3 Tips on How to Get a Job in Singapore
The Merlion is the symbol of Singapore.

Singapore is a great city to live in, and as a matter of fact, they welcome foreign workers with open arms. It is the perfect place to dip your toes in if you want to work abroad.

Singapore does not lack foreign workers willing to migrate there. About a million immigrants populate Singapore, and you could be one of them! This is a good chance to work in a first-world country. It placed fifth on the UN Development Program’s Human Development Index. Expect stiff competition if you want to get a leg in. 

 Here are some tips to help you get that coveted job.

  1. Present a professional CV/Resumé. The very first thing a recruiter will see is your resumé. Make sure that the first page will have something to hold their eye. For instance, it doesn’t mean you have to sprinkle it with glittery paper or scented pens. What it just means that it should be professionally presented and that your career highlights can be seen at first glance. A better option is to build a digital resumé. Your myTrueProfile page can function as your online resumé that can be shared with prospective employers. 
  2. Look for jobs using a job aggregator. There are a lot of job sites with thousands upon thousands of jobs for your qualifications. The sheer number of job postings can make you dizzy. It doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to quickly find the most suitable job for you, though. Therefore, make it easy for yourself by using an aggregator. Toggle the Contact Settings on your myTrueProfile page so that prospective employers can contact you with relevant job postings.
  3. Be ready for a phone/internet interview. Expect that the job interview will be conducted via phone. Don’t be surprised if they also ask if you have Skype, Viber, Google Hangouts, or any Wifi call apps that they can use to initiate a video call with you. Test your laptop’s mic and speaker to make sure that this will go pain-free. Do a test run with a friend.

Once you are given a job-offer, that means you’re halfway in.

You would need to go through the job offer and see if it will be worth it to move abroad. At any rate, it usually is, but you’d need to take into consideration what you will be giving up and what you will be gaining. If you’re into bubble gum and can’t envision your daily life without chewing one, don’t accept that job offer. Singapore as a country is obsessed with cleanliness and part of that is an embargo on the candy.

Above all, you’d also need to see if moving is worth it in the long run. Take this quiz to calculate how much it will cost you to live in Singapore and decide if the offer will leave you with some savings. The Migrant Workers Centre is a non-profit organisation that can help you settle in once you’re there. 

Finally, your employer will take care of applying for your work visa as soon as you’ve accepted that job offer. At this point, it helps if your documents are ready. For Chinese nationals, they require that your diploma is certified by DataFlow.

Good luck!

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