Support Site for The Unemployed & Underemployed
Thursday December 13th 2018

Highlights

Unemployed ex-teacher job-searching fruitlessly for 1.5 years and feeling anxious Unemployed ex-teacher job-searching fruitlessly for »

Hi Gilbert, I chanced upon your website helping follow Singaporeans overcome [...]


PMET jobless for 7 months after retrenchment and feeling useless and hopeless PMET jobless for 7 months after retrenchment and »

Hi Gilbert I chanced upon your website with great interest. I have been [...]


Kids taken away from custody of parents by MSF even after negative drug test Kids taken away from custody of parents by MSF even »

Dear Ms Ng (PSD), I'm writing to your department as I've exhausted all means [...]


Inspirational

7 Zen Habits of Highly Efficient Minds »

7 Zen Habits of Highly Efficient Minds

Zen habits are simple lifestyle habits that have the potential to radically alter the efficiency of our minds and the potential of our lives.  We can [Read More]


Job Search Skills

Good looks can kill women’s job chances Good looks can kill women’s job chances »

Good looks can kill women's job [...]


Email A Counsellor

Soon-to-graduate computer science graduate pessimistic about his future

Soon-to-graduate computer science graduate pessimistic about his future

Dear Panel (REACH), I am a resident of Kg Glam and writing to seek assistance for a job as my contract is ending soon on 31 Oct 18. I am due to complete my BA in Computer Science and Software Engineering from Informatics in February next year, after three hard years of studying and saving up. My parents are old and working as a [...]

Jobless PMET disappointed with WSG’s career coach who recommends a cleaner job

Jobless PMET disappointed with WSG’s career coach who recommends a cleaner job

Dear Panel (REACH), Thank you for the referral to WSG which is actually futile. I concluded the appointment with a Mr Cheng (Senior Career Coach) feeling more discouraged and distressed than before the meeting. The coach is extremely sarcastic and apathetic towards my situation and asked if I actually wanted a job or career, if my skills [...]

Homeless guy: “Gilbert you look more homeless than me – in your heart!”

Homeless guy: “Gilbert you look more homeless than me – in your heart!”

Flashes of lightning lit up the sky as I made my way gingerly into Arab St/Kampung Glam at around 9pm - now fast becoming a hotspot for tourists, yuppies and of course the small homeless community dotting the side-walk lanes of Sultan Mosque. I grimaced quietly as I have not taken my dinner yet and evening appointment is a rarity for me now as [...]

IT management guru dishes out career advice to fellow jobless IT PMET

IT management guru dishes out career advice to fellow jobless IT PMET

Dear Sylvanus, I am not trying to be cruel, but – as we say in the IT industry – your story does not compute. The median salary for a fresh graduate with an IT related degree is in the high $3K. If you claim to have extensive IT experience and are only asking for $2.3K, you are signalling that your experience is worse than worthless. The [...]

Homeless low-wage worker earning $1200 and sleeping outside Arab St for past decade

Homeless low-wage worker earning $1200 and sleeping outside Arab St for past decade

Dear Ms Ng/PSD, I am writing to your office as HDB has conveyed to me that they're unable to help in my homelessness due to prevailing Legislation that prevents a foreign spouse from renting a HDB unit together with Singaporeans. I hope the government can reconsider this issue even as I continue to sleep on the streets around Kg Glam. Arab [...]

48-year-old jobless PMET with mobile line cut off desperate for work

48-year-old jobless PMET with mobile line cut off desperate for work

Hi Gilbert, I sincerely hope you could help me as I'm at wits end. I'm 48 now and been out of job since last August. Worst is my new house is coming and I am penniless I've been trying to get a job and only a handful had requested me for an interview but eventually it's always they want younger staff or my salary is too high which is not true [...]

Husband relieved that depressed wife manages to secure a job after a year of searching

Husband relieved that depressed wife manages to secure a job after a year of searching

Hi Gilbert, Good day to you. I just want to drop you an email to express my thanks and appreciation for all you have done for me and all Singaporeans. Your website is not only a source of encouragement for those who are unemployed and their love ones. Your website also serve as a warning of the things to come if we are not careful in [...]

20-year-old journalism graduate working from home due to anxiety attack and seeking support

20-year-old journalism graduate working from home due to anxiety attack and seeking support

Hi Gilbert, Hope this email finds you well. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for providing support for unemployed people. It's reassuring to know that we are not alone in this gloomy world. It's the little things that count. Thank you, really. After much consideration, I feel that I could really use some career counselling. [...]

PMET struggling with unemployment and feeling insecure about his future

PMET struggling with unemployment and feeling insecure about his future

Hi Gilbert, Thanks for the follow-up. Things are better at my end now but I am still not out of the woods. I have been attending interviews but have not gotten past the first round. I highly suspect its due to my age and my last drawn salary. Employers now seem to only hire cheap and young candidates that will slave for them with no [...]

43-year-old PMET struggling with unemployment for a year and requesting for ebook

43-year-old PMET struggling with unemployment for a year and requesting for ebook

Hi Gilbert, Came across your site transitioning.org and it is sad to read the many challenges the job seekers in Singapore are currently facing. I can relate to that as I have been job searching for close to 1 year. i am 43 this year. I left my previous organisation to address a medical matter of an immediate family member which has now been [...]