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  • 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

    https://extend.ica.gov.sg/extend/index.xhtml

    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_caroytintirintinlorrainegracepand 5 others.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • JOB-Hunting Websites

    I'm new to PinoySG. Sayang hindi ako nakapagbasa dito para makapaghanda sa pakikipagsapalaran sa SG. Ang sources ko lang ay dalawa kong kaibigan from college.

    Last year ko pa balak pumunta ng SG, puro online applications lang ako, job sites, direct websites. 4 lang na emails ang sumagot sa akin, lahat hindi umabot sa online interview. So kinausap ko ulit mga kaibigan ko, sabi nila na mas malaki ang chance kapag SG address and number ang gagamitin.

    Sumubok ulit ako this year, plinano ko na after Chinese New Year, iilan din nagsabi na lipatan season dahil nakuha na ang mga bonuses etc. Although naudlot ang plano pero kung gugustuhin talaga, hahanapan ng paraan. Habang nadismaya ako na naudlot ang pagpunta dito, naka abang ako sa airline fares. Nung nagkaroon na ulit ako ng opportunity nung March, sumakto lahat pati ang presyo ng plane ticket. March 18 ang nabili kong ticket to SG.

    Kasabay nung opportunity na iyon, pinalitan ko address at number ko to SG sa resume ko. Nagkaroon ako ng 1 online interview (feeling ko fake), 1 scheduled interview on March 20 (agency pala). In other words mas responsive ang mga recruiters kapag SG details ang gagamitin mo.

    Pagdating ko sa SG. Whole day ako nagsesend ng resumes. Sa kasamaang palad, hindi ako morning person, hindi ko nagagawa ang payo sa akin na magsend ng resumes sa madaling araw, tawad pa nga yung 530am, sinisend ko kaagad kahit gabi na. Nakakapagod maghanap at gumawa ng iba't ibang cover letters sa 100+ companies, double pa ang effort dun dahil maliban sa job sites, binibisita ko rin ang company website para mag email directly.

    Nagkaroon ako ng 2 interviews, 2 email confirmation for an iterview. Ang una kong interview, ay ang akin current and now employer, dahil wala akong luxury makapag stay ng mas matagal tinanggap ko yung trabaho. At first hindi ko tinanggap dahil malakas kutob ko na magkakaroon pa ako ng ibang interview dahil may mga iilang positive response sa email. Ang current employer ko binigyan lang ako ng 2 days to decide kung tatanggapin ko offer or not. Kinausap ko mga kaibigan ko, sabi nila pwede daw ang maraming IPA, then saka mamili kung alin may mas magandang offer (hindi ito totoo, kapag nakita sa MoM na may pending application ka na, hindi tatanggapin ang pangalawang application). So tinanggap ko ang offer.

    Ang pangalawa kong interview, mas inline siya ginagawa ko since nagsimula ako magtrabaho. Mas gusto ko ito kesa sa una. Nagustuhan na ako ng company pero na pressure ako dahil paulit ulit na tinatanong kung hanggang kailan na lang ako, so sa kasamaang palad, nabanggit ko na may pending application ako. From there, drinop na nila ang offer. Ang sabi na lang sa akin, kapag nareject ang application, contact na lang sila ulit. Nakakadepress pero after a while, magreflect sa mistakes and move on lang. They still gave me a chance naman.

    A week after mag eexpire na ang SVP ko, dahil optimistic kaming lahat, hindi ako nagtry mag exit sa Malaysia or Indonesia. Triny ko ang extend visit, nareject ako. Isa sa mga rason din kung bakit hindi ako nag-exit kasi makikita nila sa records na nagpapaextend lang ako. So napauwi na lang ako sa Pinas, kailangan ko rin kumuha ng mga damit at paper works na baka kailangan pa. Sa awa ng Diyos, lumabas ang IPA ko the day na nag-expire ang SVP ko at 6pm.

    So IO ph ang next problem ko para makabalik ng SG. After a week abang abang ulit ng mga seat sales, nakakuha ako sa PAL going to Malaysia. Mindset lang talaga ang tourist mode. Salamat sa Diyos at hindi kinuwestyon ang 29 days ko sa SG. Ang hindrance lang na naexperience ko ay sa papasok ulit ng SG, hinold ako ng immig para lang iconfirm kung tama or legit ang IPA ko. Since nakita nila na may 29 days visit na rin ako sa SG.

    At ngayon may S-Pass card na ako. Lakas ng loob lang mga kabayan at pananalig sa Diyos. Mindset ko talaga ay ready na ako umuwi kung wala ako makuhang trabaho pero pinagkaloob sa akin na dito na magtrabaho. Magpasalamat palagi at ibahagi ang pasasalamat ayon sa Kanyang adhikain.
    xxxctxxxbuBblesBert_Loganiamjen04BlahblahLiresh
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    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"
    batang25nicohAdminmonsyreeaahhz_rj
  • Sapalaran na this coming June

    God is really good. Im hired, starhub. Huhu. Iyak kmi girlfriend ko. Mom nalang. Salamat mga kapatid !
    RDGalarcon69BlahblahbuBblesPrimo
  • Sapalaran na this coming June

    To God be the glory!!! Approved nkmi.

    Goodluck sa lahat :)
    RDGVincent17alarcon69z_rj
  • 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
    iWillhaveaJobtinmcapreSGpinoymicajoshabbyGrace19miragezeniemiaracca
  • Na offload

    Mag-ko-contribute po ako sa thread. Nakatulong sa akin ng malaki tong forum.

    -kakadating ko lang yesterday. Sobrang nakatulong po ang pag-over prepare ko kasi tourist ang entry ko. Tapos sa friend's house ko pa ang tutuluyan ko. Pinapunta agad ako ng officer sa window dun sa section ng interogation. Natanong po ang proof of employment, web accessible email at payslip, credit card, online connected bank acct, friend's personal details at kung may work na nag-iintay sa akin sa SG. Mostly may prepared answer na ako. Pero nakaka-sindak pa din yung mga questions. Ang panghuli na hinanap sa akin ay communication history ko sa friend ko. Buti na lang at nagprepare kami ng ganun.

    Guys thanks sa forum na to. At sa mga papunta hopefully makatulong inputs ko.
    jrdnprsarvs0zAdminreeaahhz_rj