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The Truth About Jobs in Singapore for Foreigners

Singapore is an attractive destination for foreigners to work in and if you are one of the people looking for jobs in Singapore for foreigners, then the following questions will probably cross your mind:

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- How easy is it for foreigners, living outside of Singapore, to get a job here?

- How does one go about looking for jobs in Singapore for foreigners?

The short answer is – It is not as easy as it seems for foreigners to get jobs in Singapore and you will need to put in a lot of effort to get a job. Singapore does have/demand a lot of foreign talent but this is for specific skills/industries/levels and there is a good amount of competition from foreigners/locals already living in Singapore.

If you search online job boards/sites for Singapore, you will notice most job postings state that only Singaporeans or Permanent Residents should apply. There will be fewer listing for jobs in Singapore for foreigners, on the job sites. The reason for this simple – It is easier and more cost effective for companies to hire people who are already in Singapore, especially when these people have the talent/skills they need.

Here are a few quick suggestions, while looking for jobs in Singapore

1) I have come across many foreigners/people who just land-up in Singapore for a very short time and without having any meetings/interviews. They hope to get interviews while they are here and/or plan to attend a career fair. In my experience this approach does not yield much success to get jobs in Singapore for foreigners, unless you spend enough time here (a few months). If you are coming for a short visit, then it is much better to have a few meetings/interviews scheduled with potential employers and recruiters before you arrive. Also please be aware that career fairs are not catering to people living outside of Singapore and will not help much.

2) Don’t dismiss the online job boards altogether. You will find jobs where foreigners are eligible to apply, however, you will need to spend extra time searching for these. I recommend using a job aggregator, specifically Indeed, which will enable you to find all jobs in Singapore at one place. This includes job boards and company websites. It can save you a lot of time, as opposed to searching each site separately. Use the advanced search form, so that you can conduct a specific search (for example – one which excludes job advertisements that contain the words Singaporean, PR, Citizen, etc.).

3) Use ALL your contacts (friends, family, colleagues, association members and so on). This is probably your best bet to get leads for jobs for foreigners. Make the process easier by using online networking sites like LinkedIn.

4) Be clear on your knowledge, skills and abilities and make sure that you apply to matching jobs. This will save you the time spent on applying to every job under the sun and also increase your job search success rate. Keep this in mind when contacting recruiters for jobs also.

5) Prepare your marketing material very well. Your resume, cover letter and other job search material must be relevant and of high quality.

6) Practice, practice and practice your interview responses and also what you will say during various other meetings.

7) Be ready to compromise and take jobs which may not be your first preference, or pay you as much as you want. It is important to first get your foot in the door

Good luck!


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Amit Puri - Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

Amit is an experienced career, business and HR professional. Previously, he has worked with organisations such as Bain & Company, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup. Amit has advanced degrees/qualifications in Career Counselling, Organisational Psychology & HR, Occupational Psychometrics, Career/Life Coaching & Business.

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  • Daniela

    Hi,

    Thanks for the information.

    I would like to ask if physical presence in Singapore is a "must" while on the job hunt and to what extent do employers entertain long-distance applications and interviews.

    Many thanks

  • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com/insights/members/sandboxadvisors/ Amit Puri

    Hi Daniela,

    You are most welcome.

    The answer to your question does depend on specifics to some extent – such as what your job/industry target is and what the demand/supply scenario is for the target.

    However, in general, while initial stages of the application process could be done remotely, most companies will prefer to meet you in-person at some point.

    Amit

    • Ravi Kumar

      Hi Amit,

      I’m desperately looking for a job in overseas, Can you please guide me for getting a job in Singapore.I tried checking on various websites , but non of those suits.

  • Kavyashree

    Hi Amit,

    Am in singapore for past three months and I will be here in singapore till next december 2011. Am searching for job, have been applying for on all available portals. But till now have got no response. Am in need of a job very badly, please do suggest me regarding this. Am looking for admin assistant jobs as am having experince of 1.5 years in this field.

    Thank you.

    • Olivia

      hi please do send me ur resume i will help
      you find a suitable job tha t suits u.. but u must
      be in singapore and u must be a permenant resident in singapore for u to work..

      • Preveena

        Hi Olivia,

        I have a work experience of 3 years in IT.I would be available in March and have applied for EPEC.Can you help me finds a job.My unxcle is a PR ansd I would be staying with him only.

        Thanks
        Preveena

      • Ronald

        Hi Olivia,

        I have been working in Software Consulting firm as a team lead in Canada and has 4 years of experience in this industry. I will be moving to Singapore in the beginning of March and is planning to stay there for at least 3 months. I already have the accommodation sorted out, and will be actively looking for a job there.

        I’m wondering if I could send you my resume so that you could help me in my job hunt?

      • rahul

        hi olivia,

        i want to come to singapore and live there. so can u help me to get a job in singapore if yes just send me an email and i will send to u my resume .

        rahul_naveen85@yahoo.co.in
        00919996555959

      • http://bit.ly/chandrahampiholi Chandra Hampiholi

        Hi Olivia,
        I am an Architect with 25 years of International expereince. I am also a PR of Singapore currently looking for a suitable career. My details are available at bit.ly/chandrahampiholi

        Thanks
        Chandra
        ________________________________

  • Kirk

    Hi Amit,

    I have been here in Singapore for the past 2 months looking for a job. Until now, I haven't got any of the job I have applied. But there's one employer who offered me a contract but didn't pursue on applying for my S-Pass because my college institution (AMA Computer College) in Philippines was not recognized by MOM. Is it true that they will just reject the application of my S-Pass if it was applied by my employer? Help me please.

    Thanks & Regards

  • diyana

    Hi Amit,

    I'm Diyana a Filipina but I'm in UAE working as a receptionist. I'm just wondering if you think I will be eligible for EPEC visa so I can go to Singapore and have ample time to searcg a job there personally? Coz I'm having a bit doubt when it comes to the University I graduated. Like Kirk I know my university is not listed (Angeles University Foundation). This the only thing I wanted to know so I can go ahead and apply for the EPEC visa soon.

    Hope to hear from you soon..thanks

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com/insights/members/sandboxadvisors/ Amit Puri

      Hi Diyana,

      I'm afriad I can't really comment on that. It is best to check the MOM website for details and then also give them a call to ask any questions that you might have. Following that, you would just need to apply and hope for the best.

      Good luck.
      Amit

  • MOHAMED YUSUF

    Hi

    I am Mohamed yusuf from India, presently living in Singapore by visit.I like Singapore I want job here i did MBA Marketing i have experience 5 year Hotel Le Meridien also Customer care so if you have any chance please call me

    this my No 91578864

    • sandboxadvisors

      I will give you a call to discuss further.

  • nandini

    hi,

    I am planning to move to Singapore.Is it a wise choice?

    Kindly suggest.

    • sandboxadvisors

      :) I'll definitely need more information than that Nandini. You could get in touch with our office with more information and I'll be glad to help

  • Vashishth

    Hi,

    I'm planning to move to singapore with a job offer(offer letter). Is it a wise decision. kindly suggest

    Regards

    vashishth

  • Salman

    Hi. I am Salman from Pakistan. I am a Software Engineer by profession having more than 4 years of experience and I am currently working in a USA-Based Software Development Company. I want to relocate to Singapore. Please suggest me how I can get a job if I come to singapore on short visa.

    • sandboxadvisors

      - Prepare a good resume and cover letter
      - Create a profile on LinkedIn and start contacting people who have the power to hire you
      - If you are applying for jobs which are similar to what you have done previously, then contact recruiters as well
      - If/when you have a few meetings/interviews setup, visit Singapore and sell yourself

      Good luck!

  • Mahesh

    Hello Amit,

    Thanks for your information.

    This is Mahesh Patil, I am an MBA with over 7 years of work experience in US Technical recruitment. Will I be able to get suitable job in Singapore? I am planning to migrate to Singapore.

    Can you suggest me suitable way to move to Singapore. I have applied for EPEC. Will it be easy for me to get a job after I get EPEC?

    Awaiting your response.

    Thanks & Regards

    Mahesh Patil

    Sr. Recruitment Consultant

    • sandboxadvisors

      It is very hard to reply to questions such as this, since there are too many variables involved.

      The only way you will really know, is once you get feedback from the market. Make a few applications, talk to some hiring managers and see what their response is.

      The EPEC does help in the job search, since you can spend time here in Singapore, meeting with people and interviewing. You don't have to be in Singapore all through the job search (although that is ideal) and can make a few visits every couple of weeks, when you have some interviews/meetings lined-up.

      In a way the EPEC also signals to potential employers, that they will not face issues when applying for your employment pass, to work with them. That is a good thing as well

  • http://www.naturescreation.com Sam

    Hi there

    i am looking for good agressive sales stuff

    preferbly with expirience

    if you need any more info

    pls text 98214545

    Sam

    • sandboxadvisors

      I will call you to see if we can help with your job search and if any of our services might be of use

  • rebeca

    hi i am a foreign student with higher diploma in accounting,just graduated from a private college in Singapore.i have good results too..is there any possibility of getting a job in Singapore?(totally i have been in Singapore for more than 3 years)

    • Amit Puri

      That depends on a number of things. I would suggest you contact us, so that I can learn more about your situation/goals and offer advice accordingly

  • saravanans

    Hi
    I am saravanan have 12 years experince in Supply chain & Logistics, warehouse filed i looking for a job currently iam in singapore by visit visa pls. send email to smsaravch@gmail.com

  • tomasz

    Hi. I'm Tomasz. I'm planning to move to Singapore. I have a degree in economics (my college is not on a MOM's list of recognized institutions – College of Communication and Management, Poland), but I'm looking for a job as a graphic designer (I have eleven years of experience). Will I be able to get a suitable job in Singapore?

  • sandeep

    dear amit
    is there a singapore numnber i could call u at, for further discussion. my email is intaact.sandeep@gmail.com

  • Harshita Gupta

    Hi Amit,

    I have just done my Masters in International Finance from UK and am looking for a job. I am very keen to work in Singapore and have applied to companies in Singapore via Contact Singapore job portal but for some reason I am not getting any response from their end.

    I have worked with KPMG India for a year in Tax division before pursuing my Masters and would now like to work in the banking/ financial/consultancy sector for which I would like to get into companies such as Deutsche bank, Citibank, Standard Chartered, Mckinsey, Bain, JP Morgan etc.

    I would appreciate it if you could help me on this.

    Thanks,
    Harshita

  • Ramesh.K

    Hi Amit,

    I am working as a PHP Programmer in Hyderabad,India. I have an experience of 3.5 years in this field. Now I want to move to Singapore for better opportunities. Please let me know the best employment agencies for foreigners in Singapore, so that I can contact them and move further. Also guide when, is it the right choice.

    Thanks,
    Ramesh.K

  • mohsen asf

    Hi, I'm a foreigner job seeker, my profession is .NET programming (C#.NET, Asp.NET) and I have 3 years of full time experience,
    Is there any good job vacancy for me in Singapore?

  • Alex

    Dear Amit,

    I am from eastern europe Serbia, been working in Dubai UAE for almost 4 years, planing to live and work in SG, have more than 3 years experience in hospitality industry and 3 years in sales & marketing. At first stage my plan is to visit SG in order to search for a job. Please let me know how to get in touch with you or potential employer who might be looking for this kind of profile. Would be glad to forward my CV and other required docs (recommendations, letters, courses, education etc) Thanks and regards, would appreciate your help.
    Alex

  • Amit Puri

    Hello Everyone. I am using this comment to reply to a number of people (namely – Alex, Mohsen, Ramesh, Harshita and Tomasz), who have similar queries.

    1) Sandbox Advisors does not offer employment agency services, so unfortunately we will not be able to connect you with potential employers. Where we can assist is by helping you execute all parts of your job search, in the best possible way, thereby increasing your chances of getting a job in Singapore. Do have a look at our Transition & Job Search services, for more information on this

    2) Conducting a cross-border job search takes a lot of effort and is also time consuming. So you need to use all possible job search techniques, which include job sites, recruiters and also networking. However, do make sure allocate your time/efforts based on which techniques are likely to get you the best results

    3) In my experience you will see less success by using job sites/boards and recruiters/employment agencies. This is because, it is quicker and more cost effective for them to hire someone locally, who meets their requirements closely. Also, with job boards, given the sheer numbers involved, it is very easy to get lost in the crowd. The case might be different if you have experience which is not available that easily in Singapore. The only way you will know where you stand, is by testing the market and seeing the feedback you get from recruiters/companies/etc

    4) In general, I would suggest spending a lot of time on online networking. The best tool for this is LinkedIn and you can get direct access to many hiring managers by using it. Have a look at some of the articles I have written on LinkedIn, Networking and Information Interviewing for more details

    5) It is very hard for me to comment on your chances of getting a job in Singapore. There are just too many variables involved. All you can do is to give it your best shot and make sure you go about the job search in the most effective manner. Please do go through the content on our website and you will find many articles/videos to help you with the job search process. I keep adding material based on queries/comments such as yours and will provide some guides on cross-border job search shortly.

    Good luck to all of you and I hope your job search goes well!

  • ANU

    Hi,

    I am looking for SAP HR openings in Singapore. To start with, i can join as HR executive also. Can you please tell me what are all the job search sites are available to get thejob in Singapore. Can i apply for “S” PASS or any other is there. I can stay there for 2 months. Is it necessary if we get pass we have to stay minimum 3 months in Singapore. I badly need of job now. I am also searching for my husband . He is looking for Export/Import or Banking sector. Kindly help.

  • D.S.KUMARBHAI

    I am a indian citizen,aged 45 year, having four years experience in Saudi Aramco as janitorial supervisor along with other official jobs. can i get any job based on this experience.Languages known:English,tamil,hindi,arabic and mothertongue.pls help……………

  • Ayesha

    Hi,
    I am a doctor from Pakistan, with 1year of experience of job in Hospital.My degree is not recognized by Singapore Medical Council.

    I understand that i can not work here as a doctor unless i have a recognized post graduate degree.Alternatively ,i have been trying to explore opportunities in non practising roles and jobs for which i am over qualified,but i have not recieved any positive response.

    Kindly guide me where i can explore opportunities.

    Regards,
    Ayesha.

  • U Myint Ngwe

    I was a Townahip Education Officer. Now I am staying with my daughter; an engineer of construction in Singapore.My age is over 50.I want to work In any fields or secters .If you can I would mind working in social;educational and administrative; supervised fields.It does not matter to pay any salary more or less i would love to hear and join to you.

    education

  • binu

    Dear Amit,
    I would like to relocate to Singapore.I have 4 years of experience in software development.Recently I had visited Singapore in visiting visa.But I couldn’t get a job.Currently I am working in India.Also looking for job openings in Singapore.
    Please give me some suggestions that will help me to find a job in Singapore.
    Thanks
    Binu

  • Ayesha

    Hi Amit,
    I am a foreign qualified doctor(MBBS),with 1year of experience in hospital.My degree is not recognized by Singapore Medical Council.

    I understand that in order to work in Singapore as a doctor i have to get a recognized post graduate degree.I have been trying to explore opportunities in non practising roles in hospital,but have not been successful.

    kindly guide me with this qualification and experience where should i look for job opportunities.
    Regards,
    Ayesha.

  • Laurie-Anne

    Hello Amit,

    Thanks for this details, I am currently working in Europe, freshly graduated but my job here doesn’t meet my expectations at all, from the salary to what I do on a daily basis. I worth much more and have much more capacities, which is why I am planning to go looking for a job in Asia, especially Singapore. But I obviously would prefer to find the job before getting there. To be brief, I am an international business school 24-years old graduate, speaking 3 languages (english, spanish and french) and with international experience (studying and working). Interested in IT, international affairs and politics. This is more or less my background, now I am at a stage of my life when I have to make decisions and move towards a more specific and intense professional career, and I am wondering if Singapore could really be the place to go and if companies are in need of people with my kind of profile?

    Could you give me your opinion about it please?

    Thanks a lot in advance!

  • sreechowdary

    Hi Amit, I am planning to visit Singapore on basis of visiting visa in feb-2011 for job search, I have 4 yrs of experience in .Net technologies. can you give me some suggesions?

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Do a lot of the leg work before you arrive, in terms of setting-up some meetings, interviews, etc.

  • vinothini

    Hi, I am vinothini, iam looking for data entry job or other any kind of job in singapore. If u know any interview. Pls reply to my mail address.
    Thank you.

  • Wesly

    Hi Amit,

    This is Wesly from India.I have nearly 7 years of HR IT Recruitment experience.I have been applying in the job portals.I would like to know some consultants who would help me to get a good job there. Can you be able to help me in some way to get a job?

    Thanks,
    Wesly

  • Noronha

    Good day Sir/ Madam,

    I have completed my Master in Electronics Engineering from HS Bremen, Germany and have worked for a period of 1.5 years at Hewlett packard in various development and support projects. I currently work (for the past 4 months) as a young professional and event manager for a company in Germany, multitasking in the business development and promotions field.

    I would like to find job for me in the technical or management cader in Singapore. I am willing to do a trainee program in management when need arises.

    Please can you let me know what is the possibility of my entry for work in Singapore. I do not possess a work permit nor a visitors visa to Singapore. However, I can secure a visa when I have a job offer.

    Best regards,
    Noronha

    • preveena

      Hi ,

      Preveena here.I am looking out for an IT job in Singapore .I have a workexperinece of 3years in datawarehousing.Ihaveapplied on a lot of johb portals.I am not getting any intrview calls as of now.I will applyfor EPEC and move to Singapore in APril to search for a job.How do I contact if there are any recruitersfor Informatica,Unix,Teradata and Oracle?I would like to get a job offer andmove from India.Kindly provide me with some pointers.

      Thanks
      Preveena
      +91-9791073377

      • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

        Preveena – A couple of things that you could do:

        1) Search job boards and see if you find postings which contain the name of the companies you are interested in. If the company name is not mentioned (which is often the case) try and see if you can guess the company, from the description provided. Then call the employment agency who posted the advertisement

        2) Call employment agencies who deal with the sector and ask if they have any openings for those companies

        3) Try and get in touch with the companies directly. Use LinkedIn to find and contact relevant people

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Noronha – You will only know your chances and whether you skills/background are in demand, after you start actively looking for a job. Prior to that, nobody can really provide a plausible estimate of your chances.

      Do consider the possibility of taking a visit pass or an EPEC, so that you can enter Singapore to meet with prospective employers. Many will request to meet with you in person, during the selection process. Once you get a job, the employer will handle processing of the employment pass.

      • Noronha

        Thank you for the infos Amit!

        I definitely want to do some leg work before I arrive in Singapore. I also expect a positive interest from an employer/ agency in Singapore before I can apply for a visitors visa as I am not in the position to finance mylself a trip to Singapore hunting for agencies.

        Thanks again!
        Best regards,
        Noronha

  • thyagaraj

    Hi,
    Amit my name is thyagaraj iam from india trying to get job in singapore..qulification is “MBA” 2008. I WANT TALK TO YOU PLEASE CALL ME: +919381881070.

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Thyagaraj – I will call or email you to discuss how we might be able to help

      • Preveena

        Hi Amit,

        Preveena here.I would like to talk about SIngapore Job oppurtunities to you.Please call me at 9791073377.

