Saturday, March 24, 2007

Job Hunting Advise in Singapore

I would like to advise those who are coming to Singapore and hunting jobs based on what I have experienced and known. The information I provide is only I have known. Please try to get more information as much as you can. There are several thousand of Myanmar people are working in SG. It might be useful for you.

1. Verification of Your Documents
I believe that you already know what documents you have to bring for job hunting in SG. Let me remind you one thing as follow:

The University Name in your degree certificate, transcript, and grading should be the same. In case of different (example see below), you should get the explanation letter issued by right body for the reason of difference.

University of Computer Studies in Yangon (UCSY) was Institute of Computer Science and Technologies (ICST) before. Those who graduated before new name obtained ICST degree but their transcript, grading are issued with UCSY if they request after new name. If so, this will make MOM (Ministry Of Man power) misunderstand and doubt when your EP/SP application is processed.

You have to provide “Explanation Letter” which can make convince the authority for the truth.

Documents List for EP/SP application
-Degree Certificate(s)
-Transcript (Optional)
-Grading (Optional)


Check here

Notary Translation is required for any document written in any other language except English.

EP/SP application requires each copy of your qualification documents. Original documents may need to be shown upon request.

2. Whether you should fly with Silk Air or MAI?

When you come to SG, someone may suggest you to fly with Silk Air so that you can get ONE MONTH stay on arrival.

Totally WRONG, Absolutely INCORRECT. Whichever flight is OK. The immigration officer doesn’t investigate which air line.


3. Passing Immigration Check Point?

How long stay you can get depends on immigration officer and how you conduct some questions asked by officer. You might be asked the purpose of visit or other questions.

Check through the officer who looks kind.:)

Some people are afraid to tell the purpose of visit which is "Looking For JOB". I would suggest that you should tell simply the truth.

"I am IT professional and coming to seek job opportunity in SG" OR "I am IT professional and I have two interviews which are already scheduled."

If you are asked "How long you want?", then request one month. As far as I know nobody has got more than one month.

You should have better words how to tell immigration officer.


4. Your English should be good enough.
It is obvious that how English skill is important. SG is English speaking country.

If your English is good enough, you can express easily clearly who you are, what you can do, etc.

If your English is not good enough, you will miss your opportunity whatever your technical skills are good.

Try to improve your English more and more.

5. Your resume should be impressive.
Employers can check your ability, experience and skill in your resume before they meet you or talk. Therefore, you have to clearly mention your career objectives, skills, experiences, and qualification so that the employers can evaluate you in short time.

Find good resume format in the internet. Here is the sample I have. I am not saying this one is good. Just to check..
download here


6. Spread your resume if READY.
Sending resume can be done within a few minutes. Make sure your resume is impressive and make employers willingly to call you.
Make sure your contact mobile number and email are properly functioning.

Here is some jobs web site I have.
Career Jet (New)
JobStreet
JobsDb
Strait Times
JobsCentral

You can search in google for more jobs site. The above sites are popular in SG.

Here is agent list I have.

Download Here

Drop message and leave your email in cobx if you cannot download the agent list then I will send to you.

NOTE: Some of agent's email address may not work. So you can visit their websites and find the contact.

7. How do you get interview place?

If you are appointed for interview, agent/employer will call you first then interview place and schedule will be sent via email.

Singapore’s transportation system is quite good. You can get information detail online.

Here you can find easily your interview place. Click Here

8. Interview Advise

Well prepare how to deal with interviewer in terms of technologies, work attitude, interpersonal skills, etc.

Prepare how to tell the key point what you have done in good things, how you can contribute company’s business. Tell employer why you are important for them, etc.

Technical Interview questions reference here
Click here


9. Bargaining Salary

Be smart to bargain your salary. Keep in touch with market and salary report so that you can adjust your expected salary.

Salary report can be checked on some job website.
Here

For contract, mostly AWS (Annual Wage Supply) is not provided. For permanent AWS is provided normally. But depend on company. Make sure to ask AWS and other benefit.

10. Technologies

You can check job website for which technologies are popular in SG. You may need to revise your resume according to job responsibilities and work nature.

11. How do you apply EP/SPass after you get offer
Your employer will apply EP/SP for you. There are two ways to apply.
(a) Online Application
- Faster (Total processing time takes One Week according to current processing)
(b) Normal Application (via post mail)
- Your application is to be sent via post mail. It takes 3 to 5 days to record MOM's database.
- Slow compare to Online Application.
- Total processing time takes Two Weeks and more.

