Singapore Jobs 2014 for the OFW
The common salary now in Singapore (SG) is about SGD 2,200, or Php 77,000+, who wouldn’t want that? It’s like getting your salary for 3 months by just working for a month! This is the main reason why most Filipinos choose to work in SG, aside from the fact that it is very close to home.
Most Filipinos nowadays just apply online to get work in Singapore. They submit their CVs to sites that offer career opportunities in like JobStreet SG, JobsDB.SG and The Straits Times.
Online application is preferred by many because it is cheaper, and it allows access to more employers and job openings within a limited period. However, there are still some who prefer to get a plane ticket and then go job hunting when they get to SG.
Below are some of the available jobs/areas with opportunities in SG
- IT (Information Technology) Professionals
- Software Engineers
- Web Developers
- Banking, Accounting and Finance
- Business Admin. and Management
- Customer Service and Technical Support
- Design and Architecture
- Medical, Nursing and Health
- Food, Beverage and Hospitality
Keep in mind though, that Singapore still prefers to hire their own citizens. Below are some of the tips that Ms. Marifel Dungo shared in her article Direct Hiring Jobs in Singapore for the Filipinos;
First, submit your CV online to many employers according to your work experience, college degree and other skills. The more applications you submit, the more chances you’ll get to be invited for interviews, and more chances of getting hired. Some companies would even do an online interview through Skype or Google Hangouts, so be prepared for that.
Second, you shouldn’t be too choosy in your first job in SG. Just grab the offer right away. It is a bit hard to get hired in SG nowadays, and you’ll get more opportunities when you are already there. You can “level-up” your career while living and working in SG. The more experience and training you have, more doors will open leading to jobs with better compensation and benefit packages.
Third, she suggested that you prepare all your original documents or credentials. You should be ready with your work or training certificates, valid IDs, Transcript of Records and Diploma. Have photocopies ready to facilitate submission and colored copies are recommended.
Work Permits or Registrations
Once you get hired, the employer usually processes your work permit. The work permit is called S Pass if you receive a job with SGD 2,200. It is then called E Pass if you’re under the SGD 3,000 category.
Fourth, once your permit is approved, make sure you’ll do your best. Work hard because the Ministry of Manpower in SG is quite strict in hiring foreign workers. Make sure you have a clean slate. The more you do your best, the longer you stay.
Finally, make sure you get to be registered as an official OFW at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration or the POEA, so you’ll get the benefits of an OFW. Attend the PDOS or the Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar. Before you go to the airport, get an exit-clearance avoid any immigration problems.
(Source: Direct Hiring Jobs in Singapore for the Filipinos by Marifel Dungo)