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Showing posts with label Work. Show all posts

Monday, September 12, 2011

Location of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Havelock Road

After I called the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and told them that I will claim my EPEC personally to their office, they arranged an appointment for me.  

I searched at the Singapore Map for the location of the (MOM) Ministry of Manpower, Havelock Road.

So the day that I went to MOM, I was early as my scheduled time for the reason that I considered the time that will be wasted in finding the location.  

How to Go to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Havelock Road?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Job Fair at Suntec (August 13-14, 2011)

I think I forgot to mention about the site where I found my job here in Singapore.  I was lucky to hold on to this site ( when I was looking for a job during those critical days.

Looking for a job is almost a 60% online and 40% on other media (based on what I observed) here in Singapore.  Walk-in interviews are quite few.

This time, I'm glad to know that there will be a Job Fair at Suntec Singapore this coming August 13 to 14.

The event "Career and Learning Fair" is sponsored by the

Schedule Details:
August 13, 2011 - Open for Singaporeans, PRs and Foreigners with valid work passes
August 14, 2011 - Open for the public (Sorry guys, there is an entrance fee of $10 for non-
                             Singaporeans, non-PRs and non-work pass holders)

Before you go to the event, you can register online to prevent yourself stack on queues.  Click this LINK to register.

How to Get To Suntec?
Alight at Cityhall MRT Station and follow the sign "To Suntec"'s a 15min walk from the City Hall MRT Station.

Exhibitor Listing

  • ACCA Singapore
  • Pte Ltd
  • Adam Khoo Learning Centre
  • Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore
  • Alantic Sports Pte Ltd
  • All Deals Asia
  • American International Assurance Company, Limited
  • arvato digital services Pte Ltd
  • At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy
  • AUG - Study in Australia, UK and the USA
  • Auston Institute of Management Pte Ltd
  • Aventis Graduate School
  • Aviva Ltd
  • Baking Industry Training Centre Pte Ltd
  • Breadtalk Group of Companies
  • Canon Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Chili's Grill & Bar
  • CSM Academy International
  • DAS Academy
  • Delphin Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Dreamworks Organisation
  • DUCK & HiPPO
  • E M Services
  • EASB East Asia Institute of Management
  • ERC Institute Pte Ltd
  • Executive Counselling and Training Academy
  • Fairmont and SwissĂ´tel
  • Far East Organization
  • Financial Alliance Pte Ltd
  • Flight Centre Limited
  • G.SPA Pte Ltd
  • Great Eastern Life Assurance Co Ltd
  • HNE Consultants Pte Ltd
  • HSBC Insurance
  • Institute of Technical Education
  • Inter Island Group of Companies
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • International Compliance Association
  • ITC School of Laws Pte Ltd
  • JACK Study Abroad
  • Kaplan Higher Education Institute
  • MAK Career Consultant Pte Ltd
  • Makino Asia Pte Ltd
  • Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS)
  • marcusevans
  • Marketing Institute of Singapore Training Centre
  • McDonald's
  • Melior International College
  • Micron and IM Flash Singapore
  • Millennium & Copthorne International Ltd
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministry of Manpower
  • National Library Board
  • Newstead Technologies Pte Ltd
  • NTUC Income
  • Nuance-Watson (S) Pte Ltd
  • NUS (Bachelor of Technology Programme)
  • Outward Bound Singapore
  • Pico Art International Pte Ltd
  • Prudential Assurance Co (S) Pte Ltd
  • REC Singapore
  • Rockwell Automation Asia Pacific Business Center Pte Ltd
  • S P Jain Center of Management-Singapore
  • Sapura Synergy Singapore Pte Ltd
  • Sentosa Leisure Group
  • Shopping Bag / Restobars
  • Singapore Saizeriya Pte Ltd
  • Singapore Tourism Board
  • SMa Institute of Higher Learning
  • SMRT
  • Stamford Raffles College
  • Star Furniture Group
  • TE Connectivity
  • Valiram Group
  • Viking Offshore & Marine Ltd
  • Walton International Group (S) Pte Ltd
  • Wildlife Reserves Singapore
  • Wing Tai Retail Management Pte Ltd
   And many others!

Other Related Post:
Experience at Suntec JobsDB Job Fair (March 25-27, 2011)

Friday, July 15, 2011

MOM Selected Institutions List for EPEC

NOTE: As of December 01, 2011, EPEC Scheme is discontinued by MOM...Read More.

Applying for EPEC is frustrating especially when you're REJECTED.  The difficult thing is you don't know what was the reason of the rejection, it's just hanging.