Request your employer to apply online for faster processing.


Once your FIN(Foreign Identification Number) is issued, you can query your application status via automatic answering phone system 64385122. Follow the instructions.

12. Work Nature

Some companies ask to work 5.5 days per week. Some companies ask 5 days. Overtime is normally not paid.

13. Housing and Other expenses

Check Here

Government eServices

Singapore gov is providing its services online efficiently. Some of e-gov web sites

EP/SPass and other pass related
Ministery of Man Power

PR, Visa extension, etc
Immigration and Check Point Authority

14. Someone asked me the followings.

When should come to SG?
I think after Chinese New Year is quite good. Better check jobs websites frequently how many new jobs are advertised.

Medical Checkup
Your EP/SPass is approved, you must take medical checkup (HIV and TB) to collect your pass. (Note: as far as I know Hepatitis B is not in the list of Medical Checkup form)

SPass(Q2) – Salary >= 1800
EP (Q1) – Salary >= 2500
However, SPass or EP is considered based on not only salary but also company quota. For example, your salary is more than 2500 but company’s EP quota is exceeded, you will get SPass.

Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate (EPEC)
Your qualification(s) is recognized by SG government, you can apply EPEC which is valid ONE year to hunt job. As far as I know, Myanmar qualifications are not recognized by SG government. Not 100% sure. You can try.

From 2 May 2007, all manual applications(EPEC) received in Singapore and Contact Singapore Centres will not be accepted Click Here Detail

Cannot bring your family on your EPEC pass. EPEC is eligible to find job in SG as the qualification(s) you obtained is recognized by SG gov. Once you get EP or SPass(salary >= 2500), you can apply dependant visa for your family.


Thank you! Good Luck all. Don’t hesitate to drop any comment. I am happy to get your comment and glad to help you if I can.


Phoe Htaung

56 comments:

Myo Kyaw Htun said...

Information အျပည့္အစံုကို ေဖာ္ျပေပးထားတဲ့အတြက္ ေက်းဇူးပါပဲဗ်ာ။ အကယ္၍မ်ား စင္ကၤာပူကို ေရာက္ခဲ့လို႕ရွိရင္ လွမ္းအေၾကာင္းၾကားမယ္ေနာ္ (ကယ္ပါအံုး ဆိုၿပီးေတာ့)

moeyae said...

So informative :)
Might give some help to job hunters at SG.
Why don't u wirte a post abt house renting in SG too?
Then it'll be complete help for new job seekers at SG :)
Juz suggestion...

Thyda said...

Thanks a lot for sharing. No doubt that your information would help ppl who would like to work in SG. It made me to consider to work in SG too ;-)

Is there food/place services from you while hunting job (before getting job)? :-D

Thyda said...

Correction to last sentence:
Are there any food/place services from you while hunting job (before getting job)?:-D

Phoe Htaung said...

ထီေပါက္ရင္ေတာ႔ ဘုန္းၾကီးေက်ာင္းနဲ႔ ဇရပ္တစ္ေဆာင္လွဴဖို႔ ရည္ရြယ္ထားပါတယ္..ၿမန္မာၿပည္က အလုပ္လာရွာတဲ႔လူေတြ တည္းခိုဖို႔ပါ.. ဟဲဟဲ

YawGyi(ေယာႀကီး) said...

အမ်ိဳးမေၾကာင္ပဲ အက်ိဳးေဆာင္တဲ. ဖိုးေထာင္႐ဲ့ ေစတနာကို အေျပာမႀကီး ပဲ ငေပ်ာသီးစားၿပီး ေယာႀကီး ေျပာလိုက္မယ္ ေက်းဇူး

Steve Evergreen said...

I'm sure your advice will definitely help those who intend to work in Singapore. My little suggestion is if you write on a seperate webpage or if you make it a link with your blog's front page, it would not disappear with other posts in back pages. really appreciate your time and effort.

Professor Howdy said...

Hello!
Very good posting.
Thank you - Have a good day!!!

Yin said...

Very good for people who intend to work in SG. Good work, keep it up.
Ko Yin Mya.

Request- can I put your link to some forum?

Phoe Htaung said...

Hi Yin,

Sure you can put my blogs in ur link. Inform those who want to come and find job in SG.

Victoria said...

