Taking your Career Abroad: Singapore

IMG_1150For some, making their career an experience within itself is a key issue, something they strive for. There are numerous avenues to take when turning your job into something more than just the standard 9-5 routine, with one such method being that of taking your career abroad.

Pretty much every country in the world has opportunities for those looking to ply their trade in another nation, although the actual amount will be fully dependent on what industry your expertise puts you in. Therefore, it is important that you seek a country whose economy is on the up; whilst this is hard to come by, there are countries out there that are booming in certain areas of industry, with Singapore being such a nation.

The Republic of Singapore, as it is known officially, sits at the foot of the main island of Malaysia and is fast becoming the place to be for a number of career areas. Those looking to work abroad in the likes of R&D, digital media, advertising or finance jobs should certainly take note of what Singapore can offer.

If you’re seriously considering taking you and your career to Singapore, then here are a few pointers on how to go about it:

Being granted permission to work in the country

It is true that getting a job in Singapore is not as easy as it once was due to tightened government restrictions on expats coming into the country to work. If successful with a company, it is likely that they will have to justify why choosing you for the role over an actual resident has more benefits.

In most cases this isn’t a particular problem, and if you have the right skills and attitude, you’ll be employable enough for this not to affect you.

Applying for work

The first rule when applying for jobs in Singapore is that anything that flagged as ‘Singaporeans/PRs only’ means it is reserved just for nationals and permanent residents only, so there’s no point in going any further with these. When this isn’t mentioned, you can feel free to assume that you are able to apply.

You must make sure to state who you are and what your background is – that is, explaining that you’re a foreigner looking for work and are new to the country. Also remember to mention how long you intend to live and work in the country, whether you are on a dependent pass or a long-term or short-term pass. Disclosing this information will let potential employers know whether it is worth their time taking on your application.

Job interviews tend to be similar to those that you will have experienced before and the process is usually an initial interview followed by a second if shortlisted and possibly a third if required.

Taking a job offer

Singapore, unlike most countries, offers salaries in monthly terms rather than annually. Tax is also a different issue and it will be hard to compare it against the rates in your home nation, but it is likely that they will be favourable in Singapore.

Salaries offered in jobs ads are usually an estimate and it is hard to know or guess what your fellow co-workers will be being paid unless they tell you directly. To find out more accurate information, going through recruiters such as AP-Executive.com for the likes of a private banking job will always be a good move.

After having accepted a job, this will be conditional until you have attained your Employment Pass, which can take up to two weeks to arrive, so be patient. After this, however, you will be able to start your new job in a new country and enjoy the experiences it brings.

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