Singapore is one of the top country choices for expats to live in, due to its consistently high rankings in terms of education, military and technology, amongst others. A clean and green city, Singapore is well-known for its hygiene levels and geodesign of having nature within the city.
If you have decided, or are deciding, to move to Singapore, this article will guide you on how to find a job in Singapore.
How to find a job before moving?
Assuming that you have already decided to move to Singapore, there are several ways in which you can find a job before making the move.
Job Application Websites
The most convenient way to apply for a job is probably through the many job application platforms available. Even though most of these sites have global job postings, you can narrow the search location to Singapore for more relevant results. You can also filter by job occupation or industry to look for specific jobs. More about the application process will be elaborated in the next part of this article.
Receiving a Referral
Networking is incredibly important in the job application process. Receiving a proper referral can expedite your application process by possibly skipping the first round of the interview stage. Speak to some of your Singapore contacts, or HR managers with Singapore contacts, to see if a referral is possible.
Contacting HR Managers
You can contact HR managers directly if you have their contact details (via whatsapp or email). Alternatively, LinkedIn has a function to send a message through the platform itself. You can read about thisin greater detail in the later part of this article.
Requesting For a Transfer
If your company has an office in Singapore, you can also request a transfer to a job position in Singapore. Different companies have their own transfer policies, so be sure to do a bit of research within the company, or check with the HR manager regarding your move if you know that there is a job vacancy available in Singapore.
Contacting Recruitment Agencies
- Your Preferred Type of Job.
Research on the industry and role before letting them know what you are looking out for.
- A Strong Resume/CV.
It is advisable to customize your resume according to the job specifications of the job you are looking for, to increase your chances of getting an interview.
- Salary Expectations.
Keep an expected salary range in mind, as recruiters will likely ask for it to best advise you on suitable job opportunities. Be realistic and honest during this stage, as you do not want to receive job offers with salaries lower than your expected range, or a position that you are not ready to take up.
The recruitment agency will likely get back to you in a few days to weeks; be patient during this stage. You can always give them a call or text to ask about the progress of your job search, but you should continue searching for a job through other channels as previously mentioned. Most of the time, the compensation for the agency is paid for by the hiring company, so you do not have to worry about incurring extra charges by finding a job through an agency.
Where to find and how to use job application websites
Job application websites are the easiest ways to find a job in Singapore. Some of the best application websites include linkedIn, Job Street, Jobs Central, Indeed, Monster and Glassdoor. Here is a simple guide to help you navigate through these websites:
You can apply for a job on LinkedIn through the Easy Apply or Apply function.
The Easy Apply function, as the name suggests, is one of the easiest ways to apply for a job across all job platforms because it allows users to send your pre-saved contact information and a selected resume directly to the recruiting company with the simple click of a button. You can send a large volume of resumes in the shortest amount of time with this function.
The Apply function directs applicants to the recruiter company’s website to continue with the application process. This requires additional time as you would probably have to fill up the many required fields on the company’s website to complete the application.
Many companies are registered on LinkedIn, which makes it a great platform for job search because applicants can research on the company background, news updates, and available jobs before applying.
Applicants can also try searching for HR managers of desired companies and send a direct LinkedIn mail to them to expedite your application process. Let them know the job you are interested in, as well as why you are the most suitable candidate for the position. However, this does not guarantee an interview, so try this at your own discretion
Job Street, Jobs Central, Indeed, Monster, Glassdoor
- Sign up
Sign up a new account on a job site so that your personal information, job preferences, resumes etc. can be saved. This will significantly reduce the time needed when applying for jobs. It is advisable to use a work email (with a professional email address) that is separate from your daily email so that your job application emails can be easily tracked, instead of being lost among other non-work-related emails
- Validate email
Most job sites require you to validate your email address after sign-up. Just log in to your email account, click on the link provided and it should redirect you back to the job site.
- Job matches and job alert(optional)
If you want to receive job alerts for jobs that are available for your specific industry, job title or location, you can customise them under the “job alert” tab. This way, you will receive emails whenever new jobs are posted under your specific preferences to apply as soon as possible. Some sites allow you to change the job alert frequency to “daily”, “weekly” or “never” so that you will not be overwhelmedby the number of email alerts received.
- Create profile
Create your own job profile! Thisstepis important, especially if you want recruiters to view your credentials and contact you directly for a possible job opportunity.Fields to fill in include yourpersonal details, education and work history, resumes, skills and other certifications. Saving these information under your profile saves you a lot of time because recruiters will be able to access these information without you needing to re-fillforms for every application.
