How to Get A Job in Singapore: 10 Steps to Guarantee Success 2024

February 22, 2023

So you’ve decided to move to the Lion City. The Switzerland of South East Asia. An eclectic mix of Eastern & Western cultures. A gateway to Asia’s fast growing markets.

You might be apprehensive at first. Singapore has a competitive job market, and foreign professionals often have many similar questions.

  • Who are the top Singapore companies hiring aggressively?
  • Is it easy for an expatriate to get a job here?
  • What’s the best strategy to stand out amongst hundreds of applicants?

At ResumeWriter.SG, we’re a team of recruiters and headhunters in Singapore, and we’ve been around for well over a decade now.

What I’m basically saying is: ”We know EXACTLY how the market here works.”

The winning strategy of one jobseeker may not necessarily work for another. There is constant adjustment and customisation based on several factors. These include your current situation, future career plans, the position you are trying to apply for, the company you want to get into, your work expectations, you expected salary, and so much more.

Is it easy to get a job in Singapore?

Getting a job in Singapore can be both accessible and challenging, depending on various factors. 

Singapore boasts a robust job market with a diverse range of opportunities across industries such as finance, technology, healthcare, and hospitality. 

For skilled professionals in high-demand fields, securing employment can be relatively straightforward due to the country’s thriving economy and international appeal. 

However, for expatriates or those in less specialized roles, the process may involve more competition and stringent work permit requirements. 

Singapore places a strong emphasis on educational qualifications and relevant experience, making it imperative for job seekers to possess a strong resume. 

Networking and leveraging online job portals are common strategies for job seekers, and while the process may require persistence and patience, Singapore’s dynamic job market offers ample opportunities for those who are well-prepared and determined.

10 Steps on How to Get A Job in Singapore

Whether you’re new to Singapore, a fresh graduate, working mom, burnt out employee, or a senior executive looking for new career opportunities, there is no one secret to landing a job in Singapore.

But I do have 10 pointers that’ll get you close enough to your goal. Let’s dive in to Step 1.

1. Research companies in your field

Familiarizing yourself with the job landscape in Singapore should be one of your initial steps.

Do comprehensive research to gain an understanding of the industry’s dynamics and expectations.

Your chosen career path may influence your ability to secure a job, and not all sectors in Singapore exhibit the same growth patterns as those in other countries.

Therefore, conducting thorough research is crucial to know the state of your chosen industry.

If you discover that your preferred industry isn’t thriving as expected and has potential limitations, consider crafting a contingency plan.

Singapore boasts a strong demand for professionals in various sectors, including digital marketing, finance, programming, data engineering, human resources, and healthcare specialists.

Look up the Strategic and Skills-in-Demand List, regularly curated and updated by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

This list highlights skills and industries in high demand, providing you with valuable insights to help secure rewarding employment opportunities.

2. Identify your strengths and skills

Okay, so you know you love arts. Or music. Or maybe computers and gadgets.

And thus, you are maybe thinking of looking for jobs either in these industries or with a position related to these niches.

But that’s just one part of identifying your overall profile.

The next step is to know about what you’re capable of doing with regard to your passion.

For instance, say you love music and you want to work in the music industry. But, can you sing? Can you write songs? Or maybe, does your strength lie in organising music events and concerts?

Identifying your strengths and skills is important when planning your career because these will help you understand your competitive advantage, decide which job you fit in, and how you can better present yourself to employers.

So once again, at this point, take time to determine your current strengths and skills sets that you can sell to potential employers, before going further on to your job application.

3. Look up headhunters from your industry

A significant step you can take is to reach out to headhunters for invaluable assistance.

It’s essential to tap into reliable sources, and engaging with a headhunter serves as an excellent starting point.

These reputable headhunters meticulously review resumes to ensure they align seamlessly with the preferences of Singaporean employers.

Moreover, they offer guidance on interview procedures, enabling candidates to navigate interactions with recruiters more smoothly.

Headhunters can provide deep insights into your industry you may need access to.

Here are the top headhunters in Singapore you can look up to find one that fits your career goals.

4. Know if you are qualified to work in Singapore

If you’re a Singaporean, you can skip this step.

However, if you’re a foreigner looking to get a job in Singapore, you may want to check your work visa eligibility first.

When determining whether or not to give you a visa, the Singapore Ministry of Manpower looks at many factors – income level, area of vocational expertise, years of experience, etc.

There are different kinds of work permits, passes, and even visas for foreign employees. A few examples of these passes include;

  • Employment Pass – One of the most common passes, this work permit allows foreign workers and foreign professionals to work in the country.
  • Entrepreneur Pass – Foreign entrepreneurs can apply for an entrepreneur pass if they want to start a new business in Singapore.
  • Personalised Employment Pass – A step up from a standard Employment Pass, this personalised pass is best for foreign professionals and high earners.
  • S Pass – The most common pass when it comes to mid-level skilled staff, earners need to be making 3,000 SGD to qualify for the S Pass.
  • Work Permit for Migrants – Some foreign professionals will be able to get a work permit for migrants; examples of workers that can qualify for this permit as those working in construction.
  • Work Holiday Pass – The work holiday pass allows under 25s to spend up to six months working in Singapore.