Before you apply, you must consider the list of Institutions or Schools, which MOM (Ministry of Manpower) had selected.  The applicant must possess selected university qualifications.

The main reason why MOM had made this qualifications is from the wide range of criteria:

  • Global and country institution rankings by independent accreditation boards
  • Hiring history by top companies in Singapore
  • Validation by HR consultants in listed countries
  • Employment outcome of the institution's graduates
  • The institution's enrollment standards
What are the Institutions selected by MOM?
I am from the Philippines, so I will list down the institutions that are qualified by MOM in my country.

PhilippinesAsian Institute of Management
PhilippinesAteneo de Manila University
PhilippinesDe La Salle University

To verify your school, institution or university, whatever you call it, you can click the link below.  Choose your Country and click Search.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

What to Prepare Before Going to Singapore (Part 1)

When my EPEC was approved, I was too excited to buy a ticket for Singapore.  I'm so ready to go...

But then, I realized, my world out there is different. I need to prepare everything. How lucky I was to have a friend that will guide me on every details that I need to ask.  What if I don't have one?

The place is new to me, I only knew how it looks from the pictures that I have seen in the internet and the feedback I get from my relatives, who went there as tourists.

Here are some few tips that I would like to share to you on how and what to prepare before going to Singapore to work.

How to Prepare Before Going to Singapore?
Remember that you are in Singapore.  This is not your country and anyone is a stranger.  Even if they say that Singapore is Safe, remember "Less Crime Does Not Mean No Crime!".

I know that each one of us has his own belief. Someone to lean on to in case of danger and depression.  Whatever your Religion may be, always remember to pray. As a Roman Catholic, I always pray to God and believe that He's always there for me to guide me and help me in my Singapore journey.

Ask yourself, "Am I ready to leave my country, mother, father, wife, son, daughter, brother, sister and everyone?"  This is the difficult part where your heart is the target.

You can hit me at my face and can even kick me, it does not hurt me at all...BUT this part hurts me the most.

I took my wife and my son to dinner and malling once a week to have the best bonding moments with them as I could. Before bedtime, I always looked at my cute son and my beautiful wife while they are sleeping. For I know that next few weeks and months, I will not be beside them.  Waking up early at 4am and thinking of the next situation again and again became normal to me.  I always imagine myself sleeping and waking up without them...this gives me tears.

Prepare to be in this situation. The tears will be there always...but you can still fight for it.

Money is everything...This, for me, is applicable in Singapore.  You can not eat, live and travel if you don't have money.  The worst nightmare your friends may encounter is YOU borrowing them money.  Your friends are just here to guide you, but they are not your Bank.

Remember that you came here to solve your problem and not adding problem to someone else. Prepare your money before going here.  Below is some computations that might be helpful. This is for a 2-month budget.

Room Sharing Rental: S$300 x 2 mths  = S$600 (you can find below S$300 much better)
Public Utility (water, gas, electricity)      = S$  60 (depends on your flat-mates usage)
Food:  S$7.50 x 30 days x 2 mths         = S$450 (eat at Hawkers, bring your own water)
Travel: S$3.00 x 30 days x 2 mths         = S$180 (going for interview, job hunt, recreation)
Communication: S$20 x 2 mnths            = S$  40 (buy your SIM here)

I came here bringing P80,000 (S$2,350) for my survival and never borrowed money from a friend.  One friend help me by letting me share his room for a month...See how lucky and blessed I am?

*if you have a question or clarification, please leave your comment below
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Thursday, April 7, 2011

How I Found A Job in 4 Days?

Getting a job interview in 4 days is almost impossible for a job-seeking tourist in Singapore.  This is my experience when I went here.

As soon as I arrived in Singapore, I made it sure to send more than 200 resumes a day.  It was daytime when I stepped in the house of my friend and the very first thing I asked him is where can I connect my laptop?

What Tool Did I Use?
Laptop is the MOST important thing that you need to bring when you are job seeking.  Notice that I capitalized the word "most", because it's highly recommended.  This is your tool in finding a job quickly and efficiently.  It was my experience in the UAE (United Arab Emirates) and I learned from there.  It is handy and can connect anywhere as long as there is Wifi. It is also the tool to keep you away from boredom.

Remember, you are away from your family and love ones, money is depleting, and no one to talk to because everyone are strangers.  Mr. HP, Mr. Asus, Mr, Dell and the Japanese guy Toshiba-san are the best names that you need.

Job-Seeking Attitude
I stayed away from the entertainment world like Facebook, Twitter and other time-consuming and luring sites.  This I swear not to click on it during my job seeking.