  • Tejas Chitaliya

    Hi Amit,
    I am a private banking professional with 8yrs of work ex dealing with MAS approved products for the Accredited investors. I had been to Singapore for couple of times on business visit and recently in the month of July-Aug specifically to scout for suitable opportunity in the private banking and finance domain.
    I do advocate your view that it make a lot of difference if the candidate is physically present in Singapore. Hence I have decided to quit my job and relocate there so that I can scout for the opportunity in a more systematic way. Staying there is not an issue for me as my elder brother is settled out there having is own house. The only risk I am carring is temporary loss of employment and money. Is it a good stretegy? Do you think it is worth taking a risk?

    Regards,
    Tejas Chitaliya
    Mumbai – India
    (M) +91 99673 40003

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Tejas,

      “Is it worth taking the risk?” -> That depends on how much risk you are comfortable with and how long you are able/willing to sustain without regular income. Typically, a job search for your level of experience takes around 3 months on average (to get a job that you want). It could take more or less time, depending on the demand for people with your experience. Having a place to stay in Singapore, is definitely a big plus.

      When you visited in Jul/Aug, what was the response you received from potential employers?

      • Tejas Chitaliya

        Hi Amit,
        Thanks for your reply.
        During my visit in Jul/Aug I did meet all the prominant recruitment firms and head hunters, however the same had not materialised in to a concrete job offer.Is it because it was Q3 of the year. Does me moving during Q1/Q2 this time will help me then the earlier attempt? Pls guide.

        • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

          I don’t think you should look too much into hiring cycles, since they can vary based on the year, industry, company, etc.

          I suggest contacting recruiters and more importantly hiring companies directly (see relevant article – http://www.sandboxadvisors.com/insights/transition-job-search-strategy/bypassing-recruiters-job-sites-jobs-singapore/ ), to get a better sense of your chances and to arrange for some exploratory interviews (perhaps a short visit at first). Then you can take a call on the prospects and whether it makes sense to move here without a job.

  • Sanjaykumar Shinde

    hi Amit,
    this is sanjaykumar and i am from india, i have 3.5 yrs of work exp in Biopharmaceutical(microbial and mammalian cell culture) manufacturing at Reliancew Life Sciences, navi mumbai. now i am looking the opportunities for manufacturing,QA,technology transfer or validation in biopharmaceutical companies in singapore.

    perticularly i am looking job in biotech companies which are in biopharmaceutical field like lonza,GSK,Baxter Biosciences,Abbott,Roche n Genentech.
    kindly guide me through job search
    awaiting ur reply
    Thanx

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Sanjaykumar,

      To learn about the best ways to conduct a job search, you could go through the articles/videos under the Transition & Job Search Strategy category of our website. If you sign-up for our newsletter you will also receive our resume/interview/job search manuals & workbooks.

      In case you are looking for more help, then you could consider our Advanced Job Search Program (http://www.sandboxadvisors.com/career-counselling/job-search-find/singapore-jobs-programs)

  • Jagandeep Singh

    Mr. Amit
    You are absolutely correct that its very difficult for the foreigners to get job in Singapore. I already experienced this as i am trying to get the job for my wife for the last 3 months. She just completed her graduation last year and came to Singapore in Nov-2010. In any newspaper when i see the recruitment adds they mainly ask for Singaporeans/PR/Malaysians. Yes i am in contact with my friend and knowns in Singapore to find the job for my wife. Right now because of the situation of market its quiet difficult but we will try our best.
    Have a nice day Mr. Amit and nice to see you through the website.

    Thanks
    Jagandeep Singh
    Sr. Welding Engineer
    Chiyoda Singapore Pte. Ltd.
    M-93277837

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Jagandeep,

      Keep at it and do make sure you continue to use all available job search techniques. If you have any questions along the way, please feel free to get in touch with me and I will be happy to help.

      Good luck!

  • Sreechowdary

    Hi,
    This is Sreechowdary from India, I have nearly 4 years of experience in Microsoft .Net technologies. Till now I worked in India, now I am looking for IT job in Singapore, this week I am coming to Singapore on visiting VISA. I have uploaded my resume 10 days before, but I am not getting any calls or mails, can you help me in this. If needs I can meet you personally in Singapore.

    Note: I have good experience in Banking, Health care, Logistics and e-commerece domains.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Sreechowdary

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Sreechowdary,

      There could be a number of reasons why your job search is not going as planned. I would need more information to figure out the areas for improvement but at the outset you seem to be taking a very passive approach i.e. posting your resume and expecting employers/recruiters to call you. As a start, I would suggest going through the content under the Transition & Job Search section of our website http://www.sandboxadvisors.com/category/find-jobs-singapore), to get some pointers on how to go about your job search. Following that, you could call our office and I will be happy to provide some quick guidance as well.

  • natalia

    hi, im actually an indonesian but i moved to malaysia when i was 13, i finished my studies and currently working in kuala lumpur. i hope to find job is singapore because i notice my citizenship is not exactly welcome here if im not in any specified skills or industry, it is really hard and singapore being more global seems to present more opportunities.
    however i dont really have any contacts in singapore that can help me get started, any suggestions ?
    tq

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Natalia,

      I would need more information to provide some specific suggestions, such as your background, job targets, what job search methods you have been using, etc. However, in general, the best/only thing you can do is to spend enough time on your job search and make sure you conduct the search in an effective manner.

  • yogesh

    hi amit yogesh here.I would like to talk about SIngapore Job oppurtunities to you.Please call me at 9878088404,9988566854.please reply ASAP

  • Ronald

    Hi Amit,

    I have been working in a software consultant firm for two and a half years and is now a technical lead. I also have a total of 4 years of experience in the software industry. I’m going to be moving to Singapore in the beginning of March and will be staying for at least 3 months. I’d love to continue my career in software in Singapore. I have also passed my first level of CFA exam lately, and will be willing to start my career in the Finance sector.

    I’m wondering if you are able to provide me with any help in landing a job or at least some advice?

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Ronald,

      We provide services to help people through the entire job search process. Do have a look under Individuals/Transition & Job Search Strategy for more information.

      When looking for a job there are three variables to keep in mind Function, Industry, Location. The more variables you change, the harder and more time consuming your job search will get. So do keep that in mind when deciding how to allocate time towards different parts of your job search. For example, if you would like another job quickly, then it would make sense to keep Function, Industry constant and after you break into the Singapore market and progress further with your CFA, you could look at finance related jobs. It could also be useful to spend at least some time right now, looking for finance jobs, just to get feedback from the market and to know where you stand.

  • jade

    Dear Mr. Puri,

    I’m a Canadian student finishing off my undergrad degree in HR and psychology in June this year. My boyfriend got a good job offer in Singapore, so I’m considering moving there and start my career as well. I’ve tried many job boards such as contact singapore, jobcentral, careerfinancial.sg and etc. and haven’t got any positive response. I’ve also been following up with your blogs frequently and understand it is not easy for foreigners to get a job in singapore, especailly when I’m looking for an entry-level position, and firms would mostly hire foreigners for highly skilled jobs. I’ve also tried headhunting websites such as michael page and hays, but the general response I received is that I need to be residing in Singapore to apply for the jobs. I can go to Singapore for interviews, however, I cannot arrive in Singapore without a job since I need an employer to sponsor me for a work visa. My career focus is towards HR, bur right now, I’m willing to take anything. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for my situation! Many thanks in advance!!

    Jade

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Jade,

      If you would like to search for jobs, while being present in Singapore, you could consider applying for an Employment Pass Eligibilty Certificate (EPEC). This will alllow you to be in Singapore for an extended period of time, in order to look for jobs. With a Canadian passport, an alternative would be to visit for short stays (30 to 90 days at present, from what I understand).

      With job boards, it is a numbers game to quite an extent i.e. you need to apply to enough jobs to get some response. As a thumb rule, expect to hear back from 5-10 employers, for every 80-100 applications made. Also, it is best to limit your applications to jobs which don’t require you to be a Singaporean Citizen/PR.

      In addition to recruiters and job boards, it is important that you try online/physical networking as well.

  • shoba

    Iam a physiotherapist in india.Now i find job in singapore. I have 1 year experience in this field.

  • Darsheet vyas

    Hello Sir,

    I am in india working as a computer hardware and networking enn. with more than 5 yrs of exp.i am planning to move and work in singapore, can i get some good opportunity.please help and suggest for the same…i can mail my cv if needed
    regards
    Darsheet

  • Raveendran

    Dear Sir,
    I am Raveendran ( Indian ), now i am working in maldives nearly 10 years in the resort field, 47 yrs, i passed the BSc Degree. Now my daughter is studying in Singapore DPS, i like to move and settle in Singapore. Can you give the details for the relocation or getting a job in Sg. Waiting for your advice.

    Thanking you
    Raveendran. P.
    Mobile : 00960 7549382

  • Anoop.N.K

    Hi Amit,
    I am a fresh Aeronautical Graduate from india and planning to come to singapore by march 1st week .Completed Aeronautical Degree with honors but still jobless and I badly need a job in aviation sector and ready to take any job. Is there any any opening right now in singapore or any suggestions??
    I have provided my mail id . Waiting for reply

    Regards,
    Anoop.N.K
    menonanoop_13@yahoo.co.in

  • venkat deepak

    i have completed my b.tech(eee) in year 2010,i have no job experience.i want to do job in Singapore,so can u help me to find the job and epec pass also.

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Venkat,

      We could help you find a job. Do have a look at our Transition & Job Search services for more details.

      I’m afraid we don’t provide visa processing/application services. However, a quick search on the internet will throw up a list of providers for this as well (Rikvin, Asia Biz are some that I have come across and have heard positive things about them)

  • Anoop.N.K

    Is there any opening for fresh aeronautical graduate in the field of aviation??? If Yes, Can you suggest some ideas ??

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Anoop,

      You could check the jobs boards in Singapore to see what openings there might be available. Also try contacting come recruiters. Then do some research to shortlist some companies that you might be interested in and try contacting people in those companies (use google and LinkedIn to get contacts).

      Here is an article I came across, which should be interesting for you as well – Demand for aviation talent soars

      • Anoop.N.K

        Sir,
        I am really delighted by your reply and i will seriously consider the options you have advised. Planning to reach Singapore on March 2-3, to attend that Career 2011 Fair. Hope it works coz really need a job badly….
        Do you have any idea of that career fair 2011 , Whether is there
        any recruiting part ??
        Thanks again , if possible can you provide me your contact number, so that once i reach there i am not lost in these talent world…….
        Regards,
        Anoop.N.K

  • manju

    Hi Amit,

    Thanks for the information, This information is extremely important for a newbie expariates .

    I am from India working as an ESL teacher in china since 2009, I’d like to apply for PGDE from NIE, I want to know after doing this course, does the foreigner equally gets the job offer as the other singaporean or do they have any discrimination regarding hiring foreigners.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Manju

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Most welcome Manju.

      It is very hard to keep track of specifics such as this for all occupations. In general, there are a lot of jobs for which Singaporean Citizens/PRs are preferred, since it is easier to hire them (and in some cases it is mandatory to hire a certain proportion of Citizens/PRs). So that is a roadblock that is faced in general. However, there are jobs available for foreigners as well and the amount varies by function/sector/seniority/etc.

      The only way (and also the most credible) to you will know where you stand, is to test the market and get feedback.

  • kalaivanan Rajappan

    Hi.
    I am Kalai from India, Chennai. I have completed my B.com and I have more than 9 year experience in Admin/Facilities area and currently working as Admin/Facility manager in MNC company at Chennai. Could you suggest me to get a job in Singapore.

    Regards
    Kalai

  • Nam Thanh

    Dear Amit,
    My Name is Nam Thanh, i am from Vietnam. Now, i am working for a construction project as a translator and logistic coordinator for Antara Koh construction company in Vietnam. I think you know this company because it is very famous. At the end of this month, our project will finish, That why i want to get a job in Singapore. Could you give me some advises about this?

    Thank you so much.

  • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

    Hello Everyone,

    I just wanted to address all the questions which follow the format

    “I am working as _________ in _________ industry and in _______ country. Please provide advice/suggestions/ideas/opportunities for getting a job in Singapore”

    To answer the question -> There is no secret formula that I have which will help you get a job in Singapore. To find a job in any place (including Singapore), the things you need to do are:

    1) Do some initial research to get information on your target job/sector (requirements, prospects, etc), types of visas, procedure for visa application, etc. Make any required preparations accordingly

    2) Prepare a good resume/cover letter and practice your interview responses

    3) Search and apply for jobs on local/niche job boards

    4) Contact recruiters/employment agencies to see if they can help

    5) Contact hiring managers and other people in your target companies directly. Use your existing contacts for this and also engage in online networking, using tools like LinkedIn

    6) Diligently track/monitor all your job search activities, so you know what’s working and what isn’t. Change your approach accordingly

    7) Keep getting feedback from the market i.e. whenever you manage to speak with a recruiter or hiring manager ask them how competitive your background is, get suggestions for companies/roles you could target, ask what you need to do in order to be more competitive (e.g. get a particular certification), etc.

    8.) If you are not seeing much success, then it might make sense to put the job search on hold and based on the feedback you get from the market, do whatever needs to be done to become a competitive candidate

    There are a number of articles/videos on our website which provide practical tips on all the above. Do have a look at the Transition & Job Search Strategy category.

    So there is not much more advice that I can provide for general questions such as “Can I get a job in Singapore”, “How do I get a job in Singapore” , “Any advice for getting a job in Singapore” , “Are there job opportunities for people with my background in Singapore” and so on. For this you will need to refer to the points I outlined above, read the material on our website and dive into the job search.

    Where I could help and be of use, is if you have specific questions on a particular strategy/suggestion/piece of information in our articles, or if you need help with specific roadblocks that you are facing during your job search. Just post a comment under the relevant article or send us an email and I will be sure to revert.

    Good luck!

  • Rini

    Hi, I have completed my six sigma black belt and have 4+ yrs experience in quality. how is the job market in singapore for quality professionals. Do i have to get PR before applying. how do i apply for PR

    Thanks
    Metilda

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Metilda,

      Nowadays for getting a PR, you first need to live in Singapore for some time, show decent earnings potential and also some commitment towards living here for the medium/long term.

      For your job search you have the following options:

      - Apply for jobs, secure an offer and then the employer will apply for an employment pass for you. Till you get a job you can visit Singapore for interviews/etc. with an EPEC, Visit Pass, or just based on your passport
      - Apply for a PEP if you are eligible and then find employment in Singapore. In this case employers will only have to send a letter to the Ministry of Manpower as notification for employing you. There is no application process, so it’s easier for employers

      Have a look at the MOM website for more information – http://www.mom.gov.sg/foreign-manpower/passes-visas/Pages/default.aspx

  • Durairaj Krishnamurthy

    Dear Amit Puri,

    It is very nice to see your advice for career search in singapure.
    My doubts were all cleared by you.

    Thanks lot!.

    D.K.

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      I’m very glad to know that and you are most welcome!

  • George Samuel

    I have moved to singapore and holding a dependant pass which allows me to work here, I have 10 years of experience in Airlines (Cargo and logistics)and customer service, I am applying for jobs but not getting any good response. Kindly advise how I can get placement here. Your sugession is appreciated

  • VP

    Hi Amit
    Can you help a bachelors degree computer science person with over 7 years experience with top MNC to find a job in SINGAPORE?
    I want to live in Singapore, been trying from sometime with no luck.
    vp

    • Shiv K

      Hi Amit,

      I have a Bachelor Degree and working as a Business Development Executive in a networking company. I am trying for job opputunities in singapore. I applied for many jobs. But still no reply from any of them. I am sure to cross the interview if I did get a single chance. Could you please provide me some guidance on how to look for jobs.?

      Thanks
      Shiva

  • Asiri Lakmal

    I am an Engineer( Bsc honours Earth Resources Engineering Degree with a class) and a quarry manager with 1 1/2 yrs post graduate experience and a Business Mathematics lecturer with 5 yrs experience in Sri Lanka. I will be coming to Singapore on 15th March 2011 with the Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate(EPEC) for job search.Once I got to Singapore I will obtain a social visit pass for 1 year.
    I also have studied Petroleum Engineering and ocean engineering, Construction Engineering Practices and most of Civil Engineering subjects for my Degree. Though I have experience in Mining Engineering and lecturing and business mathematics, I like to change my career according to the requirements.
    Will I be able to find a job even as a fresh graduate in Engineering or an experiencd Mathematics Lecturer if I come to the job fair to be held in the latter part of this month?

    Asiri Lakmal

  • SUPPIAH

    Respected Sir, i am working in malaysia as an assistant general manager i have five years experience for hr,admin,accounts,export import,management department. Now finished my contarct am looking for a new jobs in singapore can you guide me how find jobs in singapore for foreigners. If you have vacancy pls forward me. A waiting for your favourable reply.
    Thamk you
    V.SUPPIAH.

  • Renil Raj

    Hai Amit,

    I will be coming to Singapore on student pass to do Advance diploma in hotel mgt(9 months) from BRISTOL BUSINESS SCHOOL. I do have a degree of Bsc Hotel mgt(BARATHIAR UNIVERSITY) and MBA(HR)$ PGPM(SMU) from india and have an experience of 1.6yrs in HR Field and few months in customer service with Convergys. I been to singapore as an industrial visit while i was doing my MBA.

    So the main reason i am coming down to singapore to make my career. so can u guide me how can i approach for a job while studies.

    Waiting for your Positive Reply.

    Thanks,
    RENIL RAJ

  • Arun B S

    Hi Amit,

    I am planning to come to Singapore and search for a job from the month of December. My girlfriend is living there and well settled. I need to know , if there is a possible way for me to get a job there. I have 2 years of IT Development experience. Please let me know about this as i have been planning on about this for a long time.

    Thanks,
    Arun

  • PRIYA

    HI,
    I AM SOFTWARE ENGINEER BY PROFESSION WITH 7+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ,WORKED IN US FROM PAST 5 YEARS AND RELOCATED TO INDIA. I’M LOOKING OUT FOR JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN SINGAPORE, BUT DON’T HAVE AN IDEA HOW IT WORKS OUT ? AND DO THEY SPONSER FOR CANDIDATES OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY ? I’M ON JOB SEARCH
    LOOK FORWARD FOR ADVICE !

    REGARDS,
    PRIYA

  • Prakash

    Hi Amit,

    I am a DEEE candidate and i am having 10 years very good exp. in Total Facilities Management Services. Right now i am working in kuwait as a Facilities Manager in one of the leading MNC company.

    I am very much interested to move Singapore. I have seen lot of Facilities Managers Vacancies available in Signapore, but when i applied those i cant get even single reply.

    Please guide me to get a job in Singapore.

    I am ready to bare my recruitment charges and other fees.

    Regards

    Prakash

  • Abhishek

    “I am currently working as Senior Switch engineer at Nokia siemens Networks in India and have work experience of almost 9 years.
    Prior to this I was working with Reliance Communications.
    I have worked on different roles(streams) in Telecom in these nine years
    but in hardcore technical in telecom industry.
    I am currently looking for job in Singapore.
    Currenly I am using JOBSDB.com since 1 month and applying for relevant openings.
    I have also applied in Singtel to the posts suiting to my profile
    but I am not getting any response.
    My Few Questions.
    1. Is Telecom job market is saturated in singapore.
    2. Is it really very difficult?
    3. Will taking EPEC but applying from India will help as I do not
    want to quit my job without any offer.
    4. What is the average Salary in Singapore.
    5. I am ready on any salary for initial job.
    6. Can you mail me other job sites or consultants who can help me.

