Engineering and IT Jobs

Thursday, September 29, 2011

What to do after job loss. It takes more than just coping.

Open letter:

We are currently working on a big project. So, expect this blog to have more idle moments than usual. But one thing's for sure: We'll make up for the lack of updates. THIS post marks the start of our revised blogging agenda.

We hope to get your support.

The moderators of


One thing that's been bothering us since the periodicals have started to publish clips on renewed optimism is that the hype seems to be evading the paths of our followers. Nothing's changed in our inbox -- the situation is still as gloomy as ever. Granted, competition is never out of the picture in the Singapore job market (and our jobs portal caters to millions of job seekers), but it just doesn't seem fair, right?

Having a hard time with your job hunt? Perhaps it will help if we say that in today's job market the average job hunting takes more than a month. That’s a safe assumption. David Perry, co-author of Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0' has shared with us through Career Advice that the average job search in America right now is, in fact, 33 weeks. Too much time right? That's why we thought of featuring you alternatives -- things to do to make proper use of the extra time after job loss. Take the time to ponder on these suggestions.

The first alternative that we want you to consider is contracting. Call it what you will: unstable; not advisable to those with long term goals; or a classic example of a tricky choice for career -- it's still something that can keep your financial needs taken care of while you're seeking for a rebound. We'll say this for contracting: do it. Contract jobs have evolved into jobs of great promise in recent years -- the underlying benefits of today's contract jobs can compete with those of stable posts actually. Taking on a contract job will not only keep your finances secured but also give a push up to your credentials, thus improving your chances for landing a job as well. If anyone here is acting questionably, take these points from Niharika Chaturvedi, a Senior Consultant (IT Banking Contract division) at Robert Walters with a grain of salt. She’s shared these with us through Career Advice just like David. Her main reasons for encouraging job seekers to consider contract jobs are as follows: extra/bonus income, stopgap arrangement in between jobs, practice for long term positions, exposure to new technologies, add value to your CV, opportunity to prove yourself in MNC, lower risk of losing your job, opportunity for salary increments, and more freedom.

Another silver lining to job loss is it gives you ample time for career seminars. There are many reasons why training programs are important for working professionals, but what matters the most has something to do with your relevance in the work world. Designed to cater to every employee skill there is, classes on career not only offer a chance for professionals to hone their professional expertise but also give them networking opportunities. The only stain on this suggestion is that it involves expenses. If you have money to spare, don't hesitate. It's for your career, anyway.

Now that we've raised this point, we feel compelled to give you suggestions on "how" and "where.” Periodicals are a great resource when it comes to looking for workshop opportunities to attend. Can we interest you in some servings from too? Established in their chosen fields, from finance to personal development, an excellent job is a standard for regulars George Goh, John Ho, Ricky Lien, David Goldwich, Shirley Taylor, Alison Lester, and Sandra Sandu-Reeves.'s seminars may be on the hefty side, but it's all up their on the webpages. It's impossible for people with such qualifications and ideas for development to disappoint you.

Though this doesn't offer as much benefits as the other strategies in this list, exploring the cyberspace for career portals like is a notable one. The internet is a place of the unexpected -- one link may give you more than your expected premise. An opportunity for learning in discount, perhaps, or even a Singapore job.

There’s no harm in trying. So don’t be afraid to give one or two of these suggestions a shot. Don’t hesitate to give us feedback.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I am not getting interview invites.

Yo, it's been a while. If you've been a blog follower since a long time ago, you're probably wondering what has happened to us.

Well, we're doing just fine. Busy but fine. Actually, we have a perfectly acceptable reason for not updating or writing or sharing anything (not even a ramble) this long. Thing is, many things are going on right now at our end (which is not surprising because the people behind are eternally workaholic and motivated). Rest assured, the skips have been committed for a good reason. You guys just have to wait to know what this reason actually is.

And no, we haven't forgotten our recent survey pursuit. Don't even go there. We know our commitments and it's not like us to forget them just because we've gotten ourselves in a little too much work tangles. Actually, from 14, the number of responses to our survey has increased to 25, making our last declaration a little bit faulty now. Although the crown of having the biggest number of ticks still belongs to the 'Identifying Suitable Job Opportunities' (as declared in the last update) option, the fact that the "I am not getting interview invites" under the "Job Interviewing" subcategory displays a very long orange bar can't just be ignored.

Yup, that bar just can't be ignored. Much like the new accounting jobs, engineer jobs, banking jobs, IT jobs, HR jobs, and telecom jobs in our database. Anyway, what exactly is our advice to those people that have made that orange bar this long (and those others who can relate to their problems)?

