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  • My experience here in SG, Stressful but keep on moving no matter what!

    Guys approved na s pass ko today lang!!! The wait is over
    geneFlynntambay7popoyKebsVincent17jrdnprstineebopper99madpotatogojiberrieMiss_Philand 1 other.
  • Success Story of a first timer - The Calculated Risk

    July 2017 - Booked a round trip ticket from Manila to Singapore
    February 24 - Manila to Singapore
    March 05 - Email received from recruiter for initial Interview
    March 06 - Technical Interview
    March 07 - Received Call from recruiter for the 2nd round of interview schedule .
    March 09 - In the morning, HR Manager Interview
    March 09 - In the afternoon, received email requesting for the payslips, diploma and character reference (Manager/Supervisor)
    March 15 - Received call that the job offer already approved and waiting for the High level approval. Discussed the JO.
    March 19 - Decided to apply for online Social Visit Pass extension
    March 20 - Online extension got Approved. Informed HR.
    March 20 - Received for a call from HR for a meeting on March 21st 11 AM.
    March 21 - Signed Job contract and start processing my Work Pass.
    April 02 - Work pass got approved
    April 03 - Undergo a Medical Examination
    April 05 - Received a generated text that my Medical Report is now Available for collection. No Medical Findings, Fit to work. Informed HR and confirmed my start date of work.
    April 09 - Start of Work
    Opening of Bank account, Photo Opt and Finger Print registration from MOM - TBD

    Things I'd bring going to SG

    1. Passport with atleast 10 months validity - for Immigration/Work purposes
    2. Return ticket SG to MNL - for Immigration purposes
    3. Hotel Accomodation - for Immigration purposes
    4. Company ID - for Immigration purposes
    5. Certificate of Employment Letter - for Immigration purposes
    6. Payslip for the past 3 months (Soft Copy) - for employment purposes
    7. 2x2 ID Picture (Soft Copy) - for employment purposes
    8. Diploma (Soft Copy) - for employment purposes
    9. Other Work related certifications or credentials (Soft Copy) - for employment purposes

    Tips:

    1. 2 weeks or earlier mag apply na online bago pumunta sa SG. Much better bago pumunta ay may naka line up ka nang interview.
    2. Mag praktis ng mga Q & A for interviews. kelangan handa sa mga tanong. madami kang ka competition if pumunta ka ng after CNY. Though, base on my experience madami naman opening kaya patas lang.
    3. Mas ok pumunta ng kasama GF/BF/Asawa para hindi paghinlaan ng Immigration Officer na maghahanap ka dito ng Work.
    4. Do your best and plan ahead, hindi biro ang pagod na ilalaan sa paghahanap ng work dito kaya dapat walang masayang na oras.
    5. Mas ok kung ikaw ang tatawag sa mga recruiter kapag may nakita kang Job post para mapansin ka agad. do googling on their company contact number if not posted sa Job advertisement.
    6. Wag magtiwala sa mga agency na hihingan ka ng certain amount keso iidorse ka daw sa client nila at hahanapan ka ng work. Naging target din ako nito dahil minsan ako naging desparate magkawork dito.
    7. Always inform them your visa status and SVP expire date. Ask the recruiter if that accept foreign talents. Kung may Quota sila.
    8. Linkedin, helpful yan sa Job seeker kasi you can contact directly sa recruiter. Update your header profile, stating that your looking for a Job with your SG mobile number, and add more recruiter connections to get noticed.
    9. Use PDF editor such as Nitro editor kaysa mag print ka ng PDF then sign then scan, magastos ang pa print dito. Masakit ang $1 per page print.
    10. Last but not the least, always pray and seek God first. It helped me a lot.

    Disclaimer: Above mentioned are my own experience and some scenario may not be applicable to others.

    @Admin if you find this helpful. please paki pin nalang po para makita agad ng ating mga fellow kababayan na naghahanap ng work at makatulong. Thank you
    PinkPastacarpejemgoblinsbrideVincent17Kebspinoypinoypinoyglaidizonmang_caroytintirintin
  • Sharing my Singapore job hunting experience as a life science major :)

    Isa akong Biology major sa Pinas with total work experience of 5 years.