  • Sangeeta Shah

    HI Amit
    I agree to what you have written in your article (as above).And the fact is that not only do foreigners find difficulty in getting a job here, but so do locals too. I am armed with a medicine degree, and a Public Health Masters and have 10 years experience under my belt. Have sent a resume, quals and cover letters to all the health institutions that have vacancies available. But no luck so far!
    So, how do others fare when its even difficult for Singaporean PRs

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Well said Sangeeta and I agree, finding a job can be quite a time consuming and challenging task

  • Sridhar

    Hi Mr.Puri,
    Thank you for the insights.

    I’m from India and I’ve been in Singapore for the past 10 days to look for a job in advertising. I have almost 9 years of experience in advertising(client servicing) and marketing (both at managerial level) back home.

    What can i do apart from signing up in jobsites and meeting consultants? Since advertising is kind of a niche industry, there are no recruitments ads in newspapers. Pls advise on how i can go about it. Thanks in advance.

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Sridhar,

      Two things:

      1) Use job sites and employment agencies in the most effective way
      2) Add networking to your job search efforts as well

      If you search our website you’ll find many articles to help with both.

  • Shwetha

    Hello Amith,

    I am Shwetha, staying in Singapore under dependents pass from past three months whereas my spouse is working for a FOSTER WHEELER Singapore as a permanent chemical engineer. We have not yet get permanent resident status , planing to apply for that. I am a fresh post graduate in Science applied for many jobs here but I didn’t get any reply yet. As I am interested in teaching position, So I am thinking of applying for MOE teacher training programs. What do you think? Can I go for it?

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Shwetha,

      I am not aware of all the details/requirements for participating in the MOE Teacher Training Programs. You would need to contact the MOE and also speak with people who are currently going through or have completed the program.

  • Vidya

    Dear Amit,

    Im in Bangalore working as an ETL Developer. I have 3 years exp. Im married & my husband is now working in Singapore.He holds an EP. For this reason im coming to Singapore quitting my job here in India. Do you think there are enough openings for Informatica in Singapore? Which pass should i apply for .. EPEC or Dependant pass? How can i find a job in Singapore quickly?

  • Frel Magbanua

    Hi. Im working in Philippines as a Production-Process Engineer in manufacturing company. Im planning to move to singapore. Could you please help me to find a job?

  • ravie

    Hi Amit
    Hope you are doing well,i have applied for EPEC and have 3 plus years of experience in customer service,just want to know, it is necessary to take the help of some recruiting and placement agencies in singapore.

    waiting for your response.

  • tamil

    hi,
    i did my diploma & advanced Diploma in singapore.., i have 3 years experience in marketing industry as well BDM, but i cant get a right job when searching online..i will be here untill May..my Mobile No is 83033820 …please cal me so that i can explain all skills n talents that i get in marketing industry..

  • Anu

    HiAmit,

    I am a finance professional with diverse experience in banking and financial indsutry. Here is what am looking for:

    > Permanent Job in finance (don’t have the employment visa/working visa) for Singapore. Have a multiple tourist visa entry valid for two years. Is it advisable to land up their and thhen look for a full time job. I am doing pretty ok in India. I have around seven years of work experience with global financial brands.
    > If the answer to the above point is ‘No’ accodring to you, could please suggest me some alternate way.
    >Is there a way we can talk? If yes you may please let me know the convenient time to get in touch you. If possible then do share your number. Else, pls send me an email so that we can discuss this.

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Anu. I think it would be good to test the market first, so you can gauge the demand for your profile. Try to arrange for meetings/interviews with relevant people while in India and then visit Singapore for 1-2 weeks once you have some leads setup.

      We can certainly speak as well. Just call on our board line and ask for me

  • http://www.exinkai.com/ xinxin

    yea, I agree with you. But I think if you have some outstanding skills, its easy to get a job in Singapore. I know that some Singapore companies go to China and hire college students for jobs. They get S$1500-2000.

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi XinXin,

      Yes, for people with specific skills (which are in demand) and those with excellent qualifications/background, it is easier to get jobs in Singapore (or anywhere else for that matter)

  • Karan

    Hi,

    I and my wife are planning to move to Singapore. My wife would be studying there for an year (already admitted, joining very soon)so I would be getting a social visit pass. I wish to find a job there as soon as possible.

    My contact number is – +91-9818931832. Please call or suggest here itself.

    My profile in brief:-

    Java/J2EE developer (looking for a job involving web applications)
    Exp – 2 yr 7 months.

    Thanks

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Karan,

      Let’s talk/meet once you are in Singapore, to see what we can do for your job search.

      When do you arrive?

      • Karan Sachdeva

        Hi Amit,

        Thanks a lot for the reply. I would be coming to Singapore in mid July. I and my wife are very sure we need to settle in Singapore. My spouse is confident of landing up a job here after her studies. As I have decided not to study, I need to find the job in Singapore now.

        Currently I am employed here in India and I dont want a gap in my professional career, so I am expecting smooth transition from my current job here in India to my future job in Singapore.

        Can you give me some useful leads.

        • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

          Hi Karan – I’ll send you an email with some suggestions and relevant services that we offer for finding jobs in Singapore

  • Andrew

    Dear Mr.Puri,

    As foreigner I am interested in working permanently in Singapore. I have bachelor business of administration in USA, Master of Finance and Master of international Business in Australia. All my universities are all recognized by MOM. I have 1 year experience in administration. I would like to have your opinion if it is better for me to keep hunting jobs online or apply for the EPEC to have a better chance?

    Kind regards,
    Andrew

  • Dr. lakshman

    Hi,

    Iam planning to move towards singapore in connection with job hunt i have done Ph.D. in agricultural marketing, now looking for suitable job in abroad particularly in singapore, can u help me?

    thanks

    Dr. Lakshman

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Dr. Lakshman – Would need to discuss your situation/goals in more detail, to see if we can be of use. Do give us a call and ask for me.

  • Rejul K V

    Hi Sir,
    I am a software test engineer( quality assurance) by profession, ve 2 yrs experience in Bangalore, India. Now I have moved to Qatar on a personal visit and ve resigned my job. Can I apply for the jobs in singapore?? Will they consider me ?? And am ready to relocate immediately..

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Rejul,

      Nothing stops you from applying for jobs in Singapore :)

      The only way you’ll know for sure, if they will consider you, is by making some applications and contacting people in Singapore to see where you stand

  • Rejul K V

    Hi Sir,
    I am a software test engineer( quality assurance) by profession, ve 2 yrs experience in Bangalore, India. Now I have moved to Qatar on a personal visit and ve resigned my job. Can I apply for the jobs in Singapore?? Will they consider me as i am currently in Qatar ??

    Rejul

  • Hein Aung Lat

    Dear Amit,
    I ‘m Hein Aung Lat from Myanmar , I was working in Qatar as Outlet Supervisor going to see Ass;Manager with IHG Hotels ( InterContinental ) I would like to work and live in Singapore with my more than 8 years experience with 5 stars hotel ( Shangri-la , Rotana , InterConential ) . And i am ready to relocate immediately.This ‘s my mobile number and contact to me .
    Hein Aung Lat ,
    +974 33177630

  • BN RAJU

    Hi everybody! Thanks for the team and guests.

    My name is RAJU and I am from India. I am a Mechanical Diploma Holder with Distinction. At present I am working in Qatar.I have a total 8 years of experience in construction(Blasting & Painting). I have an abroad experience of 3 years in Qatar, U.A.E, Jordan and +5 years in India also. I am trying hard for jobs in Singapore, Please any of you suggest me the best ways to get a job in Singapore. Please let me know the inputs that required to fulfill my TARGET.

    Thank you all.

  • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

    Hi Raju and Hein Aung,

    We don’t provide employment agency services. However, for help with your job search in Singapore you could consider our Job Search Programs, or any of the individual components. You can find details on the process and pricing for these services under our Transition & Job Search offering [here].

    You might find our job search books useful as well. They are detailed and Singapore specific, with all the information you would need to conduct a quick/effective job search in Singapore:
    1. Find more job leads & opportunities in Singapore
    2. Get more job interviews in Singapore
    3. Get more job offers in Singapore

    I’d be happy to answer any specific questions you have on getting jobs in Singapore. Just leave another comment or send us a message using the contact form.

  • Bijal Mehta

    Hi Amit,

    Currently I am based out of India and looking for job in Singapore. I have done PGDBA in finance and have sound knowledge of credit operations. I have 5years of work experience in credit operation in corporate banking which includes work experience of 2.5 years with Citibank, India. Currently I am working as a General Manager with a loan syndication firm.

    Need you guidance to find a suitable job in Singapore. Below is my contact details for your reference.

    Bijal Mehta
    +91 9820430739

  • Netty

    Dear Amit:
    After graduating in US, I moved to Singapore last couple months and was looking for the jobs in here. I had been submitted my resume since then through company’s websites or job portals, e.g. jobsdb, jobstreet, jobcentral, indeed, and recruit.net. But, it turned out nothing although the job itself matched my skills very well. I am so desperately and badly need a job in Singapore. I need help. How can I get a job here? I have been very depressed since then. I have the skills and knowledge but why I don’t have the opportunities in Singapore. Please tell me what I should do from now.
    Sincerely,
    Netty

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Netty,

      Thank you for taking the time to write a comment.

      To start with – don’t worry.

      Finding jobs in Singapore for foreigners, is not rocket science. It’s just that people tend to make the same mistakes, don’t spend time on the most productive job search methods and don’t use all available job search avenues. That results in a slow job search.

      I will send you an email to discuss how we might be able to help.

      Talk soon.
      Amit

  • Pavan

    Hi Amit,

    Thanks a ton for the information.
    I recently started working in Singapore.
    My wife is on dependent visa now.
    She has one year IT experience as Java developer.
    Is it possible for her to get a job in Singapore (with one year exp.) in IT sector?

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      She’ll only know once she starts her job search Pavan.

      Can’t really predict these things unfortunately.

  • Dr. Pew Maji

    Hi,
    you are helping lot of Indians who are searching job in Singapore. I am an Indian woman, aged 41, wanted to relocate in Singapore(if I get a teaching job), specially for ours daughter’s education, one in class 10 and another in nursery. I am having Ph.D(English),M.Phil(English),B.Ed,M.A(English) with more than 10 years teaching experience in school and colleges. My husband is a Foundry Engineer and doing foundry related business, after 12 years of service. Please advice us about our decision and if it is correct, kindly guide us how to proceed.Thanking you.-Dr. Pew Maji

  • doodz

    Hi Amit,

    Hope this message finds you well! I am a Filipino national and currently working in Saudi Arabia. I do have diverse experience in Banking Industry and extensive experience in administration jobs. I am planning to visit Singapore this coming year (2012) and will try to find a job. I know it’s a bit difficult to get a job there in SG but i believe if you are determined to reach your goal everything will be possibe. I would highly appreciate if you could provide me some advice and tips. I am willing to call in your mobile# to talk further and in order to get your instant answer but where can i find your contact number, please?

    Thank you in advance and best regards,

  • Aravindan Manohar

    Hi,

    I work for a Software MNC in India . I recently got married and my Wife is from Singapore. She is also a PR of Singapore and working. I wanted to switch my job to Singapore and I would like to know if it easy for a software professional with 4.5 years experience to get an IT job. Can some one help me out , what should I do ?

    Many Thanks
    Aravind

  • cristina bautista

    Your thoughts are impressive. A good samaritan.

  • krishnaveni

    Hai…I am krishnaveni.I have completed M.sc B.Ed Mathematics .Now i am in social visit pass.I am looking for a job in Singapore.What can i do?please help me.

  • Ramidu

    Hi I’m a finance professional with 5years accounting and finance experience trying to find a job in Singapore.

    I’m member of ACCA (UK) and also graduate of accountancy in University of Colombo.

    I have worked as Accounts clerk, Senior Account associates and currently working as Senior Research Analyst\Team Lead.

    Most of the time I worked at multinational companies, currently as well.
    Could you please advice me what should I need to do a find a proper job in Singapore.

    Thanks
    Ramidu

  • Subramanian

    Hello Amit,
    I have about 5 years of experience in the field of IT Asset/SW licensing and actively looking for a suitable job in Singapore. I have registered my resume in jobsdb, jobstreet,monster and leading job websites. But i do not get any responses related to my experience. Could you help guide me how to get a job in Singapore. Am very desperate to get a job and waiting for the right opportunity to work there. I have also posted my resume in Linked in site. I could mail you if u need any details.Request your guidance and help to have a career in Singapore. Thanks a ton in advance for your suggestions and help.

    Thanks
    Subbu.

  • Gohar Naseem

    Hi, I have got Master Degree in Computer Security from University of Birmingham,UK. I have also got CCNA certification now. Recently i have got my EPEC and planning to come to Singapore. Can you help me how to find jobs in Singapore so that i should not waste my time further.

  • Ces

    Hi Amit,
    Thank you for all your advices in the previous post. Most of my questions were already answered and gave me a clearer picture of what to expect once I visit Singapore and look for a job. As much as we want to believe in positive thinking and luck, being prepared , knowing what would work and having a more systematic way of doing things gives us a better chance of success.

    I am currently an Asst .Operations Manager for one of the BPOs/call centers here in Manila with a total of 8 year experience in the call center/customer service industry. I plan to explore career opportunities in Singapore this coming March 2012. Like what you have advised in some of the other posts, I will be currently sending my resume to potential employers, contact employment agencies, get in touch with companies directly, and will get some contacts in Linkedin. Hopefully by doing this, I would be able to get some interviews, then take a leave and go to Singapore so I can test the waters first.

    I would appreciate any referrals, leads or contact persons that you may refer who can assist me in my job search there. Feel free to contact me at my mobile: +63 9189270331 (Ces, Manila Philippines) or my friend’s no who currently resides at SG: +65 90482750 (Diane). I will be living with her once I visit Singapore. You may also send me an email.

    Looking forward to seeing you and hearing from you soon.

    Thank you!

    Cecille

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Cecille,

      Thanks for your comment.

      It’s great to see that you’re conducting a systematic search for jobs in Singapore!

      Let’s connect on LinkedIn and hopefully we can meet sometime soon as well.

  • Siddarth

    Hi,
    am looking for a job in IT past 2-3yrs at SG .i have applied for a numerous jobs via jobsdb for suitable profiles and yet no replies.
    kindly advise me on the best possible way to find a job in Singapore for foreigners.Also am planning to settle there on permanent basis.
    How good are the chances of getting a job wit epec/visit visa.

    Technology: oracle pl/sql
    Domain: Finance(Banking,Mutual Funds)

    Regards,
    Siddarth

  • Jeroen

    Hello there,

    I am in Singapore since Novemeber 2011. And I am looking for a job since then. I am using Jobstreet / jobscentral / ST701 / JobsDB since November in IT related section.

    I am from The Netherlands. I have a Girlfriend that is Singaporean. And I wanna find a job in Singapore so we can be together. Send out over 150 applications. And I get 0 replies.

    It’s really hard for a foreigner to find a job. I don’t know who ever told me it’s easy. Because it ain’t.

    I have been working in The Netherlands in an IT company for over 10 years. And it was kinda said when I quit my job. But I wanted to risk it.

    And now I can’t get my feet on the ground here in Singapore.

    If someone can help me out. Feel free to email me:
    slaaptripmo@hotmail.com

    Thanks in advance

    Regards
    Jeroen

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Jeroen,

      I will get in touch with you via email, to see if any of our services can be of help.

  • Kavitha

    Hi Amit,

    Read your advices in your posts and Thanks for your advices.

    I have posted my resume in Monster, job street, jobs DB, etc., and applying regulary and tracking it.
    So far not received any response from anyone. Working in singapore is my dream and lifetime wish.

    I am currently working as a Business Head in a BPO in chennai, India with a total experience of 10 yrs and i am 35 yrs old female.

    My current job description in nutshell:

    Elevated as BUSINESS HEAD to develop and grow, Delivering the responsibilities of BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & HR MANAGEMENT.
    Ensured to deliver the expansion and penetration of business in all the comprehensive parameters as committed.
    Acquiring new Clients, Time & Work management, Productivity from the relationship and profit centric are my KRAs,
    substantial volume of Business/Retentions are my KPIs. Pursuing the Mission and Vision values of the company as ethics.

    Awaiting for your positive support. Feel free to contact me in my mobile no.09944833266

    Thank You,

    Kavitha – 09944833266

  • Jacob

    Dear Mr Amit Puri,

    My name is Jacob & am Currently living in mumbai and planning to marry and settle in Singapore, my would-be-wife is a singaporean with whom I am having conversation via phone , I have total experience as a Chief Accountant of 16years in accounting field , Is there any possibilities of fetching a job in near future in singapore with out physical presence,Since I wanted to grab a job from my current location and settle in singapore with Job-In-Hand

    Thanking You

    Regards

    Jacob O

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Jacob,

      It is possible to secure a job without being present in Singapore. However, most employers will want to meet you at some point, before deciding to hire you. You can search for jobs in Singapore from Mumbai and visit Singapore periodically for meetings/interviews.

      Wish you all the best for your marriage and job search!

  • pallavi

    Hi,
    I have got very good job offer in singapore,but my husband is having not so good job in London,He wants me not to miss the chance of singapore..because it is much better than offer which he is having in London…can my husband get good job offer in singapore…He has done double masters…1>MBA marketting 2>MSC corporate communication from London…now got PSW in London….He is having about 7 years of experience in sales and marketting……What are his chances of getting job in singapore…

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hello Pallavi,

      Congratulations on the offer for a job in Singapore!

      People with good international qualifications and experience, do find jobs in Singapore. But it’s very hard to predict the success for a particular individual because of the number of variables involved. You husband will only know his chances and the demand for his profile, after he starts his job search here.

  • Ramanan

    hi,
    i am Ramanan.. B.E Civil Engineering Final year student good academic skill… 8.97 out of 10 marks.. I know autocad, revit architecture and staad pro.. having good managerical skill and am adaptable to all situation… having enough stuff to work in singapore.. am i eligble to work in singapore as fresher? is it possible? check my linkdin profile here

    tell to how to get jobs in Singapore for freshers there easily.
    ramanan.moon@gmail.com
    919585989008
    skype id : ramanan677
    expecting favourable reply frm u…

  • Shivam

    Hi Amit,

    I found this website very informative regarding jobs in Singapore. I would be really thankful to you if I get some information on the construction domain in Singapore. I am an architect from India with 3 years of experience. I want to get an international work exposure. Kindly guide me on how to proceed with the job search and find a good opportunity.

    Regards,
    Shivam

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Shivam,

      For information on the construction industry in Singapore, the best is to contact people who are working there currently. You can use LinkedIn for this.

      For job search strategies, you could consider our Transition & Job search services, or have a look at our job search books.

  • Ces

    Hi Amit!!

    Thank you so much for your reply!! I really hope to see you soon. I will be at Singapore from Feb 21 to Mar 5, 2012.

    Would you be free anytime between those dates?

    Thanks!

  • Ces

    Hi Amit,

    It’s me again, Cecille. I sent you an invite in linkedin. Hope you’ll accept.

    I already have my resume updated. Can I send it to you?

    Thanks!

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Cecille,

      I will connect on LinkedIn and take things forward from there.

