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36-year-old lady PMET with 3 kids unfairly dismissed by Indian agency Encora Technologies after maternity and replaced by Indian FT

36-year-old lady PMET with 3 kids unfairly dismissed by Indian agency Encora Technologies after maternity and replaced by Indian FT

Hi Gilbert, I was referred to you by a friend - I am currently still unemployed after been unfairly dismissed by a foreign Indian recruitment company after I returned from my maternity. My replacement is my coverer - also another foreign [...]

Single mum finally landed admin job paying $2500/month after searching for 10 months

Single mum finally landed admin job paying $2500/month after searching for 10 months

Hi Gilbert Sorry for the long delay in writing this letter. I like to share with those who are looking for jobs - I finally have my new job after sending countless resumes for the last 10 months. I wasn’t happy with the company where I [...]

52-year-old woman earned $325/month as part-timer to pay $6300 penalty to Pawsitive Sensations for breaking bond

52-year-old woman earned $325/month as part-timer to pay $6300 penalty to Pawsitive Sensations for breaking bond

Hi Gilbert, Remember the 52-year-old lady who took on 2 jobs earning only $600/month in order to survive? I mentioned before about the contract that I have  signed demanding penalty payment if I broke the bond even though I paid my own course [...]

Ex-civil servant of 23 years finally found job after jobless for three months with pay cut of almost $1500

Ex-civil servant of 23 years finally found job after jobless for three months with pay cut of almost $1500

Hi Gilbert, Thanks for your concern. I've finally land myself  a job with a salary of $3600 (my previous salary was $5000), although not a job of my training and choice. It's still a job after all. Singaporeans are encourage to take up [...]

Are Singaporean PMETs hungry enough?

Are Singaporean PMETs hungry enough?

I’ve returned to Singapore after spending close to a decade working overseas (London and Hong Kong). I’m currently working for a well-known international investment bank and struggled to find a local candidate to fill a senior IT [...]

Whistleblower account of an ex-employee on ACP Computers

Whistleblower account of an ex-employee on ACP Computers

Hi Gilbert I want to recount my bad experience working with ACP Computers. It is really the most unfortunate episode of my life. I left the first IT company  I joined after I came back from Australia in 2004 and entered this company [...]

28-year-old PMET forced to pay $1500 for failing to attend interview

28-year-old PMET forced to pay $1500 for failing to attend interview

Dear Gilbert, I am Terence, 28, an ex-civil servant. I quit the service in 2013 to pursue personal interests for a year and currently, I am looking for a job. My situation is as follows: I have attached the contract for your reference. I [...]

Jobless ex-civil servant of 23 years finding the journey tough but pressing on

Jobless ex-civil servant of 23 years finding the journey tough but pressing on

Hi Gilbert, I've read the article about the struggle faced by the NUS Engineer to know that you had written an ebook on how to survive unemployment and would like to request for a free copy of the ebook. I too was faced with the same situation [...]

Jobless NUS engineer who earned $100,000 before willing to reduce salary by 30% but to no avail

Jobless NUS engineer who earned $100,000 before willing to reduce salary by 30% but to no avail

Our locally-trained engineers have a tough time looking for work now especially when they are used  to  high-income positions in the good old days. Foreign-trained engineers have came in to replace them at more than half their cost  and the story [...]

Online interview: Thoughts and struggles of a IT graduate just fresh out of university who earns $1500/month

Online interview: Thoughts and struggles of a IT graduate just fresh out of university who earns $1500/month

We have recently received more emails from Generation Y fresh graduates than before seeking assistance and hopefully this trend does not persist as the adversity curve of most of our young people is still untested. It will be a sad day for us if our [...]

46-year-old overseas graduate who earned $4000 jobless for 2 years and contemplates becoming sales assistant

46-year-old overseas graduate who earned $4000 jobless for 2 years and contemplates becoming sales assistant

I am a 46-years-old  overseas grad and have not been holding a perm job since I quit from an executive position earning about $4k in 2011 due to indecent demands from the male boss who happens to be the owner of the company. I thought that with [...]

Jobless PMET: “Will Singapore have a highly-educated but low-incomed workforce, marginalised by foreign managers, and largely ignored by the ruling elite of the country?”

Jobless PMET: “Will Singapore have a highly-educated but low-incomed workforce, marginalised by foreign managers, and largely ignored by the ruling elite of the country?”

I have been writing in for jobs from December last year till now and also met up with my network of search companies, and have discovered some very interesting findings. The reported foreign-talent issue in Singapore is a real challenge to the [...]

Estrangled Malay woman taking on two jobs to feed family of eight

Estrangled Malay woman taking on two jobs to feed family of eight

Dear Mr Goh, Really, thanks alot for your kind gesture in sincerely wanting to help people without any motive save to benefit humanity. God can see that and will ensure your organisation prospers by raising up more like minded people like [...]

A sisterly lament on how her brother suffered from the population white paper

A sisterly lament on how her brother suffered from the population white paper

A brother displaced by foreigners - as shared by Zarina JaffarThis is my brother, Zainal and his family. I was surprised to see him on that grass patch been interviewed by Gilbert.I was even more surprised to hear him mentioning "the root of all our [...]

Back-to-work mum distressed over infant care for new born baby

Back-to-work mum distressed over infant care for new born baby

Hi Gilbert, I just returned to work after my 16 weeks of maternity leave end of Jan and my baby is placed in an infant care while my husband and I work. As my office had moved during my maternity leave, it now takes me 1.5hrs to travel from home [...]

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