    I came here on May 9 through the help of my Aunt. Swerte ko kasi libre tirahan, pagkain, lahat. Wala akong ibang gagawin kundi magfocus sa job hunting. Kaya first day pa lang, inayos ko agad resume ko with Sg mobile number at sinigurado kong appealing sa magbabasa. Nagpasa ako sa lahat ng jobsites na maisip ko (A*Star, Jobstreet, JobsDB, STjobs, Glints, Indeed, Monster, JobsCentral at iba pang hindi ko na maalala). Most importantly, inayos ko ang LinkedIn account ko at nagconnect ako sa mga recruiters and life science groups sa SG.

    Ilang linggo na, wala pa rin nagcocontact. Ako na ang tumawag sa HR ng mga companies para maginquire. Tumawag din ako sa mga professor ng University Research Labs para maginquire. Finally, on May 30, inaccept ng CEO ng isang NTU start-up company ang LinkedIn invite ko. Nagmessage ako to introduce myself and show my interest to apply for the Lab Project Officer position. It was my first time contact such a high person to directly persuade him to notice my application. Proud ako dahil pag gusto mo talaga ang isang bagay, dapat siguraduhin mong gagawin mo ang lahat (as in lahat) para makuha yon.

    June 6, nainvite ako for first interview. Sobrang saya. June 7: First interview. Maganda ang usapan namin ng bosses, nasagot ko lahat ng behavioral and technical questions. Nakapagbuild ako ng rapport. Kaya July 5, natawag ako for second interview. Minove nila from July 18 to July 17 dahil alam nilang flight ko pauwi ng 17. Maganda rin ang second interview. Four applicants kami fighting for 2 vacancies. Puro locals ang kasabay ko. Pero ako ung pinakaexperienced. Tipong fresh grads/undergrad pa lang ung iba. Pero sobrang warm ng welcome samin ng company. Tipong akala ko tanggap na kami lahat. :smiley: Until the result came last July 25. Excited at nervous dahil syempre pinaghirapan ko makuha ung mga interviews ko. At ang laman ng email nila sakin ang magseseal-in ng lahat ng efforts ko at ng Tita ko. Sadly, hindi ako natanggap. Tinanong ko ung isang kasabay kong applicant kung nakareceive din siya ng email--hindi raw. Alam ng CEO kung gaano ko kagusto ung position dahil everytime, nagsesend ako ng post-interview email to thank them and reexpress my interest. At, talagang naniniwala rin ako sa product nila, hindi lang dahil kelangan ko ng trabaho. After knowing the news, I asked them what their reservations are for me, but they did not reply. Sobrang gusto ko talaga ung trabaho na hanggang sa huli, ipaglalaban ko pa.

    Although, mukang hindi ko na malalaman kung anong dahilan bakit di ako nakuha (quota, salary, skill), masaya pa rin ako dahil sobrang dami ko natutunan sa Singapore. Makisama sa ibang tao, maging away from my immediate family, and matutong ipaglaban ang gusto mo. I´m sure marami pang iba satin na mas mabigat ang struggle kesa sakin sa Singapore. I hope I was able to inspire somehow. HIndi sapat na sasabay ka lang sa agos. Kung sa tingin mo gusto mo talaga ang isang bagay, gawin mo lahat ng makakaya mo, gamitin mo lahat ng resources hanggang sa alam mo sa sarili mo na wala kang pinalampas na chance at wala kang regret.

    I was hoping I could tell a success story here at Pinoy.sg. :wink: It may not be the ending we expected, I hope I was still able to inspire others. I may have not been lucky but you should not stop fighting for what you want. At least, wala kang regrets. Madapa ka man, titibay ka naman lalo. Bangon lang lagi. I was not able to secure a job but I met someone who I believe will stay in my life for quite a while. ;)

    AdminpopoycarpejemjrdnprsezzyKebsreeaahhseph_temberimmarkyboi26Vincent17and 1 other.
  • Checklist/Tips to Avoid Scam from Agencies

    Sa mga bagong lapag sa SG or sa website na to, looking for a job and still new to the agency process, hope this can guide.