  • Bharathy

    Hi Amit,
    I am a foreigner living here from Jun 2011, willing to work in a responsible position.
    I am a BCA holder with 2.8 years of experience in testing services.
    I have posted my resume in most of the job sites and tracking it.
    Could you please help me to get a good job?
    I can be reached thru arunabharathy@gmail.com/ 83721303.

    Thanks and regards,
    Bharathy

  • Maricris R. Manzanero

    Hi Amit,

    Im Maricris from Philippines. I’m currently employed in one of the biggest Insurance Company here in the Philippines. I will come there in Singapore this coming March for 8days. I would like to see it for myself if I can find a good job there in Insurance Industry. I graduated from De La Salle Lipa University; took up AB Communication & I already have 2yrs. working experience in Insurance Industry.

    Sir, in your opinion, how big is my chance to have a job offer there in Singapore? Is Insurance Industry open in hiring foreigners? Your reply will be a lot of help!

    Thank you very much in advance!

  • sandeep singh

    hi amit,
    Well i have 2+ years of experience as a Business Development Executive in IT…I was keen on getting a job in singapore..what do you think would be my monthly Approx. salary & how much money is required to have a decent life..Hope i’ll get my answer soon….Pretty good Forum,learnt a lot in this….thanks in advance….

    my email : sonu_xmen2003@yahoo.co.in

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Sandeep,

      Thanks for appreciating our website.

      Have a look at this article – Singapore Salary. It provides details on various salary surveys/guides, which will give you some benchmarks by function/industry/experience levels.

  • Jon

    Dear All

    It looks like the Indian sub continents wants to work in Singapore? Why? India is booming as well? I have a different problem after reading indepth on this forum.

    We are living in Europe (not UK) and we have a balance lifestyle envied by others. We do not drive around in flashy cars nor influenced by designer outfits except our leafy neighbourhood speaks for itself already. We go on regular long haul destination(s) when the school vacation period is on.

    To cut it short, my wife is in LOVE with Singapore and wants to work here for the vibrant environment and FOOD paradise. She knows Singapore well as a regular tourist and knows that our lifestyle will change if we work here. She is back at home by 5pm daily with the children. Head hunters is more than willing to answer her call.

    Any suggestions on how to convince her not to come other than getting the lawyer involved?

    Constructive feedback is welcome

  • Kristel A.

    Hi Amit,
    I am a medical technologist and I want to try my luck in Singapore this Feb.I have 3 yrs hospital experience and I already have an EPEC.Could you give me some advice on how to get hospital jobs easier?
    your urgent response will be very much appreciated.Thank you.

  • Hi Amit

    Hi Amit,

    I have moved to Singapore from Bangalore post getting transferred here and have come along with my wife, who was also working with the same firm (IT Consulting). While I am on an EP, she is on a DP. She has more than 6 years experience in the IT field and has experience with top IT firms only. She is a Bachelors in Technology from an institute in the MOM list.

    We need help with her employment, as I am here for a very long term (basically moved headcount to Singapore rolls). Since we are here for long, willing to spend time here and be available for face-to-face interviews. We have applied on multiple portals, forums for the past 4 months and have been approached by consultants to no avail – probably because she is on a DP.

    Would really appreciate any guidance/help.

  • Amirthini

    Dear ALL,

    I am Srilankan looking for a IT job in singapore. I am a Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS). I’m currently employed at Insurance company in Srlanka (HNB Assurance Plc) which is an industry leader in Sri Lanka.
    I have gained valuable hands on experience working on IT Systems support, Quality Assurance and Business Analysis areas over a period of 7 years.

    regards,
    Amirthini

  • SIVA

    Hi,
    am looking for a job in banking and finance past 2-3yrs in Singapore .i have applied for a numerous jobs via jobsdb for suitable profiles and yet no replies.
    kindly advise me on the best possible way to find a job in Singapore for foreigners.Also am planning to settle there on permanent basis.

    Technology: oracle pl/sql
    Domain: Finance(Banking,sme loans and personal loans)

    Regards,
    Shiva

  • Alena

    Hello there,
    I’m looking for a property/condominium job in Singapore. I have over 7 years experience managing around 70 properties in the heart of London, UK.
    Please let me know if you could help me to find a job. I’m still currently located in UK but I’m very keen to relocate to SG.
    Please email me on: alena.gladic@hotmail.co.uk
    Many thanks,
    Regards,
    Alena

  • Viju Kumar

    Hi,,

    Am desperately looking for a banking / accounts related job in Singapore.As of now am working in Banking industry in India supporting for Singapore clients.I have 4.5 years of experience.

    Please contact me at 9962005502 or mail me at bvijukumar@gmail.com for the respective openings.Looking positively for a response from any one who are looking in to this site..Your help be highly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    VIju

  • Wordtower

    Dear Amit,
    How are you doing? I am glad hearing all your comments and advisers here. Please am a Nigerian, and a safety engineer. please i want to move to singapore, can you advise me on what to do and how to get job there when i come in. What are the percentage of getting job as a safety personnel? I held somany safety certifications like NEBOSH and OSHA, hold bachelor in Material and Metallurgical Engineering. Worked as safety engineer in Doha Qatart and currently now in Nigeria. Please advise me.
    Thank you.
    You can write me for easy contact on pstjasperohuoba@yahoo.com
    God bless you

  • AP

    Hello,

    I have two main questions. First question is regarding work visas. I may have an opportunity to work in Singapore, which my company may sponsor visas for myself and potentially my wife as well. However, if my company does not provide my wife with visas, is there a possibility for her to obtain working visas?

    Second question, assuming she gets working visas, are there companies looking to hire Marketing candidates? My wife has extensive beverage and package goods experience.

    Thanks for your help!

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hello AP,

      If you get an Employment Pass from your company, then it usually pretty straightforward to get a Dependent Pass for your wife, based on that. She can only get an Employment Pass after she gets a job in Singapore.

      There will always be companies that are looking to hire :) – she’ll just have to start looking for a job and see how it goes.

  • Praveen P

    Hello there,

    I am in India. And I am looking for a job since one yr. I am using Jobstreet / jobscentral / ST701 / JobsDB since then in Bio Technology related section.

    I have a Girlfriend that is Singaporean. And I wanna find a job in Singapore so we can be together. Send out over 150 applications. And I get no replies.

    It’s really hard for a foreigner to find a job. I don’t know who ever told me it’s easy. Because it ain’t.

    I have been working in India in an BT( Lifeceicenc ) company for over 1 years. And it was kinda said when I quit my job. But I wanted to risk it.

    And now I can’t get my feet on the ground of Singapore.

    If someone can help me out. Feel free to email me:
    praveen2534727@gmail.com

    Thanks in advance

    Regards
    Praveen

  • sushant rashinkar

    My name is sushant and I have 5 years of exp as oracle DBA. Can someone let me know any pointers for jobs in singapore for foreigners? my contact no is +919665015744

  • njeri

    hi amit,
    i am kenyan and i would like to work in singapore.i have a degree in economics business and cpa from kenya.
    i have over 5 yeras experience in oil and gas in finnace.
    i am looking for a job in singapore..is it possible to help me.my email is kgladwel@yahoo.com

  • janet

    Hi
    Im janet looking for job,but im working us a sales lady at BHG shopping mall at Tampines.And now im started looking for new job.Im Study for 2 years in phillipines.I hope you can help to find new job..Just contact my number 82716771 our e-mail me jnt_bardos@yahoo.com

  • Rohit

    Hi Amit,

    Iam indian and and i have solid 3.5 years of experience in quality assurance areas relevant to manufacturing sector.I have tried through several job portals in sg and have come back empty handed.what are the chances of getting a job related to my sector if i come down there and start searching for a job on a visiting visa????Please advice..Please mail me on rohitjan2183@gmail.com
    This website has been of lot of help to me.Thanx a lot for the useful information posted here

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Rohit,

      Unfortunately I really can’t predict your chances of finding a job in Singapore, since there are too many variables involved.

      Before you visit, it is better to get some feedback from the market on the demand for your background and also setup a few exploratory meetings/interviews. In addition to job sites try using LinkedIn for this.

      http://www.sandboxadvisors.com/insights/transition-job-search-strategy/job-search-networking/

  • Ranganathan

    Hi Amit,

    I’m Indian and I have solid 5-6 years of experience in customer service. Currently i’m working as a Associate Team Leader in one of the MNC in Chennai.

    Do let me know the chances of finding a Job in Singapore.
    Please do contact nranganathan003@gmail.com

    Regards,

    Ranganathan

  • anna

    dear amit,

    hi there i just came last Feb.2.2012 for a visit but i have 1 month here to stay . First and formost I really wnt to work at Singapore since the environment is good. I am graduated of Industrial Engineer but shifted my career to banking and finance when I go to Dubai for 5 Years. Can you advise me how can I easily find job here at Singapore I really need one.

    Thanking you for immediate response

  • Berlin

    Hi,

    I have planned of visiting Singapore with the Visiting pass next week (mid of Feb).

    I have 6 yrs of experience in networking. Pls suggest..
    Is this the current time to come there and search for a job. Can u pls help me out..

  • ABY

    Hai Amit,

    I am looking for such a site,thanks for providing this.
    Currently it is very difficult to get a government job in our country(India).So after trying a lot I decide to leave and to get a Job overseas.My choices are Singapore and Dubai.My first preference is Singapore.Can you please tell the chance of getting a Job there with my qualifications.I will try for a maximum of 6months or If I try I will get or not.
    -Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (India)
    -With 2years Experience in.
     Testing mechanism elements using Universal Testing Machine (UTM).
     Inspection of Aerospace components using 3-D Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM).
     Generation of design drawings and 3D modeling using Autodesk
     Handling stores and record keeping
     Preparing monthly report of team activities

    How to search a job there from India.One of my friend’s friend is working there,He can help me or not.If help how?

  • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

    I just wanted to reiterate my earlier comment, to address all the questions which follow the format:

    “I am working as _________ in _________ industry and in _______ country. Please provide advice/suggestions/ideas/opportunities for getting a job in Singapore for foreigners”

    To answer the question -> To find a job in any place (including Singapore), the things you need to do are:

    1) Do some initial research to get information on your target job/sector (requirements, prospects, etc), types of visas, procedure for visa application, etc. Make any required preparations accordingly.

    2) Prepare a good resume/cover letter and practice your interview responses.

    3) Search and apply for jobs on local/niche job boards.

    4) Contact recruiters/employment agencies to see if they can help.

    5) Contact hiring managers and other people in your target companies directly. Use your existing contacts for this and also engage in online networking, using tools like LinkedIn.

    6) Diligently track/monitor all your job search activities, so you know what’s working and what isn’t. Change your approach accordingly.

    7) Keep getting feedback from the market i.e. whenever you manage to speak with a recruiter or hiring manager ask them how competitive your background is, get suggestions for companies/roles you could target, ask what you need to do in order to be more competitive (e.g. get a particular certification), etc.

    8.) If you are not seeing much success, then it might make sense to put the job search on hold and based on the feedback you get from the market, do whatever needs to be done to become a competitive candidate.

    I can’t provide all the trips and tricks to search for jobs in the most effective way through a comment. However, if you look under our transition and job search insights http://www.sandboxadvisors.com/category/find-jobs-singapore), you will find many detailed articles/videos there to help.

    You might find our job search books useful as well. They are detailed and Singapore specific, with all the information you would need to conduct a quick/effective job search in Singapore [click here]

    Hope this helps.

  • Asha

    Hi,

    I am interested in taking up teaching profession. Request you to kindly provide more information about the requirements necessary to join as a trainee or as a teacher in Singapore. I have 2 years of teaching experience in a Degree College in India. Also I have 3 yrs of teaching experience in a School in Chennai(India).

    I hold a Dependant pass in Singapore and My Husband hold an Employment Pass. I have completed Master of Computer Applications(MCA), from Indira Gandhi National Open University, India.

    Thanks and Regards.
    Asha.A

  • olu

    Hi Amit,

    I have just moved to Singapore from London in search of a Job. i have a dependent pass. I have my MSc and BSc degree in international relations. I have one year working experience as a business development officer/client relations officer in a bank and other experiences as trainee administrator and consultant.
    please what are my prospects in Singapore and what kind of companies should i be applying to?

    thank you.

  • Mark

    Good day!

    I am currently doing my Master of science in Economics and Finance of Aging and Pensions at the University of Tilburg in The Netherlands and I am wondering what the chances are of finding a job in a pension-fund or Insurance company for fresh graduates in Singapore?

  • Leyan

    Hi Amit,
    Nice to e-meet you here.
    I am working as online advertising account manager in Internet(website) industry and in China. and i was working as AE for Ogilvy&Marther, one of the best advertising agencies.

    Now I’m applying the Master degree in Marketing Communications at De LA SALLE university in Manila, Philippines. I would like to find a job in Singapore. Is it difficult to find a job related to Marketing or Communications?
    Thanks and Regards
    Leyan

  • Kushal Parmar

    Hi Amit, I am a foreign student, and have just completed my MBA in Singapore from EASB. presently I am desperately looking for jobs but it don’t seem to work out applying online.
    I have work experience of 2yers as an operations executive in India and 6 months work ex as a student trainee in my college.
    I am interested in talking up any job position in Management field or Finance and Sales
    please advise if there is any thing suitable for me.

  • Rishi Kanojia

    Hi Amit,

    Greetings for the day!

    My name is Rishi and I am an EPEC holder. I come from Mumbai, India and I am currently in Singapore and have been applying for jobs since 3 weeks but still no response. I did stop by once and handed over my resume to a professional in a bank. I come from a background of Marketing and Customer Service. I have pursued my Masters in International Business from Australia. I have proven experience working with Audi Automobiles and have worked for 1.5 years in Australia in customer service. My LTVP is valid till May 2012. Do you think I should be patient and wait for more and try more, as staying here is expensive? Or should I go back to my country ?

  • Neha Singh

    Hi Amit,

    Iam Neha Singh, I did my BTech(computer science) from India and currently I am doing Masters MSc in computing and information technology from UK Northumbria University. I have completed all my semesters and doing my final stage dissertation. I will finish my degree in May 2012. I do have 1.5 yrs of experience in IT industry.

    Iam looking for job in computing or information technology sectors.
    Will I be able to get suitable job in Singapore? I am planning to move Singapore in May 2012.

    Can you suggest me suitable way to move to Singapore. Am I eligible to apply for EPEC?

    Awaiting your response.

    Thanks
    Neha Singh

  • Aleya

    Hello Amit,

    My name is Aleya and i am staying in singapore since one year and till now i have not got any job .Everyday i apply for many jobs online but get no response. I am a graduate and have 4.5 years of experience in Human resource. I am here on dependent pass and my husband is holding EP. I am desperately looking for a job. If you can advice something that would be of great help.
    I am open for any hr, admin , back office or retail position.

    Thanks
    Aleya Bhattacharjee

  • Venki

    Hi I am a graduate in civil engineering & post graduate in construction maangement. I am visiting singapore on March. Is there any chances of getting a job there? how is the construction industry there? Is there any specific requirements??

  • Fareed Ahmed

    Hi,
    Thanks Amit Puri for a very informative article.
    Can anyone suggest me some good recruitment agencies for experienced Healthcare IT profesionals for senior roles?

    I have done my B.E(Medical Electronics) and M.Tech(IT) and currently have 10+ years of experience in High-end Healthcare Informatics.
    Thanks and Regards,

    Fareed.

  • Balaji

    Dear sir,

    I have 3 years experience with CNC Machinist.Presently working with workpermit in Schlumberger (singapore) and looking for S pass jobs.

  • Abinaya

    Hi,
    I am a fresh engineering graduate from India.I recently moved to Singapore with my husband.I am a DP holder.How are my chances of getting a job here? I am flexible to any kind of jobs.Is ther any short term courses which provide me job oppurtunities?
    Please help me out.

  • Hoiraj Pandey

    Hi Amit,

    Request you to please let me know how much expensive Singapore is?

    I have got a job offer from Singapore. I am just worried about monthly expenses (Rent, Food etc)in Singapore.

    And what are the things shall i take care of.

    Thanks & Regards
    Hoiraj

  • Roknuzzaman

    Dear Sir,
    I am an B.Sc.Electrical engineer with 6 years experience from Bangladesh,Now I am planning I will come Singapore by visit visa and start searching for job, So please advice me regarding my plan.

    Have a nice day

    Roknuzzaman

  • Kths

    Hi
    I am in Singapore working in construction under work permit
    Now I want to work in hotel or restaurant here, as I have degree
    In hotel management certificate n have an 3 year of working experience
    In best of the 5 star hotels in India. I want to know if I can change my
    Job and, if yes then is there any consultant who can help me or how do
    I proceed.

  • Ria

    Hi
    Im here in the Phils and im already submitted my resume thru online luckily 3 companies replied and sked me for interview. Jas wanna ask if I have a big chsnces thst I can get a job in Singapore though I am a tourist if I will decide to go to Singapore.

    Thanks,

    Ria viajar Uy

  • vijay

    I AM A PHYSIOTHERAPIST WITH 7 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN INDIA. NOW I AM PLANNING I WILL COME TO SINGAPORE BY VISIT VISA AND START SEARCHING JOB OR I AM INTRESTING TO STUDY ANY OTHER RELAVENT COURSE IN SINAGAPORE. S0 PLEASE HELP ME REGARDING MY PLAN.
    THANK YOU

  • Radina

    Hi,

    I have Master in Aviation Management and I am Australian citizen. I am planning to relocate to Singapore as my husband is sent there for work. I will try to get work permit before I arrive in Singapore and will start looking for jobs there.

    I am interested in Aviation industry – airlines, industry regulators or other aviation service providers.

    My question is:
    Do these type of companies require the candidates to hold Singaporean Citizenship/PR or they also welcome foreigners with work permit to apply as well? Do you think I will be able to find a job just with Work permit?

    Thank you and looking forward to your response
    Radina

  • Karan M.

    Dear Amit,

    I am currently based out of India. My last assignment was with a small Boutique Corporate Advisory firm in India.

    My profile is closer to the entry level analyst and I don’t want to be too specific in my job search in Singapore. I have composed my resume and it is suited for an Investment Banking Associate/Analyst kind of openings.

    I want to know what are the changes I should make to the Resume and Covering Letter to appear flexible (suitable for other banking/research jobs also).

    Thanks & Regards,
    Karan

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Karan,

      Depending on your job targets, you could probably have 3-4 different versions of your resume when applying for jobs. Each resume should focus on showing how you meet the key requirements to perform well in a particular job type.

  • John

    Hi there..

    I am currently in Singapore. I arrived last February 11 in hope to find a better career out side my country, Philippines.

    I’ve been working for 5 years now and have strong background in Sales, Marketing, Events Management & Customer Service..

    I had several interviews with direct companies already but most of them are asking me for a fee to process my work permit.

    I already extended my pass till April. Please do let me know if you have any available jobs that will best fit my qualifications.

    Thank you.

  • Candy

    Hi

    My name Candy and age 25yrs studying in Singapore and will be completing by end May 2012. As such, I am seeking for employment in Singapore. I am studying Advanced Diploma in Business Management. I have 5 yrs working experience in an Import & Export Trading Co. I wrote tenths of resume but no respond. Hence, any kind soul out there will help or guide how to go about getting a job here. Many thanks of your help.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Candy

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Candy,

      Are you applying for jobs that closely match your qualifications/experience? How many applications are you making in a day?