So before you start sending applications, it is important that you first identify the requirements needed to work in Singapore, to know what to apply for.

You can self-check your eligibility for a Singapore work visa here via Singapore Ministry of Manpower’s Self Assessment Tool. It takes less than a minute!

Do take note, however, that just because you were able to secure a working visa or a dependent pass in Singapore, that doesn’t mean you can automatically get a job here.

There are other factors being considered before an employer considers hiring you, such as relevant work experience and your overall qualifications.

5. Write a stellar resume

Now that you’ve identified your passion, strengths, and skills, it’s time to create your resume.

But remember, do not just write a resume for the sake of having one.

The Singapore labour market is extremely competitive.

There are lots of great jobs, but also a lot of exceptional applicants – locally, and from all over the world.

It’s this competition that makes Singapore one of the best labour markets in the world, and one of the toughest.

So make sure your resume helps you stand out among 300 other candidates for a particular job.

I can’t overemphasise the importance of having a well-written resume.

From, “This is going to be your one and only chance to capture a potential employer’s attention, or for your resume to be tossed into the file of those they don’t want to pursue.”

This is true. You only have a few seconds to showcase yourself through your resume. Therefore, your resume needs to be attractive, professional, and well-written.

It’s your first ticket to your dream job. And if your resume didn’t make it past the initial screening, you can say goodbye to your dreams.

To help you get started with your resume, or improve on your current one, here is our comprehensive guide on How To Write A Winning Resume.

You can also check out our Singapore Resume Samples that you can model when crafting your winning resume.

Remember, your resume can make or break your career. Make sure you put a lot of effort in creating a resume that wins!

6. Look for available jobs via job portals

Searching on job portals or platforms can significantly increase your chances of landing the perfect position. 

Look out for platforms that are industry-specific to access several job openings in your career field. Consider using localised platforms within Singapore.

Some platforms offer intuitive filtering mechanisms, allowing you to tailor search results to align with your specific preferences and interests. 

Here are some of the prominent online job portals frequented by job seekers in Singapore:

  • MyCareersFuture: A government-operated website in Singapore, MyCareersFuture assures safety and reliability in your job search.
  • JobStreetOffers a huge database of full-time positions under different categories based on individual specialisations.
  • LinkedIn: It has a fuss-free job application process, and 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn to source candidates.

Need more industry-specific options? Look up the best job portals in Singapore.

There is always a job available. In fact, there are thousands of job available and hundreds of companies hiring.

You only have to look in the right place and talk to the right people… which leads me to my next point.

7. Connect with the right people

Who are these people, you may ask? These are former bosses, colleagues, business partners, hiring managers from companies you wish to get into, headhunters, and recruitment agents.

While submitting your well-written resume to job portals such as and is always the most convenient way to apply for jobs, this is also the least effective way of getting noticed.

Why? Because every other jobseeker is doing the same thing! So you end up applying for your dream job with 200 more applicants vying for the position.

Even if you have a very impressive profile, your chance of getting a call back is still very small. This is the reason why I advise clients to connect to real people instead.

Additionally, while reaching out to them via email or phone call is an option you have, I do encourage you to meet them in person, have a little chat, and then sell yourself and show them that you are the right person their firm needs.

This technique has worked successfully for most of my clients.

As a former recruitment professional, I hired several candidates who confidently asked to meet me in person and showed me why they are the perfect hire.

So, go ahead and reach out to these headhunters in Singapore and get ahead of the competition.

8. Send out your resume and attach a customised cover letter

This is it! You’re now ready to send out your resumes and apply for jobs in Singapore. Here are some important pointers you need to keep in mind.

8.1 Review and follow application instructions thoroughly on the job listing.  If it says you need to include your salary expectations and reasons for leaving previous jobs, then include these in your resume.

8.2 Use PDF format when sending resumes online. This way, your resume format will remain intact, especially when printed.

8.3 Personalise your job application. Avoid using templated email script and sending your resume to all potential employers at once (using BCC). Instead, take time to send your application one at a time with a personalised letter or introduction about yourself.

8.4 Attach a cover letter to your resume. This will help you introduce yourself better and explain why you are the best candidate for the job. Remember to customise your cover letter to each job you are applying to.

To help you write an impressive cover letter, read this guide we created on How to Write A Cover Letter.

8.5 Choose email over job portals. To further personalise your application, I suggest that you directly email your resume and cover letter to the hiring manager or HR person in-charge of recruitment. This will give you a slight edge over those that apply via job sites and career portals.

However, while I don’t encourage depending solely on these sites when doing job search and application, it wouldn’t hurt to create an account, set up a profile, and upload your resume there.

After all, you want to explore any potential career opportunities available, right? Which leads me to my next point.