Here's the thing: We haven't changed our definition of a perfect job search: A perfect job search is targeted. The jobseeker chooses carefully the job ads he/she applies to and edits his/her resume based on the specific requirements of each of those job ads in his/her roster. Simple as that. Now, look back at your approach. Is this scenario familiar or very different?

We'll leave it there.

For those of you who have friends who haven't participated in the survey yet, just lead them to the post below this one.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Identifying Suitable Job Opportunities

You may be wondering what has begotten our little survey pursuit after three days. The truth is, it seems to be stuck at 14. Of course, you can help us to improve this measly number by telling your Singapore jobseeker friends to take part as well. Nevertheless, even though (again-- we're getting tired of writing these types of disclaimers, really) 14 is very far from being a 'professional sample', for the sake of giving you updates, we're doing this. Rather unsurprisingly, the aspect of job hunting that so far has the most response count is 'Identifying Suitable Job Opportunities'. Because we're in a country whose job market is a wonderland for all nationalities, we kind of expected this kind of trend.

The sub-category of "Are you a member of If yes, how do you make use of its database?" so far has the most responses. Of course, this surprised us. We'd like to think that the jobs database of is the most user-friendly there is; thus, jobseekers shouldn't find it hard to navigate through the website's pages of Singapore jobs at all. Could it be that this commotion is due to the fact that, admittedly, most of the job postings only ask for Singaporean/PR applications?

Well, this 'problem' isn't exclusive only to It 's natural because by setting this restriction, employers can skip the paper processing step and make their hiring processes faster. But well, this doesn't mean that expatriates are at a big disadvantage against locals/PRs with regards to the accounting jobs, banking jobs, engineering jobs, design jobs, telecom jobs, public service jobs, among others, in our database.

The key is patience (Plus, hard work). It's no good for them to apply to ads with PR restrictions, though. Those specifications are there for a reason. If you really truly want to succeed in your job search in Singapore, you won't want to communicate a 'desperate' image.

We'll update you as soon as we get more responses.

Reposting this for the 'possible' extras:
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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A short note on career stress

If nothing else, stress is destructive to jobseekers and career builders. If they want to succeed in their job search, it goes without saying that jobseekers have to religiously follow Singapore jobs trends. However, they should do this without compromising on the overall quality of their lives outside the corporate world. Career builders are faced with the same task. And although it can be considered that their brand of stress carries a lighter weight than that of the jobseekers, balance remains an important part of the equation.

It may seem difficult to fight off stress, but something as simple as drinking coffee can already do the job well, depending on your definition of relaxation and peace. It all starts with your recognision of this definition, followed by the development of possible counterplans against stress in relation to the it.

How about getting ideas from 15 Ways to Beat Stress at Work?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


"JobsDB is the No.1 jobsite in Asia Pacific, offering over tens of thousands of job opportunities every day."

We couldn't have said it better. By now, it should be glaringly obvious to you that everyone at JobsDB is workaholic, from the admin to the sales and marketing departments. All of this is to help Singapore employers with their hiring processes. For jobseekers, good work is ensured so that they'd not have a hard time landing a job even though the competition in the Singapore jobs market is impossibly tight.

Why the sudden advertorial? This actually should have gone with our announcement concerning the recent facelift of To call this blogging effort sudden is outright wrong. No important backlogs, whatsoever. And anyway, we're still gathering responses from our recent survey pursuit.

Speaking of that survey, it isn't actually doing very good. And so, we ask you to ask your friends who are also job hunting to take part in it. Although there are no prizes involved, you can be sure that we'll give all we've got with our replies.

Leave the prize-giving to Spot and Win by spotting taxis with JobsDB stickers wrapped around them on the road. Contest's still ongoing, just go here for more information:

Our database has just received new Accounting Jobs, Admin Jobs, Engineering Jobs, Education Jobs, and Telecom Jobs. Be sure to check them out.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Is there something wrong with your job search? We might be able to help.

Bad news: We have officially lost our touch. But here's the thing: You can help to get it back. If you miss our long ramblings about Singapore jobs and career advice (In other words, our talkative selves), you should take part in this...uhm...activity.

One thing's for sure: we need your inputs badly. And although our survey skills are far from being at par with professional standards, at the very least, we get people talking through such means. At the very least, we know what to talk about (and there is an assurance that our efforts will pay off because we will be read). There.

