Been struggling to find a job for the past 1.5 to 2 months and am getting anxious. What are some initiatives that job seekers like myself can check out if I want to increase my career opportunities? - Seedly
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Asked on 13 Jul 2020

Been struggling to find a job for the past 1.5 to 2 months and am getting anxious. What are some initiatives that job seekers like myself can check out if I want to increase my career opportunities?

If you could also share some tips on how I can stand out from the crowd when there is a big pool of job seekers now, that would be extremely helpful. Thank you.

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Hi there,

Sounds like it had been a challenging time for you.

Have you tried the official portals such as my careers future,indeed,jobsDB and enquired via WSG or E2i?

If you had done all the above and is still struggling, perhaps you can consider reaching out to your contacts via LinkedIn and see if you have any friends who work in companies/roles that you are seeking. Drop them a message about how it’s like to work at their companies and see if they would be interested to make a referral for you internally.

Hope this helps! If you need further assistance in brushing up your CV or interviewing skills, do reach out to me via my profile links :)

Good luck!

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ZT
Zachary Teo, Art Director at Ad Agency
Level 6. Master
Updated on 14 Jul 2020

Hey Anon! May I know are you a fresh graduate or someone who just lost the job? This way we can provide you with more concrete tips to improve yourself. The initatives that are set out now are nicely listed by HC below. A quick tip I always give to interviewees is:

Be energetic not desperate. Prove to them that you are curious about the job, you need the job, and you can provide value to the issues they're currently facing.

Companies hire people to solve issues. Take initiative to ask if there are any problems they are facing now, and how your role can actually help to solve it. Show them that you're as concern about the company as them.

Do a good self introduction. I've interviewed people who only say their name during self introduction. That turns me off straightaway because I am in an ad industry and the person is lacking of words to sell himself.

Of course, all of it must be genuine too. Hope this helps!​​​

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HC Tang
HC Tang, Financial Enthusiast, Budgeting at The Society
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 14 Jul 2020

Hi

Do look at some contents Seedly shared to help:

1) Watch SeedlyTV : How to survive bad job market

https://blog.seedly.sg/how-to-survive-bad-job-market/

2) Resources to find job for the time being :

https://blog.seedly.sg/resources-platform-find-job-covid-19-coronavirus/

3) Best Job search website

https://blog.seedly.sg/job-search-websites-singapore/

Don't worry, gov is helping by creating more jobs, while there are many other resources just like the above. Do view the youtube video in #1.

They key is still take the first step or if in need of $, can get the temp job at #2 above while searching for permanent job in #3.

All the best!

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Here is the article I write on Medium for jobseekers to stand out from other candidates:

How to stand out from other jobseekers in this recession

  • Determine clearly what career is right for you

  • Prepare skill and experience needed for your future career

  • Start searching for jobs and tailor your resume

  • Prepare for the interview and nailed it

And here is the article that I curated all the best job portals in Singapore to help you find your career easier: 15 Best Job Portals To Find Jobs In Singapore During COVID-19

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1) Resume

You will want to make sure what your resume says is similar to the job description that the employers or recruiters are putting out.

Hence, this means you will have to do some tweaking to your resume for every job you apply.

Having an interview is a battle half-won, so making sure at least you get a call for interview is important, and that comes from how you are presenting yourself to the hirers through your resume.

Resume is your stepping stone into getting that call.

5 years ago when I decided to go back to being an employee, instead of a freelancer, I went for a Resume Writing and Interview Skills Coaching workshop by CaliberLink, a division by WDA. $10 for a 2 full-day 8hr workshop (Singaporean rate, as it's heavily subsidised by the govt.)

I find it very useful, because they teach you tips like S.T.A.R. (Situation, Task, Action, Results) guidelines when writing your resume. We even have mock interviews and the instructors will look through the resume to help you improve.

Although I think CaliberLink is no longer around, you can search MySkillsFuture, WDA or Lifelong Learning Institute websites for similar offerings.

Alternatively, you can pay someone on Fiverr to brush up your resume. However, the downside is the person doing it for you will not know you as better as you do. It is still better to do it yourself.

And you will also get a lot of insights by going to such workshops. It will challenge you to look from an employer's p.o.v.

When you are searching for jobs via online job portals e.g. jobstreet, job central, our instructors mentioned that these are usually like the last resort for companies, and the quality of the position may or may not be as good.

How do you think people recruit?

When you think of cost, then you will start to understand better.

First, companies will want to go through their internal pool of employees, and encourage them to refer. Because the cost of referral is so much lower than if they ask agencies or put out an ad.

If they really can't get a suitable person, then they will try recruitment agencies/headhunters and/or ads next.

Internal referral Recruitment agencies/headhunters Advertisements

So, this brings us to the next question. Where are all these recruitment agencies/headhunters these days?

2) LinkedIn

If you're not on LinkedIn, you will be losing out on a lot of oppportunities. LinkedIn is not just for job search or putting out your resume, it is also a way to expand your network of connections.

A lot of recruitment agencies/headhunters are now on LinkedIn, finding candidates after they see your profile. Over 5 years, I have been approached by many of them. Hence, try to get your profile up to ALL-STARS, it will increase your chances.

In addition, a lot of employers are also on LinkedIn and the packages they pay to LinkedIn are in the 5 figures sum per year.

If they are willing to pay so much, it also means LinkedIn has a quality network of users that they can tap on.


As you can see, finding a job is not just simply sending out a resume and that's it. You need to know how to navigate the landscape and optimise your chances at getting one.

Finding a job is your full-time "job" now.

Ensure you have a weekly job search schedule from Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, plan out what you are going to do every day.

Consistency and perseverance will bring you results.

Wishing you all the best!​​​

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