    If a direct employment is tough to find, it is recommended to look for an agency help. Employment Agency is a company/business that acts as a bridge between employers and job seekers. They earn by collecting money from either the job seekers or companies, or in some cases from both. Unfortunately, unlicensed or even some licensed agencies abuse their business by doing malpractices and scams.

    It's best to always consult your friend/relative working here in Singapore whenever a payment to an agency is involved.

    Here are some things to consider to avoid abuse or scams:

    1. Searching for the agency name or license number:
    1. Singapore: https://services.mom.gov.sg/eadirectory/
    2. Philippines: http://www.poea.gov.ph/cgi-bin/agSearch.asp
    *Added February 23, 2018: Latest Status of Recruitment Agencies PH portal: http://www.poea.gov.ph/cgi-bin/agList.asp?mode=act

    - Rule of thumb: kung wala ang agency sa both directories, be extra careful or do not engage with them.

    2. Freelancers/Referrals: They are individuals who refer job seekers to agencies or employers and get referral commissions OR just a legit help from families/friends. Mashadong malawak ito. If you are dealing with freelancers/referrals, please remember na connected ang job opportunity sa isang agency or employer mismo. It is your responsibility na alamin muna kung anung name ng agency then check if it is a licensed one.

    Example scenario: Lumapit sayo ang kaibigan mo - "Uy bes/mars! meron akong kilala naghahanap ng sales staff sa isang retail store sa singapore, baka me kilala kang gusto magtrabaho dun?"
    - intindihing mabuti ang statement. (A) Pedeng employer agad and naghahanap - in this case, walang agency na involved, (B) pwedeng agency ang naghahanap, at (C) pwedeng freelancer din ang naghahanap (eventually will connect you to an agency or employer).

    3. Fees and Payments: Agency fees when you get a job - Licensed agencies in Singapore can collect the maximum amount of 2 month salary and it should be paid after job seekers are successfully placed with the employer.

    Common practices by some licensed Agencies in Singapore to earn more money and keep their business running:

    Paying $20 - $50 for an initial interview. Easy money for them. This is to explain why so much job postings on the internet since they just collect resume in this process and earn money. Some agencies do it the right way but not all.
    - Is this legit? Yes.
    - Refundable? No.
    - Me mapapala ba ako? Pwedeng meron, pwedeng wala. A typical 15-30 minute interview. The agency will then put your file in active and should an opportunity comes, they will contact you and arrange an interview with an employer.
    - Me guarantee ba na makakakuha ako ng trabaho? Wala.

    Value-Added Services. Additional $300-$500. Prioritising your applications, making it more visible to employers, at least one interview etc. Madaming sweet words na papasok dito. A typical Juan who's ending his visit pass here in Singapore may fall to this sort of scam. I recommend not biting to this. Always remember: There are no shortcuts.

    Freelancers may also ask money from you. Normally, they will get a commission cut from the agency. Sobrang malawak na usapan to with a lot of examples. Please be careful in releasing money.

    When dealing with agencies, ok lang ang $20-$50 initial payments especially kung me extra money ka naman. It may help expand your reach to companies while looking for a job.

    4. Which agency to deal with. - Anything you see online that matches your experience, go apply to it. Any agency that contacts you, go apply to it. Always remember, it's a numbers game in finding a job here in Singapore. The more applications you submit, the more chances of getting noticed. But always be vigilant and aware of malpractices that they can do to you.

    I hope mawalan na ng mga reklamo dito sa forum about scams from agencies. Hindi biro ang perang nilalabas ng kababayan natin. Ito ay dugo at pawis nila or ng sponsors nila (magulang, kamag-anak, kaibigan).

    Salamat po.



    Adminmariel89mer38cheskapotrnlslnezzyVincent17IvanLesterSpauldingpandawong25and 2 others.
  • Finding a job in 2017. Is it harder?

    Thank you sa lahat ng advices mga kabayan. Na-turn down ko na po kasi yung offer bago ko pa nabasa mga replies nyo. Akala ko po kasi madali lang naman maghanap ng work kasi nakakuha ako agad ng interview on my 1st week. Hindi pala.