My friend told me that I need to go out of the room sometimes.  He was worried because I was job seeking full time in my room.  He even joked that "Don't jump out of the window, ok!".  The resting time is just going to the toilet, breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Because all of this sacrifices, I say, will SOON give me time to travel around Singapore. Which is true!

Now, I have more time to visit Marina Bay Sands, Orchard, Botanic Garden, Chinatown, Pasir Ris Fishing Pond, Singapore Zoo and etc...

What and Where Did I Seek?
I have few other friends who are working in Singapore and they are my guide. Ben Alagnam is not in the blogging world that time *sigh*.  So, I gathered the sites which they've recommended and so I followed.  Here is the list of the job websites.

These are the three websites where I sent my resumes.

I also buy the newspapers every Wednesday and Saturday.  The reason for the specific day is that, this is the day where the jobs are posted in the Classified Ads section.

This is the Newspaper that I buy every
Saturday's and Wednesday's
Where Did I Found My Job?
On the very first day that I started to send my resumes. One caller, a job agent, called up and asked me few questions regarding my status in Singapore.  I thought that it was my lucky day, but unfortunately, they did not call me back. They don't like handsome men in there company. Haha!

Every time my phone rings, I'm making it sure that I have my pen and a notebook to note every details that my caller will say.

So, three days passed and someone called me again in my mobile.  This time, it's a different employer.  The Singaporean-English "Singlish" vibrated my eardrum.  The tone is not so audible because I am not used to understand this kind of language.  My ears seems sticking-red on my mobile and making it sure that I have to hear the right words.

This is what I heard that time...the words that changed my life in Singapore.

"Hello, is this blah blah blah, I am from blah blah and I saw your resume at Jobs Central"

"Yes sir, I am!"

"I would like to arrange an interview with you at our office this day and this time..."

"Yes sir I will go there.  By the way, what is the name and the address?"

As I heard the last word and as soon as we hanged up the phone...I inhaled to my very deep breath and shouted  ...YESSSS!!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Experience at Suntec JobsDB Job Fair (March 25-27 2011)

Too tired, just came from the JobsDB Job Fair at Suntec today.

I was excited to tell you guys about my experience in the Job Fair 2011.  But before that, I would like to remind you that tomorrow, that is March 27 is the last day of the fair.

If you have not visited the fair yet, you might change your mind after reading my story.

My Experience at Suntec Job Fair 2011
I was hurrying up to reach the meeting time with my friend.  So I alighted at the City Hall MRT Station and took a 15-minute walk to Suntec.  The sign "Suntec City" is all over that I don't have to worry where I'm going.

So I met my friend at Level 1 and  filled up a registration form with my name, IC or Passport number and went to the Registration booth to get a career card.
Registration booth
The career card has a barcode on it, where it will be used on my job applications later on. I haven't updated my resume at JobsDB yet, so I was asked to do it at the 4th floor and they gave me these...
Dyson give aways and the career card.
Inside the Hall 
Off we go to the 4th floor and two guys at the front door checked our career card and gave us a signal to go in.  The first thing we saw was the recruitment booth of the Police Force.  Too bad, we can not apply because we are not Singaporeans...denied on the spot!

We proceed to the updating section, located at the back end of the exhibition hall.  The signs of "UPDATE" and "SCAN YOUR RESUME" are big enough for us to notice.  So no way for us to be lost.

There were an estimate of 50 computers lined up but we have to queue in.  When it was my turn, first thing I've noticed was that my resume database at JobsDB website is empty.  Seems like I neglected it for a year now.  I have to start from the beginning, need to encode my details again, name, birthday, current occupation, etc... What a waste of time.  I should have brought my resume in paper or in a thumb drive.

Anyway, things are not always perfect so I encoded my details, blah and blah...After that I was given a green circle sticker.  That means I'm ready to go to every booth and apply for the position that I fit in.

The Process is Too Damn Fast!
I tell yah, the process is amazing.  Ok, every booth has a computer and a scanner.  They also have a list of jobs posted on every corner of their walls.  Some of the recruiters put their list of jobs in a sheet of paper, which you need to borrow from them.

I queued up to apply for a position. At my turn, they asked for my career card and scanned it to display my name on the database, then they asked me what position do I want.  They searched the position and the list of jobs are all there.  Few clicks of the mouse were made and my application is DONE!  That took me 2 minutes and five blinks!

There are also computers and scanners on ever corner of the hall so that you can apply to other employers who are not present at the exhibit.  This is how to do it...