Bro..

It's a very useful link. Whenever my pals asked me about hunting the job. I passed that link... :)

Great Idea.

Sridhar said...

Thanks for the info shared. Definitely quite useful for many ppl who intended to work in SG like me.

BTW I need some more info reg visa obtained on the basis of EPEC.
Can you please let me know whether I can bring my wife and children for some time (around 3 months) on my long term social visit pass that I obtained on the basis of EPEC?

Still I am looking for a good job..

Phoe Htaung said...

sridhar, I updated your question. pls check.

Sridhar said...

Phoe Htaung, Thanks for your update and info.

Thanks..
Srihdar

Joe said...

Its a nice blog and really informative. thanks for your time and contribution for those who want to work in SG. I really appreciated.

KYAW

Joe said...

Very good blog. Its really informative. Thanks for your time and contribution for those who want to work in SG. I really appreciated.

Joe from Myanmar

Wai Mar said...

Hell Ko Phoe Htaung
I am a programmer from Myanmar !I want to go SG , but i have a little problem for medical check ! Last 6 years I got TB deseace and I already finished the course ! But I have now TB scar at my X-Yay check ! But other test is all ok (Blood test etc). Can I pass Spass with my doctor TB Recommandation ?Please reply me if you can help me!
thanks

Wai Mar said...

Hello Ko Phoe Htaung
I am a programmer from Myanmar !I want to go SG , but i have a little problem for medical check ! Last 6 years I got TB deseace and I already finished the course ! But I have now TB scar at my X-Yay check ! But other test is all ok (Blood test etc). Can I pass Spass with my doctor TB Recommandation ?Please reply me if you can help me!
thanks

Angelina said...

Hii Phoe Htaung,
I am glad to inform you that i have received offer letter from one of the IT company in Singapore through an agent, i live in southasia. Agent have started the process and now he is applying for SPASS to MOM in singapore. But the problem is I have stated my academic qualification as Diploma and unfortunately, i have lost the original document and will take time for it to be made. Can MOM consider this? Also how important is the date to be mentioned on resume and certificate for applying for SPASS to MOM? Can i get SPASS even if i failed to submit Diploma certificiate to my EMPLOYER? Can my EMPLOYER get SPASS on the basis of my work experience of 5/yrs in customer service and computer systems ?

Regards,
Rajj

LiveLife said...

Thanks alot...your kindness ..helpful

moeyae said...

Hi , ur download link for Agent List is broken.
Can u plz fix that?
or can u drop me the agent list to my email at
moeyae@gmail.com?

Thanks in advace.

franzlen0110 said...
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franzlen0110 said...

hi. just want to ask if how many days will MOM verify from the school you graduated? are they really verifying?

Htin said...

Hi Ko Phoe Htaung,

Thank you very much for your information. It is very useful who intend to come to Singapore. Brother Kindly reply me, I have Hepatitis B. That is problem for S pass or not. If not I will try to come to Singapore. Pls share about Hepatitis B.

Thank again to you.
I wish you good health , wealth and happiness always.

With Best Regards,
White Lotus

Htin said...

Hi Ko Phoe Htaung,

Thank you very much for your information. It is very useful who intend to come to Singapore. Brother Kindly reply me, I have Hepatitis B. That is problem for S pass or not. If not I will try to come to Singapore. Pls share about Hepatitis B.

Thank again to you.
I wish you good health , wealth and happiness always.

With Best Regards,
White Lotus

Htin said...
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power said...

Hi Ko Pho Htaung,
I'm so confuse about EPEC. Where can i find the rules and regulations of EPEC holder. I just want to know that EPEC holder can work part time job before getting the suitable job. Thanks

power said...

Hi Ko Pho Htaung,
I'm so confuse about EPEC. Where can i find the rules and regulations of EPEC holder. I just want to know that EPEC holder can work part time job before getting the suitable job. Thanks

duke said...

Hi Phoe Htaung..

Your post on Job Hunting is awesome.. i am an indian looking for a job in SG currently i am residing in SG.

Few file downloads form your post were not working.. if i could get those informations that will be really helpful.

Missing files
Agent list I have – Missing
Impressive Resume - Missing

If you could find these two files kindly mail them or provide a fresh link to my email.

rajesh.mails@gmail.com

Thank you friend

harry said...

