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Monday August 19th 2019

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 questions asked at pathetic wages, and will not pay for a more experienced candidate, which is very disheartening. Employees are commoditized and are thrown out of consideration at the whim of employers. This makes me wonder even if I get a job, how long will it be before I am out of work again? Is there anyway to gain some permanence, consistency and stability in our lives in Singapore anymore?

How do families cope at a time like this when their bread-winner is laid off? Government training is only provided for menial jobs, which are unable to pay for the extremely high cost of living and having a roof over our heads in Singapore. It seems that the government is only doing a superficial job of pretending to help its citizens, while high-ranking officials enjoy their fat salary packages, without any pay cuts, even when they fail to help their fellow country men. Instead, these officials still try to sound like they know-it-all.

How can I get some part-time work while looking for a full-time job?


Mr Yan

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2 Responses to “PMET struggling with unemployment and feeling insecure about his future”

  1. Owen says:

    Hi Yan

    Don’t give up!! Keep trying and look for any jobs along the way. There is silverlings in every clouds. Keep positive!

  2. this2shallpass says:

    Mr Yan,

    There is no point worrying whether your next job will be permanent, because it won’t be. There used to be a time when your loyalty to a company will be reciprocated, but that is no longer the case. If the company needs to cut cost and the management happens to think that you are costing more money than you are bringing in at that moment, you are gone. The best way to deal with that eventuality is to prepare for it while you still have a job.

    In your case, you do not have that luxury. But since you are talking about part time work (and I assume you are not keen about flipping burgers at McDonald’s or driving a Grab), you can start some of the preparation now.

    One of the first things I would suggest is to take an inventory of your saleable skills. You have many more skills than you have acquired from your work experience. Go to the library and check out the book “What Color is Your Parachute”. There are some good tools about taking an inventory of your skills. From that identify those skills that people may be willing to pay for and then think about how you can find those clients.

    When you do find a full time job, continue to hone those skills because you will need them again when you lose your job next time.

    Best of luck.

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