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.