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Winning The Battle Against A Bad Job Market! Live on Tuesday, 30 June 2020, 8pm

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I've just realised my intern mate who's from a private uni (sim) actually gets paid higher than me, and I'm from nus! I was shocked and beyond words. Why is it so?
Yang Teng
Yang Teng
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Top Contributor (Aug)

Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 30 Jun 2020
It could be an example of private uni students don't actually lose out compared. Your school dont define who you are, it's what you do in and outside of school that matters. She could possibly edge over in terms of interview skills and manage to discuss for a slighly higher compensation? It could be that she entered through connections/network and was given a more favourable pay? It could also be that the private uni and the company had liasing beforehand and agreed at a certain sum. We can only speculate and there's no need to dwell on that, rather see what you can learn from her!
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What problems do you face when hunting for a job during the COVID period? Any examples?
Fahmiin
Fahmiin, Back End Engineer at Seedly
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 20 Aug 2020
There a lot of challenges that comes from job seeking as encountered by a lot of my peers but I couldn't speak from experience however. What I can do is share a silver lining to the pandemic hit - increase in remote jobs. More specifically in IT, more and more companies have started to migrate over to remote working as now it has moved from being a luxury to a necessity (wfh). This opens up the industry to the global market, giving more chances for people cross continent to land their dream jobs rather than going the traditional route of migrating. Not to say it's easier to land remote jobs but certainly a good time to be aggressive in shilling yourself if you are considering down that path. IMO, yes the market is hit pretty hard and it's much more difficult BUT not impossible - stick to sharpening your practical skills and honing your iinterview skills then you'll fare better in any situation.
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Do employers prefer local university grads as compared to private university grads (eg: SIM/Kaplan)? What can private university grads do to increase their chances of employment?
Micheal
Micheal, Marketing and Management at University of Essex
Level 4. Prodigy
Updated on 01 Jul 2020
As the majority of the answers here said that there are some companies that prefer local uni, there will be some prefer private uni. I don't think that is an equal proportion but I do think that's somehow true. The cold truth is the majority of students in private uni are foreigners and it's harder for employers in Singapore to hire one foreigner compared to Singaporean because of Quota. Therefore, I'm about to say yes to the first question. However, based on my experience I can give some advice for you to answer the 2nd question. To increase the chance to get employed for fresh grads in either local uni or private uni, they should determine clearly what they wish to do after they graduated. Then, they should focus to increase both experience and skills on that major because the class won't teach the actual skills needed to perform the work. Students should learn it on Google, Youtube, online class, or doing an internship. I will talk a little bit about myself, I am a foreigner who studied in Kaplan. I recently get a job at a startup company in Singapore. I really like digital marketing and learn it by myself. I cannot work while being a student. So I created a website, Facebook page, write blog posts and learn everything related to digital marketing from SEO to social media. After all, my effort paid a sweet result. I recommend you to find jobs at TalentTribe, Jobscentral, LinkedIn, Mycareersfuture and Jobstreet
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Should you wait for the job you really want (say you're mid way through the hiring process) or accept the first offer that comes?
Hi there, If you are interviewing for a couple of companies at the same time, it’s important to be strategic about it. I think you can ask for a couple of days to get back to your first offer A if you are not sure and want to see if the other company (B for example) comes back with a offer to you. Then, call the hiring manager of company B that you are more interested in and ask politely when you could expect to hear from them as you have been offered a job in company A (but there is no need to reveal the salary offered or the name of company A). If company B gets back to you fast with an offer, you can be sure that they liked you and wanted you to be part of their company. However, if you still don’t hear from B after a reasonable time (before you need to respond to A), the ball is in your court then regarding the 1st offer.
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Should I take a pay raise by changing jobs but at the cost of restarting my career progression?
Micheal
Micheal, Marketing and Management at University of Essex
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 08 Jul 2020
Junior or Senior is just a level that doesn't define what you have in your mind, your skills or experience. If you do the same thing day by day, year by year, your level will never up. Thus find a new job, get the offer and change your working environment, team and the job scale. You will learn new things and you can improve your skills and knowledge. Those are important for you. Get the job offer from a new company before you leave your current job because, in this crisis, it's not easy to find a job.
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Should I be leaving my job with hectic working conditions (above median wage), if I've cash buffers of >5 years (including mortgage), to take a break (recharge and harness future ready skills) in this current climate?
Micheal
Micheal, Marketing and Management at University of Essex
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 08 Jul 2020
Yes, go for it but make sure you have money to survive for at least 1-2 years because as you already knew, it's a challenge to find job during this crisis. Once you leave your job, you may find a hard time to find another job if you need money. Thus think twice before leaving your current job. Good luck!
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Singapore General Elections 2020