It seems that our last survey isn't getting anymore responses, but really, the number 24 is enough to encourage us to create another one. This time, we are addressing the survey to our jobseeker readers: In what aspect of job hunting are you the most confused? We want to know, so we could give our best for help.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

The young and hip

Young writers are anything but boring. Unlike their older counterparts *cough, cough*, they do not shy away from the Avant-garde, resulting to witty pieces of prose.

If you haven't noticed it yet, JobsDB Campus is no longer the grumpy webpage where there are only pictures of students in toga and links to student jobs, fresh graduate jobs, and part time jobs. It was, actually, re-branded with youth and vibe in mind. What better way to induce these elements into a webpage than setting up a blog and hiring young writers to moderate that blog?

Thus, is born to entertain and inform. Our hip moderators never fail to amaze us with their witty takes on career issues. How about you check their writing skills out yourself? These are their best and most popular articles:

Adding your personal touch to Valentine Day
The Value of Facebook status to a campus student
The Stereotypical Job Interviewee
Guide to Mugging in Town
Passion Reads of Summer

P.S. The moderators of this blog aren't really 'that' old, but we bow down to the creativity of these people.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Singapore jobs update

It has been a while since we last made an update about the Singapore jobs market. We may be messy writers, but we know (and admit to) our shortcomings.

You have to understand that making updates about Singapore jobs is our main task on Facebook and Twitter everyday. Since we are all about achieving variety over here, the news naturally doesn't come up as a possible source of topic whenever we brainstorm for this blog.

Of course this won't happen if only we keep a schedule for this blog (given our many job responsibilities) or at least, a list of what to and what not to write. Then again, we're messy and you know it.

Shame on the ramblings, but it's only necessary to do. And before you get more frustrated on us, the thing is, there is talent shortage in the industries of Finance and Accounting. What we have now is a jobseeker market where Singapore employers find hiring skilled accounting and finance professionals a big challenge. With this, the experts predict that there will be enough Singapore banking jobs and accounting jobs for everyone for the next 6 months.

If you're job hunting in the sector of finance or accounting but having a hard time landing a job, something is definitely wrong with what you're doing. Maybe you aren't highlighting your technical skills enough? Do you make sure that your resume is spotless and highlights your very best skills before sending it?

Organisations hiring in the Asia-Pacific continue to face talent shortage

How to get on the board: Five skills you need for a successful finance career

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


With a fast-changing world as a backdrop, you have to admit that the task of achieving success isn't a very easy thing to do. And so, companies keep up with trends like a broker does to the stock market. Similarly, jobseekers and career builders do everything to improve their chances of succeeding in their individual pursuits. What we have here is a busy discourse of "mind your own businesses" yet, nobody gets offended because that's simply the things have become.

Needless to say, JobsDB is always seeking ways to improve the services it provides to its jobseeker members and employer clients. How so is it devoted to the task?

It goes without saying that social media websites have become a relevant part of our lives. With that in mind, immediately set up profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and even joined the blogging scene in hopes of reaching a wider audience and delivering our Singapore banking jobs, accounting jobs, engineer jobs, admin jobs, and telecom jobs better. We spend time answering the concerns you've posted on our Facebook wall or via mentioning @JobsDBSingapore in your tweet daily.

Not that we're testing your ability to feel grateful (we're well aware that our efforts are recognised). All the repetitions are for potential followers who've been lurking around our social media empires for a while -- We want them to stay connected with us like you do.

If you've been keeping up with our rambles and rants for quite some time now, you should be familiar with these icons:

Join our Fanpage on Facebook!Follow us on Twitter!Watch our YouTuBe Videos!Read our blog!Please write a review on!

It's our gateway to the social media scene. If you're not yet a follower, a friend or a member, you know what to do. Click! Click! Click!

Also, JobsDB Singapore jobs are available as RSS feeds... all 30,000 of them. Just one click can lead you to opportunities and chances of joining Singapore's top employers. This button right here will hand you the convenience:


Speaking of convenience, the 'need' for it has never been this strong -- These days, cellphones are no longer considered luxuries. It is for this reason that JobsDB has developed an IPhone App. If you're an IPhone user, you might be interested to check this out:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tapping the hidden jobs market

Okay. So far, our little survey has garnered 24 responses. Although this number is still far from being acceptable by professional polling standards, we cannot help but feel ready to already declare a winner among our choices. 41.7% said that the best option to take when one's job search was having troubles was *surprise, surprise* "tapping the hidden jobs market through networks". Far from the second place was the option of "considering temp jobs and contract jobs", with 29.2% approval. The third placer was the option of "considering another industry with similar demands" with 16.7% approval, followed by "trying harder" with 12.5%. Still, no one agreed to considering the option of "returning to school for MBA or attending career seminars".