      Are you using social networks, especially LinkedIn as well?

  • Candy

    Opps my email is hunter65sg@yahoo.com.sg

  • rao

    Hi, i have got experience in accountancy and audit and I will be in singapore in March,
    Mr Amit and the team kindly help me in getting the job over there.

    thanks.

  • Gagandeep

    Hi, Respected sir I had done MBA in Marketing /Hr and want to come to Singapore through Consultants he is assuring me that i will definitely got some job in hotel. kindly suggest me by which Pass i can get job and easy settlement in Singapore Please reply at my email id .I shall be very thankful to you for this kindness.

  • MANIKANDAN

    hi amit
    this is manikandan from tamilnadu..i have finished my B.Sc chemistry and ave one year exp as a quality chemist..now i finished my B.Tech chemical engineering.i plan to go singapore for searching job by tourist visa..can i get job for my qualification..plz give some suggestion to me..my mail id is chemistmani88@gmail.com

    Thanks
    MANIKANDAN A

  • Dayan “jay” Mondejar

    Hi Amit..
    thank you for very informative article.. i will be going to singapore on march 21,2012. HOpe to find better carrer out side my country Philippines..
    ive been working for 5 years in Kingdom of saudi arabia, im equiped in Hotel and Restaurant management.

    Please do let me know if you have any available jobs that will best fit my qualifications.

    Thank you.

    James_abunda2000@yahoo.com

  • stargazer

    hi! I’ve been working as a store manager for almost 3 years. i plan to go to Singapore to look for a job. by any chance could you recommend me or do you know any job that is available. i’m a college graduate (BSN). please do email me kriziacarreon@yahoo.com tnx.

  • Felix Jude Ampah

    Hi Amit

    Your article is very insightful.Thank for the info.I am from Ghana and will be in Singapore on march 21st,2012.I need your help.I have a degree in Chemistry and a teachers certificate.i want a job as a science or chemistry teacher.I have about 5 year of teaching experience.
    i will like to be in touch with u.let me know also if the are any job openings you are aware off.

    My email is jirehoinfo@yahoo.com
    Hope to hear from you.
    Thanks

  • Sushama

    Dear Amit
    hope you are doing well. i would like to do masters in social work from NUS, singapore.i want to know is there any job prospect after completing the study.
    waiting for your reply.
    thank you very much in advance.
    take care.

    • Amit Puri – Managing Consultant, Sandbox Advisors

      Hi Sushama,

      You would need to ask the university for these details. Also check if they can put you in touch with alumni (or alternatively find some through social networks), to ask them what types of jobs people got after graduation.

  • Sonia

    Hi,
    I am here in Singapore on dependent pass. i am having 5+yrs experience in Pharmaceutical Industry. Looking for a job from last 1 year but did not get any opportunity.

    Thanks,
    Sonia

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      1 year! 

      That’s quite a bit Sonia. How exactly are you going about your job search?

  • Ann Dimapasoc

    Hi,

    This is a great article. I hope to read all the comments but I’m very busy looking for a job. I hope someone could just hire me right away. Kidding. I’m currently in SG and a specialist in Customer Service mainly Telecommunications and Health Care Insurance. If you could refer me here’s my email
    ann.yoshiko@yahoo.com
    God bless us all job seekers!
    The best of luck.

    Ann =)

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Thanks Ann :). There are quite a few comments in this article.

      It’s good to see that you are spending a good amount of time on your job search and I hope things work out for you real soon!

  • Analyn Ponce Aquevido

    Hi,
    I’m applying for the position Accounts Executive or other related job on Accounting and Admin. I have 7 years experience as an Accounting Supervisor in the Philippines. I am proficient in maintaining all sets of accounts and using Microsoft Office and Accounting Software as well. I have all-in package with regards to Accounting work starting from analyzing source document up to interpreting financial data. I have good communication skill developed in liaise with internal and external auditors. My work as an Accounting Supervisor is multi tasking, I do admin and operational job like payroll, submission of collection list to government agencies, support operation during peak season like posting as receptionist and kitchen crew. I am hardworking, eager to learn, open minded and result oriented.

    If you are interested with me you can reply in this article and will give you my details.

    Thank you very much.

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Analyn,

      We don’t provide employment agency services, so I can’t place you in a job in Singapore.

      We focus on career and job search counselling/advisory, to help people finds Singapore jobs quickly.

      • goodie

         Dear Amit,

        Please advise me on the questions below,

        1).  I am an indian national, currently living in KSA, and looking for jobs in RF engineering, Electronics, Telecoms they all belong to my field of education, although i dont have experience in it. Now, I can come to singapore on WHP pass for six months to work and find job as well. Would you suggest me to go ahead with it?

        2) Does normally employers in singapore offer work permit quite easily like in UAE or is it difficult? ( for the above profile).

        3) How much does it cost monthly if one lives in singapore including food expenses, and , here I am not talking about eating out everyday, just to eat at home? for example, if one lives in sharing where he/she pays for rent including food, how much does it cost?

        4) six months of WHP pass, is it enough to find job in Singapore?

        5) Finally, if I get employement in singapore under WHP program, how much time it will take to get PR.

        NOTE: My qualification is MSc Communications sytems Engg – United Kingdom.

        Your advice means a lot for me , Please help.
        Thanks in advace.

  • sachin gaikwad

    HI,

    Myself sachi & i did my MSc in Microbiology. I had 1 year experience in microbiology lab as Lab incharge & aware of all microbiological tests, standards, ISo 17025 and along with this i had 2.5 years of experience as QA in charge, which includes BRC, ISO 9001:2008, HALAL, MSC. I am very well aware of EU, US & Japanese regulations.

    Now i m looking to work in singapore for the same positions. Can you help me in this? If you have any suggestion please send me a mail on sachin.micro1@gmail.com.

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hello Sachi,

      We do have job search services that you might find useful.

      It’s hard to give detailed advice through comments :), but in general I would suggest that:

      - you spend enough time behind the job search. approximately 2-4 hours a day.
      - use all job search methods available, including job sites, social networks and recruitment agencies.
      - read the articles in our Insights >  Transition & Job Search Strategy section to get more detailed tips & tricks.

  • Sivakumar

    A detailed suggestion for people who is looking to get a job in Singapore. Thanks Amit Puri

  • Joseph

    Hello,

    I am cameroonian, I would like to go live in Singapore.
    1- I want to know if i need visa or not for Singopore?
    2- What are jobs possibilities there?

  • Sandeep Kumar

    I am currently working in Canon,Japan working as a VLSI Engineer.I am thinking to relocate to Singapore.Can you please suggest me the procedure.

  • http://twitter.com/vvmenon Vinod Menon

    Dear Amit, Thanks for the above. I am a Chartered Accountant (ACA, India) presently working in Dubai, UAE. I was planning to visit Singapore for 4 – 5 days to check about the employment opportunities there. How ever after reading your article, I have decided not to do that. Now my plan is to build networks through websites like Linkedin and try to get one or two interview calls – which I can come and attend in Singapore. How is the market for Finance/ Accounts? Are foreigners welcomed in these areas? 

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Vinod,

      Yes, it is a good idea to test the market a bit first and ideally have a few meetings lined-up before you visit Singapore. 4-5 days will go by real fast.

      Financial services is big in Singapore and foreigners are certainly welcomed in the industry.

      • http://twitter.com/vvmenon Vinod Menon

        Thanks Amit. 

        • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

          Good luck with the job search.

  • Partth

    dear amit
     i am a 3d artist with 4 yers of exp.
    i am willing to cum to singpore for masters in my feild.
    can u tel me wat r my chances of getting job there after studing there.
    plz help..
    thanx in advance

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Partth,

      I have no idea what the chances are, of you finding a job in Singapore. That depends on way too many things and I can’t predict the future (unfortunately :) ).

      What you need to do is to:

      1. Short list a few courses/institutions in Singapore, where you would like to pursue your degree.
      2. Get in touch with them to find out details of historical job placements. Most will have lots of information on this, which you might even be able to access from their website.
      3. Ask them for contact details of a few alumni who you can talk with to find out how the course was and how easy it was to get a job after.

      Good luck!

  • http://www.one-visa.com/singapore-visa-services/singapore-employment-pass/ John

    I personally think that not in Singapore every country
    always prefer their own permanent residents first. No one able to trust easily
    any foreign applicants. But I must say that Singaporeans have really strict
    rules for foreign applicants rather than any Singaporeans.

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi John,

      I agree.

      All countries give preference to locals and that makes sense.

  • Mitesh Pal

    Dear Amit 

    I am into website designing and development running my own small  business in india . Looking for opportunity to work in singapore . My wife already working in singapore got the SPass .
    But her company not applying for my dependent pass . I have applied jobs here but all posting have requirment of Singapore PR. One company offered me you use our office and take the website design work and send it to india . They will going to apply for extension of my social visit pass and when they will get the website design projects they will apply for mine Emplaoyement pass .

    Please advice what to do ?? bit confused 

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Mitesh,

      Thanks for your comment.

      It would be great if you could be more specific on the advise you are looking for?

      At the moment I’m not sure what your question is.

  • Lopa

    Dear Amit,

    This is Lopa here. I am in Singapore since Feb,2012, exploring job oppertunity here. I have total 9yrs of experience in IT out of which 3yrs into project management in insurance domain. I keep on applying around 10-20 application almost on everyday, but unfortunately things are not working out. Haven’t even got an interview scheduled in these 2.5 months. There are JDs which so much matches with my profile and these are also not exclusively for PRs or Singaporeans. However, I don’t get calls even for these openings. Could there be a reason that my approach is not correct? I have registered in all the prominent job sites as well as in some of the headhunt agenices. Currently I am here on Dependent Pass. Please advise.

    Thanks in advance.

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Lopa,

      If your background is a good match for the jobs and the PR/Singaporean restriction doesn’t apply, then either:

      1). Your resume and cover letters need improvement. You can send us your documents using the contact form on this website and we’ll provide you with some feedback.

      2). You need to try other job search methods, such as contacting a few recruiters and online networking. There are lots of articles on our site with detailed guides for this, which you’ll find useful. Try searching using terms such as ‘recruitment’ ‘linkedin’ ‘networking’ to get some relevant ones.

  • Amit4338

    Hi

    I am working with telecom company GTL Ltd. last 7 year as a project coordinator. i have done diploma in Electronic and communication. i want to do work in Singapore. Plz suggestion me.

    Br//Amit Kumar Kaushik

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      You’d need to be a bit more specific with your question Amit4338. In what areas of the job search are you looking for suggestions?

    • Amit4338

      Dear Amit Puri,

      i want to search job in singapura 

  • As

    so nice thanks

  • Sagar Gunishetty

    Hi  Amit,

    Hope you are fine, My query to you is if  any job sources for me in Singapore, I had completed my MBA with Marketing as specialization (2009-2011), currently I am working as a International marketing consultant for a top corporate Hospital group in Hyderabad, AP. I am planning to visit Singapore in the next month, Please guide me to get a job in Singapore  with your valuable suggestion. Also please guide any good consultancies which provide jobs for expatriates in Singapore.

    Expecting for a positive feedback…….
    Thank you….

  • Nadeemzeb

    Hi i am working here in Saudi Arabia
    Can I apply for singapore jobs
    My home country Pakistan

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Nadeemzeb,

      Yes you can.

      Any reason in particular, why you think you might not be eligible to apply for jobs in Singapore? I can then address that specifically.

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  • Sutaar

    Dear Amit:

    I completed my M.Tech (HRD) in 2010. Then I started my career with one IT Consult as HR Exe (Recruitment) for APAC region (we have clients in SG and Malaysia), even I went to singapore for one month to my head office over ter. Totally I ve total 2 yrs of exp in Recruitment and Training. Next month I planned to visit singapore. Is it feasible for my qualifiaction and exp to get a job in HR domain.. Please give ur valuable suggestions…

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      You will only know how feasible it is for you to get a job in Singapore, once you start your search and get feedback from the market.

  • Kshitij

     

    Hi Amit,

    Thanks for the details, really helpful.

    I have an overall experience of 6.5Yrs in IT-Banking Domain,
    working as a Business analyst (BA) for an Indian IT giant currently deputed to
    Sydney. I have been working in Sydney for around 2Yrs now and am on the verge
    of completion of my assignment, thereby, will be travelling back to India by
    Mid May.

    I have long term aspirations to settle down in Singapore and
    I currently possess the Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate (EPEC) for
    Singapore. I have been applying through various Job portals (JobsDB,
    eFinancial, Monster, JobStreet, etc) consistently for the last 2months for a BA
    profile. I am planning to stay back in Singapore for around 2weeks during my
    transit to India. Needed your quick advice on the following:

    1.      
    What are the Job opening scopes for a BA?

    2.      
    What should be my Action items during the 2weeks
    stay in Singapore?

    3.      
    Should I approach Consultancies physically for a
    quick catchup?

    4.      
    Any other advise?

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      1. What are the Job opening scopes for a BA?

      It’s person specific, so can’t really comment on that. You should get a feel for the demand for your background when interacting with recruiters/employers though.

      2.   What should be my Action items during the 2weeks stay in Singapore?

      2 weeks will go by very fast. So try and fix as many meetings/interviews as possible, before you arrive. I would suggest trying to contact people and hiring managers in your companies of interest directly, using social networks like LinkedIn. You can search for relevant articles on our website, to help with that. 

      Try contacting a few recruiters before you arrive and apply for jobs on their sites as well. Try Twitter is useful also to get on a recruiter’s radar.

      3.  Should I approach Consultancies physically for a quick catchup?

      I don’t recommend walking into a recruitment agency’s office without an appointment. Most of them do not entertain walk-ins.

      • Kshitij

         Thanks Amit.

        Does having a EPEC play a important role in the selection process?

        • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

          It did give an indication to employers that the Employment Pass would be approved.

  • http://www.hptourtravel.com/ Stella

    Great Topic! My point of views this article is very interesting
    and informative for youth. And I also know Singapore is very charming and
    beautiful country in nature. I have some low info on SINGAPORE FOREIGNERS JOBS!!

  • s.prabakaran

     i am prabakaran i have completed mca 2010 passed out. any fresher job avaliable inform my mail id 
    sp121757@gmail.com  

  • Elamaran

     hi amit….
    i reached singapore on 20th in visit visa for one month…..the purpose is as usual to find job i finished my B.E (e.c.e) 2010 passed out … today is may 2nd  already 10 days gone……till nw i didnt even step to company for a  interview too…till nw am daily applying in all online sites like jobstreet,jobscentral,jobsdb… and daily seeing the straight times cats recruit and am applying too..   i said to all ma relatives regarding my job matter,  i jus went too three consultancy and i gave ma resume tats it …tis wat i did in this 10days……please guide me where am lacking what should i do to find a job in another 20 days which i have……..

  • Bvigneshwaran

    Hello amit ,

    First of all thank you very much for your valuable inputs for job searching . expecting much more value addition from your side . great work ! i myself vigneshwaran , finished my B TECH in fashion technology and havin 2 yrs exp . interested in working in singapore and i have been to singapore once in short term visit pass for job searchin bt unfortunately couldnot find any . i tried wit registering with recruitment consultancies and even then no use . now i am eager to shift to singapore and ready to work hard to find a suitable job . wat are your sugestion towards it ? if i want to register in consultancies wat sort of agencies you would recommend ? not alone job in fashion/garment/textile comprising the retails also i am ready to take up any conducive job as you said “It is important to first get your foot in the door ” . any possibility of meeting you in ur office ? kindly help me . thanks in advance !

  • Vinayagamoorthi

    Dear Amit, It is great and very useful article.  This is Vinayagam from Chennai, India.  I have 7 years experience in Java/J2EE technology in Banking domain and looking for Singapore opportunity more than a year through some job portals like “jobsdb ,jobstreet, naukri, monster”. But no luck so far. 

    I am planning to find any suitable consultancy for any lower level jobs using S pass and from there I am planning to search openings in Singapore.  Though I have a confident to n find a job in a month period time. But I am having confusing, is the right way to do it. What are all the difficulties/drawback on my plan.

    Thanks,
    Vinayagamoorthi R
    mail: vinayagamoorthi@gmail.com 

  • Chinmayabose

    Dear Amit,

    I have a dream since
    childhood to live in this country so to pursue my dream I have quit my job to explore
    various job opportunities.

    I am a B.com graduate, female, age 39
    yrs. from India (Mumbai) having 14.8 yrs of experience in admin support and in
    my last job I held the Designation of Manager – Administration.

     It’s been 2+ months since I quit my job and I am
    spending nearly 4 hrs everyday applying for jobs in Singapore at JobsDB,
    Monster, EFinancial, etc. In the month of March alone I have applied for more
    than 4,000 jobs.  One company even called
    me to Singapore for an interview at my own expenses and they rejected me to
    find my experience to be very high. There are companies who show real interest but
    on knowing my Singapore work status they turn me down saying it will be very
    hard to process my work permit for this job scope.

    I need to understand…

    1.     
    Where have I gone wrong is it my approach, my drafting of
    Resume or Covering letter?

    2.     
    Are there some other job portals where I should be
    applying?

    3.     
    Is it really not easy to get a job in admin even when I
    am ready to join at a junior level?

    Sir, I have tumbled
    upon this site and got in touch with you is definitely for a right reason. You
    will not believe just this morning I had prayed to god to guide me to see the
    correct approach to this job and here I am writing to you for guidance. Please
    guide me.

    Thanks & regards

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hello Chinmaya,

      - I recommend using Indeed.sg, since it includes all Singapore job sites and many employer job portals in one place.

      - 4,000 jobs in Singapore is a lot! Are you applying for jobs even if they request that only Singapore PRs and Citizens should apply?

      - You could try focussing your efforts on contacting employers directly using social media tools like LinkedIn and Twitter. Do have a look at relevant articles we have written on how to do this.

      - Why are you applying for jobs for which you are overqualified?

      I noticed that you sent us an email with your resume as well. I will have a look and provide some feedback on that.

      • Demir45

        omg! if indians shits  live there i will never work there :)))))
        this is my rules no indians and happy world :D

  • Patriciacruz125

    Hi Amit,

    This article is very insightful and very useful, thanks. I was just wondering how the real estate industry is in Singapore and if they allow foreign licensed real estate brokers to practice in Sg.

    Thank you,

    Patricia
    Philippines

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Thanks Patricia.

      I’m not very familiar with the requirements to become a real estate broker Singapore. 

      However, I do know a few foreigners who are brokers in Singapore, so it certainly is possible.

      You could try contacting the relevant government agency for more information and also try getting in touch with some brokers in Singapore for advice.

  • Vrunda

    Hi Amit,
    Your Article is really informative for Job hunters. Besides,  Its very Painful process and try your patience really hard. I hold around 4yrs of exp. in Marketing Communications and I everyday see plenty of openings on job portals. But huge obstacles for me are Local language and my Dependent Status. Its been 3 months now and I received only 2 calls from Placement Agency so far who then never returned to me.

    It would be helpful if you put up some tips for DP holders, too.

    Thank you in advance,
    Vrunda M

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Vrunda,

      I will write an article with tips for Dependant Pass holders soon (hopefully in the next week or so).

