The Singapore government has taken various initiatives to boost employment, from the Jobs Support Scheme to the SGUnited internships and apprenticeships. But for many, job hunting remains a lonely experience, with unanswered applications and interviews after interviews with no offers. This can put an emotional and financial strain on your life.
Here are some steps you can take to manage your job search.
1.Believe in your own worth
Don’t let the current job market affect your self-esteem. Remember that your job does not define you. If you get laid off or don’t get a job offer, it doesn’t mean your skills aren’t valuable. It doesn’t reflect your worth, so keep trying, whether in a different role or industry.
2.Keep up to date
Job skills are constantly changing, so make sure you are equipped with the right skills. Whether you’ve just graduated or are mid-career, your CV should reflect your skills. It’s also a good time to upskill yourself with Skills Future or other external knowledge providers.
3.Prepare for each interview
Take time to research your potential employer, your interviewer and the details of the job. Find out what the company’s vision and mission are and how you can fit in and contribute to the company’s goals. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; it is better to find the right company that shares the same values as you.
4.Check every opportunity
Job offers change all the time. Your next job offer could be for a different role to the one you applied for, or for a temporary position. It’s important to ask yourself if it’s something you would consider in the short term, rather than rejecting it outright. You never know if the opportunity might not lead you to your dream career.
5.Wait and see the situation
Reduce your monthly expenses as much as possible and try to wait out the current situation in the job market – the crisis will pass. Try to take up freelance work or pursue an interest or passion to strengthen your CV and network.
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