’s worth the wait.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Wink. I’m very sorry as I haven’t been able to check this post for a long time! I hope you now have found a job in Singapore either by yourself or through the help of an agency. I don’t have an idea on how much to pay agencies. Sorry for that.

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  33. Ice

    Hello Rochkirstin! I would just want to ask if Network Asia Consultancy is a good agency. They called me a while back and they were asking if I am willing to avail of their services. The reg fee is at 60 SGD. I have been sending CVs for the past 3 weeks now but to no avail. I think i might need their help. Thank you in advance!

    Reply
    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Ice! I have not heard of Network Asia Consultancy. Please check the registered agencies on the MOM website to see if they are really a legitimate business. If your salary will be at least S$2000, the reg fee they are asking for is fine under the law. You’re welcome and good luck! 🙂

      Reply
  34. Steph

    Hi I have a question 🙂 I’m going to SG for a vacation on Jan 24, 2015 until Jan. 28… then I’m planning to go back at SG around March 24, 2015, to look for a job.. Is that possible? 🙂 Would the immigration or whatsoever allow it?? 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Steph! Yup, you can totally visit Singapore in January as a tourist. Just don’t bring too many clothes that the immigration officer might suspect you as a probable TNT. 😛 In March, when you go there and actually look for a job, I have the same advice. It will be ideal to carry only one luggage or one that’s enough for the number of days of your stay. Make sure to book for a return ticket as well because it will be checked. When you already have a stable job, then you can ask your family/friends to bring you more clothes. Another option is to buy hand-me-down or pre-loved clothing in bargain shops. There are sale/crazy discounts going on in *SCAPE Flea Market in Orchard almost every weekend.

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  35. Yeenz

    Hi.. your blog has been very imformative. I just have some questions. I am booked to SG on July 1-5. Then will extend my ticket when Im there already to apply for a job. Do you have any idea how the BPO companies operate or hire foreigners in SG. Coz I want to apply as customer service representative there as it is my job in the Philippines. Thanks

    Reply
    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Yeenz! Sorry, I don’t have an idea about BPOs hiring process in Singapore. You may search for forums related to that. Hope someone will find your way in. 🙂

      Reply
  36. Yeenz

    Hi Roch..thanks for the reply. I saw a lot of hiring agencies or companies from jobstreet.sg and jobsdb.sg… my only question left for you is… is sg linient now in accepting foreign workers. Coz back in 2012, sg was so strict and they had limit to hiring foreigners.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Yeenz, they are still very strict when hiring foreign workers. If you’re planning to be a corporate position, you will score more points if you have graduated from DLSU, ADMU, UP and UST because these universities are mostly what SG employers know and credit. That’s quite the sad fact, so others will have to put their job experiences and competitiveness forth and show up with their best foot forward. Also, it will help if you are really proficient in English.

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  37. Yeenz

    I guess my English is quite good coz prior to call centre experience, I was an English teacher for like 8 years. In that case I dont mind working in F&B. Id try to really land a job in call centre companies instead. From what they post on their ads, they are ok in hiring foreigners, its English speaking skills and experience that matter. I really wish to land a job, any kind of job over there. Coz compared to the Philippines, its really greener pasture in SG! :))

    Reply
    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Of course! 😀 Getting in is the hardest part but once you’re there, other difficulties would also be the day-to-day managing of budget/finances because everything is also more expensive. I think you will have a good fighting chance in the call center companies there, given your strong background in communications.

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  38. DJ

    Hey there! You have mentioned some of the schools that are acknowledged by some companies. Do you have an idea where to get the complete list of those schools? I am going to SG next week. I am excited and a bit sad at the same time. Not only because I am leaving my parents (I am the only kid)but also because of the promotion I received 3 weeks ago. I cannot back-out since almost everything is all set. The only problem is we haven’t find a common room to stay as of this writing. Do you think its good idea to look for a room when we get there (we’ll be staying in a hotel for 3 days) instead of texting and sending emails to some SG nationals while we are still here? They are asking for a deposit and copies of our passports. Is it safe to send money over there? I know this is way too long but I also want to ask if you have an idea about any agency that could help me find my biological father? He is a Malaysian-Singaporean national and I already have his fone number and address. Apparently, no one is answering my calls. Thanks for the time reading this. Hope you find time to reply. 🙂

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi DJ! Wow that’s a long one. I’ll try to answer all, don’t worry. 😉

      During my time, the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore had a drop-down list of preferred/ approved institutions. Right now, they have this statement: “Possessing an acceptable qualification does not automatically guarantee a successful application, as the applicant may need to satisfy other criteria, such as qualifying salary or professional skills.”