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What do you honestly feel about local vs foreign talent when it comes to job competition in Singapore, and in which white-collar industries in particular?
Jeraldine Phneah
Jeraldine Phneah
Level 3. Wonderkid
Updated on 02 Jul 2020
As someone who loves Singapore and her people, I feel saddened to see some of our local workers being discriminated in the country that they call home. The Workers' Party has brought up this issue many times during elections and in Parliament. Similarly, former Acting Minister of Manpower, Tan Chuan Jin, has also spoken up on this issue before "We have heard anecdotes of how in certain cases, heads of business units or HR managers have a preference for candidates they are familiar with or of the same nationality, for reasons that are irrelevant to job performance and irrespective of whether they are more competent than other candidates… We have also heard of situations where Singaporeans were retrenched or made to resign in the name of down-sizing, only to realise later that their positions were given to foreigners, who were coincidentally from the same countries as the business heads… Let me be quite blunt. Would these practices not sound discriminatory? Would any respectable progressive company endorse these practices? If this hiring is indeed because they care only about choosing familiar candidates and not about hiring the ‘best man for the job’, then such practices have no place in Singapore’s workplaces. Discrimination will not and cannot be tolerated." I personally appreciate the contributions of many of these workers who have come here to share their knowledge and help our economy. I also understand that in some circumstances, there is truly a real lack of local manpower and skills. However, I hope that there can be stricter guidelines when applying for Employment Passes to ensure that this is truly the case. Under the current framework, firms with at least 10 employees must advertise openings for jobs paying below $20,000 a month on the national MyCareersFuture.sg portal for at least 14 days before applying for an employment pass for a foreigner. However, employers can work around this by selecting the candidate first and then posting it on the MyCareersFuture.sg portal for show. To strengthen this, I feel that businesses should be required to submit a detailed description of local recruitment efforts done; numbers of Singaporean applicants, and reasons why Singapore candidates who were considered were deemed unsuitable for the position. This is a suggestion which WP highlighted in her 2020 Manifesto and I do find it would really strengthen our existing measures in place.
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Fresh Graduates

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As a 2019 grad who has accepted a role in tech (acceptance was due to financial constraints rather than interest), but wishes to switch to other industry (BnF), what suggestions can you give?
Do you have emergency funds for at least 6 months? Do you have any obligations or loans to pay off? Do you have dependents to provide for? These are just some of the practical questions to ask yourself before you submit your resignation letter. Draft actionable steps that you will be taking to job-hunt or develop your career BEFORE you quit. Your plan can look something like this: a) Find out what opportunities there are in the market by doing a quick google search/ check on job portals by (date) b) Match the opportunities to your self-analysis above by (date) c) Filter out the ones that are not suitable and narrow down your choices to top 3 roles (not jobs) by (date) d) Read the requirements of the roles of different companies and compile a list of skills/expertise they are looking for by (date) e) Consider signing up for mid-career training courses and approach a professional to rewrite your resume for a career switch by (date) A 3 month plan PRIOR to quitting your job If you need further advice on the above, do reach out to me via my profile/check out my blog :)
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Fresh Graduates

COVID-19

Freelancers

Would it be wise to be a freelancer in the media industry since it is so difficult to find a job? The job market is getting insanely competitive, would freelancing make a better option (temporarily)?
Definitely! Something is better than nothing. A question that your future bosses may ask would be " What have you been doing during the COVID-19 period?" If you reply with erms and ahhs,how would that reflect well on your potential as a job candidate? At least, with your freelancing gigs (assuming you have landed on some), you can reply that you have been actively scouting for clients and managed to land a few projects to work on. If you can get testimonials from your clients about your work quality, that would be something to showcase proudly to your future employers and set yourself apart from others. Furthermore, it doesnt mean that you stop looking for jobs once you start freelancing. Brush up your CV and update your interviewing skills. If you need help with these, do let me know via my profile or check out my blog :)
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Fresh Graduates

COVID-19

Do you have a sensing of when the job market will improve? Will it be in the coming months or years?
I think it's hard to predict how and when the economy will improve in the next few years. IMHO,I do not see a V shape recovery for the job market in the next few months. It is highly possible that we will see more insolvencies and layoffs, especially from nice-to-have sectors and businesses. Those enterprises which fail to adapt to digital markets would also bear the brunt of the poor demand overall as consumers have less discretionary income to spend $ on. Moreover, there will be more competition in the job market for the next 2 years at least when businesses go bust and layoffs are inevitable. Althought there are offerings of new jobs, these positions may be temporary and be on contract-basis. However, there's things you can do actively to boost your CV and interviewing skills. If you need more career advice on how to compete in the pandemic job market, do reach out to me via my profile or check out my blog :)
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