Just earned your university diploma and eager to land your first job? Or are you crossing over to a new industry to further your career?
Whether you are a fresh jobseeker or mid-career professional, finding a job in Singapore requires the right skill set as well as patience, perseverance, resourcefulness and strategic thinking.
What’s the formula to find the job most suitable to you? How do you shorten that gap between obtaining your diploma and getting your first job?
Here are 10 tips for job seekers wanting to find employment quickly to start gaining much needed work experience. Read on and find out.
1) Enhance your employability skills
Employability skills are as critical as technical skills and knowledge in today’s workplace. The ability to manage your emotions or handle professional disputes is equally important to employers, along with technical knowledge and skills in financial forecasting or cybersecurity.
2) Learn the art of cold e-mailing
Preparation is the key to effective cold e-mailing. Doing initial research about the contact person (e.g. job title, job function) and finding a commonality between the both of you helps break the ice quickly. You may indicate that common detail (e.g. same university, met in a trade event, etc.) in the e-mail subject line in order to create a catchy heading.
3) Subscribe to e-mail job alerts
E-mail job alerts are a practical tool to utilise since they prompt you when new job openings match your current skill set and work experience.
4) Apply for job openings early
As soon as you see a job opening that you like, quickly apply for it and send out your resume via the job portal. Employers normally consider applications within the first three weeks after the vacancy has been posted online.
5) Craft a well written cover letter and resume
A cover letter serves as a summary of your qualifications that addresses the potential employer’s current needs and objectives.
On your resume, accomplishments must be highlighted over your list of duties and responsibilities. Relevant skills and knowledge must be readily searchable within your resume.
6) Do informational interviews
Informational interviews are interviews with professionals working in the field that you are eyeing to break into. Inside information such as actual work scenarios and company culture can be of great help to you in your job search.
7) Set clear objectives when attending career networking events
Prepare a list of questions for employers and fellow jobseekers and show genuine interest in the people you meet during these events. Do not simply ‘use’ these new connections to get ahead in your career plans. It is vital that you get their contact numbers as well.
8) Check out the Ministry of Manpower’s Labour Market Statistics
To give you a more detailed understanding of your job search in relation to vacancies in related industries or occupational groups, as well as unemployment figures, you can visit https://stats.mom.gov.sg.
9) Tap your network of connections
Your family and friends may also be potential sources or leads for job roles, companies or fields that you wish to explore further or begin a career in. You can easily follow-up on their commitments and they can provide you with immediate feedback on their leads.
10) Prepare carefully for the job interview
Draw up a list of questions based on topics that you would like to ask the hiring manager about, like career growth opportunities, office culture, employee benefits and work hours. Write down your 10 credentials (qualities, skills, experience, certifications) that match the requirements of the job. Be prepared to cite examples of specific instances where you displayed a particular quality or skill.
It is crucial for Singaporean job seekers to keep abreast of in-demand jobs and skills, identify lacking skills and take the initiative to retool their skillset.
Project management, maintenance management and analytical skills are among the most sought after skills in the market today. In the IT field, data scientists and UX designers will be in high demand in the coming months. For the financial services sector, trade finance professionals and investment analysts are among the most sought after job roles. And in engineering, there is an increasing demand for specialists in semiconductors and medical devices.
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