1. Scan the career card to login
2. View and select the desired jobs
3. Click "Apply/Submit" to deposit resume information
4. Click "Close window" to continue viewing jobs or "Logout" to exit.

And so the job hunting went on and on until I was tired and exhausted.  We decided to take our snack at the level 1 to refresh our energy and the second reason is, we have to be back at 6pm at the Hall because there is a raffle.

Remember the registration form that I mentioned above? I dropped it in to the drop box so I have the chance to win an iPAD... :( this is a sad face, you know why? My name was not picked. No iPAD...cry and cry!

It's alright, the most important is that I was able to send my resume to those employers.  Who knows, they'll offer me the salary which I can now afford to buy an iPAD!

What do you think? Please leave your comment below!!!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

How To Claim Your Employment Pass (EP) Card

Latest Post: My EP Pass was Rejected 2012

My employer renewed my Employment Pass and it's time for me to claim at the Ministry of Manpower.  So, I made an appointment online with the Employment Pass Services Center (EPSC), a branch of MOM, and it took me less than 3 minutes to do that.  I printed the copy of the appointment "Confirmation Slip for Appointment at EPSC".

Please leave a comment if this link is broken

What are the requirements?
After I've set my appointment, I then prepared the documents such as:
- In-Principle Approval (IPA) Letter & Notification Letter and the documents stated on the letter.
- Original Declaration form signed by the Employer and Employee.
- Confirmation Slip
- Old Employment Pass (EP) Card
- Passport
Where did I claim my new EP Card?
The EPSC is located at this address:
20 Upper Circular Road, #04-01/02, The Riverwalk, Singapore 058416
So, I boarded the MRT (Green Line) and alighted at Outram Park MRT Station.  Then transfered to the MRT (Purple Line), with a platform sign "To Punggol".

I alighted at Clarke Quay MRT Station and exit at EXIT E. The sign "To EPSC" are everywhere so I haven't had a hard time finding it. I took a photo below standing at the exit.  Since Riverwalk is at the other side of the road, there are two options where I can get there.
(Option 1) Escalator at the left is going to the Overpass to Riverwalk

(Option 2) Pedestrian crossing to the Riverwalk, which is the white building.
So, I used the Option 1, and stepped in to the escalator and followed the path going to the overpass.

Escalator to the overpass
At the overpass overlooking the Riverwalk building
So I walked along the path, leading me to this location.
I went in to that door with a canopy near the dark blue truck.
As I entered the building, saw the elevator, went in and pressed the level 4 button with a small sign of "Employment Pass Services Center".

Up to the 4th floor, the elevator door opened, I stepped out, walk few steps then turned left and saw this view...
This is the EPSC. The entrance to the filing of documents is at the left and
card releasing is at the right.
Inside the EPSC
I went in the Entrance, left part of the photo, and found the four kiosks machines.  I inserted and scanned the bar code, which is printed at the top right portion of my Confirmation Slip.  A receipt went out of it that serves as my queuing number.

The place is wide with around 6 counters at the middle of the room.  I sat down at the soft sofa, it feels like HOME, ahhh!  Before I was able to lean my back to the sofa, my name appeared on all six 42" LCD screens with a direction "please proceed to any available counter".  I stood up and saw the lady at the counter waving her hands on me.

At the counter, I presented all my documents and the lady did all her stuff.  After that, she gave me back my passport, confirmation slip, claim slip and the IPA letter. She advised me to go to the Card Releasing area and claim my card there.  I carried my things going to the area and presented the claim slip to the Auntie.  She searched for my card and handed it to me.

Oh boy!!! The system was so fast, it just took me 3 minutes to do all those things.  I was so amazed! As compared to the Philippine LTO, which I recently renewed my license, took me 3 hours...Awww!

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How to Activate EPEC to Long Term Visit Pass

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How to Activate EPEC to Long Term Visit Pass

NOTE: As of December 01, 2011, EPEC Scheme is discontinued by MOM...Read More.

As soon as you have the Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate (EPEC). You can now apply for a Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP), given that you have entered Singapore with a valid Visa and stayed minimum of 10 days.

I wasn't able to activate my EPEC or apply for a LTVP because I was lucky to get a job in 4 days.  My employer applied the Employment Pass for me.  So, I am still holding my EPEC copy until now.

Since my reader, Mark, asked me on how to apply for the LTVP, I have done few research on this and was lucky enough to have the links.

How To Apply for a LTVP?
This is also known as "Converting EPEC to a Long Term Visit Pass", in forums.  You can click the link below for the detailed procedures:

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