Engineering and IT Jobs

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 Singapore Press Release

Read up on the latest press from JobsDB Singapore in HRM Singapore Magazine.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Resume Checklist

For those applying for a job, here are some things to note when writing a power resume.

Resume Checklist
presented by Kelly Services

ü Include a recent and presentable passport-sized photo

ü Keep it short and precise

ü Use action and achievement words

ü Attach a cover letter

ü Make it easy

ü Start with your current or most recent job

ü Personalise your resume to suit the application

Do not
Send more than one application for the same job in hope that it will be noticed. It will be noticed but negatively.

X Use fancy, perfumed or coloured paper

X Exclude name of employer (company name).

X Use 'Whitener','White Tape', 'Tipex' to blank off information on the resume

X Send out poor or unclear photocopies

X Exceed 2 pages for your resumes.

The article is extracted from a publication by Kelly Services' called "Best Foot Forward". It is a 52 page guide for job seekers on job search tips. To obtain your very own copy of "Best Foot Forward", please send an email to
Kelly Services is a Fortune 500 company offering human resources solutions that include temporary services, staff leasing, outsourcing, vendor on-site and full time placement. With more than 2500 company owned and operated offices in 26 countries, Kelly provides nearly 800,000 employees annually.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Time to give up on print recruitment ads?

Read on the debate on Paperless Internet Classified Ads vs. Job Ads in Print Media and newspapers from an article in

Time to give up on print recruitment ads?

Singapore – Despite the rise of companies investing more in online recruitment ads to entice the internet-savvy jobseekers, print recruitment ads are here to stay. Or maybe not.

With the evolution of the internet and its interactive features, Samuel Sung, founder and chairman of JobsDB Inc, believes a recruitment print ad is no longer the right hiring channel for companies. Pointing out the disadvantages of newspapers ads, Sung says, “The newspaper is not interactive. It does not push the information to the reader. It is very passive.”

Furthermore, there is a slower response rate for newspapers recruitment ads, which is highly unlikely to happen for the more proactive internet, states Sung. “Internet generates quicker responses, instant posting and people who want to post jobs can do it within 24 hours. For newspapers, you have to wait for some days, [which is] the usual.”


Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Designed for Success

Aspiring young graphic designers and illustrators can check out this article on how to make it in the industry.

Designed for Success

Thihan Kyaw is from Myanmar and he recently graduated with a Diploma in Publication and Illustration from the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).He shares his dreams for the future with Mark Lim, JobsDB Campus editor.

My graduate showcase is a children’s story book called Pollyanna and the Prince of Happy Land, which I wrote and illustrated.

It’s about a girl called Pollyanna who meets a Prince in her dreams. I was inspired to write the book after teaching Art part time on weekends to children who are between 10 -12 years old.

While teaching them how to draw and colour, they shared with me that Art was a great outlet for them to express themselves and it enabled them to find freedom from the stress and routine of school work.

Therefore I believe that it is important for us to always believe in the power of imagination and never give up on our dreams. I have really enjoyed my studies at NAFA and feel really confident to enter the working world as a graphic designer.

My teachers are really professional and helpful and have instilled in me a passion and appreciation for the fine details of good design and helped to give me a strong aesthetics foundation. As part of my diploma program, I also undertook a 3 month industry attachment at Marshall Cavendish International Singapore, where I got to do hands-on graphic design and book publishing work on the My Pals Are Here! Primary Science textbooks, in addition to other projects.

It was an eye-opening experience and I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with some truly professional designers and editors during my 3 months there.

The graphic design industry in Singapore is very vibrant and there are a lot of opportunities out there for hardworking young people, so I can’t wait to get started on my first job. Plus, there are so many great job listings on, so hopefully one of them is meant for me!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Singapore Career Fair 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

StreetDirectory gets new features after merge with

Singapore— is now back online and improved with integrations by

StreetDirectory has recently been acquired from Virtual Map via a merger by, Asia’s largest online recruitment network. As a result, Street Directory has the additional feature of finding jobs available within a 5km radius and panning from one neighborhood to the next. Streetdirectory has also retained its location search via postal code.

To avoid further legal issues, chairman Sam Sung said StreetDirectory opted to start all over with its own cartographers and land surveyors to build the maps.

Mr. Firdhaus Akber, former managing director of Virtual Map and now managing editor for StreetDirectory, is joined by more than 10 senior executives in the new entity. Akber expressed hope that its customer base of 100 companies will continue their patronage.

See Also ZDNet Asia Article

Friday, August 1, 2008

Is There Employment After 50?

There is quite some difficulty in terms of job searching and the new graduates and people aged 50 years and above find it more daunting.

The article below discusses tips on discovering the job market for people over 50 or who are returning from retirement, or are in the middle of career transitions.

By Susan Dunn

I'm the "Ask the Expert" for some websites, and lately I've been getting questions about employment after 50. Since many of my clients are in midlife career transitions, I can tell you firsthand - yes, there is life after 50.

However, I sought more external validation. Since these workers assumed no one wants them over 50, I set out to find employers who preferred people over 50. I found 6 people who said what we all know - generalities don't apply in every case - but on average they would look first at the candidate over 50, and their reasons varied. Some employers don't consider age at all, and all have their preferences, but they vary, so don't assume the opposite!

So what should you do if you're downsized, retiring, or simply ready to be revitalized?
First of all, consider the experience you've gained in your own field. Now consider that transition coaches know this much about what they do, and hire a coach. It's a good time to have someone with expertise and experience in your corner! Some career coaches work with companies to see what the culture and climate is like before they refer you!
Work on your attitude. If you aren't excited, happy and positive, you should be, because this could be your chance to finally do what you really want to do.

Flexibility, an EQ competency, will come in handy. The more flexible you can be in your thinking, the more options you'll have. One retired military officer I knew, started volunteering at a homeless shelter, and then when the job of director came up, they already knew and trusted him, and he was hired.
Use your networks. Talk to the people you know. One of my clients who's moving said he was going to call the his fellow alumni in the new town. "One person knows one person…" he said. If you're a networker, the hunt will go faster.

Assess your strengths. I recommend the StrengthsFinder™ profile with interpretation from an experienced coach. This assessment taps your innate talents, which may have been jostled, shunted aside, considered a weakness, or be no longer recognizable. This is a chance to get to the core you, and maybe for the first time get the job you were meant to do. I've seen it happen!
If you choose to work for someone else, remember your age will be more of an issue if you agree! I've always had friends of all ages, and I've seen people of all ages make contributions to the places where I've worked.

Share the knowledge you've gained from experience, mentoring folks who are younger, just because it feels good and helps the workplace.

Some people chose this time to jump ship and go into business on their own, or become consultants.

Both of these involve marketing ability, which may be new to you, and the mindset of the entrepreneur so, again, I'd recommend a coach. It can save you a lot of time and "learning experiences."