9. Take advantage of social media

Do you know that you can also find jobs in Singapore by actively sourcing from social media sites?

Yes, you can find career gems on websites like Facebook, and especially LinkedIn.

But before you apply for jobs on social media, make sure that your profiles in each of these sites are set up properly and optimised.

Include current and previous work experiences, educational summary, and a good bio or description of yourself.

Check and clean up photos of you, as well. Make sure that they are decent looking and nothing in there leaves a bad impression of you.

Most importantly, they should be consistent with what is written in your resume.

As hiring managers and recruiters look into a candidate’s social media presence, make sure to keep your profile professional looking at all times.

Check out our guide on How to Write A Great LinkedIn Profile if you want more tips on crafting a LinkedIn account that will attract opportunities.

10. Got a call back? Ace the Interview

At this point, I am confident that you will get one or more call backs… especially if you have followed the tips I mentioned above, as well as the guides I shared with you.

And when you do receive an invitation for an interview, make sure to prepare before actually going to your scheduled interview.

Here are some job interview preparation tips you can follow:

  • Read and review once again the description of the job you applied for.
  • Research about the company.
  • Find and practice an interesting answer to the question “Can you tell me more about yourself?” Make your introduction catchy and share something that is not already written in your resume.
  • Practice explaining your work experiences based on what are written on your resume.
  • Prepare some questions to ask the interviewer.
  • Mark the date and time of the interview on your calendar. Be sure to show up on time.
  • In case you won’t be able to make it, inform your interviewer ahead of time and politely ask to reschedule.
  • Dress nicely and professionally.
  • Be confident. While being nervous is normal, try to control your fear and show that you are prepared for the interview.
  • If you are not familiar with the interview venue, look it up in advance so you won’t get lost.
  • Bring an extra printed copy of your resume just in case the interviewer asks for one.

The job interview is a critical stage. While you are one step closer to getting the job than most applicants, you still need to pass this stage (and other interviews) with flying colors in order to receive a job offer.

Be sure to read our blog on Common Job Interview Questions before you head to your interview to make sure that you’re prepared.

However you did in the interview, don’t forget to politely say thanks to the interviewer and appreciate that you were invited onto this stage.

Read our guide on how to send Thank You And Follow Up Emails After A Job Interview if you want to show good business etiquette and stand out from other applicants.

Got a job offer? Here’s what you need to do.


Isn’t it exciting whenever you receive a job offer, especially if it’s for the job you’ve always wanted?

Unless you’re truly decided to get the job (even before you applied for it), here are some tips you need to consider before signing your name on the contract.

Review the offer thoroughly. If there are points you don’t understand or you need to clarify, don’t hesitate to ask. Be sure that your expectations from the job and the company’s expectations from you are aligned.

If you have pending applications or job offers, tell the hiring manager about them. You don’t want to appear as if you’re not interested with their offer. Just ask for some time so you can evaluate the different offers you have.

After all, if they really, really want you in their team, they can even make an offer that you can’t resist!

Consider the compensation package. Do not just look at the base pay. Make sure to evaluate non-monetary benefits that you will or will not get as well. Additionally, if location is quite a concern for you, ask about transportation or relocation packages that they can offer.

Get second or third opinions. You may think that the job is already perfect for you, but do consider other people’s thoughts, as well, such as your family’s. If you still aren’t sure, you may want to get opinions of previous colleagues, bosses, or even professional career coaches.

Don’t be afraid to negotiate. Okay, so the offer is not exactly what you have hoped for. Don’t turn it down just yet! You can actually negotiate for a better package.

According to Isaiah Hankel Ph.D., an internationally recognised Fortune 500 consultant, in his article for the, “If you’re too afraid to ask for a higher salary after you get an industry job offer, you will be left behind.

“Refusing to negotiate your first industry salary contract could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of your career.”

The job offer isn’t the end-stage of your job search.

In fact, if you made a wrong decision, you will just have to repeat the entire job application process from scratch.

I have met many employees who shared with me their horrifying stories in the workplace and how they hate their jobs just because they were too eager to accept a job offer without really looking at the big picture.

So, before accepting an offer, make sure to review it a hundred times offer. And once you’re 200% sure, then go and get it!

Final words

There you have it, folks! 10 tips, techniques, steps, and must-do’s (plus a bonus pointer) on how to successfully get a job in Singapore. With four official languages and a high average salary, it’s a great country to work in.

I’m sure you already know by now that job hunting is not a walk in the park, especially if you want to land a decent job that pays well.

It requires time, patience, determination, and constant adjustment on your end in order to build a career that’s right for you and will help you grow as a professional.

Finally, if you need someone to talk to or get a professional career advice, why don’t you consider getting a career coach? Career coaches or mentors are the best people to seek advice from when you feel like you’re stuck in your career and don’t know how to move forward in achieving your professional goals.

Go ahead! Contact us at and our team of professional resume consultants will be more than happy to discuss your job application concerns and help you in the best way we can.

Until then, best of luck in getting a job in Singapore!

Harry Suresh
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