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

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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?
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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Singapore General Elections 2020

Career

Education

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 5d ago
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

Career

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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COVID-19

Fresh Graduates

I am an ITE graduate from the class of 2020. Will it be difficult for me to find a decent-paying (at least $2.5k) job during this period since even university graduates are struggling?
Due to covid-19, Singapore's economy is greatly affected. Analysts said that our GDP is going to shrink 7% to 4%. This figure is subjective and it might change along the way. The economy is entering a recession this year, many companies will cut down their workforce and decrease the HR plan. What I am going to say is yes, it's hard to find jobs in this situation, even harder for you to find a job paid above $2.5k. However, you can find some useful tips, guides, skills, and advice on this COVID-19 career resource page. I also suggest you go to these online job portals to find your jobs: TalentTribe, Jobscentral, LinkedIn, Mycareersfuture and Jobstreet. It may be helpful for you. Good luck and stay safe!
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Fresh Graduates

Why do scholars usually have better career paths than non-scholars? Is this a perspective that gets to us or is this a reality in the industry?
Crystal Tan
Crystal Tan
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered 5d ago
I'd say it depends on the career path and industry you are referring to. Yes, better chances in traditional industries (government, public sector) - in the sense that you get your foot in the door more easily than non-scholars. Because that's how they've reviewed candidates in the past, and big systems are slow to change. No, not better chances in other industries. Nowadays I see a lot of employers hiring based not on your academic success but how you have applied that knowledge. Showing some form of initiative and drive by doing your own projects, stands out a lot more than having a paper A+ stamped with a scholar title. Of course, it all goes down to how you present it on your resume as well. Highlight what matters (more than being a scholar) - what makes you unique, a must-hire for that specific company. Show your potential fit, not your past credentials. Food for thought: If you do that and the company still doesn't see value in it, is that the type of company you'd like to work for anyway? :) Employers' hiring priorities say a lot about the culture of the workplace. So you'd have dodged a bullet if you missed out an opportunity that hired only scholars. I think in general, if scholars seem to earn more, it's not all because of their title, but because they've also likely undergone more training, showed better thinking, or (had the privilege to) experience more than non-scholars. And these are things that anyone, scholar or not, can cultivate too :) So I'd say - this idea of scholars = better isn't a black-and-white reality. Take what you can learn from this trend, and leave the rest :) All the best if you're job searching!!
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Healthcare

Whats the pain point of healthcare careers?
Frankie Rappaport
Frankie Rappaport
Top Contributor

Top Contributor (Jun)

Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered 5d ago
Conflict between patient interests and modern technology profit oriented 'medical industrial complex' the quality of the job is very dependent on the leadership persons in the institution
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If you don't know whether you can contribute to a company because the job role is something outside of your comfort zone, what should you do?
I would say you might need to do an internal and external analysis. Internally, This could be in the form of taking a career profiling/ personality test to see what are my strengths and preferences; or talking it out with a professional like a career advisor. It is important to build self-awareness about what you LIKE doing (preferences) and what you are GOOD at (strengths). Then, consider what options you have based on your self-analysis.It is also good to consider your weaknesses and dislikes as it steers you away from making wrong career changes. Externally, you can perhaps look around within your organisation. Are there new problems that the company is facing right now? Are there projects that you can undertake to develop new skills in your current role? How can you contribute to help resolve some of the urgent challenges that your organisation is facing at this moment? Ask. Speak to your bosses. Perhaps you can help solve some of the issues they are facing and take on fresh challenges. Sometimes, you may be just tired of going through routine work everyday, and a new project might change your perspective. Check out my profile if you wish to discuss more about career advice and suggestions:)
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COVID-19

Faced with economic uncertainties and a second wave of COVID-19 infections, what are the selection criteria companies adopt in recruiting their employees since they have a greater pool of candidates?
I don’t think the selection criteria has changed drastically but the competition has indeed become stiffer. To stand out from the rest,you need to consider your edge. Sometimes, job descriptions are written in a “copy and paste” template with the generic prerequisites of 1-3 years for an entry level position. Do not let that deter you from applying though. From my discussion with hiring managers on new hires, we usually look for a best fit instead of a perfect fit. What this means is, we would still assess each candidate on a case-by-case basis after we deem their resumes as suitable for the next stage. Whether or not we hire a candidate with little relevant work experience really boils down to the way the candidate presents himself/herself during the application process (verbal /written communication) and the vibes he/she gives during the interview (non-verbal communication). Ultimately, we want to have someone who can fit well within the company culture. You can still impress your interviewers by being authentic (this doesn’t mean you can be rude or entitled or sloppy) and enthusiastic about joining the company. Focus on your value, the contributions you can bring forth to the organisation if you were to come onboard. To do this, you need to showcase that you have done your research thoroughly and ask ingenious questions (not questions that you can easily google) to your hiring panel. It would be great to have an interesting personality (share fun things about your hobbies, past times, volunteer, clubs and societies) so as to distinguish yourself from other candidates. Your past experience and skills in school or out of school could also be relevant to them as well. You just need to find a refreshing angle to package and “sell” yourself. In short, You shouldn’t be forgettable. Check out my profile if you wish to learn more about how to become a top candidate for your next job interview:)
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