Support Site for The Unemployed & Underemployed
Saturday November 18th 2017

Highlights

Ten recommendations to improve on our train fiasco Ten recommendations to improve on our train fiasco »

Ten recommendations to improve on our train fiasco: 1. Replacement - replace [...]


Fresh graduate of NUS from Malaysia rejected EP for sales position in healthcare sector Fresh graduate of NUS from Malaysia rejected EP for »

I am a fresh graduate from National University of Singapore. I am offered a [...]


Family of five plunges into crisis when breadwinner father has stroke and can’t work Family of five plunges into crisis when breadwinner »

Since we launch the Poor People's Campaign about a year ago, we have receive [...]


Inspirational

10 Commandments for a Good Life »

10 Commandments for a Good Life

A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often and realize how fortunate you are right now.  It’s about the simple pleasures [Read More]


Job Search Skills

How to Explain Job Hopping in an Interview How to Explain Job Hopping in an Interview »

How to Explain Job Hopping in an [...]


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Cambodia: nice place to live and work in

Cambodia: nice place to live and work in

Dear Mr Yong, Please kindly allow me to add some comments and suggestions. Let begin to say that despite what others think of Cambodia or if they have been there or not, Cambodia is a very good and nice place to live and work. In recent years Cambodia has grown in many areas such as housing, transport, medical and of course food. Cost [...]

ITE graduate left Singapore for US at 26 years old and flourishing after 15 years

ITE graduate left Singapore for US at 26 years old and flourishing after 15 years

Each year, about 10,000 Singaporeans study and work abroad and many never want to return to a pressure-cooker environment whereby transport is a hassle with frequent break-down and more damagingly the ultra-expensive cost of living coupled with our super-low corporate wages. Meet Jess who went to the US at the age of 24 armed only with a ITE [...]

Singaporean PMET relocating to Cambodia and seeking some assistance

Singaporean PMET relocating to Cambodia and seeking some assistance

Hi Gilbert, I came across an article posted on transitioning.org by Daniel in 2012, a Singaporean who relocated to Cambodia, and am curious if you would be able to link me up with him? I am currently planning to relocate to Cambodia and will like to reach out to explore any job opportunities in his company. I have experience working in [...]

Single mum struggles with cost of living and worries about roof over her head

Single mum struggles with cost of living and worries about roof over her head

I visited Mdm Siti at her home yesterday morning after her appeal for assistance came a week ago. It was my first foray into the Boon Lay area and it took me almost an hour to reach the place after a transit stop at Lakeside MRT. Bus 240 came quickly and it was a hassle-free bus ride to the far-away corner at the western end of [...]

Roller-coaster employment ride of a PMET in our toxic work environment

Roller-coaster employment ride of a PMET in our toxic work environment

Dear Gilbert & Co. I recently graduated and am stuck in sort of a runt. My first employment where I served a company as a Marketing Executive may be tough and required a lot of OT and additional work, but I enjoyed my work. I believed in the purpose of the company, and that’s why I joined it. It is a training institute aimed at [...]

PMET jobless for a year, venturing abroad for work and not coming back

PMET jobless for a year, venturing abroad for work and not coming back

Dear Gilbert, I would like to say thank you and everyone on this site who has contributed a comment. It feels good that someone is listening and there is a tunnel to funnel our thoughts. I have been unemployed for over a year now, disappointed with Singapore had sure good vibes of Singapore, but now, it has change my thoughts [...]

Foreign talent sets up company using EP visa but receives no salary

Foreign talent sets up company using EP visa but receives no salary

I set up a private limited company and hired myself through the company on an EP visa. This visa was approved with a monthly salary I would pay myself. In order to help establish the company however I have not paid myself a wage. I am now being asked as an EP holder to file my income tax return. Am I likely to lose my EP or face any legal [...]

Single, jobless for 6 months and driving taxi as a temporary resort

Single, jobless for 6 months and driving taxi as a temporary resort

Hi Gilbert Firstly with great respect putting yourself on the line for providing volunteer support to the uninitiated employed. As I read about the articles, a lot of the unemployment cases are related to ageism which is common in most parts of developed world eg USA, Britain where skills will also often mismatch. I myself is also [...]

Sole breadwinner security guard facing bankruptcy due to $11000 Courts loan

Sole breadwinner security guard facing bankruptcy due to $11000 Courts loan

Hi Gilbert, I’ m at my wit's end. I need your advice on what to do. I don’t have anyone to turn to for help. I”m Ali, age 41 the only breadwinner in the family and working as security guard bringing back $2k. My wife is not working, I have 3 children schooling all in secondary school. My wife did try to find a job to help me but until [...]

Jobless single mum faced HDB compulsory acquisition after owing $33,000 in mortgages

Jobless single mum faced HDB compulsory acquisition after owing $33,000 in mortgages

Hi Gilbert My monthly mortgage repayment is about $900. My last job was 3 months ago and my CPF was insufficient. I did not TOP up the cash portion as living cost is just too high. I just received the 3rd letter from CPF rejecting again release of SA Funds. My ex husband was bankrupt at time of divorce so there was also no alimony or [...]