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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).
@mareeya_ Typically, employers look at 3 basic aspects: skills, experience at personality.
Skills at experience - these are facts. In case bumagsak ka in these aspects, means that you are not qualified for the job in the technical aspect of it. Some companies look for these and may not consider personality anymore.
Personality - this is an aspect that you need to convince the interviewer. Dito papasok yung "are you fit for the role", "work under pressure", "teamwork" etc. Even small details like body language and eye contact are taken consideration. For MNCs, somehow related din ang culture of the company and if you are able to adapt. Some companies will get phone/email feedback from your previous colleagues (character reference) about your personality.
Advise ko lng is be confident and give straightforward answers, walang paikot-ikot. Ask questions about the company, job role and culture - these will keep the interview more engaging. Sell yourself best by focusing on your strenghts. Sa end ng interview, it would be good na tanungin mo yung interviewer kung naadress mo ba lahat ng questions nya or yung expectations nya. Baka ksi meron kayong di napagusapan that could have helped what the interviewer is looking for.
Congrats for getting 2 interviews!!!
@CharlesD swerte mo brad. check mo comment time ko, 2am. Nakaabang ako nun kaso nagka-crash cebupac website lol
@smariz - Good luck kabayan!
Hindi in-demand ang call center dito sa SG for foreigners. Kakaunti lang ang mismong "call center companies" dito.
Pero who knows your kapalaran. SMEs to Big companies here have their own call center like Singtel so may chance pa din.
Meron din call center ang taxi companies dito. Comfort Del Gro, UBER, GRAB etc.
Me mga pinoy akong kaibigan sa Singtel at Comfort Del Gro. One common feedback - kups na boss.
@magoy - considering qualified professional ka and you passed all requirements, magkano ang average upfront expense per pax to migrate in Canada?
@hermitann - WOW! Happier problem yan! Congrats, dasal nalang muna.
kol mo isa sa knila, ask mo lang what is the status of my application? gets mo na yan kung sino talaga nag-apply based sa isasagot sayo ng kung sino man sa knila na tinawagan mo.