If we were to answer this survey, we'd probably zero in our contemplation on the options of "tapping the hidden jobs market" and"considering returning to school". Eventually, after much musing, we'd probably end up choosing the latter . Ergo, we're quite disappointed that nobody -- not even one -- has the same views as ours. Not that we're implying that our industry insights are superior, but we probably just need assurances that people are finally recognising the "new trend", the one implying that human capital development is the most effective route to success in this day and age. Singapore employers should be the ones most mindful of this, but jobseekers of Singapore banking jobs, accounting jobs, engineer jobs, marketing jobs...everything should recognise its presence as well at the very least, so expectations could be met if you get what we mean.

Nevertheless, since it doesn't seem like we're still going to get additional responses, we might as well share already what we have to say concerning the discourse of the hidden jobs market and how to tap into its resources. Actually, the hidden jobs market could be tapped in many ways, both conventionally and unconventionally. Focus was given to networking because it seemed to be the most effective way, judging from our own experiences and past conversations with jobseekers.

It is a given fact that more than 50% of job openings in Singapore aren't advertised. There are still companies that believe in the referrals method of filling in vacant positions, the thing is. The only way to have yourself considered for these positions, given these circumstances, is knowing someone 'from the inside'. Frequenting networking events and joining professional clubs are both a good way to meet potential contacts. If you haven't considered these options for career advancement yet, you should do so asap.

Returning to school can also lead you to people who will make great contacts. Okay, that's one biased statement, but we guess you understand the point, right?

Do you beg to disagree? Speak out. We'll listen.

Monday, September 5, 2011

We interrupt your regular programming for a brief announcement.

Unsurprisingly since everyone at is workaholic, there's a lot of things going on right now on our end. If you haven't visited our website in a while, you should do so ASAP to see our new look.

So how do you find it? Since this change is a first time in a long while, we are in a dire need of comments and suggestions. If you have something in mind regarding our new interface, whether it is positive or negative, just send it out.

To those who are curious about what this change implies, only the interface has changed actually. It's the same brand of convenience when searching for Accounting Jobs, Finance Jobs, Engineer Jobs, Admin Jobs, etc. Similarly, JobsDB, Job Alerts, Learning and all the other JobsDB services you've grown to love will still work to provide you convenience in your job search or career building.

So yes, we need your inputs.

Aside from this, we also have an ongoing contest. This time, it's very easy to win. You just have to spot taxis with JobsDB stickers wrapped around them and take note of their registration numbers. Prizes to be given away include MacBook Air, 8GB iPod Touch, Shopping Vouches worth $200, and Pairs of Movie Tickets worth $170. Visit for more details.

Of course, we're still inviting Singapore employers to sign their staff up for Onboarding Workshop, a first time in Asia! Get them to speed up in half the time!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

What's up with the new 'Career Positioning' campaign?

We've been talking a lot about 'career positioning' lately, urging jobseekers to be targeted in their applications. Similarly, we've been busy asking career builders to get their goals straight once and for all. If you've been with us since the very beginning, you should know that this is being done with intent. And we're going to keep up with it for as long as it takes to get satisfying results.

Although we give as much importance to the virtue of variability as interactivity as far as this blog is concerned, we've come into a (rather delayed) conclusion that repetition is a good teacher. If you want to make people remember something, gentle reminders are the way to go.

But of course, we're aware that overdoing it could potentially lead to a decrease in the number of our followers. That's why we think of different ways to get the point across. Last Friday, we did a survey (Which is still open, BTW). The other day, we listed questions that some of our followers might be confused about. It's all about pre-suppositions... and hoping that your wild guess applies to some of the people within your social circles. And then, a conversation of some sort is born.

By principle, this is not the least bit easy. And there's no assurance that the conversation you've successfully instigated will go on for more than a week. So, there. Our writing jobs are not easy and we can only hope for your undying participation.

Nevertheless, we don't intend on bumming you with a complicated discussion today, so don't worry. Actually, we're only tasked to inform you about the 'latests' from our editors at, in case you haven't visited in a while. Just recently, our editors uploaded press releases from Hays Singapore and Robert Half concerning their recent findings in the Singapore jobs market and the overall standing of Singapore jobs. In particular, banking jobs and financial jobs are those in the spotlight. If you're job hunting in this industry, you shouldn't be having a hard time.

The links:

Organisations hiring in the Asia-Pacific continue to face talent shortage

How to get on the board: Five skills you need for a successful finance career

Money and lifestyle issues driving career change for Singapore’s workers

More hiring at the top this financial year