      Thanks for the suggestion.
      Amit

  • praveenkumar

    Hi Amit,
     
    This is a great article. I hope to read all the comments but I’m very
    busy looking for a job. I hope someone could just hire me right away. Just
    Kidding.I have total 3 years of experiences  I’m currently working in Maersk Global Services  destination as vessel coordinator in shipping export section for 1 year  and i have 2 year experiences in Barclays bank as customer services executive . I’m very much interested to work in Singapore . If you could refer me
    here’s my email
    itpraveenkumar@gmail:twitter .com
    God bless us all job seekers!
    The best of luck.
    praveenkumar

  • Itsfahd

    Hi Amit,

    Reading your article has given me an idea of employment opportunities in Singapore, Thanks you. I am planning to do my MBA in Singapore and settle down there. Is there any employment problem in Singapore and is Singapore a good choice to study.

    How is the career development in Singapore ?

    Thanks 

    FAHD 

  • goodie

    Dear Amit,

    Please advise me on the questions below,

    1).  I am an indian national, currently living in KSA, and looking
    for jobs in RF engineering, Electronics, Telecoms they all belong to my
    field of education, although i dont have experience in it. Now, I can
    come to singapore on WHP pass for six months to work and find job as
    well. Would you suggest me to go ahead with it?

    2) Does normally employers in singapore offer work permit quite easily like in UAE or is it difficult? ( for the above profile).

    3) How much does it cost monthly if one lives in singapore including
    food expenses, and , here I am not talking about eating out everyday,
    just to eat at home? for example, if one lives in sharing where he/she
    pays for rent including food, how much does it cost?

    4) six months of WHP pass, is it enough to find job in Singapore?

    5) Finally, if I get employement in singapore under WHP program, how much time it will take to get PR.

    NOTE: My qualification is MSc Communications sytems Engg – United Kingdom.

    Your advice means a lot for me , Please help.Thanks in advace.
     

    • Sheetal

      Hi Goodie,
            Nice to know about your plans. I am Sheetal from Mumbai and wanted answer your one query about living expenses is Singapore. Many of my friends lives in SG and being in contact with them, I at least know staying (preferably in hostel) and food expenses per month will be at least $ 300 to $ 500 per month (including few days of outside food).  But overall depends on your expenses. This is normal expenses one need in pocket for stay and no one can guarantee about specific expenses of any person.
          Hope this will be helpful to you. :)

  • chozas

    Dear Amit,                                                                                                                                                                                                 I would like to ask if you can help me to a job here in singapore i came here to search for a job but until now i cant find i am a Bs. Pharmacy graduate in the philippines any jobs related to health will do ,hoping for your response.

  • Ramidu

     Hi Amit
    I’m a ACCA member with 5 years experience in Sri lanka ,like to find a job in Singapore.
     my email- ramidula@yahoo:disqus .com
    Please help me for this

    Thanks

  • http://www.facebook.com/sanaullah.mohammed.7 Sanaullah Mohammed

    Dear Mr.Amit 
     I have sent a mail to you and pls advise

  • Chatufm

    hi Mr.Amith,please help me..my husband doing Singapore related degree in our country and he can go final year to Singapore and finish his degree on Jan 2013.I have a degree and im looking to apply Singapore EP.finally we wants to settle down in there.Please advise us to how to reach our goal.

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hello Chatufm,

      To get jobs in Singapore, I would suggest that:

      - you spend enough time behind the job search. approximately 2-4 hours a day.

      - use all job search methods available, including job sites, social networks and recruitment agencies.

      - read the articles in our Insights >  Transition & Job Search Strategy section to get more detailed tips & tricks.

      You cannot apply for an EP before you get a job. Once a company decides to hire you, they will apply for the EP for you.

  • Arsie Tepace

    Hi Sir Amit,
     I just came across your page while I’m browsing some jobs and I find your tips very informative and useful for these tips, thank you. I just landed in Singapore yesterday to look for a job, but before I went here, I already sent my application to various portals and sites with singaporean details like address and phone number (I’m from the Philippines). My background is with customer service primarily handling financial accounts. I was affiliated with JP Morgan Chase and just recently with Citigroup handling Australian accounts. The sad new is that until now I haven’t had any response from my applications. Any tips that I can do? I’m planning to search for a job for 1 month. thanks

  • Arsie Tepace

    Hi Sir Amit.
          thanks for sharing the article 
    8 TIPS FOR WORKING WELL WITH RECRUITERS & EMPLOYMENT AGENCIES
     by Ms. Lisa Burke. It is very timely in my situation since I’m currently looking for a job here in Singapore. Being a foreigner who’s been here for 4 days now, I’m basically torn between waiting for feedback on my applications or seeking the help of a recruiter (which according to most people I’ve spoken with) will entail a certain amount of fee. I would just like to ask your thoughts about this (considering the questions I’ve asked of you about this application journey) - would I be better off seeking the help of a recruiter but paying rather than spending my time submitting tons of applications but for free

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Arsie,

      While some recruiters might ask for a small ‘processing fee,’ the vast majority of them DO NOT charge job seekers anything. They get their fee from employing companies, once a hire is made.

  • raja335

    Hi Amit,

    This is rajasekar from chennai,india.I’m having 5 yrs of experience in software testing(manual&automation) and i’m looking for same in singapore.Can u guide me how to get job in singapore?….i’m ready to move singapore for attending interviews…..Please help me to find a job in singapore….

  • Hari

    hello sir , thanks for sharing such informative and useful article, i am a graduate (BTech-IT) going for MBA-MIT dual degree  from James cook university Singapore  . I just want to know that do a local degree will boost  my chances of getting a high paying job in Singapore .

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Most welcome Hari.

      That depends on a number of variables (university, course type, job market, etc.) and it hard for me to answer.

      The best indication is to see previous placement records for the course you are studying and to speak with alumni.

  • Rezari73

    Thank u sir for sharing ur valuable information. Recently i have completed graduation(B.A Hons in ENGLISH) If  i want to get a good job in SG. How will i process it? or How my subject will help me.

  • Farzana

    Hi Amit,

    I am an architecture graduate from Bangladesh and have 7 years work experience in architecture in Bangladesh and 3 years work experience in construction project management in Australia.
    Now I want to move and settle in Singapore. Please advise where to start.

    Farzana

    • Aussie

      My brother worked for many years in Singapore as an Architect. He has begun his own business now in Shang Hai but is going back soon to Singapore. He couldn’t get work when he first graduated in Australia and needed to become registered and hence he went to Singapore. I think he found it quite easy back then to get work and he loved the lifestyle. He specialises in large projects like hotels and hospital etc. I think you will find it easy with your background from what I have heard but I’m not sure where you start from. Goodluck

    • messiman

      My dear sister, why do you want to live alone in Singapore. Get married and work if your hubby prefers to to live in Singapore as well.

  • Jimmy

    sir i recently did ma diploma in hotel management i did sum aprt tym jobs aso– but i neva got any gud jobs taht was realted to my studies na ll i am livin here for like 14 months but m not satisfied yet—:((

  • Maria Varghese

    Dear Amit

    I have finished my Masters from the London School of Economics in HRM. I have been working in the capacity of Research Analyst with a Consulting firm in London and have recently secured the role of HR consultant with a large media corporation in London. I have, however asked for a fixed term contract as I want to move to and work in Singapre. What do you think my chances are of finding a job keeping in mind my credentials.

  • Maria Varghese

    Sorry, I have nearly 2.5 years of work experince too in business research and HR Generalist roles

  • N.chakraborty

    Dear Amit Sir,

    I read ur all the answer regarding the job search at Singapore, I would like to ask you few things regarding the same as I am a sales manager based at Mumbai having nearly 17 yrs of selling experience in building materials, I am at 40 can i get any suitable job opportunity over there. 

  • Ravisinghjmd

    Dear Amit sir,

    I am Ravi Singh. right now I am working Bharti Airtel as a Tech helpdesk support engineer. and I want to go singapore (Malaysia) so please tell me that what I will have to do for this. sir I am awaiting your positive Response. 

    Thanks & Regards
    Ravi Singh
    email id: ravisinghjmd@gmail:disqus .com

  • Truth

    Singapore’s dream for foreigners has ended in July 2012 with the new EP regulations. Seem that this country is confident with the local talent (mostly Chinese probably) reason why you should seek for more job stable countries like Australia or Canada.

  • Phani sekhar

    Hello,
    The replies are really very good. I am Phani Sekhar from India. I have 10 years of experience in international call centers where in 8 years is as Manager. I am coming to Singapore soon on TE pass for 3 months. Do you think I can get a job on this job experience? Kindly suggest me on this. My email id is : sekharbiz@gmail.com

    • ivar

      Hi Phani, how to get TE pass? i am planing to travel from india.

  • anju

    hi Amit, i am anju Paul from India. i have 5 years experience in the field of office administration , cash and packing, i like to work in Singapore. can u help to find any jobs in Singapore.now i am in Malaysia. anjupaulk@gmail.com

  • manish

    Dear
    hi i am manish from india at mumbai, i had working at export company in mumbai as a labor supervisior , now my company is now company is closed. also i am a indian musician instrumental ( ( ( Sitar) playerand singing hindi, i want job in singapore, can u give me seggeation, how can possible plz rlp. i can do any type of job as a helper .
    Best regards
    manish—mumbai—91+9323543983—email manish_choubey1@rediffmail.com

  • ruwan jayakody

    Hi Amit,
    Currently im working in a restaurant in Sri Lanka as a cook and a kitchen helper and i have more than 5 yrs of experience about this field.
    Now I want to move and settle in Singapore. Please advise where to start

  • Mohan

    Hi Amit ,
    I am a student from Australia studying part-time Bachelors of Commerce at a Local University. As i am going to finish my degree soon , i was looking for Jobs or Internships.I have 3 years experience in Customer Service/ Accounts Field, I am still finding it difficult to get a job due to the language barrier. Please advise me where to start .

    Thank You

  • Mohan

    Hi Amit ,
    I am a student from Australia studying part-time Bachelors of Commerce at a Local University. As i am going to finish my degree soon , i was looking for Jobs or Internships.I have 3 years experience in Customer Service/ Accounts Field, I am still finding it difficult to get a job due to the language barrier. Please advise me where to start .

    Thank You

  • ivar

    Hi Amit, I am based on Chennai and planing to travel Singapore and stay there for 6 months and search for Job in IT. Do i need to get visa before i travel or can i get it at the time of entry ? Kindly let me know. also suggest what is best visa that suits my case.

  • jhalakjain27

    Hii,
    I am fresh graduate from India. Can I get a job in Singapore without any work experience?

  • Sonia

    Hi Amit,

    I am a master degree student in Conservation. I have finished my bachelors in sculpture and painting. I am an artist and a conservator both. I want to work in Singapore, as my degree is finished. I have a fairly good resume. I am looking forward to work as a lecturer in any college. Could you tell me how to start or do I need to find someone who can help me to get me a job here.

  • Ganesh Mohan

    Hi Amit
    Iam Ganesh from Chennai,India and have 7 years experiance in Logistics field in chennai,india .Now i want to move and settle in singapore,Pls advice & Provid us good Opportunity in Logistics field at singapore

    Thank you
    M.Ganesh

  • Srinivas

    Hi Amit,
    Iam Srinivas from India and have 5years experiance in warehouse and Logistics field in india .Now i want to move and settle in singapore,Pls advice & Provid us good Opportunity in warehouse and Logistics field at singapore
    Thank you
    Srinivas

  • amkireddysrinivas@gmail.com

    Hi Amit,
    Iam master degree in Science holder from India and have 5years experiance in warehouse and Logistics field in india .Now i want to move and settle in singapore,Pls advice & Provid us good Opportunity in warehouse and Logistics field at singapore
    Thank you
    Srinivas

  • Tony

    It’s not easy to mix into the multi races & religions of what Singapore already has.
    It’s a culture shock when these people comes, adapt to OUR culture, not we to adapt foreigner cultures.

    The cost of living in Singapore is getting higher and higher. Go elsewhere please.

  • Vishnu

    Hi
    I am Vishnupriya I have 2 years exp in HR field
    Also I am a dependent pass holder. Please advise me how to get
    A job in Singapore

  • amit

    This is srinivasan here i am living in singapore and searching job over here from long kindly mail me if there is any opening for ccna job for me and my email id is sri_chotu11@yahoo.com and my visa till 6th of oct 2012
    thank you.

  • shijoy

    Hiii Mr.Amit,
    i have completed mba and 5 year experiance from Bhrain as a director of the company. one of the agent care of i got a s pass to singapore and i came to singapore by s pas but they mention Occupation ADMINISTRATIVE EXECUTIVE in the visa but i was here loading unloading and driving last three days i told them that i cant work then the agent cancel my visa yesterday (4/10/12 ) and told me i have made for you two month visit so you try any other job and he take me out from the company accommodation came out, i had paid 3.5 lakhs for agent fee now am staying as 10 doller per for room. i dont know what to do and how to find a job here.

    I believe that I can make a valuable contribution in any
    organization’s future projects and initiatives and because of my
    success in various multiple environments I am confident I can do the
    same as a member of any team.

    In my current employment as a managing director for WAAD building
    material trading w.l.l. I have achieved on average a 20% sales growth
    increase over three years. As a Director I feel that my biggest
    strengths are my ability to grow revenue per customer as well as
    retaining existing clients by motivating sales teams and ensuring they
    focus on the needs of our target audience.

    plz help me

    shijoy

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1286820187 Deep Singh

    hi Amit,
    i am commerce (PG) having 1 years of experience.I am trying to get job in singapore.But do not have idea how to go through….plz advise me genuine and proper channel…

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Deep,

      The process of getting a job in Singapore is the same as anywhere else. There are three avenues you can use:

      1. Job sites

      2. Recruitment firms

      3. Online and physical networking

      You will find lots of information on best practices for each of these on our website – http://www.sandboxadvisors.com/insight

      Good luck!

  • thanhtike zaw

    Hi
    I am air-conditioning tech.5 years of working experience.good in english. I am also graduated.i am 24 years old.i am trying to get a job.So help me please.
    PH-85916416 ok.please.

  • Nick

    Hi,

    Can you please tell me whether I can apply for jobs in Other Company in Singapore. I have a work permit issued from one of the IT companie(XYZ) in India and presently working for a banking firm in Singapore ( one of the client of XYZ firm).

  • Nick

    Hi Amit,

    Wanted to know few things, and will be very really helpful if you can guide me thru:

    1) I hold a work permit, thats been raised by my Indian IT Company for whom I am working with and is presently at Singapore working for its client, Can you please let me know whether I can directly apply for Job here in Singapore as I already hold a Work Permit.

    2) My wife has dependant Visa, so can she apply for Job out here in Singapore.

    Thanks
    Nick

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Nick,

      If I understand correctly, you’re asking if you can apply for jobs with other companies, if you already have a work permit with a company in Singapore. The answer is Yes.

      You wife can apply for jobs in Singapore as well.

  • suri

    HI amit sir
    Iam Motor claims assessor/adjuster [in generel insurance sector]with 8 years exp and i noticed no of jobs in singapore in this field ,but most of the jos are PR only .i dont have PR please advice me where to start

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Suri,

      You would need to find the jobs which don’t have the ‘Singaporean Citizen or PR’ requirement. Also you can try to apply for jobs that have the restriction but are being advertised for some time. That often means that the company cannot find the right person locally, so they will be more open to foreigners

  • Rinim Baruah

    Dear Amit,
    I have heard that there is a lot of demand for automation engineers in Singapore. Can you tell me which will be the best consultancy that I should approach to, who deals mostly on the automation engineering field apart from indeed?
    Regards

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Rinim,

      None specialising in that area that come to mind unfortunately. Most of the recruitment firms deal with a variety of industries and functions. When looking at job advertisements you might get a sense for which firms handle more of the type of jobs you are interested in.

  • Solomon

    Dear Mr. Amit,

    I am Solomon S Paul From Chennai -South India. Can I get any Hotel/supervising Jobs in Singapore? Also My daughter finished Bsc Visual Comunication and my Son In Law finished B.com.Any one can get Job in Singapore. Our family all are poor in financial, atleast one or 2 geting job in Singapore,we can manage our Family. We are all7 people in one family. I can cook,I have experince in Security field as a Field Officer, and I can operate System.This is my qualification.I finished ITI itter .My Age is 45 But Looking 32,Good and healthy structure figure.

    I Traveled and stayed 4 months in Netherland and I Have experiance with Abroad people.

    If is not possible for getting job in Singapore.Can you can get me a links for the Restaurents?companies etc for manpower suppliying from India. I have adomestic manpower company in Chennai. If I get a direct likns with Singapore companies, I can recruite Labours from India.

    Kindly help me.

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hello Solomon,

      Once you actively start looking for jobs in Singapore, you’ll get feedback from the market on how competitive your profile is. That is the only way to find out the chances of you and your daughter getting a job here. It is hard for me to make any predictions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/georgi.neykov.39 Georgi Neykov

    Hi, I am Georgi from Bulgaria.I graduated industrial management and later e-business and e-management and now I am searching for job.Already I want to work outside,because in my country is using one model called “friend to friend” ,but doesn’t matter in this case.I had 6 months intership one years ago in Portugal in Erasmus and this year had experiance in programme for transport in one month in UK.

    My work experiance is really poor , but I am optimist that will find some good job for me.Singapore is one of my choices ,because really I like country,climate and high-tech development. Now I am checking what is necessary as document for work there and if is possible to take it. I read the text above and my case is the worst,I don’t have friends in Singapore ,distance between my country and Singapore is more than 11 000 km and don’t have possibility to spent money to go there and spent a few months. But have desire to try it.Iwill continue to collect information ,but want to see and other opinions by people who know what actually is there,what is possible ,if is possible to find job and what salary can expect.

    I have and alternative for UK , where according me is easier “maybe” to find job and ofcourse UK is only 2-3 hours by flight and is part of European union ,but my desire is focused to Singapore.

    So,please give me advice what to do and what is possible on this stage.

    Thank you!
    Regards!

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hello Georgi,

      It’s always great to see such an optimistic attitude!

      You never know what is possible till you try. The same applies for finding jobs in Singapore as well. You won’t know till you start your job search and give it a real good shot.

      I would be happy to help and provide some advice. Do give us a call or send an email.

      Wish you all the best!

  • neel

    I am working as an investment manager in Dubai t present and even I have worked as an wealth manager in Dubai for more then 2 years.I am in Dubai from last 3 years and now looking for a Job in singapore.. Can You please suggest how can I proceed , I have total 9years experience

  • Rahul

    Hi Amit

    Myself Rahul from india, currently working as HR executive in a reputed IT Company,its my childhood dream to get a reputed job in singapore and to settle there itself, i tried many ways to accomplish my dream but all went on veins,,i have more than 2 yrs of experience in the same field, so can u please help in accomplising my dream…

    Thank you

    Rahul

  • Marina

    Hi Amit ,

    I interested your article and your experience very useful for us. Could I ask
    your advise about our situation? We are family with a little baby (9 month)
    from Ukraine thinking about immigration in Singapore now. My husband have good experience import-export manager with port machines. We haven’t big amount money (approximately 70-100 thousant). We
    would like to buy any flat there and find a job for him. I alerted your last message concerning new law since July 2012…. and little scary… What do you think should we try? I appreciate your time!

    Marina

  • Mathangi

    Hi Amit,

    I got married recently and my husband is a Singapore PR. I am employed in IT in India currently, but as a start I am looking for any admin/part time jobs in Singapore so that I can land there with an EP. Could you pls tell me where exactly I need to apply, and what my chances are in securing a job within the next month?