      That’s maybe because a number of foreign applicants did not graduate from the schools listed before but were really talented.

      If you want to get a gauge prior to coming, you may want to try this self-assessment tool for employment/ S pass: http://sat.mom.gov.sg/satservlet(which takes about 5 minutes to complete).

      I felt the same as you did when I left the Philippines. I was only 21 years old, had no one I know in Singapore, no job and had arranged/reserved a place to stay (but the agent cheated me). And I also could not back out because everything was set (flight ticket, my will to work abroad, and my heart and commitment to succeed).

      It’s best if you can get a room when you’re in your home country, but be wary of “fakes.” In my case, the agent also asked for my passport and deposit. I sent over a soft copy of my passport via email and told her that I will be giving the payment once we see each other. It was a good thing though that I didn’t trust her for the money.

      If you want to go ahead and stay in a hotel, I suggest you book in Chinatown for transients (bed space only S$10/pax). That’s the cheapest I know.

      About the agency, sorry I don’t know. Maybe you can ask one of their government offices? Good luck and you’re welcome! 🙂

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  39. fairybabe

    Additional Info.

    Been there, done that. I tried my luck in applying last March, sad to say I wasn’t successful but I learned a lot!

    1)RESUME & COVER LETTERS
    Before going in make sure your resumes in online site are complete and you have different type of resume for different positions you want to apply in.

    For the resume make sure it has all the details the MOM needed: Complete personal details with passport number and expiring date. Languages you can speak. And also make sure it has your previous company background, your achievements reason for leaving and lastly put the salary you received from your previous job.

    With the cover letter atleast summarize you experiences and skills in bullet form so that it can be seen first.

    2) CONTACT Details & Running OUT OF TIME
    Before going their better to prepare your SG mobile number & home address because you need to second out resume or applications atleast 1 month before your flight in going there. Never go there without scheduled interviews. If someone already sched you for interview before your flight tell them the date when you are coming and sched it right away.

    This things should be done to make sure you are not wasting your time. I got my first interview 3 weeks after I came in.

    ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT THERE FOR ONLY SENDING OUT APPLICATIONS BUT TO FIND A JOB so do the applications way before coming in.

    3) SENDING OF RESUMES
    Do it everyday use emails’s CC and BCC. copy paste the email add to CC and BCC so that the employer will receive your application 3 times. If there is no reply repeat sending to that email every 3rd day.

    Send out resume to atleast 150 times a day to different email address or companies.

    4) JOB SITES & NEWSPAPERS & WHERE TO GET EMPLOYERS EMAIL ADDRESS.
    jobsdb, jobcentral, stjobs, jobstreet, jobomas, jobrapido, jobhunt

    Sign in directly to company website for their job opening or vacancies.
    Visit this site for number of direct companies.
    http://godirect.info/

    And also you can visit other company’s website and apply there.

    DOWNLOAD CATS Classifieds Adds in google play so that you dont need to buy the $1 newspaper. You can check it everyday. They post available jobs everyday. $1 is already big thing if you can save it.

    CREATE or ADVERTISE YOUR SELF in GUMTREE.COM.SG
    When advertising never leave your email or contact number. Instead leave there you Linkedin profile so that they can check it out.

    5)JOB AGENCY
    Beware of Agencies that ask for registration fees. As much as possible look for DIRECT COMPANY

    Always check MOM for agencies that has good records when it comes to foreign employment.

    http://www.mom.gov.sg/eadirectory/Pages/Search.aspx

    6) Check out http://www.pinoysg.com for more advise and interactions with other job hunters.

    7) MALAYSIA EXIT
    Done with your 2 months and yet no job yet and your not giving up? Do an exit in Johor but NEVER NEVER NEVER enter thru Johor immigration again, instead enter via TUAS or CHANGI. Never do a round trip.

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yes, in fact just by checking Jobstreet and JobsDB Singapore, you will already have a snapshot on which job posts local companies need most. IT takes a giant chunk out of the overall vacancies. Mostly they are looking for Network/Sys/DB Admin personnel. If you know programming, I think there’s a better/higher chance of you to land a job.

