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Old 08-07-2020, 02:43 PM
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Money is better spent on experiences, not materials things.
When you are on your deathbed, do you think you will cherish your cars or handphones? You will only regret not living a fulfilling life.
When old and demented, one remembers nothing. Better to have the money to sustain oneself than to have had forgotten experiences that cannot be monetised!

Money should be spent judiciously on things that can improve one's quality of life. Not fleeting experiences that vanish as quickly as time!

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Old 08-07-2020, 05:11 PM
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I'm not sure if the original poster has found a job already but.. just wanted to share my experiences if its relevant to the community.

I have experienced 2-3 stints of being jobless.

The first was when I had just graduated and looking for that all important first job. I graduated in June and only managed to get a job the following March (around 9 mths without a job). I ended up choosing a job based on the first offer I got and I still remember the starting pay - $1.7k a mth. The job was decent - not too stressful or anything but I didn't stay long, only for a year and a half. It was pretty clear that the first job was not what I wanted to do. I had compromised because of the stress of not earning a salary and starting to repay my student loan.

This started another phase of being jobless. This time, it took nearly a year to find another job, this time in a field/role which interested me. Similar to my first job search, I sent off resumes based on listings in the Straits Times and other places (gives you an idea how old I am now). I managed to get a job during this period which I lasted a grand total of a week or so. Eventually, I got a developer job in a local IT company and (learning the lessons I had made previously) stayed employed for nearly 9 years. I took a sabbatical after that for 4 mths when my first kid was born but I had already made up my mind to find another job. Using the same method I had used before - sending off resumes, I managed to get a job at a MNC software company.

It was tough going. In a that company, the role wasnt as "defined" as before. I had to double as marketing, sales, research. Basically any work that needed to be done. I got to travel - making dozens of trips per year. The company I joined was acquired, and re-acquired. I ended up staying there for more than 8 years when I had had enough, did what I told myself never to do - leave a company without finding a new job first.

I stayed at home for more than a year. By that time, I had already worked for approximately 20 years and I was essentially not actively looking for a job. Out of the blue, an ex-colleague was in town and asked me if I would like to meet up for dinner. During that dinner, he asked if I would be interested to join his current company. Long story short, I went through the interview process and I have been in that company ever since. It made me think that the job acquisition process has changed. It is probably more likely nowadays to get a job via a connection of yours. It doesn't even have to be a really close connection.

I am not sure if any of this has helped. I understand the stress of not being employed. In my opinion, the best thing to do is to:
firstly - not give up the search and pick a job based on pressure or because of money and lose sight of what you really want to do,
secondly - stay connected to people even though these might be people you are not close to or even not really like in the first place
thirdly - it might seem to contradict my first point, but try new jobs and experiences. You will never know what you really want to do if you haven't experienced it.

Good luck with your search

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Old 09-07-2020, 06:23 PM
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Looks like we mba grads have it hard.

Graduated from NUS MBA in 2019, tried to look for a full time role but no luck.

Ended up became an independent financial advisor to make ends meet.

And I keep wondering why it was so hard for me to look for a job since most of my foreign classmates seem to get employed with ease.
How’s a career in IFA feels like? I just quit the insurance industry. I am pretty sure you have some network and savings to depend upon right?

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Harvard mba. Come back Sg since Feb cannot find job until now. Times are really bad.
Are you serious wow? You got to be kidding me man. What industry you looking into?
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Old 10-07-2020, 11:25 PM
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I am confused right now. All job offers are 1.8k to 2k.. My last drawn was around 2.5k+, am I supposed to take these job offers or continue waiting?

If i take these jobs, how will this impact the job after these? can get back to 2.5k+ or not?
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Old 11-07-2020, 11:25 PM
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I am confused right now. All job offers are 1.8k to 2k.. My last drawn was around 2.5k+, am I supposed to take these job offers or continue waiting?

If i take these jobs, how will this impact the job after these? can get back to 2.5k+ or not?
based on my own experiences, its a no,unless u change to a sector that is supposed to pay u a higher amt. this is becoz HR will cut your pay as much as they can.

eg: my pay at company A is 2.8k. at company B, i take a pay cut to get 2.5k. when i apply for job at company c, they willing to pay uo to 2.5k only. fyi, all in the same sectors. they can't dun offer more than their budget allowed. or just want to cut lah as i said. HR oso have kpi , which is to save cost for company


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jobless for longer time then the posters above. (yes i'm slightly choosy on the job scope, although less picky on the pay.)

live day by day for now.. stay home almost everyday. look at job portals everyday. stay positive lor.

where to find the part time jobs? job portals also? i have also applied for contract jobs to no avail though...
Have you try this job portal TalentTribe Asia, not so many Singaporeans know about this. I found my current job on this job portal, it may be an additional choice for you. Good luck
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MTI says now we're in a technical recession, economy contracted YoY by 12.6%

At this rate, I and many others will have long term membership privileges with the Jobless Society
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MTI says now we're in a technical recession, economy contracted YoY by 12.6%

At this rate, I and many others will have long term membership privileges with the Jobless Society
What do you work as now? Public sector should be quite safe.
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Am I the only one who thinks that maybe the news of widespread job losses and a poor economy is fake? I don't know a single person who lost their job due to covid, in fact some got increments and some got bonuses. Also the stock market is shooting up every day. Maybe they are excuses by employers to suppress our wages?
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