Moving to Singapore – How and Where to Find A Job (2020)
Singapore is one of the top country choices for expats to work in, due to its economic stability, amongst many other factors. If you’re planning to relocate to Singapore, it is important to first find a job, in order to get the visa needed to immigrate to our sunny island (Check out our article on the types of visa required to move to Singapore).
There are several ways for you to find a job in Singapore before making the move. In this article, we teach you how!
Request a Transfer
Should your company have an office in Singapore, you can request for a transfer here. However, this is largely dependent on your company’s policies. It is important to do some research within your company, and assess the viability of the transfer.
Alternatively, you can also browse job portals in order to find employment in Singapore. We’ve listed the most popular job portals in Singapore for your reference!
JobStreet is one of the biggest websites offering job openings in Singapore. SMEs, startups and even government organisations advertise their jobs here. With JobStreet, you won’t have to worry that you cannot find a job you’d like, as there are thousands of options available for you.
LinkedIn is no longer just a website for networking and flexing your career portfolio. It now offers several awesome career opportunities in Singapore. You can now search and apply for jobs on the website. Features include the ability to receive daily job alerts, and the option to filter job advertisements by “Easy Apply”, “In Your Network”, and “Under 10 Applicants”. Also, you can access career tips and tricks through LinkedIn Learning.
LinkedIn is great if you’re looking to level up your career, network with like minded professionals, and search for more opportunities.
Wantedly is a Japanese startup founded in 2010, but expanded to the Singapore shores in recent years. The company is gaining traction as a platform that connects people to jobs based on passion and company culture. Wantedly has three unique features – the Visit, Chat and People functions.
For Wantedly Visit, when you indicate an interest in a job posting, you can schedule a casual office visit to experience their culture and work ethic firsthand. Wantedly Chat facilitates conversations related to work. Finally, Wantedly People allows you to scan name cards into the app to find out more about a potential employer.
JobsDB is known for being one of Singapore’s leading job portals. Over 25,000 positions are available, ranging from internships to full-time jobs. You can even customise your job type, listed dates, and distance.
GrabJobs caters for entry to mid-level jobs across companies of all sizes and industries. The platform is unique as it automates the entire recruitment process. Job openings are powered by interview chatbots, in order to streamline interactions between candidates and employers.
With GrabJobs, you get access to free job searches, job matching alerts, career resource libraries and online courses to help you upskill. Also, GrabJob’s instant live chat with employers, timely updates and automated reminders, ensure that you won’t ever miss an opportunity.
Recruitment Agencies to find a job
Aside from job portals, recruitment agencies are another way for you to browse career opportunities. In fact, many companies in Singapore prefer engaging job agencies to find the best talent. This is because job portals are open to the public and, at times, tend to attract dodgy candidates.
Going through a recruitment agency is a good way to cut through the noise and get noticed by your dream company more quickly. The recruiter or headhunter will tidy up your resume and tailor it to what each employer wants. What’s even better is that the service is completely free of charge for you. It is the employer who will have to pay a commission when you get hired.
Here is a list of popular recruitment agencies in Singapore:
The Adecco Group has a reputation for being one of the best human resource agencies in the world. It offers jobs in a wide variety of sectors, including banking, HR, manufacturing, sales, legal and so on. In Singapore, Adecco has successfully helped over 1,400 people in finding a job. Despite being a global agency, the Adecco Singapore team is well-connected to the local scene and can understand the people and the market.
Kelly Services is another recruitment agency that is well-known for providing good positions from MNCs. Alongside Adecco, Kelly Services serve a wide range of industries including banking, healthcare, sales, IT and engineering.
Randstad Singapore has operated in the local market for more than 25 years. The agency offers dedicated and specialised recruitment services across a range of skills and disciplines to non-profit organisations, startups, SMEs and MNCs.
The GMP group is also one of the biggest and most reliable headhunting firms in Singapore. Several positions in reputable companies are available, ranging from financial, marketing, IT to the chemical and manufacturing industry.
Manpower is a recruitment agency under ManpowerGroup. In Singapore, Manpower offers various job positions in manufacturing, real estate and IT, amongst other industries. Aside from applying for jobs, you can also browse the various career resources and tips available.
With these services at your fingertips, it will be a breeze for you to find a job and work in Singapore!
Interested to know more about employment in Singapore? Check out our work-in-singapore guide for more details.
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