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Wednesday January 16th 2019

Jobless 31-year-old disappointed with WDA and looking abroad for work

Hi Gilbert,

I have been unemployed for the last 6 months. I was a contract worker, I have worked for many companies and most of the jobs have been government projects.

I’ve sought assistance from WDA and Lim Swee Say, but that proved to be pointless as it took them 6 months to finally find me a job that paid $1600 when my last drawn was $2500.

So I told them I’m very disappointed in them and that I didn’t need their “help” anymore.

I’m 31 Gilbert, I have never left the country long term.

I’d like to break free from this tiny rock before it’s too late to do so.

Help me get out, tell me what I need to do to be competitive overseas.



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2 Responses to “Jobless 31-year-old disappointed with WDA and looking abroad for work”

  1. LWS says:

    I have chosen to work overseas and for seven years. Some don’t even survive for more than 3. As a matter of fact, I was selected for overseas attachment since school days. I came back in 2017 but unable to secure job since. I will explain the many reasons why I decide to come back to Singapore upon my 1 year in Singapore without a job. I went for interviews several times, some were positive but at the end of the day,not able to secure a job. Of course I was telling interviewers other reasons and not the bullying factors. I will explain the various difficulties to find a job back in Singapore. 1)Job interviews- not even one wants to do a online job interviews when you were overseas. 2)Your achievements overseas cannot be seen. 3)One agency staff says job opportunity here in 2010 was alright, why did you leave? It sounds like only people who cannot make it in Singapore leaves( It was different from my time where only the better one are selected for overseas). 4)You will be completing for jobs with people with working experience in Singapore. 5) I was told by my director in Singapore that HR does not even want to pay $10 more to keep staff, they rather go for new less expensive recruit.

  2. Anthony Tan says:

    Dear Keshvin,

    I have worked in London, United Kingdom for 12.5 years. I can’t speak much of other western countries but in the UK, a lot of things you say and do are based on trust. You need to present yourself well, speak and write in good and proper English. You also need to show your commitment to the job you are applying and also you need to explain how you can value-add to the company if they hire you.

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