    On my 2nd week, as in Monday to Sunday, wala talaga. Zero interview, zero calls. Nagtry pa nga kami mag walk-in sa orchard and all, wala talaga. Ginulo gulo ko na mga tito and friends ko dito, wala talaga. Si bf? wala din. Umiiyak na ako nun gabi gabi kasi sobrang nagsisisi talaga ako sa tinurn down ko yung unang offer kasi WP siya. Bakit ko tinurn down? Akala ko kasi madali lang makahanap ng iba.

    And then suddenly I got a phone call sa AIA Singapore, nakita daw nila resume ko sa JobsCentral, and wants to interview me sa financial services consultant post. Sa sobrang pagkadesperada - kahit wala akong ka-alam alam sa financial financial na yan, papatulan ko na lang. Magkatrabaho lang. Pero buti nalang nakita ko sa one of the threads here na hindi pala maganda dun, insurance sales pala sya sa kapwa mo pinoy. Hindi ko nalang tinuloy interview ko.

    After nun, just 3 days ago, may tumawag nanaman sa akin. I thought eto na talaga yung employer for me. Pero ang weird kasi freelance job daw sya na ang sahod ko daw ay 2.6 million pesos every WEEK! Tapos gusto pa ako sunduin ng employer sa Choa Chu kang at mag uber daw kami together papunta sa interview location. Hindi ako pinapunta ni bf. At syempre ayoko din. Nakakatakot kaya.

    And then ayun, tuloy tuloy ang malas, iyak lang ako ng iyak. Nanghihingi na nga ako sa lola ko ng pang agency. Ayoko na kasi talaga. Parang nawalan na ako ng self-confidence. Nagbook nalang kami ng ticket to Bangkok for exit. And try another month nalang. Tinanggap ko na lang na wala na talaga.

    Pero sabi nga nila good things happen when you least expect it. I received a phone call yesterday for an interview earlier sa Newton. Interview went well. Ang babait ng bosses. Panel interview kasi. I received an offer for s pass, customer service assistant post, okay naman sahod, 6 days work week pero at least 8 hours lang. Good reviews naman sa company tapos contract signing tomorrow. God is really good.

    Si bf din, nawawalan na pagasa. Mahina daw talaga nursing jobs dito kasi healthy daw mga tao dito which is nakikita nga namin, sobrang active nila sa exercises. Sumuko nalang din sya at uuwi nalang daw sya sa pinas. Then suddenly nakita namin sa dyaryo na may opening for Illustrator. Childhood habbit nya talaga magdrawing. Nanghingi sa kanya ng samples ng drawings nya tapos sa saturday may final interview na sya sa boss at kailangan nya patunayan na sya talaga nagdrawing ng mga sinend nya haha. Hopefully makuha na din sya. Please pray for my boyfriend mga kabayan! Please!

    Pero to sum it up, thank you thank you sa lahat ng nagreply sa thread na to. It has been a journey talaga. Kapag binabalikan ko una kong post sobrang nakakatawa nalang kasi wala talaga akong alam at all. And now here I am. All thanks to this thread I am now on my way to make my SG dreams come true. I know it's too early to celebrate kasi di pa natin sure kung ma-approve ng MOM pero I am just supper happy and blessed.

    Prayers lang talaga. Yun lang naman kasi talaga dala ko lagi eh. Tambay nga ako lagi sa St. Joseph church sa Bukit Timah e. Hehe.
    jrdnprsezzycarpejembuBblesAdminalexandria15
  • JOB-Hunting Websites

    Madami jobs jan pero pag tinatawagan ko na lagi no quota. Wag kayo umasa at umupo lang sa bahay at magsend online. Need nyo mag walk in walk in sa lahat ng establishment dito. At pag may nakita na kayo na hiring tanungin nyo if applicable ba un sa foreigners. Trust me. Effective pa din sya. Kahit madami nagsasabi na ndi na nag aacept ng walk in. Tiwala lang kayo sa sarili nyo. Tiwala lang na magkaka work din kayo dito na magging ok ang lahat na ndi masasayang lahat ng efforts nyo na may nakalaan na trabaho sa inyo dito. At syempre pinaka importante mag pray kayo. Mag set kayo ng isang time everyday at mag pray kayo. Wag kayong titigil at magsasawa. Hehe
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  • Na offload

