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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 [...]

Appeal for compassionate waiver of penalty payment for breaking of $6300 bond for Ms Jennifier Chew

Appeal for compassionate waiver of penalty payment for breaking of $6300 bond for Ms Jennifier Chew

To Zoe Gan Owner Pawsitive Sensations 17 Mar 2014 Dear Zoe, I refer to your ex-employee, Ms Jennifer Chew, who has contacted us for support and is currently made to pay a monthly instalment of $350 for 18 months as a liability for breaking her [...]

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 [...]

50-year-old PMET with engineering NUS masters degree under employed and getting fresh graduate salary

50-year-old PMET with engineering NUS masters degree under employed and getting fresh graduate salary

Hi Gilbert, I read your articles about Master degree holders not holding proper JOBs and decided to contribute. There are many of my classmates who are in similar situation and they are driving taxis. I want to remain anonymous. I had a MSc [...]

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 [...]

Registration: “How to survive unemployment” support workshop on 5 March (Wed) from 2 to 5pm

Registration: “How to survive unemployment” support workshop on 5 March (Wed) from 2 to 5pm

Dear Friends, Transitioning.org is conducting a support workshop on how to survive unemployment on 5 March (Wed) from 2 to 5pm. Unemployment can hit any one of us suddenly and without warning and there is nothing that we have learned from [...]

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 [...]

Why Western expats will not convert to become Singapore citizens

Why Western expats will not convert to become Singapore citizens

“Yes, here is my take as a Singapore from a WESTERN country. If they made Singapore citizenship more attractive, i.e. allow dual citizenship , I would take it up . If they force me to give up my existing citizenship, I would SIMPLY LEAVE [...]

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