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      The process of getting a job in Singapore is the same as anywhere else. There are three methods you can use:

      1. Job sites

      2. Recruitment firms

      3. Online/social and physical networking

      You will find lots of information on best practices for each of these, under the Transition & Job Search Strategy section of our website -http://www.sandboxadvisors.com/insights/category/transition-job-search-strategy/

      Good luck!

  • sukanto

    thanks

  • Prasanth

    Hi, i am working in INDIA, I have 5 experience in C, Linux, and Set-top box domain. I want to get a job in Singapore. Can any one help me how the job market in singapore now? and how to start the procedure do get job in singpore? are there any consultancies to get job in singapore? first i want to know , Is it possible to get job in singapore from INDIA?. Plz i am waiting for your reply…. and my mail ID: prasanth85reddy@gmail.com.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vichitra.mohan.9 Vichitra Mohan

    Hi Amit,
    I’m currently working as Technical Specialist with HCL Comnet in India. I’m looking for job in IT in Singapore. I’m still finding it difficult to get the job, please suggest.

  • disqus_dg3bF1Xk4A

    Hi Amith,

    This is Govind MBA holder and having 8 years exp in marketing,operations and general Admin looking for job in Singapore and planning to visit singapore in the month of DEC and JAN …pls advice me which month is right for searching jobs in Singapore….

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Govind,

      December, January and February are not the best months for a job search in Singapore, because activity slow down due to Xmas/New Year and Chinese New Year.

  • Niranjan

    Hi Amit,

    I am into IT industry for past 2 years expertise in Data warehousing field which include technical proficiency in Data warehousing tool like Informatica PowerCenter 8.6 and 9 with Unix and PLSQL as well. I am located in Bangalore and now I am looking for a switch. How shall I approach for jobs in Singapore and for my qualification is there good job market in Singapore please advice.
    I appreciate your help which you have put over here

  • Abhijit

    Hi Amit,

    A really pragmatic article on jobs for foreigners in
    Singapore! I have seen many who think that once they land here, they can
    crack a job! Thankfully I am one of those who came here only after
    getting an offer and have also been able to successfully change a job.

    I am on EP (for last 2.5 years) and my wife
    is on DP. She completed her Masters here and is now searching for a
    suitable position. Is there any particular trend on the hiring of
    persons on DP? Do DP holders have any advantage given that they can work
    on a letter of consent?

    At present, the only problem I see in
    my wife getting any interview calls is the written (and many times
    unwritten!) condition of “Singaporeans and PRs only”.

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Thanks Abhijit and congratulations on a successful job search in Singapore.

      Companies do still need to apply for a letter of consent for a DP holder and many times this can be rejected as well. Often, they just apply for an employment pass for the person. I don’t think a DP holder has too much of an advantage, other than being present in Singapore during their job search.

  • reni

    Hi, i am working in INDIA, I have 2 experience in HR. I want to get a job in Singapore. Can any one help me how to get job in singapore now? and how to start the procedure for the same.first i want to know , Is it possible to get job in singapore from
    INDIA?. Plz i am waiting for your reply…. and my mail ID: iamrenisha093@gmail.com.

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Reni,

      It is possible to get a job in Singapore from India. However, your success rate will depend on your background and the demand from the market, amongst other variables.

      To learn more about the best ways to get jobs in Singapore, you can have a look at the following resources on our website:

      1. Articles/videos under the Transition & Job Search Strategy section – http://www.sandboxadvisors.com/category/find-jobs-singapore

      2. Our job search books – http://www.sandboxadvisors.com/jobs-in-singapore/

      All the best!

  • http://www.facebook.com/prachi.bhattacharyabasu Prachi Bhattacharya Basu

    Hi Amit,

    I am a software engineer from India with 4 years of experience in .Net technology with back end oracle and SQL server. My domain is Oil and Gas. I am looking for jobs in Singapore so that I can shift
    there.
    Could you tell me the current senario there and any scopes that I have. I as have a H1B visa valid till Sept 2015.
    Thanks for your help and guidence.

    Regards
    Prachi Bhattacharya
    bhattacharya.prachi@gmail.com

  • cris

    Hi Sir Amit..

    just wanna ask if do you know any site that aggregates job?? the one you have mentioned in #2.. I’m from Philippines and currently looking for a job related to healthcare/nursing in Singapore.. Your answer will be a great help.. Thank you..

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Cris,

      To search all jobs in Singapore at one place you can use our search engine (http://www.sandboxadvisors.com/jobs/) or Indeed.sg

  • JATINDER SINGH

    hII
    I M JATINDER SINGH, I WORKED IN MALAYSIA AS A MECHNICAL FOR PALM OIL, I DID DRIVNING IN QATAR AS A TEXI DRIVER, IN IRAQ WITH US FORCES AS A HEAVEY DUTY DRIVER, I HAVE GOOD SKILL OF WORK , I JUST LOOKING FOR JOB IN SINGAPORE, PLEASE CONTACT ME ( jsgill_123@YAHOO.COM ) THANKS SO MUCH..

  • Giggle

    Hello Amit,

    Im looking at an opportunity to work in Singapore. I have 15 years of experience in Animation and Creative Production.

  • Syed Kaleemullah

    Hi Amit,

    I am Syed Kaleem from India. I have 8 years of experience in Microsoft technologies (.Net). Past 2 years I have been searching for a job in Singapore through all possible job portals. No Luck and feel very disappointed. Please let me know the best way to get a job in Singapore. Many told me to go to Singapore and start continuing the job hunt. Is it a right way? Please advice.

    Thanks
    Syed Kaleemullah
    My email ID: kame_micro@yahoo.com

  • paul

    thank’s sir for your clear and valuable note…

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Most welcome Paul…

  • http://www.facebook.com/rohit.rajan.127 Rohit Rajan

    Hello Sir, I am Rohit, looking for Pharma Marketing jobs in any foreign countries such as singapore, malaysia etc… Could you please help me out to get some good web portals or can you guide me…. I have more than 4years experience in pharma

  • Irshad

    Respected Amit,
    I am working at Kabul International Airport. Is it Possible to get job in Singapore at Airport. Please advise me if there are chances. How can i apply for the jobs in Singapore? Thanks & Regards

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hello Irshad,

      You will only know once you start applying and get feedback from recruiters/employers. You can apply for jobs by contacting hiring managers directly (using LinkedIn), using job sites (such as JobsDB, JobsCentral and JobStreet) and by contacting relevant recruiters,

  • Md Asaduzzaman

    Hi Mr. Amit,

    Have a nice day, I’m Asaduzzaman, live in Bangladesh, Diploma in Computer Science & IT Achieved overall band score 6.5 in IELTS, and have more another skills. I’m interested to getting a job in Singapore. Can you help me or suggest me how can I getting a job in Singapore ? Please mail : ovi.ict@gmail.com

  • Guest

    Hello Amit,
    I’m Rares from Romania, Europe. I want to ask you if there is any standard CV? in Europe is euopass CV, but something tells me that the european CV will not work in Singaopre. Thanks for hell. Take care. :)

  • Guest

    Hi Amit,

    I’m a student radiographer and I will be qualifying in June this year. I will be looking to work in singapore if this is possible. My partner who is also a radiographer with 3 years experience will be moving too. Do you know of any reputable recruitment agencies? Or the best way to make this happen?

    Thanks

    Catherine

  • sara

    Hi Amit

    I am a Canadian lawyer and want to come work in Singapore, do you have any suggestions as to where I can start looking for job in the law field for foreigners.,

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Sara,

      The usual job search methods apply here as well i.e. job sites, recruiters and online/physical networking. Do have a look at our job search articles for detailed tips/steps. All the best!

  • Ravindar V

    Hi Amit,

    I am searching for job in IT related,last year i visit to singapore (aug 2012) in that time all recruiter agency looking only Singaporeans or Permanent Residents should apply…..if u have EP then u will get the job.

    But now i am having depantdent pass,i am getting cals from consultancy they asking work in dp,they are not applying for EP? what should i do?

    Ravindar24@gmail.com

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Ravindar,

      You could work on a DP as well, if your potential employer gets a Letter of Consent from MOM. One way would be to do that, so at least you get a job and then later you can talk with your employer directly about getting an EP.

  • Pavan

    Dear Amit,

    I want to get in Singapore in Electronics.Can you suggest me,how to make cover letter and resume more attractive and may i have linked in networks for carrer related queries in Singapore.

  • Mico

    Thanks for this Amit. I really needed this right now. I have been here in Singapore for the past 3 weeks and have been looking for jobs. You’re right, it really isn’t as easy as it seems. It’s a good thing i have been granted an extension for my stay here. I find jobs matching my credentials almost to a T but you really need to get a little aggressive with some to get yourself out there. I hope I get one soon. Thanks again. I hope to read more from you.

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Most welcome Mico and all the best!

  • waheed

    dear amit,

    i heard there is lot chance in hospitality industry i did course and having a good experience.please advice which consultancy will be good i am living in hyderabad india thera is a chance of me to get a job and after a time period i can apply for pr please guide me

    regards waheed

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Waheed,

      Most of the job advertisements posted on job sites in Singapore are by recruitment consultancies. So if you have a look at the ads, you’ll get an idea of the recruiters that deal with the jobs you are interested in.

  • Prashanth

    Hello Amit
    I am doing my masters in international business in Singapore. I will be graduating in October 2013. what approach should I take to find and get a job here in Singapore?
    Thank you

    • Prashanth

      I’m in Curtin University, Singapore

  • Anonymous

    I give that anywhere without degree is hell,who knew is gonna be like that?

  • The truth(Aint bot)

    2 years of experience?Most Asian countries have part-time jobs,but visas are problems,thats why you cant get job while you are in,basically its not Asian countries,most of world countries,no offense.
    Its true,who would knew that high school diploma is practically hard to get,i am optimistic no need to advice for that.Most important how you get that experience,if none of employers would accept you without it?It is shame how tough world become,not the one i knew before i graduated school.

  • Arun

    Dear Amit,

    I am an Indian Nation , done MBA (finance) currently working an as an Accountant in K.S.A. Now i want to relocate to Singapore . what is the scope for MBA (finance) in Singapore . Please suggest me from where i have to start .

  • Aneen

    Dear Amit,
    I have completed my Bachelors degree in dentistry and wish to pursue a career in Singapore. Kindly advise on the best way to find jobs that suit me, or how to make myself eligible for a work permit in SG. Thank You

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Aneen,

      The usual job search methods apply here as well i.e. job sites, recruiters and online/physical networking. Have a look at our job search articles for detailed tips/steps.

      I’m not aware of all the requirements for practising as a dentist here. It’s best to speak with someone in the field to get a good idea.

  • Amit Gupta

    Dear Amit,
    I am currently into Software development in Microsoft Dynamics Ax2012. how is the market for Microsoft Dynamics in Singapore and how bright are my chances specially when i have 2 years exerience as Automation tester and 6 months as Developer?

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      You’ll only know your chances of getting a job in Singapore once you start applying and get feedback from the market. I can’t predict that unfortunately.

  • Narender G

    Hi Amit,
    Can I know how are the opportunities for Banking Industry. Planning to come on a Visit and trial the market. Please advise…is it fine or any risk involved.

    Regards,
    Narender

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Narender – not the best job market right now. However, it really depends on your job target and your background.

      As long as you don’t quit your existing job, not much risk the way I see it.

  • Q

    ONLY REFERENCE REFERENCE AND REFERENCE

  • Rosy

    Hi Amit,

    Greetings!

    I am a post graduate in Economics (Banaras Hindu University , India ) ,39 years of age & have an experience of 12 years , mainly as a recruiter in recruitment firm in India. Is it possible for me to get a job in Singapore ? if so what would be the salary package ?

  • M Rahman

    Dear Amit,

    I have seen a lot of IT job in difference job portal in Singapore.
    How can I get this job or get interview, although I am now in Bangladesh but have a valid visa to come to attend interview. Would you please help me regarding this.

    Thanks / Rahman

  • Banashree

    Hi Amit,
    I am a Law graduate from India with just 1year experience and planning to move to Singapore in matter of months for job. How is job prospect for legal jobs for foreigner in Singapore. Please help.
    Thanks and Regards

  • abhishek maluja

    hi amit ,
    i would like to have a word with you over mail if that;s possible
    please mail me @ abhishekmaluja1991@gmail.com
    looking forward to your mail response

  • DipikaKurade

    Hi,
    I’m living here in Singapore on my husband’s dependent visa since last 6 months. It’s really disappointing to hear from employees that I don’t qualify for jobs as I’m not a PR. I liked the suggestions put by you for foreigners looking for jobs in Singapore. Thanks ! I have already started following your suggestions and hope to get a job soon :)

    • DipikaKurade

      I meant *employers

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Dipika,

      You are most welcome :).

      I hope you find something suitable real soon!

  • Prasad

    Dear Amit, I am Procurement/Logistics professional wt 18 yrs of experience currently in UAE.
    Looking out for good job in GCC but no success for past 6-7 months. I would
    like to know how is the job market for Procurement/Logistics professionals in
    Singapore & Mid aged person like me hold any chance to get a job in
    Singapore as i noticed here in UAE/Gulf they give preference to young people
    aged between 25 to 35..Pls revert. Thanks & Regds

  • Selvamaheswari

    Hi Amit,
    Really very useful informations for the foreigners who r searching jobs in singapore. I just want to know about the consultancies. how can we find a best consultancy or how can we know whether a consultancy will fraud or not?

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Start by aiming for the usual suspects i.e. the big international recruitment firms. When using firms that are not well know internationally, check reviews (if available) on the internet and don’t use any firms that ask you to pay them a fee or any other payment.

      • Nirmal

        Hi Amit,
        I need your help, i am into recruitment and live in India. I am looking for opportunities in Singapore, i tried applying through Monster, JobStreet, and JobsDB, but no result, let me know whether you can advise.

  • Ankit Phutela

    Dear Amit ,

    i am working a s Manager International Marketing handling sales and marketing of my company products in 11 countries . I now want to explore the career opportunities outside India and Singapore as usual is one of the destination i am looking at .

    Can u guide me regarding how to secure a job in Singapore since i am a Marketing person .
    Do you think recurotment consultants would be helpful ? if Yes can u suggest some ??

    Regards,
    ANkit

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Ankit,

      It’s hard to say how helpful recruitment consultants will be. Depends on the mandates they have from employers at a particular point in time and how well you match those roles. The job search process is the same for most professions – use job sites, contact recruiters and use online/physical networking.

  • Julia

    Dear Amit,
    I am currently looking for a job in the hotel sector in Sngapore. However, it seems like the fact that I am a foreigner (Ukrainian national) makes the search quite difficult. I have relevant education and 3 years of experience as a sales representative in the hotel sales department. Could you please advise any specific hotel HR firms or web sites which are recruiting foreigners?
    Thank you for your help and consideration.
    Best regards,
    Julia

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hello Julia,

      I’m not aware of any firms specialising in that area unfortunately. If you search the job sites for jobs you’re interested in, you’ll get a good idea of which recruiters are advertising and handling type of jobs you are looking for.

      In addition to recruitment firms, it’s also a good idea to use LinkedIn to get in touch with employers directly.

  • vani sreenivasan

    Hi Amit
    my name is vani , m from chennai, i have 4 years of experience in banking industry 2 years in HDFC BANK LTD & 2 Years in CITI BANK NA. my husband is in singapore so by april end i will be flying to singapore. just wanted to understand how do i apply for a banking job in singapore wat are the procedures for the same.
    My email id is onlyway2vani@yahoo.co.in

  • chinnu chinnu

    Dear Mr.Amit,
    Kindly advise me with the job possibilities for a fashion merchandiser in Singapore.

  • anoop

    Dear Amit
    i hold advanced diploma in fire&safety engineering&NEBOSH having 2 years of experience.I am trying to get job in singapore.But do not have idea how to go through….plz advise me genuine and proper channel..

  • Dharmendra Jat

    Dear Amit Sir,
    i m agriculture graduate n completed my MBA in (Agribusiness) n i have one year experience as sales promoter in pesticide company .Please tell me agriculture sector job opportunities in singapore.

  • dinesh

    Hi Amith,

    Good Evening !

    I hope you are doing good and hope you should be !
    I am a graduate from commerce & i have got 4 years of experience in Customer service altogether well i am planning to apply for a job in singapore . I want to move out of India.

    Can you please suggest me how to approach there and how much percentage i will be succeed out there.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Dinesh

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Dinesh,

      You’ll only know your chances of getting a job in Singapore once you start applying and get feedback from the market. I can’t predict that unfortunately.

      The usual job search methods apply here as well i.e. job sites, recruiters and online/physical networking. Have a look at our job search articles for detailed tips/steps.

      All the best!

  • Awais

    Hi Amit

    Iam professional Medical Representative deals with pharma products marketing is there any demand for medical representatives

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Awais,

      You’ll just have to apply/start your job search and find out. Tough to predict the demand for a particular role, since it is very individual specific. There are some reports on the expectations/demand for jobs in Singapore for various sectors that you’ll find under the News category. Might be too general for your purposes though.

  • Tim

    Hi Amit

    I just read your article and I found that truthfully related to my situation. I am a Hong Kong who studied in the UK for 8 years and I had a year of working off and on in HK. In the meantime, I company with my girlfriend to Singapore, as she has got a job in the NUH, and that now I am trying to look for a job. Please give me an advise for my status. Thank you so much

    My email address: tim_dogcom@yahoo.com.hk

    Best Regards
    Tim

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Tim,

      Why don’t you send us your resume/background info, using the contact form on our website and I will get back to you with relevant services that might be useful for your job search in Singapore.

  • Chathuri Alwis Samarasinghe

    Dear Mr.Amith,

    Iam a degree holder and foreigner ,I appied for S pass here recently.but it was Avoid first time because mistakenly I applied wrong passport details.its my fault,then they ask me to reapply it online at the same time.So im expecting a result now.Sir can u please tel normally how long it will take,I am praying always and expecting it sir.

  • wai wai

    hi Amit, I am a fresh graduate student who does looking a job in Singapore by this may 2013. it difficult to get a job and rooms due to the immigration status barrier. any guide of how to get a pass to stay longer in Singapore? Malaysian passport normally can last long until 14 days only.
    Regards,
    Sophie

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Sophie,

      You could apply for a visit pass to have some more time.

  • harpreet

    we have been trying for singapore quite since a time..my husband is digital media specialist and marketing specialist,,can u plz tel us is this skill in demand in singapore and what i sthe righ tway to apply..or search

  • CSM

    Hi Amit,

    Nice article, very informative indeed.

    I relocated to Singapore last month. I am on a dependent pass that is valid for 2 years. I have 2.5 yrs of experience in ETL/IBM datastage. I have been applying for relevant jobs on job portals, but unfortunately haven’t received any interview call so far.

    Could you please suggest me some job consultancies names with whom I can register. Also, the approach I have to follow.
    Heard that Dependent pass holders can work in Singapore with a Letter Of Consent which is absolutely free of cost. Awaiting your suggestion!
    Thanks in Advance,
    Manjeera

  • http://www.facebook.com/rashmin.jain Rashmin Jain

    Dear Amit, I am a medical postgraduate in pathology and am working as a consultant since last 14 years in private. i am also working as a blood bank incharge of a large maternity cum peadiatric hospital. am looking for a placement in singapore. can u please help ?

