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Tuesday April 9th 2019

Online interview: Malaysian PR with HDB flat in Singapore jobless for 3 months

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

CS: Last year, I have an opportunity to work in Taiwan as a Senior Process Engineer at ASE Chung Li Branch. I was headhunted by a Taiwanese recruitment agent via LinkedIn to work in Taiwan for 2 years. My wife also quitted her job and accompanied me to Taiwan. However, my father was admitted to hospital in KL one month after I started working in Taiwan. After struggling for 8 months (my siblings in Malaysia and Singapore took turns to send my father to the hospital for treatment and further diagnosis), I decided to quit Taiwan job and come back to Singapore (I am an SPR and own an HDB in Singapore) so that I can go back to KL more frequent and easier for me to take care of my father when there is a need.

Transitioning: You have told me 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?

CS: Actually I have been jobless for 3 months since Jan-2019. Luckily we have no kids and my wife is able to be re-employed by her previous company last month. For the last 3 months of unemployment, I still can survive with my own savings. Nevertheless, I have to control my daily expenses to prepare for unforeseen circumstances. I did approach career coach in e2i twice and they advised me to refurnish my resume and seek help from my friend/ex-colleagues/customers/vendors because networking is the fastest way to land a job.

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

CS: I found that the chances of having an interview through online job applications through jobstreet/linkedin/jobsdb… are almost near to zero. Fortunately, I have 3 interviews over the past 3 months, 2 interviews from jobfair and one other interview with the help of my ex-schoolmate. First interview is a bio-medical related job and I didn’t answer well during the interview with hiring manager and HR.

Second nterview required me to have more working experience with the company’s product which I do not have. The third interview that I attended last week was a short interview, whereby the hiring manager told me that my salary expectation is too high and they are looking for an engineer-level candidate instead of senior level or above.

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

CS: It was my first time to encounter joblessness after working for 14 years. I quitted my last job due to family issue and I did not expect difficulties of getting a new job in Singapore. And yet, I experienced it now and I have to fight hard to get a job soon so that I can have more money to be ready for the treatment expenses on my father. On the other hand, my SPR re-entry permit will be ending next year in July, so I have to start working and contribute soon in order to continue staying in Singapore, which I feel is a stress for me if I continue to be jobless.

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

CS: Continue to attend more jobfair and prepare well for the upcoming interview if any. May need to lower my expectation or accept a pay cut if the period of unemployment continues. I have decided to look for the Professional Conversion Programme also if the semiconductor industry continues to worsen.

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

CS: Yes, especially for those who are in their 40s or older and struggling for a new job.

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

CS: Provide more job-matching services to those who are unemployed or provide more part-time jobs.

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

CS: Based on cost control, a company may hire “cheaper” workforce wherby foreigners are willing to take it.

Transitioning: Lastly, what’s your advice for those who are still jobless and feeling down?

CS: Attend more jobfair and never give up to seek help from others.

End of interview.

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4 Responses to “Online interview: Malaysian PR with HDB flat in Singapore jobless for 3 months”

  1. Sungod666 says:

    just go back to malaysia. hdb should be sold to singaporeans only….

  2. xyz says:

    Just rent out your HDB. If it’s in a good location, rental can easily be above $2.5K It can’t replace your salary, especially if previously is senior engineer level, but at least it should help a lot to cover M’sia-level medical costs.

    You’ll need to rent a bedroom for you & your wife to stay here, since her job is in S’pore. Just go for the cheapest one nearer to her workplace.

  3. Abc says:

    CS: Based on cost control, a company may hire “cheaper” workforce wherby foreigners are willing to take it.

    Isn’t CS a foreigner himself? He had already given solution to his problem by been ‘cheaper’.

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