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Saturday January 13th 2018

Jobless lady PMET baffled by mysterious job advertisements that appeared for several months

Hi Gilbert,

I have been reading your site for a long time and I both empathise and sympathise with those who have been subject to harsh treatment by errant employers and also those experiencing prolonged fruitless job searches. I am unemployed myself and face the same frustrations.

I left my last job two weeks back due to health problems and while looking for another, I have also realised employers are not inclined to share what they want. Even if interested applicants ring up to find out the exact requirements, all they are told is “to send in resume”.

Quite a few firms I have noticed since two years back they were looking for staff, till today the same advertisement still appeared! I have begun to suspect something is wrong with the firms – what can be more suspicious than the same position is advertised over-and-over again for several months?

If employers want a Degree-holder, there would be 500 or more degree holders applying, yet the only requirement to anyone’s horror, for example, is nothing more than “experience in managing difficult freelancers”.

I could call a firm and ask to speak to the CEO about the position, the receptionist on the other line would sound “dead” and say “no, just send in your resume”. This company whose name I won’t mention has been posting the same position intermittently for months.

It’s baffling for job seekers who strive to carve out a career.

It’s a battle everyday searching for that one employer who values us.

Just like any human, you do face temptations to give up.


PS: Please do not publish my real name.

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4 Responses to “Jobless lady PMET baffled by mysterious job advertisements that appeared for several months”

  1. sal says:

    This are dodgy company whose trying the market for that position…. In Spore, theres no Authority to police this matter, agencies n companies can do whatever they want.

  2. J Y says:

    Many people have noticed that for many years. Many employers will complain that no Singaporean wants the job, but they are also choosy and give a very low pay. I know of employers who advertised repeatedly even for entry level jobs. Even for junior positions, they prefer someone who have some experience before.

    Employers will choose someone base on his past job history. If you do not have a good track record, it will be very difficult to find a good job. Sometimes many people are made jobless by circumstances, but employers will view you negatively.

  3. xyz says:

    Even big companies (MNCs) have been doing this since around 2004, when govt decided to really throw open the flood gates. In fact even some statutory boards (semi-govt) like AIC keep on advertising in places like JobStreet over & over again for the same job title. It’s not just for 2-3 months, but can be every freaking week for 6 months or longer!!

  4. caramello says:

    Thumbs up to JY! I ever stayed in a job for 1 and a half months before and I was being payed the lowest pay and after resignation, the company (MNC) pay the next candidate to the max (ard 4k++) whereas I was being payed as little as 1.8 to 1.9k for so called entry level postion but in fact is not supposed to be an entry level job.

    Employers nowadays tend to take Singaporean candidate like cheap labour until they cannot get a suitable candidate only then will they increase the pay.

    In my opinion, most positions on jobstreet/Jobsdb are positions that internal staff don’t want and the hiring company will not have a choice but to outsource it to the general public.

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