- Search for a job
Start searching for a job by narrowing the vast numbers of job postingsdown to only those that match your job searching criteria. Filter the job postings by industry, job title or location to easily access the relevant job postings.Some job sites also allow you to view the jobs posted by the “top employers”, which are usually big-name companies that many hopeful applicants would apply to.Job Street allows you to view the salary (or a salary range) of jobs so that youcan decide whether to apply for the job if salary is one of your main concerns.Some job vacancies would be posted and managed by recruitment agencies. This means that the company has hired the agency for the recruitment process, and the agency will be contacting you should your application be considered. After finding suitable job opportunities, you can choose to “Apply Now”as in completing the application process immediately,or “Apply Later” by saving itfor a later date.
When applying for a jobvacancy, the process of filling up your personal details should be quick and fuss-free if you are logged in to your account, and have saved all necessary information beforehand. Click on the “Apply Now” button to submit your information, including your profile, resume and/or cover letter, portfolio and referrals if necessary.
- Check Application Status
Most recruiting companies or agencies should contact you directly (usually via email, whatsapp or phone call) to arrange for a face-to-face or phone interview depending on theinterview process. Some companies may take up to two or more weeks to process your application, so do be patient while waiting for an invitation.You can also check your application status of applied jobs on these sites if you are logged in. Check if your application has been viewed by the employer, whether you are scheduled for an interview, or if you are unsuitable for the job.
- Interview Invitation
You should receive an interview invitation via phone call, whatsapp or email. Let the recruiter know your available date and time, and all the best for your interview
Tips for Understanding Singapore Job Advertisements
Apart from being a job application platform, Glassdoor is also an excellent site to learn about the company that you are applying for. It allows users to give anonymous reviews on companies in areas such as salary, job scope, culture, interview process, interview questions, as well as other pertinent information. Since the reviews areentirely anonymous, they can generally be trusted for an accurate review of the company. Take your time to read through some of the reviews to gain a better understanding of the companies that you are interested in.
Most companies have a registered LinkedIn profile and would update it from time to time regarding their company’s news, industry position or events. Read through the feed to understand more about what they are currently focused on; HR managers may test you on such information during interviews, so doing proper research could give you an added advantage over other applicants!
Typical Job Application Process
Jobs can have one, two or more stages during an interview process, depending on the nature of the job and each company’s own criteria.
The first stage of an interview process is usually conducted by an HR manager, who would ask you questions such as your strengths and weaknesses, greatest failures and accomplishments, personal and professional goals, as well as skills that are applicable for the job. After the interview, the HR manager would likely contact you in a few days or weeks to update you about the status of the application.
If you manage to get through the first stage, the second stage of interview usually consists of meeting with your direct superior or head of the department, who would assess if you are suitable for the job and company culture. Questions include your preferred working style, hours you are willing to put in and familiarity with company vision
After these interviews, the HR manager would likely contact you again, either for further interviews or to accept/reject your application. Don’t hesitate to make a polite enquiry to follow up if you do not recieve any response.
If you are overseas during the interview time frame, you may request for a video interview through Skype, WebEx or other platforms.They should be similar to face to face interviews, which means that you should still dress in proper attire and ensure that your background is free of possible distractions.
Tips for Your Job Interview
Interviews are stressful because there are so many variables to consider; you have to be aware of the interviewer’s expectation of your technical or industry knowledge (depending on the role you are applying for), take note of the company culture, impress the interviewer(s), while still being yourself. There are no fool-proof ways to ace an interview, but here are some tips that may help you make a lasting impression:
It is always better to overdress than appear sloppy. If in doubt, men should dress in a tie, suit and leather shoes, while women should be in a formal dress or skirt-suit with black covered heels
Confidence is key to impressing your interviewers!Just be yourself –be genuine and comfortable in your own skin, while still showcasing your personality. Interviewers like a sincere and honest applicant who would fit into the company culture.
Interviewers may or may not expect you to have complete knowledge of the industry and/or region, especially if it is your first time working overseas. However, you should prepare by doing the necessary research on the company (especially its current position in Singapore), industry and expected duties of the applied role to answer as best you can.
Don’t Be Late
This is the golden rule of interviews. No matter what you’re doing or where you are, it is important to assure that you’ll be arriving at your interview ahead of the time.
In conclusion, finding a job in Singapore should not be that different from job application processes around the world. Just remember to do proper research on the job(s) that you are applying for, be sincere during interviews, and most importantly, be patient with the job application process. It may be long and tedious, but you will manage to find a suitable job in the end. We wish you all the best in your job search