  • Vadim

    HI Amit!
    Please advise me. I want to live and to work in Singapore. I`m graduate technical and economic degree. I have a working experience as a marine seismic observer (oil and gas prospect deposits). Also i worked as a foreman of minor mechanization.

  • Ajay vishwanath

    Hi,

    I am Ajay. Iam currently employed with BNP Paribas global securities opereations in chennai. I am as a fund accountant. My key responsibilities are to calculate accurate NAV,s fr a client. I want to know if there is a good scope for fund accounting jobs in singapore?

    Regards,
    Ajay.

  • Natacha

    Hi Amit, I’ve been applying online for jobs in singapore but I never got a reply, I would like to go to singapore and look for a job .Do you think I can have higher possibilities if I go there or should I just keep trying to find something online? I cannot afford spending too much money but if there is a better chance to find a job by going there I am ready to try. Please answer. Thank you so much…

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Natacha,

      I usually suggest applying for jobs and contacting employers directly, without visiting Singapore first, in order to get a sense of the demand for your profile. Based on the feedback you get, you can then make a call on whether a visit to Singapore would be worthwhile.

  • Name

    Hi Amit

    I would like to know how difficult it is to find a job in Singapore on
    dependent pass. I have been in here since 2010 and very soon will be graduating
    from NTU (Master of Science in Embedded Systems). I also have 5 years of relevant
    work experience back in home country. It’s just that I took a break in my
    career because I had a baby and later decided to pursue higher studies. Would
    like to know how would Singapore based companies consider such profile? Are
    there any such company policies which work against such profiles? It’s been few
    weeks I am applying for jobs and to my surprise not getting any interview
    calls. Is it because of DP or the gap in my career? Do you have any advice for
    me?

    Thanks

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      In general, it is easier to get a job if you are a Singapore Citizen or Permanent resident, and have a continuous work history. Having said that, there are many jobs available for foreigners as well. I have also seen people with breaks in their employment getting good jobs in Singapore.

      So it really depends on your profile and circumstances. If you are not getting enough interview calls, then either your resume needs to be better, or, you are not going about the search in the right way, or, your profile needs upgrading.

      Perhaps you can send us your resume, so we can have a detailed look and provide some more guidance. You can use the contact form on our website for this.

  • Mohammed Nazeeruddin Ahmed

    Hey Amit,

    I have been to your blog and its quite interesting to know the facts about short term visit visa for Singapore,there few doubts in my mind want some clarification

    I have studied and done my Master in Electrical Engineering from UK and worked there for a couples year in the Offshore drilling industry,Currently i am in INDIA planning to visit Singapore, what do you suggest is

    My profession is in demand there ??
    what would be the probability getting job on visit ??
    Is employer can easily sponsor or is there any constrains ??

    I look forward to your replies

    Kind Regards
    Mohammed

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Mohammed,

      You’ll find a few articles under the ‘News’ section of your website, with information on demand for various functions/industries.

      If an employer (especially a big company) decides they like your profile and want to hire you, then usually getting an employment pass is not a problem.

  • Myls Asuncion

    thank u..im more ready to explore Singapore now

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Most welcome Myls – Good luck with your job search in Singapore!

  • http://www.facebook.com/deepa85kumar Deepa Kumar

    Hi Amit,
    your blog is interesting providing tips for the job seekers of singapore. I am from engineering background. i have 6 yrs of relavent experience. Currently working for HCL in chennai. I am working in networking domain. I have valid ccna certificate also. How is the job opportunity in sigapore for this domain. How can i apply for those jobs and also suggest me some of the reputed consultants .

    • Bala

      Hi Deepa, I am also from Networking back ground, started my searching . Did you get any update from him or someother way to get a job. Please let me know

  • Jagan

    Hi Amit,

    Very good and informative blog! Much appreciated!

    I have done my MBA from UK and have been in UK for three years, working with Shell Uk (Retail) as Area manager for retail operation. I am in a sponsorship VISA from my employer (basically from India). I am planning to migrate to singapore as my contract is getting over with my employer and do not want to extend. I also have three years of basic technical experience in computer software applications. But , I am totally into management position now.

    Can you please suggest me about my career option for my profile in singapore?
    Any reply is much appreciated. Thanks Amit!

  • shiley gomes

    Hi Amit, I am srilankan studying Business Administration in the USA. I really want to do an internship in Singapore and i have tried too many websites but none worked out. Is there any effective method of search you would recommend me? Do Singapore employees offer internship opportunities to international students? Please reply me. Thanks.

  • Alice

    Hi Amit,

    This is Alice from Malaysia. Thank for the very useful information. I was planning to put up a few weeks in Singapore to search for jobs as I heard from my friends that it is much easier this way.

    Anyhow, I am a fresh graduate from the field of Marketing. Do you have any career options for me in Singapore? I am interested in the Hotel Industry but like what you have said. they are mainly looking for their own citizen/PR/ experienced people.

    I do also have interest in Marketing organization or banking. Please do advice me.

    Thank you in advance =)

    Regards,
    Alice

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Alice,

      If you can spend the time/money to stay in Singapore during your job search, then that certainly helps and makes things easier.

      You’ll find a number of jobs related to your fields of interest, where the citizen/pr requirement is not mentioned. It is also recommended to contact employers directly, using LinkedIn, Twitter and physical networking. Have a look at articles on these topics on our website, to get more info on best practices.

      All the best!

      • rahul roy

        Hi Amit sir,
        First of all i would like to thank you for all the useful information that you are providing. I have done my PGDM from IMI Belgium/IIPM in finance and marketing and have also done professional certifications like CFA and FRM.I have two year work experience as equity analyst.What are my chances of getting a finance job in Singapore??

  • adnan ahmad

    HI sir how are you i hope you are fine i need info about power plant job in singapore so i have 6 year,s expeince in power sector i have also work in iraq 2 time in power plant so can i got job in singapore esy plz sir adivce me if i come 2 month visa to singapore i can got job our not let me sir

  • rahul roy

    Hi Amit sir,
    First of all i would like to thank you for all the useful information that you are providing. I have done my PGDM from IMI Belgium/IIPM in finance and marketing and have also done professional certifications like CFA and FRM.I have two year work experience as equity analyst.What are my chances of getting a finance job in Singapore??

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      You’re welcome Rahul :)

      Hard to predict these things, since there are so many variables involved. You should get a sense of where you stand after you start applying for jobs in Singapore and interact with employers/recruiters a bit. Such feedback is the only way to know your chances and what you need to do to tilt the odds in your favour

      • rahul roy

        Thanks a lot sir:)

  • Mark

    Hi Amit,

    I am looking for a management position in the disability field? Do you have any suggestions around organisations / employment agencies to target.? I am Australian, and have extensive experience in the sector.

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Mark,

      None that come to mind specifically for that sector unfortunately

      • rahul roy

        Hi Amit sir,

        I request you to write a article on how to optimally utilize social networking sites like linkedin to get a proper job in Singapore.Many job hunters are unable to optimally utilize Linkedin to the fullest due to lack of awareness.

        Thanks

  • Archit Kakkar

    Hi amit

    Can you tell me as to what are the academic requirements for freshers to get jobs in financial field after completing masters degree??

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Archit,

      It varies depending on what specific roles you are looking for. One way is to have a look at profiles of people in your target jobs in Linked and see what qualifications that have.

  • VijayaSundhar SundaraRaman

    Dear Mr Amit Puri

    Greetings. I hope you doing great.

    I did my MBA-HR in James Cook University, Singapore and had a working experience of about 1.5 years as a Recruiter in an EA in Singapore. Now I am in India. My company had cancelled my EP since the company had shut down.

    I am planning to move to Singapore again for employment. Is there any way suggestion would you like to share with me regarding my query.

    I hope I will get a reply from you.

    You have a great day ahead.

    With Regards

    Vijay

  • Hashal Patel

    Hi Mr.Amit Puri,
    Hope you doing great and thanks for sharing such useful information on the blog.

    I am Indian and working since 3 years at China as a Consultant in jewellery field.

    I am planning to move to Singapore for empoyment, Can you please advise or suggest is it possible to get job in this field overthere ?

    I can speak English and Mandrin.

    Looking for your reply Please suggest.

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Most welcome Harshal. I’m glad that you like our content.

      The only way to find out is to do some research and see if relevant companies and roles exist. Check out advertisements on job sites and try some Google searches.

  • SEO Expert

    Hi Mr. Amit,

    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

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Seo Expert,

      Being physically present does certainly help with the process.

  • Jobin

    Dear Amit Sir
    Your Message is absolutely Right. Iam from India now staying with my brother here . he and his wife got Singapore p.r . But That too doesn’t help to find jobs . All shops and retailers or even logistics company ask for Citizens or P.R. Last day i go for a walk in interview in a container company for general workers post as their advertisement shows no specific requirements and it was an immediate vacancy too. Then i went their but in gate the security stop me and told the vacancy is applicable to citizens , p.r and malayasian ‘s only . Iam totally disappointed on that day . I have got 30 days staying here and try to extend for one month too. Now always trying via online and direct.

    Sir do you know any manpower agency is here for helping foreigners to find jobs ??

    thanking you
    jobin paul

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Jobin,

      There is no agency that specifically helps foreigners unfortunately

  • Poornachandra rao

    Dear Amit,

  • Poornachandra rao

    Dear Amit,

    Thank you very much for your valuable suggestions,i am from India seeking employment in Singapore since so many days through websites and applying jobs.I did`t get any responses from employers and agencies so far,so i decided to visit Singapore on student pass for 1 year and get through the job. I have six years of work experience in accounts and finance as a managerial level with enough educational credentials(Bachelor of commerce, professional degree from institute of cost accountants of India and Advanced diploma in management accountancy from CIMA,UK).So please advice on this whether i can get good job over there with these qualifications in one year span of time.

    Immediate response should be highly appreciated.

    Regards
    Poornachandra rao

  • Swarnava Adhikary

    Hi Amit,

    Thank you for the informative article and sound advice for potential job-seekers.

    I’m currently based out of India and looking for a job in Singapore. I’ve sent you a short message and attached my resume on the ‘Contact’ page for your kind perusal.

    I completed MBA from the Australian National University (ANU) in December last year.and also hold degrees in economics from Indian universities. I have around five years experience in India in market research, business planning, economic analysis.

    Could you please guide me on whether my skills, education and experience are suitable for a job in Singapore?

    Thanks and best regards,

    Swarnava.

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Swarnava,

      You’ll only know once you start an active job search and receive feedback from the market.

  • Prashanth

    Hello Amit
    I am doing my masters in international business in Singapore. I will be graduating in October 2013. what approach should I take to find and get a job here in Singapore?
    Thank you

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Prashant,

      All the usual techniques i.e. job sites, recruitment agencies and physical/social networking

  • Business Consultant

    Hi Amit,

    I am currently here in Singapore since the last two months on deputation as a Business Consultant for a client. I have applied to various jobs across different job portals. But until now haven’t been able to land up an interview. Some of my friends have said that contacting job consultancies could help. What’s your view on the same?

    Thanks & Regards,
    Aseem

  • vvenugopal

    Dear sir/madam

    I have attached my resume and i have 6+ experienced in telecom in CDMA and GSM please give me feedback thank you

    Regards
    A.VenuGopal
    +919790434799
    +91900358127

  • vvenugopal

    hi Amit
    i have above six years experince in telecom is there any jobs in Singapore or any other country pl help me……….

  • Joe Ebenezer.P

    Hi Amit,

    Please help me to get Job in Singapore. I had more then 8 year experience in coordinating job, 2 year 5 months experience in banking reconciliation job. so please guide me to got any job in Singapore.

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Joe,

      Do have a look at our articles and books on finding jobs in Singapore. They will be very helpful. In case you still have any questions, please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to answer them and/or see if any of our services might be of use.

  • Karthik

    Hi Amit,

    This is Karthik from India. First of all, I am a Singapore PR. I have 5+ years of Indian IT work experience.I was working with an Indian MNC ( a CMMI level 5 organization), in India from May 2006 – Aug 2011. Then I had to take a planned career break (for 2 years) from Sep 2011 – Aug 2013 due to exigent personal reasons. I have been taking care of my parent to recover from her prolonged illness. During this period, I have been working as a free-lance Java-J2EE tutor with a private Institue in India. I am planning to return to the IT industry now and to do the same I would kindly request you to advice, being a Singapore PR, how this career break of mine will have an impact on my job search in Singapore. Any inputs on this will be highly appreciated.Thanks in advance.

    Regards,
    Karthik

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hello Karthik,

      Taking a career break can have a negative impact during the job search. Employers are often concerned about the reasons for the break and whether the candidate has relevant/up-to-date skills.

      How much of an impact it will have on your job search is hard to say. You’ll know once you start your job search. You can improve your chances by showing employers that you’ve been working and have kept your skills updated.

      Having a Singapore PR will be helpful as well.

  • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

    Thanks for the kind words/feedback Jason :)

    Contacting hiring managers to get jobs in Singapore (or anywhere else for that matter) is always a good strategy. It provides more control to job seekers and is more transparent as well.

    Here’s a relevant article on the topic – http://www.sandboxadvisors.com/find-jobs-singapore/job-search-networking

  • Reza Rassad

    Hi Amit,

    My name is Reza, and I need your advice..

    I am currently an E-Pass holder, and working in the Financial Services
    Sector, with the AIA Insurance. I had to go through a whole range of
    Module Exams to earn the RNF Code of MAS – Singapore, although by trade I
    have been an Environmental Health and Safety Professional from
    Australia. But I noticed that with the insurance industry, they set very
    unreasonable ‘Sales Targets’ in the shortest duration possible, whilst
    one is still in a position of learning and being trained for the various
    products that are both complicated and in depth.

    My query is, fearing of termination due to not meeting the intended Target,
    if I were to seek for another employment that perhaps renders me only
    with an S Pass, would this taint my image and subsequently result in
    disapproval by MOM upon processing the S Pass, knowing that I have been
    an E-Pass Holder?

    Please advise,

    Thank you kindly,
    REZA

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Reza,

      I do know of people who successfully switched from an EP to SP. However, each case is different, so it’s hard to say what might happen

  • Raj

    Hi Amit,

    I am currently holding Spass and working in Singapore as Admin Manager in construction company. I would like your advise , I joined my company in May month , I got this job by recruiter but now that company not paid my salary timely even though last two month they don’t pay single penny.

    I want to change company .What steps i have to take or how can i find direct company because recruiter charge service charge already once I paid . or any consultancy who never charge from candidate only charge from company.

    pl advise i am in trouble

    hope to receive soon advise from your end .

  • Pradeep

    Hi Amit,
    Thank you for writing such a nice insightful article and answering questions. I just wanted to know if there been additional scrutiny or additional paperwork involved in hiring a foreign employee recently? One of my friend got affected by retrenchment exercise at his company after working for more than 2 years in Singapore, but finding it tough to find a new job here. Most of it ends at the screening process from the client side (having said that the consulting / job agency is fine with the resume). Please advise.
    Thanks for your time.
    Pradeep

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Pradeep,

      Yes, the requirements for foreigners to get jobs in Singapore have become more stringent in the recent past. You’ll find a few articles about the development on our site.

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    Hi Sankar,

    It would be best to contact the MOM for this. They are very responsive and will let you know all the options, either over the phone or during an in-person meeting.

  • deepa

    hi Mr Amit,
    im deepa from india.. i had completed my masters in computer science and nw im wrkng in an institution as an assistant professor.. would i able to get any relevant job in singapore.. i wish to work there.. plz provide me sum tips to get job there..

  • MsTan

    Mr Amit,
    I heard that singaporean prefer hiring local degree in acc. than malaysia ACCA fresh grads?
    it is true? Im malaysian and currently studying ACCA but wish to work in SG after i graduated.

  • pritam

    Hi Amit. I have an MBa and a year experience in financial services -mortgages in mumbai. Of these 2 years have been as a Branch Manager. I have been in Singapore for 2 1/2 years now and all my efforts to land a job have failed. Do you think a. EMBA from S.P. Jain Singapore can help? Please advice.

    • pritam

      Sorry its 5 years experience

      • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

        Hi Pritam,

        Further education can be helpful in getting a job in Singapore, depending on whether your target schools will help you meet your career goals. The best way to ascertain this is to contact the schools directly and ask them for placement statistics. You can also speak with alumni of the school to ask about their first-hand experiences

  • Ahmed

    Hi Amit .bhaia .. I have complected my graduation from BD .. I am interested to work in Singapore through S pass visa…If i get S pass visa in Singapore than can i study in masters in Singapore university ……

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Ahmed,

      Yes, if you are living and working in Singapore, you can also study for a masters degree here

  • Ranjini Turasamy

    Hello mr.amit
    1 of my friend from india looking for staff nurse job at singapore. She has done Bsc in Nursing with 11 years of experience as ICU staff nurse at india and the rest with teaching experience as a nursing lecturer at india and also malaysia.
    We tried to apply in many recruitment area but most of the recruiters not accepting her because of the teaching experience.
    Hope u could help her.
    Thank you

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hello Ranjini,

      Recruiters often give less preference to a candidate who does not closely meet the requirements given to them by their client (i.e. the employer). This is because the closer the match, the quicker they can place a candidate and get their fee.

      I would suggest asking your friend to also try and speak/communicate with people in her target employers directly, to get feedback on how competitive a candidate she is. She will then have a better idea of where she stands and how she can increase her changes of getting a job in Singapore.

      To contact employers directly, she can use LinkedIn. This article should be useful – http://www.sandboxadvisors.com/find-jobs-singapore/job-search-networking

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  • Akanksha

    Hi Amit,
    Have heard a lot about you.. and would want to ask certain career related questions to you. Your help would be truly appreciated.
    I am a SAS professional working in India with 3 years of experience in SAS programming and Analytics. There are quite limited opportunities in India for SAS and I look for a career in Singapore. But I do not have a visa.
    Could you please help me understand what chances I hold to get a job and a visa sponsorship for a company in Singapore? And If you have any suitable profile in your mind and could you please help me interact with them?
    Looking forward to hear from you.
    Thanks

    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Akanksha,

      Unfortunately I cannot predict the chances of you getting a job in Singapore. The best way to get a sense of how your competitive your profile is, would be to start an active job search and get feedback from the market

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    Hi Sir,

    I have experience in office administration for the period 6+ and i am looking opportunities abroad. Are there any chances for people who complete only graduation and have work experience in particular field. do recruiters consider them or their cv’s will remain in data base.

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    • http://www.sandboxadvisors.com Amit Puri (Sandbox Advisors)

      Hi Ranjith,

      Please refer to point 3, in my response to Vedashree

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    Hi Amit.

    Thank you for the insights.
    I am an Architect from India and residing in SIngapore since last one year . I am on a Dependent Pass and its been very tough searching for a job, even with my Master’s degree. I keep applying and get no response. I haven’t received a single interview call.
    Is there any specific avenue that I should go through? Is it worth getting another degree here for a job?
    Please help me in understanding this.
    Warm regards.

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    Thanks

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    Hi Amit
    m from Pakistan .. ive done my MBBS in 2012 and completed my housejob in 2013. i would like to know what are the requirements for continuing your career over there in health care .. im really looking forward to your guidance .. thankyou ..

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    Hi Marina,

    I always suggest testing the waters first, before making any big moves. Which would mean looking for a job and seeing what jobs your husband could get, without making any big investments.