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      • Ching

        Thank you for your quick response! 🙂 I’m a Computer Science graduate, working as computer programmer in a government agency here in Phil for 5 years. Planning to look for job in SG April next year and luckily was able to browse your site (:D :D) to get some tips. Can I ask for any other tips or job hunting advice since we are in the same field? Very much appreciated 🙂

      • Rochkirstin Santos

        You’re welcome! Wow, okay – we’re also the same, working now in the IT field for five years. 🙂 You just have to be patient when job hunting. Also, your communication skills will get you to places. One of my advantages over the rest was that I can speak in Mandarin. The position I was applying for required facing the clients as the project manager so being both fluent in English and Chinese aside from having technical skills and educational background got me there. Do you have programming certifications? I think that will also help. Look for areas and things that bring you an edge over other applicants. Don’t be shy to mention these things during an interview. Be confident and just market yourself as the best! Good luck! 😀

      • Ching

        I only have certificates of training/participation. But, planning to take the Programming NC IV Certification offered by TESDA. Anyways, thank you so much for your time! Your answer was very helpful for me. God Bless! 🙂

  40. Pradeep

    Hi,

    I have done my Masters in supply chain & logistics and having 3 years experience in the same field(Procurement & Inventory management). Let me know the possibilities of getting a job in Singapore as a foreigner in this field. Suppose if am visiting Singapore on visit Visa and searching a job in the supply chain/logistics is there any good chances of getting a job??

    Reply
    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Pradeep, I think you have a strong background and experience in supply chain and logistics and that’s a good starting point for you to highlight. Many companies regardless of industry are in need of an expert in that field since it’s where the business starts. You can try searching for open positions via the online job sites and see if there are plenty for now. Is there a good chance you’ll get a job? My answer is yes. Albeit Singaporean employers today prefer locals to hire, they still won’t have a chance to take really great and experienced ones if the foreigners’ resume and appeal are more competitive. So it’s just a matter of proving to them that you are more deserving. You can make it, if you put your heart and mind to it! 🙂

      Reply
      • Prakash

        Hi Roch,

        Thanks for your feedback. Do you know any recruiting agencies in Singapore who is recruiting mostly expats in the field of supply chain/logistics.

  41. sai vasu

    Regency Hospitality Services Inc.
    C4 , Megan Avenue I
    189 Jalan Tun Razak,
    50400 Kualalumpur , Malaysia
    Tel / fax : +603 2110 0047

    Dear Candidate,

    This is with respect to your resume and mail from my colleague. I just want to confirm all before going further. We can work out this case as E pass working permit of Singapore Immigration (www.mom.gov.sg)

    Our employers who showed interest to absorb you are the Google channel partners located in Singapore We could get the provisional offer (s) which can be used for immigration and for approval of the work offer. The positions are designated as Admin ( Technical or Managerial ) .To approve the work offer and work permit ( E pass) , we have to submit the application in MOM office with provisional offer (s). Since we apply with 2 or more offer(s) at least one will be approved and chances of refusal hardly occur. Hence candidates who are enthusiastic and has a flair to learn are welcome

    Service Charges : As in the conventional market you need to spare around 1250 S$ in total other than flight fare for this E pass. A fee of 200 S$ has to be remitted initially with your docs for submission in MOM of Singapore and balance after getting the visa or approval and from Singapore. The balance payment has to be made when you making the employment contract including your medical test in Singapore. We arrange Airport pick up, Meeting with employer to make the contract and Medical. There will be Bachelors / ladies hostel accommodation without food. The approval will be well reflected in the web pages and you can verify the issuance and balance payment is to be made when you arrive in Singapore. The consolidated salary per month will be 1900 S$ ( take home )

    Payment Head : Google India Ltd by means of Cheque
    Amount : 200 S$ or Equivalent Indian Rupees
    Address : To be submitted either in Google’s Office in Mumbai or New Delhi ( will be informed )
    Processing time : 15 to 25 days

    Reimbursement : All above Service charges in full are being charged by Google Channel partners and not by Google or our firm and the same will be reimbursed in first three equal installments with the salary. If you are a concrete decision maker kindly send me your willingness with your original scanned copies of 10, 12 , graduation and front and back pages of passport. A white photograph with 80 % zoom on face also has to be attached separately to my mail
    Since I have limited time to act, kindly reply me with your docs as early as possible to start processing

    Thanks and best regards
    Manilal for Regency Hospitality Inc, Malaysia and Singapore

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  42. Jimbo

    Hello Roch,

    Great post. what do you think of the above letter? I got a similar one. Its from an online agent in India. Does that sound genuine to you?

    Reply
    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Jimbo. I think what’s being said in the letter is quite realistic based on the procedures on how you can get there, the fees (admin) to be paid and also the salary for the position. However, what I’m not sure about is the authenticity of the business. For instance, try searching the name of the agency on Google and you won’t find it. This is one of the ways showing that they don’t have online credibility. That’s just my two cents. They’ve given their contact number there so maybe you can also try calling and ask more questions to further decipher the genuinity of their business operations and intention.