    Share ko lang mga kabayan experience ko, paumanhin sa mahabang post:

    Nasimulan ko nang magtanong dito sa forum from another topic tungkol sa paghahanap ko ng work as Software QA/Tester. Bale nag-comment ako habang nagrerender ako ng 30-day notice sa previous company na pinagtatrabahuhan ko sa Pilipinas, tapos nabanggit ni @Admin na mahirap talaga yung competition kasi "Sa sg hindi lang mga pinoy kalaban natin sa paghahanp ng work. Pati ibang lahi, even mga puti. But dont lose hope". So after ng last day ko sa previous company ko sa Pilipinas, nagpahinga lang ako ng 1 week tapos tsaka ako umalis at pumunta dito sa SG (last week of January) Tinapat kong Chinese New Year kasi may ilan-ilan na nakapagsabi sakin na mas marami nang konti yung opportunities after nun. Pero habang nasa Pilipinas pa ako nagsa-submit na ako ng mga applications online. Tapos binura ko na lang lahat sa mga dala kong gadgets yung lahat ng related sa paghahanap ng trabaho para if ever buksan nila, wala silang makikita.

    Noong kinakausap ko na yung IO sa Pinas, ang unang tanong sakin, kung sino yung bibisitahin ko sa SG. Kumbaga nag-assume na sya na may bibisitahin ako. Mabuti na lang na-set ko na sa isip ko na papasok ako as tourist so ang sagot ko lang "Ay wala naman". Tapos pinakita ko yung mga documents ko (Passport, Flight Itinerary, Hostel Reservation, Tour Itinerary, at Company ID). Then ito yung mga sumunod na tinanong sakin:
    1. Ano position mo sa office?
    2. Ano'ng business na ginagawa ng office na pinagtatrabahuhan mo?
    3. Ano'ng course mo noong college?
    4. Ano'ng nature ng work mo mismo?
    5. Ano mismong ginagawa mo?

    Kada tanong nya nagpo-pause yung IO na parang iniisip pa kung ano pang mga dapat itanong. Habang sinasagot ko yung mga tanong nya, tina-type nya yung mga sagot ko. Tapos sa huli kinunan ako ng litrato tapos ok na pinayagan na ako umalis. Mabuti na lang at nakalusot. Medyo nahalata kong nagdududa yung IO sakin kahit na yung porma ko pang turista talaga.

    Ngayon ika-2nd week ko na dito sa SG, pending na yung status ko sa Ministry of Manpower. Sana swertehin na ma-approve at direcho nang makapag work hehe. Uulitin ko lang yung sinabi ni @Admin, na kahit aware tayo na mahirap ang pagdadaanan "dont lose hope"
    batang25nicohAdminmonsyreeaahh
  • Thank you PinoySG!!!! for the tips

    @carpejem hi, im at the airport now waiting to board! naka lusot hahaha!!! yung OWWA membership ba pede kunin sa NAIA sa next na uwi ko? i used to work in SG 2 years ago so i just need an OWWA
    Adminmariel89carpejemreeaahh
  • Improvements on the site

    Pesteng Spammer yan. I've cleaned up his mess. I've also put up a banning mechanism in place.
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  • Bagong bukas na mga pwesto sa Juronghealth

    Enrolled nurses at executives (pwede nurses dito pero non-clinical).

    Apply po kayo online sa www.juronghealth.com.sg. Punta kayo sa section JOIN US --> careers.

    Gawa po kayo ng account. Yung kapitbahay kong nurse sa Pilipinas hindi naman sya PR, pero natanggap sya dalawang buwan pagka-submit online.

    Tulong ko sa mga kababayan ko. Walang mawawala kung subukan natin. Kailangan scanned documents in pdf.

    God bless us all!

    Yours respectfully,

    carlmdfpcp97
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