What are the dos and don'ts of finding a job in Singapore?

Hello everyone,

Where is the best place to start when looking for a job in Singapore? Is it better to job-hunt by directly contacting the company of your interest, or should job-seekers rely on a recruitment agency, for example?

Are there any unique aspects that job-seekers should consider when preparing their CV/résumé and cover letter? Should a photo be included?

Do you have any tips on interview conduct in Singapore? Are there any particulars, such as greetings or behavioural customs?

In you opinion, is knowledge of the local language or a regional language necessary to successfully apply for a job? What level of the language should job-seekers have mastered?

Thank you for sharing your experience.


Findinga job in Singapore isn't much different from elsewhere: Apply for relevant openings that you find on various online job portals and convince (with a good CV, cover letter and conduct in the interviews) the hiring managers that you are the right person for the job.
One peculiarity of a Singapore job search is that you will only receive interview invitations if you are physically present in Singapore. Applying from abroad is a waste of time in almost all cases!
Interview styles differ considerably between employers and interviewers and are as varied as Singapore's multicultural society. Generally, outward appearances are less important than elsewhere - in some industries wearing a tie for an interview is a no-go!
You can only get a work visa if you fill a skills shortage in the Singapore labour market. In most cases, this means you must have a (recognised) university degree or technical certificate and three years or more applicable work experience.
A few other requirements needs to be fulfilled, too - read the many discussions about this in the forum!
Finding a job and getting a visa will take several months - don't expect to be able to start work within weeks!

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