Hi , thx for all the info..however i wasnt able to download the agent list as download link for Agent List is broken.
Can u plz fix that?
or can u drop me the agent list to my email at
harryarora2@gmail.com

Thanks in advace.

harry said...

Hi, well thx for the all the info however i wasnt bale to download the agent list as ur download link for Agent List is broken.
Can u plz fix that?
or can u drop me the agent list to my email at
harryarora2@gmail.com

Thanks

roxy said...

i cant download the agents list..... can you please drop me in my email add. roxz1402@gmail.com

i said...

hello brother ko phoe htaung

thanks millions for your information.
it is a vary good for myanmar people who are preparing to go SG for seeking job. i am one of these.
thanks a lot.
if it contains about schools information, will more complete;
for suggestion.

i said...

plz send agent list to koarelu@gmail.com
thanks

sara said...

hai boss,

i am already came in singapore in one time at a time one agent apply spass for me but that agent not give me my fin number so how to check my spass status pls idea me i am waiting ur reply

NaZi said...

For IT professionals, http://www.monster.com.sg is also a good one.

santho said...

Agent list I have – Missing
Impressive Resume - Missing

If you could find these two files kindly mail them or provide a fresh link to my email.
santho_it@yahoo.com
thank u frnd............

sawnay said...

Ko Phoe Htaung,

thanks alot.
may i know ur phone no?
i'll treat u when i got job.
:)

puja said...

Hello brother Phoe Htaung
I would like to know one that I have hepatitis B..Can I work in Singapore with S-Pass if I have it?
I have planed everything to do. Now I don't know I have to brake it or not.So that ,Please help and reply me brother...I will really appreciate your reply. Because now I don't know what I have to do continue....If I have no problem,,I will come brother....Really Really thanks if you reply to my mail brother....
Good bye and Have a nice day and Good Health...

Sincerely
Shyam (akknet@gmail.com)

TT said...

TB Scar and Medical Examination information in Singapore

You need to make some preparation in your country before you come out.

1. First consult a TB or chest specialist in your country.
He will examine to ensure you are not infectious by making a serie of examinations of X-Ray test, Sputum test, skin test and culture and resistance test.

Culture and resistance test may take 2 to 3 months to know the exact result.So you should be aware to take some enough time in advance.

After all tests pass, your doctor will write a recommendation for you.

2.When you have got approval letter from Singapore MOM and go to a clinic to make the medical exam, bring all the X-Ray, test reports and recommendation you have got in your country. And tell the doctor and show all these test results.

Don't hesitate to tell all your TB history. You will pass if you are not infectious to other people.

I also have a TB scar but I am now working in Singapore by making above procedures.

Good Luck!


Hell Ko Phoe Htaung
I am a programmer from Myanmar !I want to go SG , but i have a little problem for medical check ! Last 6 years I got TB deseace and I already finished the course ! But I have now TB scar at my X-Yay check ! But other test is all ok (Blood test etc). Can I pass Spass with my doctor TB Recommandation ?Please reply me if you can help me!
thanks

yeong said...
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kyaw said...

It's a good place where informations were collected. Thanks. But, for someone like me, general worker, can you give some advise and details? If yes, please describe. Thank you. There are alot of people willing to work in Singapore currently in Malaysia.

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kate said...

Hi My name is kate and very much interested in applying in sg. I would like to get the list of the agents name so i can apply with them. i cant down load it online. my email add is kate.tolibao@gmail.com

kate said...

Hi my name is kate and i cant download the list of agents so I can apply with them. I hope you can help me, email me at kate.tolibao@gmail.com thank you.

Paloat said...

I want to make sure if Hepatitis needs to check when collect approved S Pass ??? Because i'm worried i can't get through.

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Vinay Reddy said...

What are chances if have a inactive tb and wants to migrate to Singapore,already i got the IPA and i have to attend the medical examination for work permit after arrival to singapore, I have this old scar which shows up in x-ray test. Could you please let me know if any one faced the same problem and what are the documents to submit to over come ths... thanks in advance

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Rena Singaporian said...

How many professionals and experience Migration Consultancy services providing agencies are there in Singapore for outsider student to study in Singapore ?

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nini said...

Hi..Bro
I have the same case.
Pls let me know.
It's ok or not?

nini said...

Hi..Bro
I have the same case.
Pls let me know.
It's ok or not?

Khalid Rahman said...

Hi vinay what happens for your visa. Got approved? What u did to overcome this. Pls reply pls

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