Support Site for The Unemployed & Underemployed
Tuesday January 17th 2017

Online interview: “Have employment quotas which are industry specific”


First of all, thanks Nora for allowing us to interview you online and can you provide us with some background information on yourself?

I’m a local PMET with online media research and marketing communications experience and have been actively looking for a job since my last job’s contract ended in mid 2014. I have a degree in communications and in my thirties.

What was your last occupation and you have told us that you were unemployed for a few months, can you tell us more about this and also your job search experience?

I was an executive in a educational institution doing a marketing and communications related role. Prior to that I was in online media research and was laid off due to organizational restructuring.

I have been applying to job vacancies directly via companies’ websites and recruitment agencies and went for interviews however I have not had a job offer yet.

I also noticed that at times HR personnel doing the screening interview had no idea about the job position themselves and this could result in failures with securing further rounds of interviews.

Some also do not realise that there are skills that are transferable albeit it being from a different industry.

However I do have positive experiences as well; some interviewers have informed me that they will contact me should a more suitable position arises in future. I guess companies have a bigger talent pool to select from these days.

On another note, the interviews that I’ve attended are for full-time, part-time,contract and temporary positions so I can safely say that I’ve been open to options.

You have told us that you are currently jobless for more than six months, what did you do in order to survive? Did you also approach the CDC for assistance?

I have been doing freelance online translation assignments and also baking orders to tide through. I did not approach the CDC for assistance.

Did you attend any interviews during the past few months and why do you think you are unsuccessful so far?

Yes, I have been attending interviews. I guess employers have a larger talent pool to pick and choose from making the market more competitive now.

Tell us abit more about what you have learnt from your jobless experience and how it has impacted your family.

Being unemployed can be tough to cope with mentally and emotionally but staying positive helps. My parents are worried about my situation. Our finances are affected but we have always been thrifty so that helps. I do feel bad as I wish to help my parents more.

What do you think you could have done to shorten the unemployment period?

I’m not sure as I have been actively seeking for employment.

Do you think that Singapore is now a more difficult place to make a living?

Definitely as the cost of living these days is pretty high.

What do you think the government can do to alleviate the current employment situation?

They could perhaps have employment quotas which are industry specific instead of having an “across the board quota”.

Many people have blame foreigners for competing jobs with us, what is your view on this?

I do agree to a certain extent that they do compete with us. This is especially so for PMET jobs but on the other hand they are also allowed in so I don’t blame them totally.

Lastly, whats your advice for those who are still jobless and feeling down?

Stay positive and keep on trying. When faced with insensitive remarks from those who do not understand your situation, do not think too much about it and keep your focus on job hunting. As job hunting can be stressful, do take care of your own health too.

End of interview

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