Guide on How to Find Work in Singapore

I have a lot of friends and even random people asking me on how to find a job in Singapore. Honestly, there are no shortcuts, I believe that experience is pretty much needed and I believe in putting all the effort if you really want something. I am not an expert, I am just here to share my experience and hoping that it can help you too.

Below is the step- by- step process of what you should do and what you need to do.

1. Look for an agency in your home country that can help you look for a job and process your papers.

I went through an agency and they are the one who looked for a suitable job for me (there is still an interview process and its not easy) and they also arranged all the necessary papers that I need before I can work in Singapore. You can check POEA’s website for suitable jobs and approved agencies in the Philippines here, (POEA AGENCY).

Although I did that because I had no idea, I am not recommending it as it requires paying a big amount for you to be able to work in Singapore. You are lucky if you find an agency that does not have any placement fees because its probably the easiest way to be in Singapore without worries.

2. Online Job Portals are helpful! Sign up for free and apply to as many jobs as you can (Given the fact that you are qualified, experienced + educational background is very important)

I will provide you a list of job sites that I used when applying for a job, I suggest you sign up and explore all the possible job offers in your field.

Jobstreet Singapore

This is the most used job site in Singapore, you can find thousands of jobs here although to be honest, if you are a foreigner, it would be very hard because you are competing with locals and Singapore is known to prioritize locals (which is understandable), unless you think you are good enough, I recommend for you to apply here and don’t forget to check the site everyday because there are new job offers in every field!

Jobsdb Singapore

This is probably my favorite. It is very direct and they will let you know within a week if you are qualified for an interview or if you are not suitable for the job. Although there are only few companies (most are agencies), it is not bad to give it a try.

Indeed Singapore

Indeed is also good because a lot of job portals are connected to it meaning if you see an offering in jobsdb, you’ll probably see it also in Indeed. Although, most companies here are connected to an agency or to a website, where in applying would be very tedious.

Stjobs Singapore

I did not register here because I do not have a background in either Finance, IT or anything computer related. Although they have a number of jobs listed, Stjobs is known in both Finance, Accounting and IT industry. Although, I still think that its one of the best because they have a very good and efficient system in hiring talents.

Glints Singapore

This is very new (and a start- up) they have a very cool and personal system. If you check on their website, you’ll see that their target market are millenials who are looking for associate or executive jobs, part- time and project- based jobs. Most of my friends found their current job here, the down side is most companies are just starting or SME’s, they do not have quota for foreigners (which I will thorougly explain in my next blog post).

Tip: If people ask me what  I can suggest, I’d say to check on the openings (of the job portal listed above) and go directly to the companies’ website and apply. It would take a lot of effort because its a long process but its worth it and I guess, companies priotize those who apply directly through their website or hr email because it means you are very much interested to work for their company. 

3. Do not enter Singapore as a tourist and look for a job here because immigration is strict about it and you might be deported.

A lot of Filipinos visit Singapore as a tourist but ends up staying here for 30 days. I dont suggest it at all because 1. It is illegal and 2. You might get caught 3. You might have a hard time going back to Singapore. But, if you think you can manage and you are willing to take risks I have few suggestions that might be helpful.

Rent in Singapore starts at $300 (P10,350) to $800 (P27,600) monthly, food if you think about it, is not that expensive if you know how to cook probably $300-500 is enough to keep you going. Transpo would probably cost you around $100/month. so it is important that you have enough budget and you are not spending too much because there is a reason why Singapore is known to be the most expensive city in the world.

Try to apply atleast 30-50 applications a day if you really want to work here, go for interviews and answer all the questions directly. I know a lot of people who found a job in less than a month because of their qualification and persistence (don’t lose hope).

If you are already in Singapore, there are agencies who cater to foreigners, this might be of big help. Although, you have to pay the placement fee. (Usually its 2 months of your salary). I know some agencies but I’d rather not share it publicly.

Note: Minimum salary in Singapore for Spass is $2200 (P75,900) and $3300 (P113,850) for Epass.

Also, don’t be too choosy with the job or the company! I started in retail and end up working for a good company with the position that I prefer.

4. If you tried all your luck and still nothing, its best to work for a company in the Philippines that has an office based in Singapore. 

I know a lot of people who worked for a company in the Philippines and got transfered to their office in Singapore. I think its a good thing because you will not have a hard time adjusting with the company and at the same time, they’ll be willing to process all your papers.

Basically, you just have to set a goal and make sure that you will do everything to reach it. Although I still think that there is no place like home, I only suggest working in other countries if you want to be independent (financially, mentally, emotionally) or if you hate traffic as much as I do.

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