      Reply
  43. spicy

    Hi, you mentioned about a medical checkup as a requirement for employment pass. Just a thought, will I still be granted an employment pass even if I am currently taking medication for asymptomatic TB? Or if I have a history of such treatment?

    Reply
    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi spicy. I think you’ll have to mention that one and let the clinic or medical institution take it as a note. Ultimately, it’s still the employer which decides if you’re going to be fit enough for work or not. It’s also case per case basis sometimes because if your job won’t be so tiring that the daily tasks would worsen your sickness, then it’s just fine.

      Reply
  44. Boombox

    Hi rochkirstin i found this post quite useful on my quest on relocating to sg. You mentinoned that you worked there as an it professional right? Just want to know how much salary in sgd would i ask possible employers. I am a 5years experienced it security engineer. Trying my luck to look for job opportunity in sg while im still here in the philippines. Just want to make sure what i will bargain is both realistic and would provide me well. Thanks!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Boombox, I’m sorry I don’t know the salary range for security engineers. Is that IT? Based on the number of working experience you have, I can just give you an estimate (but this will vary of course depending on your skill and how impressive your resume is). I’d say the monthly pay must be nothing lower than S$ 6k.

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      • boombox

        hi Roch, boombox here again. a happy new year to you and your readers. what I meant for security engineer was network security engineer which primarily deals with the infrastructure that safeguards the data that traverses the internet such as firewalls, routers, switches, etc. my additional inquiry would be what will be my chances of landing a job in SG if I’m doing my job search while still here in the Philippines? my plan is to go there once I have a clear and sure seat for employment. would that be possible and what are the odds? pardon me for asking an inquiry this time of the year. just want to have a quick boost of confidence this coming year. thanks a lot and more blessings to you and your blogs!

      • Rochkirstin Santos

        Happy New Year! I now know what you do. I can’t say that there’s a fat chance you’ll get a job while you’re still here in the Philippines without getting an agency that will help you. Being in SG increases your chance by a hundred percent since your presence in attending to physical job interviews and being just available anytime they call will make you become a more preferable candidate. My advice still is to chance upon the Chinese New Year timing. This year, it’s Feb 19. 🙂

  45. Sabrina

    Hi Rochkirstin!

    I booked a flight to SG this coming March 3, 2015 I am a Registered Nurse here in the Philippines with 2 years experience as a company nurse and also with proper training. I am hoping and praying for a luck to get a job in SG. My question is it necessary for me to book a return ticket,because I only purchase one way ticket via AirAsia because it is promo. And the next is can you suggest any transient or bed space that is good. Anyway thanks for the info!!

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    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Sabrina. I do recommend purchasing a return ticket but just choose the least pricey (since you will not be using it anyway once you land a job, or you may extend the date at a cost when you think that you’ve been staying in Singapore for long and not getting a job offer). This is so that you can show the immigration officer and whoever will be questioning your travel in the airport. Many of them know that people who plan to work in SG without a working visa will not have a return ticket. Presenting yours will get rid of their doubt, hopefully. For transient or bed space, you can look at ads posted in Gumtree Singapore and PinoySG forum. Good luck! 🙂

      Reply
  46. Shyam Krishnan

    Hi ROCHKIRSTIN SANTOS

    Your blog has been very informative, am from India i did my masters in Geotechnical Engineering with good grades and have 1 year 6 months site experience after my Btech civil engineering, am planning to come to Singapore on social pass,I am hoping job in SG,Do you think I have a chance of getting a job in Singapore? Thank you so much!

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  47. lulaby

    HI, I am very much interested in applying job in Singapore, May I ask, whether a writer career is needed there?

    Thanks and sory for my broken English.

    Reply
    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Hi Lulaby, I think I’m not the best person to answer your question since my field is in IT and I am not familiar with the writing professionals in Singapore. Thanks for reading my blog post anyway. 🙂

      Reply
  48. Tiffany

    Hi Ms.!

    Hope you can help me. I tried looking for transient rooms and luckily, I found one. But I am worried that any of the IOs will look for booked hotel accommodation. What shall I do? should i ask the landlord to produce a receipt? I will be staying in SG for 2 weeks to have an internship. I already prepared some of the documents they might ask me for.

    Reply
  49. John

    Hi,

    Very informative post, I would like to ask if it is advisable to stay at a hostel while searching for a job in Singapore? I don’t want to put a burden to my friends by crashing at their apartments.

    Cheers,

    Reply
  50. kath flores

    Hi,

    Thanks for the good advice, have you ever heard that the accounting and audit jobs there in SG was in demand??

    Thanks,

    KC

    Reply

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